Another conference is in the books! On our 80 year anniversary, we gathered over 600 professionals in our nation's capital with fellow business leaders from around the country to learn, network, and connect with friends (both old and new). As NAR members, we also participate in their track where we take an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy and the association. For those of you who have never attended this meeting, I'd highly recommend it and for those of you who haven't attended in awhile, I wanted to recap some of the successful changes of this event and bring you up-to-date on everything that is happening with your Council.
Women's Council and WomanUp®! - In partnership with the California Association of REALTORS®, panels were held with the purpose of creating a community where members and leaders can communicate, collaborate, advocate for, and support one another. The panel featured successful Women's Council role models. On our 80th anniversary, we are delighted to see large state REALTOR® associations embracing women in real estate, and collaboration is fitting. We are also pleased to be a strategic partner for the upcoming WomanUp® conference this June in Los Angeles.
Commemoration of Fair Housing Act - Women's Council was honored to be one of five partner organizations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. A panel, reception, and other events commemorated this event. Gail Hartnett, Women's Council Past National President (2006), was Vice Chair of the implementation group and an initial supporter of the act 50 years ago and we were honored to once again have a key role in this initiative. An outstanding NAR 360 had an emotional and impactful commemoration, which can be viewed in its entirety here.
PMN Pop-Up Course and Growth - Women's Council held its third pop-up course titled "Referral Rehab" with a record 70 students. A pop-up course is defined as a one-time topic-based course, held at national conferences, with various instructors who "pop-in" and teach a course that is timely, relevant and interactive and is eligible for PMN designation credit. After pinning 50 new PMN designees, our PMN count approaches the 1,100 mark. For those of you who don't have your PMN, what are you waiting for? If you are unable to attend our innovative pop-up course, Women's Council has partnered with Champions School of Real Estate to bring you live virtual courses. We realize many of you don't have live offerings in your local market, and that online courses are too impersonal, so the Champions courses are a perfect hybrid of both delivery methods. Three courses will be offered in June, so now is the perfect time to take them! We are also partnering with the Residential Real Estate Council (who confers the CRS designation), to bring you modules focused on running a business. Taking three online modules will fulfill one PMN course requirement.
Women's Council Members, Leaders at NAR - While the Council is only 1% of NAR's membership, we hold 17% of all committee positions at NAR, and 18% of the total NAR Board of Directors. This meeting was no exception. Congratulations to Council member Jo Anne Poole from Maryland, who was awarded the National Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award (DSA), for her lengthy and highly respected record of service to the industry. Two Women's Council members, Charlie Oppler and Sherri Meadows, campaigned for the NAR 2019 First Vice President position in a very close race and we were proud to see their passionate leadership on display. Finally, at the mid point of the year, Women's Council participation in RPAC is at 64%, up 2% versus last year, totaling $1,259,887. No other NAR affiliate, or state or local REALTOR® association, can boast a participation rate higher than Women's Council. We are poised to shatter records once again this year and the Council's continued success in RPAC is statistical proof of the business leadership we demonstrate in the industry.
Dues Increase Passed - Finally, I'd like to thank you all for the trust that you place in the Council, as we approved the $14 dues increase (effective in 2019). This dues increase will fund a new database and website, the Council's biggest assets, and modernize our technology for years to come. We are celebrating 80 years of existence, but your approval will now take us to 100 years and beyond. The Council continues to be good stewards of your hard earned dues dollars and we will continue the fiscal discipline, coupled with innovative ways to grow. Thank you for your membership and the trust you place in the Council. It is truly an honor to serve!
Jo Ann Stevens, PMN
2018 National President