Welcome to the National
Volunteer Town Square
Women's Council is a leadership organization, and as part of our mission, we are structured to provide you, the member, with leadership opportunities that enrich both our organization and you as a leader.
Whether a task force, governing board or assisting in running an election, opportunities abound for your involvement.
Please review the overall 2022 process (in 2021) by reading our March eConnect article on becoming a national leader.
National Officer Positions
Action Months: July - Early September 2021
What national officer positions are available?
Available one-year term positions include President-elect, First Vice President, Treasurer, and a National Liaison from each of the three geographical regions. Here is a short description of each position:
- National Liaisons oversee the work of the Women’s Council in their respective regions (West, Central, East) and act as the representative of the President in such matters as may be assigned to them. National Liaison is an enhanced transformation of the role formerly known as Regional Vice President, approved May 2019.
- The Treasurer shall submit the annual budget to the Governing Board for its approval. The Treasurer shall make the annual budget available to the National Association upon request. The Treasurer shall serve as chairperson of the Finance and Budget Committee and shall review financial matters of the Women’s Council monthly. The Treasurer shall report on the financial affairs of the Women’s Council to the Executive Committee and the Governing Board.
- The First Vice President approves the records and performs other such duties as are customary to the office, including acting as Secretary for the Governing Board and the Executive Committee, when necessary.
- The President-elect shall perform the duties of the President in the event of the President’s disability or absence. This position automatically moves up to President.
What are the qualifications of each role?
Other than being a member in good standing, our bylaws allow any member to run. Note, however, that filing an application is the first step in a long process. The nominating committee will seek preferred leadership qualities and experience as outlined in the National Information and Forms page.
What are the steps involved and the timeline?
- Early September 2021: file an application and consent to serve and send it to the Executive Vice President at email@example.com. Deadline: September 8, 2021
Visit National Information and Forms page.
- October 2021: Attend a campaign guidelines Zoom call. Upon attendance of this session, candidates are authorized to begin campaigning for the position. We encourage you to touch base with networks to travel, visit, and campaign. Campaigning lasts from October through mid-May 2022.
- November 2021: Nominating committee (nine individuals, see section 9 of national bylaws) will interview all candidates during the national conference in San Diego and a candidate slate will be produced shortly after the meetings. Note, whether or not you are slated for a position, you may proceed with the process.
- November 2021: Candidates will deliver campaign speeches to the governing board. Note, speech guidelines will be provided by the Executive Vice President but you can expect that it will be 3 minutes in length and the audience will be all registered conference attendees (600+). Check the events page on wcr.org, but the EVP will be in touch.
- May 2022: Elections to be held at Midyear meetings in mid-May in Washington, DC. To understand who 2022 voting delegates are, see section 10 of the national bylaws, which can be found on the national information and forms page.
- November 2022: Officers officially installed and the term begins the Tuesday after the national conference.
Leadership Identification & Development
Action Months: March - May, 2022
The 2021 committee application period has ended. This is information for 2022.
Process for LID applicants: You will begin by filling out the volunteer application. Depending on which local Network you belong to, this will then go to your state leadership, RVP, or Governor along with National Staff.
Process for LID Committee: Visit state information & forms for more information on the application guidelines.
Appointments will be made beginning in June 2021 for 2022 opportunities. Opportunities include (but are not limited to): liaison positions to NAR, finance & budget committee, project teams, Network 360 leadership conference faculty, inspiration/pledge speakers at national meetings, election volunteers, trade show booth volunteers, and meeting ambassadors. Other leadership opportunities arise as well, so participating in the process raises your volunteer leadership profile.
Note that the Leadership Identification & Development application and process is separate from 2022 Women's Council Leadership Institute application process. The application period opens in June 2021.
Guidelines and Information for LID Applicants
- Check with your State Network for their 2022 application deadline.
- Your state must review and submit recommendations to National by June 1st, 2021.
Please do not simply list all the organizational positions you have held.
Please do include the skills you have and the results that you have achieved. Be sure to include skills that you want to learn or build on.
Here are some ideas of the types of skills we are interested in. Use these concepts as you complete the application.
- Communication – speaking, writing, persuading, listening, negotiating, use of technology. Include specific topics that you speak on.
- Research and Planning – gathering and analyzing information, goal setting and strategy development
- Human Relations – motivating, representing others, conflict management
- Organization, Leadership and Management – managing and directing people to achieve common goals, coaching, mentoring
- Work Process – Managing time, meeting goals, making decisions, delegating, team building
Women’s Council Experience
- As leader of the website project team, I wrote the copy for our industry events and posted the information to the network website.
- I made a well-received presentation at the state orientation on the Network Model.
REALTOR® Organization Experience
- I used time management to keep the committee (Ethics) on track and on time.
- I facilitated the new member orientation at my local board.
We've developed additional tools for upcoming leaders!
- Pathways To Leadership brochure (attached)
- The Preparing to Lead PowerPoint (attached)
- First Year Member Communications Template (attached)
- Interview Template (attached)
Action Months: May - July 2021
While many organizations have Leadership Institutes and Academies, Women’s Council leadership’s 80-year track record and proven system in creating leaders is considered the gold standard 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. Click here to learn more.
Questions? Contact the Membership Department at 800-285-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Months: May 2021
Women’s Council is excited to launch mastermind groups! A member service and benefit, we seek to gather like-minded professionals and to further advance women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities we serve with three distinct specialty groups: Global, Commercial & Broker/Owner.
Click here to learn more and apply.
Leaders Made Here Submissions
Do you or someone you know need to be featured as a Women's Council Leaders Made Here? We want to know about you and how Women's Council has impacted your leadership roles! Fill out our online submission form today.