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MortgagePoint September 2023

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September 2023 » thefivestar.com 65 2 0 2 3 W O M E N I N H O U S I N G A W A R D S Maria Moskver CEO, Cloudvirga What People Are Saying: "Cloudvirga is truly transforming digital mortgage. Its cloud-based, scalable platform offers POS solutions for retail and wholesale lenders. Cloudvirga's technology automates tasks traditionally performed by back-office operations staff, which radically cuts costs and improves the customer and loan officer experience to deliver an authentically digital origination process. Cloudvirga is committed to making a difference. Its core values are to be helpful, visionary, resilient, and an owner. Cloudvirga prioritizes the well-being of its personnel, processes, and technology, recogniz- ing the importance of nurturing a supportive, diverse workplace that fosters growth and development. The company is dedicated to championing women and diversity. Under the visionary leadership of its female CEO, Maria Moskver, over 26% of Cloudvirga's full-time staff is comprised of talented women, and 43% are minorities. The diverse firm is committed to streamlining costs and empowering people to achieve their dream of homeownership, fostering a more equitable, inclusive society for all." What This Nomination Means to Her: "We are proud of our diversity statistics at CV—47% minorities and 30% female—contin- uously working to improve them. As a female leader in technology, I understand barriers for women in STEM and the value a diverse team plays in innovation, so our organization reflects that diversity, working together to achieve a common goal. My volunteer efforts also reflect my passion for creating opportunities for people from various backgrounds." Dr. Cheryl Travis-Johnson COO, VRM Mortgage Services What People Are Saying: "VRM Mortgage Services, a certified minority- owned business, embodies the spirit of the Di- verse Ownership Award through its relentless dedication to inclusion and diversity. With 50% of our leadership positions held by women, we showcase the power of balanced gender repre- sentation in decision-making roles. Furthering our commitment, we actively collaborate with vendors encompassing women-, minority-, dis- abled-, veteran-, and LGBT-owned businesses, fostering an ecosystem of diverse perspectives." What This Nomination Means to Her: "Being nominated for the Leadership Award at the Women in Housing Awards by the Five Star Institute is a deeply meaningful recogni- tion to me. This nomination signifies the ac- knowledgment of our relentless commitment to fostering inclusivity, empowerment, and gender diversity within the housing industry. This nomination is not just about acknowledg- ment but also a reminder of the responsibil- ity we bear in driving positive change. It's an encouragement to continue championing women's leadership, nurturing talent, and cre- ating an environment where everyone's voice is heard and valued. This nomination propels us to persist in our mission of promoting inclusiv- ity in the housing sector and serves as a moti- vating force to strive for even greater achieve- ments in the future. It serves as a testament to the transformative impact of collaborative and forward-thinking leadership, illustrating that diversity isn't just a checkbox but an essential ingredient for innovation and success." Robin Wright Managing Partner, Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP What People Are Saying: "After becoming one of the first female managing partners of a full-service default firm in 1998, Robin co-founded Wright, Finlay & Zak (WFZ) in 2002, specializing in assist- ing the mortgage industry with its litigation, compliance, licensing, and regulatory needs. Under Robin's leadership, WFZ grew from six attorneys exclusively in California to a Western Regional Firm with roughly 35 attorneys cover- ing 11 western states and a woman-led majority of partners. Robin helped WFZ achieve desig- nation as a WBENC-certified woman-owned business in 2017. Throughout her 30-year legal career, Robin has spoken at numerous mortgage industry events, developed the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and been an example and mentor to female attorneys throughout the industry." What This Nomination Means to Her: "I am truly grateful for this nomination. I am reminded that being a female equity partner of a law firm is statistically improbable, and being a female managing partner of a law firm is even less probable. In 2020, the ABA cited that only 12% of law firm managing partners were female. Our law firm is a WBENC-certified women-owned firm where majority of our eq- uity partners are women, 50% of our nonequity partners are women, and an overwhelming majority of the firm's management positions are held by women. This distinguished nomi- nation serves as recognition for not only myself but to my co-finalists, other women leaders everywhere, and everyone who supports diverse and women-owned businesses. We are all winners."

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