I had the privilege of attending the summer session of the Mortgage Bankers Association Residential Future Leaders program. It was an incredible experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with my industry peers while sharpening my leadership skills.  

The program is led by Jeffrey Schumer, CMB and Bronwyn Morrissey, CMB and features three in-person sessions. The summer session was held in Washington, DC at MBA headquarters. I gained some valuable industry insights on a range of topics including diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, affordable housing challenges, digital mortgage trends, and economic and political updates from MBA staff.  

Of course, we also covered many topics related to leadership. The highlight of the week was my first trip to the Gettysburg battlefield. Our program studied the importance of the Union’s decisive victory during the Civil War. We focused on the story of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, whose strong leadership skills helped secure the Union Army’s left flank and maintain its advantageous position on Little Round Top.  

I am grateful for Jeff, Bronwyn, and the MBA staff for hosting this transformational program. I also want to thank the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association for supporting my participation in this program through the James M. Wooten Scholarship.  

BMG employees interested in training and career development programs, like this one, can learn more on our website about upcoming events and the firm’s Continuous Improvement scholarship.