In honor of International Women’s Day, we sat down for a Q&A with NFM’s Chief Marketing Officer, Laura Clapper.

Full Transcript is Below:

– Hi, I am Laura Clapper. I’m Chief Marketing Officer at NFM Lending. I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I am a third generation Asian American, so my great grandparents actually immigrated over from China. Champagne when I’m feeling bubbly, but I do prefer wine. So I started in the mortgage industry in 2005 as a marketing manager with a mortgage company out of Columbia, Maryland, and have been in ever since, so 19 years. Red, love red. I love so many things about my job, but first and foremost, just creativity and getting to work with creative people. I think creativity comes in so many ways. It’s, you know, the artistic part of it, of course, but creative thinking and every day is different, so many different challenges that we overcome. But working with a really great team. I would say resilience. It’s, you know, not easy being a woman in this industry. So, you know, with challenges and as things come along, you need to be able to roll with the punches. There’s highs, there’s lows, and I think you gotta be resilient. Believe in yourself, trust your gut. You know, as you get older, your idea of success changes. So celebrate the successes that you have along the way. I think what I thought was success when I was 18 is vastly different than what I think it is now. So enjoy those moments of when you achieve something that, you know, kind of drives you to do more. But, you know, enjoy the moment too. I have never been to Italy and my husband has always been talking about Lake Como, Italy and so that’s where, we’re gonna make it happen. Keep learning and be diverse. I think that, you know, this industry is one that continues to change and you don’t have to, you know, do things the way that everything was always done before. Obviously you wanna learn from the past and learn from what you know works, but we’re in a really exciting time where things are changing a lot and, you know, you can be part of a really great movement and it affects, you know, the next wave of homeowners, the next wave of Gen Zs that are coming in and they are gonna do it differently. So, you know, be open to change and rolling with what comes in the industry.