What is the Leadership Institute?

While many organizations have Leadership Institutes and Academies, the Women’s Council's 85+ year track record and proven system in creating leaders is considered the pinnacle in the industry. The Leadership Institute develops leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential through their local and state network, with the goal of creating a network of industry experts across the country who are actively involved in improving our Council.  

Who should apply?

Individuals who have completed these requirements are eligible to apply for this program.

  • REALTOR®, REALTOR-Associate® or REALTOR® Association Executive
  • Women's Council National member in good standing
  • National Women’s Council member for at least 2 years
  • Served at your local network
  • Attended at least 2 (in-person) National Women's Council Conferences (Midyear, Network 360 or National Conference)
  • PMN Designee or Candidate in good standing or an intent to work towards earning the designation
  • Applicants will have demonstrated commitment to expanding their knowledge and involvement in the industry as well as seek greater involvement in Women’s Council national leadership.

Think you might be overqualified?

  • Individuals who have served or are currently serving on their State Leadership Line, State Liaison, or National Leadership are not eligible.

***If you do not meet these qualifications, but feel that you are a strong applicant for this program and wish to be considered please reach out to education@wcr.org.

What time commitment does the Leadership Institute entail?

The Leadership Institute is a major 10-month commitment (February-November) and includes attendance at three live meetings as follows: a dedicated 2-day training event in Chicago in February or March 2025 (covered by Women's Council), the National Midyear Meeting in June 2025 in Washington DC (at student's expense), and the National Conference in November 2025 in Houston, TX (at student's expense).  Other meetings will be held via telephone or Zoom in between the meetings. Leadership Institute participants must commit to attending all three meetings and all virtual meetings.

Attendance at all sessions is necessary to graduate. Participants who have an unexcused absence for more than one session will be dropped from the program and encouraged to reapply. Selection for subsequent year’s programs cannot be guaranteed. Please consider this time and travel commitment before applying.

What costs are entailed for the Leadership Institute? What is covered and what is not?

For the Class of 2025, the $595 application/participation fee is due by December 1, 2024, and covers the program's tuition cost. Women’s Council fully covers the February/March training (air, hotel, meals). The Midyear and National Conference registration, hotel and all travel expenses are at the participant’s expense. The application process will open on June 3 and close on July 8, 2024.

Apply for Leadership Institute Class of 2025

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