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Leadership Academy: Keeps Getting Better

Leadership Academy: Keeps Getting Better

In 1998, I served as local chapter president of the Greater Baltimore Chapter, which was also the first year of Women's Council's Leadership Academy. I envied our president-elect because he had the opportunity to attend this amazing, new program designed to train incoming chapter presidents. He came back with new ideas and a new understanding of the chapter structure and programming, as well as developed amazing relationships with the incoming team of leaders throughout the country.

That year, Women's Council won the Chapter Relations Pyramid Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives for this value-packed conference. Yes, we were and are very proud.

In the past 14 years the Council has expanded its curriculum and attendance, and now there are classes for incoming state presidents and regional vice presidents as well. Every August, the new class of leaders arrives in Chicago for two days of training on leadership skills, chapter operations, marketing, meeting management, programming and so much more. 

This year is no exception. The Leadership Academy faculty has been working hard to build exciting training modules for our 2013 team of leaders to take our chapters and members to the next level of excellence.

This is just one example of leadership identification and training that the Women's Council is well known for throughout the real estate industry. Our members are our Leadership Academy Faculty, as well as Forum Facilitators and Learning Lab instructors at national events. 

The National Association of REALTORS® and local and states associations recognize the strong skills developed within the Council and turn to many of our chapters and members for their contributions. Do you want to get more involved? Talk to your local chapter president or ask your state chapter president about the National Focus Committee. This is just one more tool to identify members who wish to further develop their leadership skills and contribute to the Council mission.

We can each reach out to another Council member, and sometimes the best person may be the member sitting right next to you. We all have unique skills to share; offer yours to a new friend and they will probably do the same in return. We're calling this the Women's Council way of mentoring – an "Exchange of Value." Our Strategic Forums captured recently a few "Exchange of Value" ideas and best practices, which can be viewed in Chapter ToolsI grew up calling it sharing and we all know how nice it is to share. Thank you for sharing this time with me. 


Anita Davis, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN
Women's Council 2012 President-elect
Long & Foster Real Estate
Baltimore, MD

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