Featured Speakers


Dr. Mohamed El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz
Former CEO & Co-CIO, PIMCO
Opening General Session
Sponsored by: Freedom Mortgage

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO, where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer. He also chaired President Obama's Global Development Council from 2007 to 2014, and is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. El-Erian will discuss our current economic path, including the impact on the real estate sector both domestically and globally.


Betty Liu
Anchor, Bloomberg Television
Founder & CEO, Radiate
Opening General Session
Sponsored by: Freedom Mortgage

Betty Liu is an award-winning business journalist and Bloomberg Television anchor who regularly interviews influential business, political and media leaders alike. In 2016 she founded Radiate, Inc., a media education company that produces bite-sized learning videos to help today's managers and entrepreneurs transform into tomorrow's leaders. Join us for her onstage interview of Mohamed El-Erian and later the same day for interviews with industry leaders in THE HUB.


Peyton Manning
Two-Time Superbowl Winning Quarterback &
Five-Time NFL MVP
General Session
Sponsored by: Accenture & Mortgage Cadence

NFL great Peyton Manning shares the real-world leadership advice he picked up on the football field as a two-time Super Bowl Champion and the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player. Learn from his stories about adapting to life’s ever-changing circumstances. Manning combines his trademark humor and real-life examples to challenge and inspire you to reach higher, excel beyond your goals and be more of a leader on your “field.”


Carla Harris
Vice Chairman - Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
Women's Networking Event
Sponsored by: Freddie Mac

Carla Harris brings extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors to MBA’s Annual Convention 2017. Through riveting storytelling, she delivers a personal reflection of the most important intellectual and experiential lessons she has learned throughout her life, referred to as “Carla’s Pearls.”


The Honorable Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
General Session
Sponsored by: ServiceLink

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. is the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He has received numerous honors over his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Learn about his priorities for the nation's housing as they relate to the current administration’s domestic agenda.


The Honorable Mel Watt
Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
Opening General Session
Sponsored by: ServiceLink

On January 6, 2014, the Honorable Mel Watt was sworn in as the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt practiced law from 1970–1992, specializing in business and economic development. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993 and served until his latest appointment in 2014, and was a member of both the House Financial Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Hear his perspective on the state of the industry.


Tracey Wilen, Ph.D.
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Sunday Special Session
Sponsored by: Fannie Mae

Dr. Tracey Wilen, a former visiting scholar at Stanford University, has held leadership positions at Apple, HP and Cisco Systems. A prominent researcher and expert on the impact of technology on society, work and careers, Wilen will discuss how rapid changes in society and technology are revolutionizing the workforce and employment. Following her remarks, Wilen will interview a panel of mortgage executives to get their insights on this topic . 


Donald H. Layton
Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Mac
General Session
Sponsored by: First American Mortgage Solutions

Layton has over 40 years of experience in financial services and as a corporate leader. He worked for nearly 30 years at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors, starting as a trainee and rising to vice chairman and member of the three-person Office of the Chairman. From 2007 to 2009 he served as chairman and then CEO of E*TRADE Financial. Additionally, Layton has been a member of the boards of several financial services firms and was a senior adviser to an industry association.


Timothy Mayopoulos
President and Chief Executive Officer, Fannie Mae
General Session
Sponsored by: First American Mortgage Solutions

Mayopoulos joined Fannie Mae shortly after it was placed in conservatorship during the financial crisis, and he has played an integral role in the successful recovery of the company. As President and CEO, Mayopoulos is focused on sustaining Fannie Mae’s efforts to support the U.S. mortgage market and on driving the company's contributions to creating a better housing finance system. Under his leadership, Fannie Mae has made great strides in transferring credit risk to private capital to better protect taxpayers.

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