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Why Women's Council?

Once upon a time, women were barred admission from many local REALTOR® boards and associations, prompting the formation of a "women's division." Today, NAR's membership is more than 66% female, so why still have Women's Council? 

I first came to real estate as a mother of young children, wanting to be compensated well for work that mattered while maintaining control over my schedule. Years later, I returned to real estate as a single parent needing to pay the bills. In both instances, real estate provided what I needed. Perhaps that is why the mission of Women's Council resonated with me deeply the first time I heard it.

The Mission

We are a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities we serve.

We are REALTORS® - not only women - coming together to improve and enhance our communities, our businesses, and our industry as a whole. Now, maybe it's just me. Maybe, I really am unique - special just like my mama said. Perhaps I, alone and specifically as a woman, needed - and still need - the training and development Women's Council offers. Somehow, I doubt that. 

Together, we as members of the Women's Council of SWMO continue to offer women and the larger real estate community the very thing we ourselves need.

Regional Focus

Women's Council of REALTORS® of Southwest Missouri encompasses 7 local boards: Greater Springfield Board, Four Corners (formerly Newton-McDonald), Ozark, Ozark Trail, Ozark Gateway, Tri-Lakes, West Plains with plans to also add Lebanon. A primary focus this year is reaching out to outlying boards and connecting  our region. Springfield is centrally located, so many of our meetings will still be there, at the GSBOR office. 

Keep an eye out for the meetings and events intended to educate and inform. We have some fun things planned, too! (Trivia anyone?) And every time we get together, there will be opportunities for networking and connecting - building relationships to support you, both professionally and personally.

So follow us on social media, watch for events and meetings. And even better, become a member if you haven't already. 

Dena Loder-Hurley, REALTOR®
Women's Council of Realtors 2023 President


Vision of Women’s Council of REALTORS®:

Through our influence as successful business professionals, women will effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community.

The Southwest Missouri Network supports the development of our members through valuable relationships with like-minded trusted professions.  With teamwork and industry exposure we create a fun passionate organization serving our community.

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