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People , Places and Organizations To Watch in 2017

<b>Mabél Guzmán - Superstar Realtor
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Mabél Guzmán is a REALTOR ® for more than 20 years, Mabel is a broker at @properties, Chicago’s top real estate brokerage. She is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and has completed her At Home with Diversity (AHWD) certification. She was appointed as President's Liaison to Brazil for National Association of REALTORS, and one of NAR's oldest bilateral agreements in Global Real Estate; there are 87 bilateral agreements in 66 countries.  

Housing advocacy and public policy are Mabel’s passions. At the national level, Mabel served as the 2014 Chair for NAR’s Conventional Finance & Policy Committee, where she testified on behalf of NAR’s more than one million members before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Urban Affairs and Banking on "Inequality and Opportunity in the Housing Market". She was selected by 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron to be on the Enlarged Leadership Team as the Liaison for Global Committees. Most recently, Mabel chaired the Student Loan Debt Working Group, from 2014 to 2016, studying the impact of student loan debt on housing. Her passion for public Policy was also evident at the local level where she was one of the driving forces behind City of Chicago efforts to implement the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), by crafting the Request for Proposal (RFP) through which 40 REALTORS® were hired to acquire foreclosed properties in 25 targeted areas. Also an advocate of fair tax policies, Mabél worked with the City of Chicago to ensure that more than 30,000 city homeowners had the opportunity to file tax appeals. She also participated in Illinois Association of REALTORS® Condo working group in creation of HB 2664 to set a bright line on foreclosed condo fees, tax education initiative for consumers and update housing policy.

Mabel is a member of the Illinois REALTORS ® . In 2016, she chaired the REALTOR ® Political Involvement Committee and in 2014 she oversaw the Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group where she lead an initiative that produced home owner education on how to understand property taxes. Mabel has served as a member of Illinois’ Board of Directors from 2009-2011. In 2014 and 2015, she received the Illinois REALTORS ® President’s Medallion for Outstanding Service.

Mabel is a proud member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® and served as its Treasurer in 2009 and President in 2011. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® named Mabel their REALTOR ® of the Year.

Mabel cares deeply about the city of Chicago. She is a trustee of the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple, the city’s oldest church, founded in 1831 and a volunteer with the Homeless Ministry where she cooks for over 125+ of homeless citizens. She is on the Chicago Ambassador Board for One Hope United, a 120 year old organization that provides early childhood development for at risk children and community-based family services.

She is equally committed to her profession. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) of Chicago named her their 2009 Member of the Year.
Watch = look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time. The list of peple places and organizations fit that definition…selected for their activities , their passions and their successes. Here are the People you should keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond…..

Guest Blog - Producing Your Vision in 2017! by Dr. Catrina Pullum

Guest Blog - Producing Your Vision in 2017! by Dr. Catrina Pullum
Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Catrina Pullum author and motivator.  Check her out in book Millionaire MOM (220 Publishing)  Take a moment and think about the word, Vision. Within the bible, there are over 100 verses relating to vision alone. As one year begins to wrap up and another year starts ramping up, people should take... Read more »

Guest Blogger - Millionaire M.O.M. Melanie Foote Davis - From Teen Mom to Success Story

Guest Blogger - Millionaire M.O.M.  Melanie Foote Davis  - From Teen Mom to Success Story
The latest in a series of guest blogs from contributors to the new book Millionaire MOM She’s Pregnant! Now What? What do you do when your daughter is smart, vibrant and challenges you to think? You’ve watched her grow. She always tells the truth. She asks you lots of questions. You’re proud of who she... Read more »
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Guest Blog - "What Are You Afraid Of?" - Motivation from Millionaire M.O.M. LaKeisha Stringfellow

Guest Blog - "What Are You Afraid Of?"  - Motivation from Millionaire M.O.M. LaKeisha Stringfellow
The latest in a series of guest blogs from contributors to the new book Millionaire M.O.M .  Todays guest blogger is motivational speaker LaKeisha Stringfellow. What are you afraid of? I have suffered with fear for majority of my adult years.  Anxiety attacks, depression, what was happening to me?  For the life of me, I... Read more »

Guest Blog - "Pregnant With Purpose" - by Chandra Nicole

Guest Blog - "Pregnant With Purpose"  - by Chandra Nicole
Guest Blogger is Chandra Nicole a contributor to the Millionaire MOMs anthology.   Life has its way of unfolding on purpose with or without our assistance. We don’t have a clue what’s to come and if we did, how much more would we prepare to live our lives full of purpose and meaning in spite... Read more »

Guest Blog - Think Again ! by Dorothea Cooper

Guest Blog - Think Again !   by Dorothea Cooper
The latest in a series of guest blogs from contributors to the new book Millionaire MOM Dorothea Cooper wants to share how a positive outlook on life helped her defy the odds of teenage motherhood and pursue her dreams. If you think your best days are over THINK AGAIN!!! If you think you’re not good... Read more »
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Guest Blog - "Change Your Life, Because You Can" by Sylvia Duncan

Guest Blog - "Change Your Life, Because You Can" by Sylvia Duncan
This is the latest in a series of guest blogs by the contributors of the recently released Millionaire M.O.M. an anthology of successful women who were teen moms.  The book and their inspirational stories show where you start is not where you finish. Today’s Guest Blogger is Sylvia Duncan “I can still recall the moment... Read more »

Carlo Kennedy Releases the Sequel to his Popular "Time Signature" Novel

Carlo Kennedy Releases the Sequel to his Popular "Time Signature" Novel
Carlo Kennedy is an Irish-Italian-American Author or the books Time Signature  and  Time Signature II the Regrets of Our Past (220 Publishing)  .  Time travel fans and music lovers alike will revel in this unique story about a time machine that runs on music. Fans of historical fiction and all lovers of adventure will connect... Read more »

A Message From a "Millionaire Mom" Conchetta Jones

 A Message From a "Millionaire Mom" Conchetta Jones
Guest Blogger  “She’s All That” CEO Conchetta Jones talks about five valuable life lessons.   Mother at 16. Wife at 17. Divorced at 22.  I could have become a statistic. Live on welfare, handouts, more children, no hopes or dreams. Living a life of lack. You know what they said, “That’s a wasted life”, “She... Read more »
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People , Places and Organizations to Watch: The 2016 Edition

<b>Adiat Baker <p><br>
Adiat is a market research professional with Mintel Group, a leading global market research firm based in London. In addition to her professional duties, she leads her company's charity committee, MintelGives, in implementing partnerships with local non-profits, and supporting employees' philanthropic efforts.

As an aspiring humanitarian, Adiat commits a great deal of her spare time to serving the community, and splits her efforts by contributing to both social service and educational non-profit organizations. She the chairperson of One Hope United’s Ambassador Board and she serves on the auxiliary board for Midtown Educational Foundation, where she has been a tutor and mentor for five years. Adiat also advocates for A Silver Lining Foundation and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation. Both organizations focus on health education and accessibility to quality health care for uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Fashion and philanthropy go hand in hand for Adiat, who is a self-proclaimed style enthusiast. She has a passion for fashion, and she is an avid supporter of local and independent designers. She believes fashion is art, and she hopes to work with the fashion community to strengthen the artist-to-consumer relationship in the Chicagoland area. When she's not attending a charity event, you can find her either shopping or sitting on the front row at the fashion shows of her favorite Chicago designers.
This year I’ve decided to expand the annual people to watch blog to include some places of business and  organizations of note.  The 2016 list is a collection of creatives, survivors, business people and visionaries  doing great things each and every day.  Making their mark one day and sometimes one person at at time.  Some... Read more »