Good day and welcome to the Women's Council of REALTORS® Knoxville Network's website!
My name is Katie Ridgway and I am the 2022 President; it is my pleasure to serve you this year.
When I first started with Women's Council (my introduction started at the end of 2012), I was extremely intrigued and very excited about this group of individuals (REALTORS® and Affiliates alike). I was invited to a local Network Meeting and after an incredible motivational speaker, some yummy lunch and a networking game, I was hooked!
Fast forward a few years and I am thrilled to be stepping into leadership. In being a part of our local Board and the leadership team, I have been asked multiple times to share "my why." What is my reasoning for joining the council and then taking the next step to serve my local Network? I can passionately say my why is anchored in knowing I am part of a group that prides itself with open-minded and ethical individuals striving for the same successes within our real estate profession and that each person takes part in supporting and building all members of our group. Hard work and committment coupled with fun is the essence of "my why" as a Women's Council Member.
Throughout my life, I have always found relevance and understanding in quotes from Maya Angelou; I just love her. I have one of her quotes I would like to share here:
“I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can be kind for a while; you can be generous for a while; you can be just for a while, or merciful for a while, even loving for a while. But it is only with courage that you can be persistently and insistently kind and generous and fair.”
I am here to commit to you that I will lead and guide with all the courage I have in me. I am honored to take on this role as your local Knoxville President and I promise to devotedly lead and guide our Network to success in 2022 all while bringing up new members in confidence and helping them grow so they may eventaully step into leadership/
And, I know for a fact, the rest of my 2022 Governing Board are extremely courageous women and I am so proud to have them by my side in 2022. Let’s do this!
2022 Knoxville President