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Former IBM Fellow Dr. Chitra Dorai Joins NDILC

Irvine, CA, June 15, 2018 –(– Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) proudly announces the addition of Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow, Master Inventor, VP, CTO Cognitive Services, IBM Services, Member of IBM Industry Academy & Academy of Technology to its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC). The Council, founded in 2015, helps raise the number of C-suite women, increase women’s employment at all levels and advance women’s economic growth across the housing and real estate ecosystem.

Renowned AI Scientist and Formerly at IBM as an IBM Fellow and CTO for cognitive services and solutions, Dr. Chitra Dorai has received numerous awards and recognition for her groundbreaking research and client-facing work in Banking, Financial Markets and Media & Entertainment industries over the last twenty-six years. She was a recipient of IBM’s highest honor in 2011 – the Gerstner Award for Client Excellence, was recognized as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2012, and was appointed by the IBM CEO as an IBM Fellow, the company’s top technical honor in 2015.

“I’m delighted to join the NAWRB’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council,” said Dr. Chitra Dorai. “It is an absolute honor to serve alongside an extraordinary group of women leaders dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To quote Richard Hamming, a Computer Pioneer and Mathematician, ‘If you don’t work on important problems, it’s not likely that you’ll do important work.’ The charter of NDILC addresses a very important problem in the housing industry and I look forward to contributing to the important work of this council.”

“We are extremely honored to have Dr. Chitra Dorai, a global leader and one of only a few women IBM Fellows, join the Council to bring scientific research and innovation to the most pressing issues with an infectiously charming attitude,” stated Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB. “Dr. Dorai will fortify the efforts of the NDILC’s leading senior executive women, whose array of expertise are used to achieve our ultimate goal of equality in the workplace.”

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Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading voice for women. With the assistance of our Women’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), NAWRB is advancing gender equality, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools and opportunities for economic expansion and growth. By increasing women’s homeownership, we leverage the entrepreneurial strength of women and bring women’s poverty to the forefront.

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