womens council of realtors: MAY BRM - TOP PRODUCER PANEL - 05/31/10 03:02 PM

This month's program featured our chapter's annual "TOP PRODUCER PANEL - Top St. Louis Agents share a wealth of knowledge and insight!"
Panelists Kay Bova (Bova Realty), Janet Judd (RE/MAX Properties West), Dawn Krause (Keller Williams Southwest), Laura MacDonald (Coldwell Banker Gundaker) and Kristi Monschein (Prudential Alliance, REALTORS®)  provided an informative and inspiring presentation on topcis such as:
* Opportunities and Challenges in the 2010 Market
* Reaching Your Target Market
* Lead Generation and Referrals
* Winning Listing Presentations
* Personal Branding
* Busienss Planning
Whether you are a new or experienced agent, our Business Resource Meetings offer great tips … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: URBAN BUS TOUR - MAY 19, 2010 - 05/31/10 02:51 PM

WCR-Metro STL's May 19th 2010 Urban Bus Tour proved to be a fantastic evening of touring beautiful urban settings, wine and food, and discovering the lifestyle, history and redevelopment of some of St. Louis' most historic urban neighborhoods. This year's tour focused on the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, as well as the new Georgian Square community and The Mississippi Bluffs in Carondelet. The tour included:
* Wine and appetizer gathering at Lafayette Park's historic Park House and Gazebo for a presentation by Carolyn Willmore (local architectural historian and Lafayette Park Conservancy member) on the history of Lafayette Square and its Lafayette Park, a stunning … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: 2011 WCR-STL NOMINATING COMMITTEE - 05/31/10 10:56 AM

The Nominating Committee is currently soliciting nominations for 2011 WCR-STL Officer as well as recommendations for 2011 WCR-STL Comittee Chairs. WCR members can nominate another person or nominate themselves. Officer position include:  President-Elect, Vice President-Membership, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Nominating Committee will interview the nominees and then recommend a slate of candidates. Nomination sheets will again be distributed at the June Business Resource Meeting. For more information on the nominating process or to suggest a candidate, contact Jean Ewell, Nominating Committee Chair, at jeanewell@aol.com.

womens council of realtors: UPCOMING STATE MEETING - NOMINATION OF OFFICERS AND MORE - 05/31/10 08:35 AM

On June 15, 2010, the Missouri Women's Council of REALTORS® will be coming to town for its June Business Meeting at the Hilton Frontenac starting at 9:00 a.m. The June Business Meeting will include the nomination of WCR members for election as state officers. The WCR-MO Nominating Committee will announce a slate of candidates for state office. Nominations will also be solicited from the floor. It is anticipated that one or more of our chapter members will be included in the slate  of candidates and/or nominated for the floor. It is important that there is a … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: NEW MISSOURI WCR WEBSITE LAUNCHED - 05/31/10 06:50 AM

The Missouri Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® launched its new website www.wcrmo.org or www.wcrmo.com. The new website offers expanded coverage of national, state and local WCR chapter events.  It also includes expanded resources for chapter leadership teams and members.
The Leadership Team at the Missouri Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® recently set out to improve the state chapter website. Before the Missouri Chapter made its decision to create a new website the Missouri Chapter sat down to evaluate the needs of  … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: WOMEN IN THE BOARDROOM - THE BUSINESS AND BENEFITS OF BOARD SERVICE - 03/09/10 03:33 PM
On March 9, 2010, the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter and the St. Charles Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, along with other local and national organizations, sponsored the St. Louis 2010 Women in the Boardroom Event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront. Women in the Boardroom, formerly known as Women on Boards, is an executive leadership event designed to assist in the preparation of board service - better qualifying and connecting individuals with the right people and the right resources. The event featured an informative panel discussion of local women business leaders Beryl Raff (Chairman & CEO of Helzberg Diamonds), Gina Galgano Hoagland … (3 comments)

womens council of realtors: A MESSAGE FROM THE WCR-STL PRESIDENT (MARCH, 2010) - 03/02/10 07:34 AM

The Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® proudly includes cultural diversity as one of its core values. In April, the Business Resource Meeting will focus on the strengths and challenges of cultural diversity and will outline some of the resources available to assist REALTORS® to better serve these communities in its presentation INTERNATIONAL ST. LOUIS: 101 - Celebrating Diversity with Kate Howell and Kelly Moore of the International Institute St. Louis.
Cultural diversity is an important source of strength for the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Historically, women had been excluded from professional organizations and lacked a strong … (1 comments)

womens council of realtors: New Members Introductions (WCR-STL February, 2010) - 02/26/10 01:45 PM

Please welcome our newest members of the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS®:
Peggy Shumate - US Bank Home Mortgage - peggy-shumate@usbank.com
Kathy Barnes - Insight Title - kbarnes@insighttitle.com
Julie James - Insight Title - jjames@insighttitle.com
Nancy DuMeyer - ReMax Results - nancy@dumeyer.com
Karan Castells - Coldwell Banker Gundaker - karan@cbgundaker.com
Karen Robertson - Coldwell Banker Gundaker - karenrobertson@cbgundaker.com
As an incentive for new members, you will receive a FREE box advertisement (valued at $20.00) for signing up to become a new member.  In addition, we encourage all new members to attend one of the upcoming … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: Expanding Your Sphere of Influence - Leave Cyberspace and Network in the Real World - 02/26/10 03:10 AM
Recently, I read another blog post that asked the question "How do I expand my sphere of influence?"  The simple answer is by networking.  When it comes to networking, you need both a web strategy and a real world strategy.  Your web strategy will most likely focus on social networking sites like ActiveRain.com, LinkedIn.com or other sites.  Effective networking, however, requires personal contact and personal contact means 1-on-1 interaction. If you are new to a neighborhood or a city and are looking for entrepreneurial or social groups to join, you might want to start your search with MeetUp.com.  By using MeetUp.com, you can search and … (2 comments)

womens council of realtors: The WCR Open - Learning from the Pros - Golf, Life and Real Estate Sales - 02/26/10 03:10 AM

Last Summer, I had the opportunity to play golf with ActiveRainer Don Rogers and WCR-Metro STL Member Michelle Silies.  It was a scramble golf event to raise money for the O'Fallon Tomahawks, a local youth sports organization.  It was a great event organized by Bob Craddick, general counsel with Reliant Care Management, and held at the Tamarack Golf Club in O'Fallon, Illinois.  So, we loaded up the carts and hit the links.  Although we didn't get all 18 holes in because of rain, I did get my money's worth with my teammates sharing their wisdom on life, golf and real estate throughout the … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: In this Issue of the WCR Metro St. Louis E-Zine (WCR-STL February, 2010) - 02/17/10 11:50 AM

* Message from Our President
* Editor's Notes
* 2010 Membership Drive - This Month's Challenge
* New Member Introductions
* February Business Resource Meeting-MEGA Networking Event
* Article:  Expanding Your Sphere of Influence
* Article:  The WCR Open - Learning from the Pros
* Tech Toolbox
* Word from Our Sponsor:  INhance IT! Home Staging
* Word from Our Sponsor:  Assured Title Company
* WCR Reservations - New Reservations Policy Now in Effect
* WCR Live - www.BlogTalkRadio.com/WCRLive
* WCR Toolbar - New WCR Search Toolbar Available
* Article:  The Great Debate - Is Social Media … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: A Word from Our BRM Sponsor -INhance IT! Home Staging - 02/17/10 06:34 AM

Prepared by Liz Connolly, MIRM, MCSP / President, INhance IT! Home Staging
INhance IT! is a full-service staging company with services available to builders as well as those selling an existing home.  The company specializes in merchandising VACANT high-end re-sale properties, builder displays and spec homes.  The company’s motto is “The cost of our service is less than the cost of your first price reduction.”
The benefit of using INhance IT!’s services is that the home will usually sell faster and at a higher profit to the seller.  This is particularly … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: Leadership Program Update - 02/16/10 07:53 AM

The 2010 Leadership Program sponsored by the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® is now in full swing with the start of the leadership program class projects.  The  2010 Leadership Class has divided into two teams (The Hedgehogs and Team Legacy), and the teams have picked ambitious projects that could become model programs for other WCR chapters.  Both teams have focused on aspects of the class assigned book Good to Great  that resonated with them. 
MENTORING:  The Hedgehogs have focused on a project to set-up a formal mentoring … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: 2010 Fundraising Events - Mardi Gras Happy Hour - SOLD OUT - 02/16/10 07:38 AM


The 2010 WCR-Metro STL Mardi Gras Happy Hour & Karaoke Networking Event at Big Daddy's in Soulard was a SOLD OUT event.  Over 120 people attended this year's Mardi Gras event raising $4,000 in a single night to support WCR-Metro St. Louis Business Resource Meetings and other member professional development programs.  In addition to a great networking event, participants competed in a lively Karaoke Contest.  The Karaoke Contest winner was Jon Shomburg sponsored by INhance IT! Home Staging.  Second place went to Dani Meyer sponsored by USA Mortgage, and third place went to Barb McKone sponsored by Assured … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: New Toolbar Now Available from the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® - Powered by www.Conduit.com - 02/16/10 05:51 AM
For REALTORS in the St. Louis, Missouri area, the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS has added a new dynamic resource - a toolbar powered by Conduit.com.  The new toolbar called WCR-Assist is available for download at WCR Assist Toolbar.  The download actually includes two separate tool bars that you can toggle back and forth between the WCR Assist Toolbar and WCR Affiliate Toolbar.
Screen 1 – Primary Toolbar – WCR Resources/Agent Resources/WCR Tech Toolbox/Radio/TV

Screen 2 – Secondary Toolbar – Affiliates by Category – Click on “+” to switch from Primary Toolbar to … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: WCR LIVE - www.BlogTalkRadio.com/WCRLive - 02/16/10 05:39 AM
The Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® has launched a new Internet-based radio show called WCR Live.  On the second Thursday of each month (except January and December), hosts Klaus Bank and Michelle Silies will discuss a variety of real estate sales related issues with national, state and local leaders of the Women's Council of REALTORS® and others on topics ranging from diversity to communication styles to leadership to sales training to technology and more.  Listeners can call into the show, listen to live streaming audio, listen to archived shows, receive the shows via a RSS … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: WCR Reservations - New Reservations Policy Now in Effect - 02/16/10 05:06 AM


We had a great turnout for the February Business Resource Meeting with over 126 members in attendance.  This represents a 100% increase over the January Business Resource Meeting which had turnout dampened by a winter storm.  We are expecting another great turnout for the March Business Resource Meeting featuring not-to-miss innovations, recent developments and insights presented by our Tech Panel, so members are encouraged to make their reservations early.  Click here for the March Business Resource Meeting Flyer.  To reserve your spot for the March Business Resource Meeting, contact Shelly Clark at … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: Business Resource Meeting - February, 2010 (WCR-STL February, 2010) - 02/16/10 05:01 AM

The MEGA Networking Event jointly sponsored  by the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® and Home Builders Association for St. Louis and Eastern Missouri offered great networking opportunities.  This Business Resource Meeting started with an ice-breaker networking session.  Then during the luncheon, WCR members had the opportunity to network with 8-10 people per session with 3 networking sessions.  It was similar to speed dating.  Members were posed with a different question during each networking session providing an opportunity to explain their business and approach to market challenges. More than a few members … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: Membership Drive - This Month's Challenge (WCR-STL February, 2010) - 02/16/10 04:54 AM

In February, the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® continues its 2010 Membership Drive.  Last month, we encouraged our members to bring a guest and potential member to the MEGA Networking Event jointly sponsored with the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri.  The response was overwhelming with approximately 146 WCR members and guests in attendance.
For March, we renew our challenge to each WCR member to actively reach out to their colleagues and lender, title, inspection and other partners to recruit new members by exposing guests and potential members to our Business Resource … (0 comments)

womens council of realtors: A Message from the President (WCR-STL February, 2010) - 02/16/10 04:51 AM

The Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® strongly believes that its core mission is to identify, develop and support the next generation of industry leaders.  It isn’t just about identifying natural leaders who already have strong leadership skills.  It is about identifying members with potential, encouraging their participation, providing leadership training and offering opportunities to our members to fulfill their potential and to be future leaders.  In this month’s President’s Message, I wanted to highlight our chapter’s commitment to the core mission of developing the leadership skills of our members.
Here are some great upcoming leadership … (0 comments)


Michelle Silies

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Saint Louis, MO

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