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Officer Blog: 2016 Recap

by Melissa Zimbelman, PMN - 2016 National President

Zimbelman Melissa 14As 2016 wraps up, I wanted to take this opportunity to say that it has been such an honor to serve as your National President this year. We have all worked so hard on bringing to fruition the goals of many of our existing and past leadership teams, for the benefit of our members. It has been a year with many accomplishments and achievements on our short and long-term goals. Here are some highlights:

Network Business Model

For the past 2 years we have been working on the Network Business Model, with enhanced leader and member benefits, such as continuing the emphasis on timely/issue-driven/member income-generating local programming with varied meeting styles and frequency options. We're streamlining governance in order to keep today’s volunteers engaged, but not burned out, while encouraging teamwork and mentorship of future leaders, and transitioning the local affiliate membership to strategic partnerships, allowing for additional tangible benefits to our loyal affiliates around the country.

Our goal is to have the member experience, no matter what the locale, be beneficial for both leaders and members alike, while furthering the mission of the Council. We love the uniqueness of our networks and the awesome things they do locally, while as a National brand, quality and consistency in the messaging/product delivered is key to maintaining Council relevancy. The vote was held at the National Conference in Orlando, Florida. We are moving forward with the proposed network changes! Thank you to the members and leaders in California for your time and effort in beta-testing the Network Model. Your tireless effort for the betterment of the entire national organization is appreciated.

New Networks

Congratulations to our 4 new networks that were chartered this year. Please take time to reach out to our newest networks and welcome them:

  • Northern Colorado - Colorado
  • Crystal Coast – North Carolina
  • Coastal Virginia - Virginia
  • Greater Snohomish – Washington State

International Women's Real Estate Conference

Women’s Council had a unique opportunity this year to participate in an International Women’s Real Estate Brazil Ilha Pura PhotoConference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over a dozen US Women’s Council members made the journey to Rio to be a part of it. The conference centered around building women business leaders in an organization that is 40% female, with less than 10% female leadership involvement. We are looking to build on this year’s efforts with a proposed 2nd conference in 2017! Women’s Council is continuing to work toward potential expansion into international markets, as well. Watch for further details to be announced.

2016 Outreach Program

The focus was to research, attend and exhibit at other industry events that we felt would give us exposure and visibility for our members and potential members. Some of the events we attended included: NAR's Leadership Summit in Chicago, NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) in Los Angeles, CRS Sell-a-bration (Council of Residential Specialists) in Orlando and AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) in Las Vegas. We are continuing to grow our outreach in a purposeful and cost-effective way and are exploring ways to involve our local networks, as well.

Women's Council Stats

After completing the member survey last year, we have up-to-date/valuable statistics and data about our National Women’s Council membership. With that data, we were able to have infographics created for the networks to use. Click here to view. We have heard from many networks who have used them for recruiting and sponsorship acquisition, as well as in their Women’s Council new member orientations, while pitching new Strategic Partnerships and while educating/building relationships with their local/state REALTOR® associations or other organizations they are looking to collaborate with.

Leadership Within NAR

While Women’s Council members represent only 1% of the NAR membership, 17% of the NAR Board of Directors for 2017 are Women’s Council members. We have 468 appointments on 2017 NAR committees and 13% of the attendees at the 2016 NAR Leadership Summit were Women’s Council members. We continue to grow our participation at NAR year upon year. Thank you to all who have served or are serving – we appreciate you carrying on the Women’s Council legacy of leadership.

RPAC Investment Rockstars

Women’s Council proudly invests in the industry. 2016 was a banner year for Women’s Council regarding RPAC participation. Through mid-October, our stats showed that 72% of our members are investing in RPAC and we anticipate reaching over $2,000,000 invested by our members, before the end of 2016. Women’s Council has 869 major investors, 255 President’s Circle members and 136 RPAC Hall of Fame members. Women’s Council members understand and support the need for political advocacy in our industry. Way to go, Council Members!

Congrats to our 2017 National Line - Sherri Souza, Jo Ann Stevens, Heather Ozur and Brenda Lee Szlachta. We are proud to have you all at the helm and know you will do great things for the Council.

Thank you to our Past National Presidents, Executive Committee, Regional Vice Presidents and Steering Committee members for your time and talents this year! We were blessed with members of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and the Council benefited by having you at the table.

Thank you to our staff, who make us all look great! Thank you to our Executive Vice President, Jeff Hornberger, for your dedication to the Council. We appreciate your never-ending time and effort.

Thank you to all of our members for your passion for the Council! I look forward to seeing you around the halls in Washington, DC!

Happy Holidays - Here’s to a great 2017!

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