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Women's Council has interviewed some of the most influential thought leaders in the industry, who have generously shared their practical tips for success in real estate. Check out these "Leading Women."

In this series of interviews, we cover the essentials that you need to know to build a real estate business – from creating that sought-after "work-life balance" and motivating agents, to staying on top of trends in a rapidly evolving marketplace and how industry involvement can give you the competitive edge.

Leading Women: Alicia Matheson

Posted February 2019
Women's Council Orlando Regional President-elect Alicia Matheson seldom takes the traditional route to achieve her goals. And, if history is any indication, this approach will serve her well in an upcoming trade mission to Belgrade, Serbia.
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Leading Women - Matey Veissi: A Force in Real Estate

Posted August 2018
One conversation with Matey H. Veissi, CRS, CIPS, who’s with Veissi & Associates in Miami, Fla., and you know where she stands on everything from leadership to the difficulty women have getting elected to state and national Association offices.
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Leading Women - Elizabeth Mendenhall: A Leadership Force

Posted April 2018
Elizabeth Mendenhall, ABR, CRB, PMN CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri and 2018 National Association of REALTORS® President, may have learned from the best—her father was the 2001 NAR president—but she says, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t hit some obstacles along the path to leadership. However, it’s because of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® that she was able to fail forward and pick herself up.
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Meet the President: Jo Ann Stevens, PMN

Posted December 2017
Meet our 2018 President, Jo Ann Stevens. Learn how she got started in the real estate industry and her journey with Women's Council.
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Leading Women: Harriet K. Konter - A Trailblazer for Women in Real Estate

Posted May 2017
A Georgia native, Harriet K. Konter was a trailblazer for women in real estate, tenacious in her passion to prove that women can hold leadership roles and make a career out of real estate.
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Leading Women - Judy Gibbons: Luxury Leader

Posted April 2017
Adversity can impact people in a way that gives them purpose and drive. Judy Gibbons, a broker-associate with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty in Chicago and president-elect for Women's Council Chicago, knows that well.
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Meet the President: Sherri Souza, PMN

Posted December 2016
Sherri Souza, the 2017 National President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and a broker/owner with Broker in Trust in Livermore, California, has become a passionate member and advocate of Women's Council. So it’s surprising to hear she initially hesitated to join the organization.
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Leading Women - Bernice Brubeck-Wong, PMN

Posted October 2016
There is an old Chinese proverb: "If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."
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Leading Women - Rebecca Thomson, PMN

Posted August 2016
When a friend’s father suggested Rebecca Thomson consider a career in real estate, he thought it would leverage her interest in sales. He was right. Little more than a decade later, Thomson is Vice President of Agent Development with @properties, the largest independent brokerage in Illinois and one of the top 12 residential brokers in the U.S.
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Leading Women: Angeline Kopka

Posted May 2016
Women's Council Past National President, Angeline “Angie” Kopka turned 100 years old on April 17, 2016. Kopka continues to inspire us all to push boundaries and aim high.
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Leading Women: Pamela Banks, PMN

Posted January 2016
If you’ve served as a Women’s Council leader with Pamela Banks, 2015 Florida State Chapter President and a sales associate with RE/MAX DIRECT in Wellington, Fla., you’ve probably received one of Banks’ famous orchids. “I told the leaders that orchids thrive when they’re in the right environment, just like human beings. When you put someone in the right place, he or she thrives,” says the avid orchid collector and WCR leader.
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Leading Women: Margo Wheeler Willis

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
When 2011 President Margo Wheeler Willis first joined real estate 17 years ago after retiring from the Army, she also joined Women's Council and learned quickly the power of building relationships to transform your business. Now more than ever, she says, the organization should be embracing its core values – relationships, education and leadership – while at the same time providing just-in-time education and networking tools through convenient technology channels. It's a tall order, but with a great plan in place and top-notch leadership training, Women's Council is more than ready to get the job done in 2011.
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Leading Women: Molly Kay Hamrick

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
When Bob and Molly Kay Hamrick purchased CBPR, she was already the top franchise agent in Las Vegas, and he was the top broker. Under their direction, the gross commission income of CBPR/Las Vegas increased from $7.9 million in 1997 to more than $30 million in 2006. Through their unique management style, the Hamricks have coached agents through the tough times more recently. Today, the company includes 325 agents and 40 staff. In July 2010, CBPR appeared on REALTOR® Magazine's list of the "Top 100 Real Estate Companies" in the U.S.
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Leading Women: Colleen Badagliacco

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
Colleen Badagliacco has been an influential leader in real estate for decades, first with the California Association of REALTORS® and then NAR. Today, she’s a major donor for RPAC and also works with calREDD, an initiative to pull together all California real property records regardless of status. This month, she shares her tips for success in real estate with eConnect.
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Leading Women: Cynthia Shelton

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
Six years into her real estate career, Cynthia Shelton, CCIM, CIPS, CRE, GRI, made the switch from residential to commercial and never looked back. She currently specializes in the sale of investment properties, such as net leased retail, grocery-anchored shopping centers and office properties for Colliers International in Florida
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Leading Women: Vicki Cox Golder

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
For NAR's 2010 National President Vicki Cox Golder, CRB, there is never a moment to sit still, but this expert time-manager is ready for her hectic year ahead.
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Meet the President: Deborah Tatum Gilmore

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
As Deborah Tatum Gilmore, ABR, GREEN, GRI, PMN, SRES, of Marietta, GA, begins her journey as Women’s Council of REALTORS®' seventieth national president, she realizes that as much as real estate has changed since the organization was founded in 1938, some basic principles remain the same.
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Mary Tennant: Taking on Challenges

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
A willingness to seize opportunities and work hard have propelled Mary Tennant to her current position as president and chief operating officer with Keller Williams Realty Inc. Tennant oversees Keller Williams’ international support center, which provides training and support for nearly 60,000 KW associates in the U.S. and Canada.
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Leading Women: Phyllis Brookshire

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
Real estate is in Phyllis Brookshire’s DNA. In her current role as regional vice president of the Allen Tate Company, she brings more than 20 years of real estate experience that she honed working at York Properties, a construction, property management and real estate company founded by her father.
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Sherry Chris Builds Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate from the Ground Up

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
Without realizing it at the time, Sherry Chris learned at an early age about what would become one of the foundations of her career. As the eldest of four children and the daughter of working parents, it wasn't unusual for Chris to come home from school and prepare family meals, help with housework and anything else her mom needed. Chores at home taught her structure, discipline and of course, responsibility, all of which she applies in her current role as president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC.
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Accelerate Your Career with Volunteer Leadership

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
When you’re working hard to develop your real estate career, the idea of taking on a leadership role in an industry organization might seem lofty, but totally impractical. After all, there’s no time, and such roles would cut into your ability to actually be a REALTOR®. While that sounds reasonable, the exact opposite is true, according many leaders, who say that industry involvement gives you the competitive edge to build your business. Hear from industry leaders Cathy Whatley, Sharon Millett, Adorna Carroll, Barbara B. Lach and Pat V. Combs.
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Ebby Halliday & Mary Frances Burleson: A Pioneer and Her Successor Parlay Simple Principles into Big Business

Posted Leading Women Archive Prior to 2011
It was in Dallas in 1945 that real estate legend Ebby Halliday sold her first house. She was asked by the husband of one of the customers of the millinery store she then owned to sell cement houses, because, as he said, "If you can sell those crazy hats, maybe you can sell those crazy houses." Halliday went on to sell an astounding 52 cement houses in the next nine months.
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