Women’s Council State Network Transformation:
Delivering Value To Local Networks And Their Members

by Your Women's Council Leadership Team

We are delighted to announce that we are proposing some exciting changes for the state networks at the Governing Board meeting on November 10, 2019, in San Francisco. 

In 2016, the local network model was approved, and in 2018, all networks became fully compliant. Networks have successfully embraced the new model which includes brand standards, streamlined governance, organization nimbleness, and added value for REALTORS®.

Untouched in this process were the state networks and redefining their purpose. A Presidential Advisory Group was convened to study the state model in 2019 and included three live sessions and numerous virtual meetings with various stakeholders to study the proposed transformation of state networks, taking into account the various sizes and unique organizational nuances of the 23 state networks. Throughout the process, it was asked that the model be supportive of local networks, collaborative, flexible, scalable and straightforward.

The result is the proposed state model, structured as a set of minimum standards that all State Networks must follow in key operating areas to ensure a baseline of support to local networks, consistency in member value and experience, and the integrity of the Women’s Council brand. Scalable options are suggested for larger networks to accommodate the difference in capacity. Under the proposal, state leaders are free to operate above these standards based on the needs and desires of local networks and members, but must at a minimum meet each standard as a baseline of operation. Guidelines are also provided for states without networks. The proposed model can be viewed here.

We've developed some easy-to-read information on the State Network Project via the attached fact sheet and frequently asked questionsAdditionally, one-hour Zoom call was held on October 7th with the Governing Board that outlines the proposal and includes slides and board discussion.

The new model we are proposing will impact bylaws at the national and state levels.

Amendments proposed to our national bylaws must be approved by the NAR legal department, NAR Board of Directors and our national governing board. The state and national bylaws changes and additions, which you can download below, are underlined. Deletions are struck through. The strikethroughs, name changes, and rewording of terms reflect changes that have been reviewed by Women’s Council staff, a member-centric state bylaws task force, and NAR's legal affairs team.

For state proposed bylaws amendments, click here.

For national proposed bylaws amendments, click here.

We appreciate your attention to these proposed changes. Please get in touch with anyone on the leadership team or staff with any questions, comments, and concerns.

Your 2019 National Leadership Team

Heather Ozur - President
Brenda Lee Szlachta - President-Elect
Pamela Banks - First Vice President
Sylvia Seabolt - Treasurer