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Midyear Meeting Highlights

Women's Council's recent Midyear Meeting in Washington, D.C., was filled with amazing sessions to improve your business, as well as leadership tools for chapter officers. Here are just a few of the highlights from this exciting event. 

Award Winners

Our annual Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., acknowledges the achievements of all our chapters! At this year's event on Friday, May 17, 2013, we honored State Members of the Year, Chapter Excellence Winners and Recruitment and Retention Winners. Click here for a complete list of winners. 

New PMN Designees

Congratulations to these Women's Council members who were recently awarded the Performance Management Network Designation (list as of May 30, 2013). Click here for photos from Women's Council's General Assembly where new designees were recognized.

Banquet Photos 

Click here to view and purchase high-resolution event photos from the official event photographer. And check out hundreds of snapshots from the Awards Banquet in our event slideshow on WCR.org

Slated Officers for 2014

The Nominating Committee has slated the following individuals for national line office for 2014. The election of officers will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, November 8.

Education Session Take-aways

Following are some "take-aways" from recent education sessions at the Midyear Meeting.

Veronica L. McManus, who is the New England and New York Market Manager for RPR and a Women's Council state chapter president, shared with us many of the cutting-edge features of the REALTORS® Property Resource. The top three were:

  • How to create the most accurate market analysis available.
  • How to create localized ROI analysis of typical and custom remodels.
  • How to use the five customizable reports that are available in RPR.


For more info on this REALTOR® benefit, visit blog.narrpr.com or check out Veronica's recent webinar.

Amy Smythe Harris addressed some key points concerning technology, your work flow and how to make it all work for you.  Amy advises, "Be selective about the technology you use. Make sure it is helping you to be more efficient and not taking more time out of your day."

  1. Identify your work flow, then find your attic, brain and briefcase apps.
  2. What apps are your clients using that you need to know about? What apps should you ask clients to download when they work with you, and what apps will wow them?
  3. Make technology time efficient and not a time suck.


Speaker and tech expert Juanita McDowell suggest that you save major time and clicks by becoming more efficient with your iOS device. You can do this by learning a few tips:

  1. Eliminate unnecessary typing by creating keyboard shortcuts. Go to Settings>General>Keyboard and use one or two letters for a long phrase you type often.
  2. If you've reached the end of a long webpage or email, tap the Status bar once to jump to the top of the page.
  3. Stop emailing iOS photos to your computer.  Sync images between your computer and all of your iOS devices by using Photostream, one of the many perks of Apple’s free iCloud service. Hint: You must download iCloud software to your PC first for full functionality. Visit http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup and click Set up Now.

These are only a few of many. Locate the User Guide tucked away in the Bookmarks section of Safari for more information about your device.

According to instructor Gee Dunsten, "The most effective style of leadership today is team leadership. Team leaders stress production needs and the needs of people equally high."
Leaders embracing this style of leadership tend to:

  • Encourage everyone to participate in decision-making.
  • Identify barriers the team encounters and remove them.
  • Promote co-authorship.
  • Provide regular feedback to team members.
  • Work to resolve conflict collaboratively.

Session Handouts

Click here for instructor bios and handouts from the recent Midyear Meeting.

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