Girls Only!

Mortgage and Lending with Draper and Kramer NMLS# 189006


Growing up I was always considered more the tom boy then the girly girl.  That changed for a while when I was in high school.  Prior to high school, I would watch my dad work on his cars, motorcycles and fix things in the house.  I was intrigued!  I played football in the front yard with the boys next door, played kick the can across the street with the neighborhood kids and arm wrestled the boys, and sometimes won!  tom boyDuring high school I became more of the girly girl.  I had to if I wanted a boyfriend, I couldn't just beat them all up to make them go out with me.  But then when I got older I mixed the two.  I changed the oil, did the tune ups and rotated the tires on my own cars.  I ride a Harley and look like a professional woman daily for work. 

Working in a mostly male dominated field, it was important to me to establish myself in the "boys club" as I like to refer to it.  I was the first woman in our office to make it to this "boys club".  This will be my 5th year in the "boys club".  The boys club consists of those that make it to the Presidents club.  Each year the stakes are raised and the reward is a company trip determined by management. 

As this year has been slower than those in the past few years, it was time for me to create new contacts and rekindle old ones.  I have been keeping in touch with my database better, sending out newsletters, making more phone calls and networking!   

                                                         No boys allowed               

DPWN (DuPage Professional Woman's Networking) is for Girls Only!  Lets face it woman network differently than men.  Women helping Women.  DPWN was formed in 2003 and meets twice a month over lunch.  DPWN was DPWNcreated to meet the needs of professional working mothers.  Many professional working mothers are unable to commit to early morning meetings.  The meetings are from 11:30am until 1:00pm, allowing enough time for building new business relationships, sharing networking opportunities, marketing ideas and generating new business through referrals.  The excitement for a womens networking group has been so well received, 5 new chapters have been formed this year alone.  I enjoy networking with other women in business.  The Chicago Suburban News ran an article on DPWN ~~ click here to read the full story. 

Girls get out there and take a stand!  Let them know who you are and what you can do!

Kim Murphy

First Advantage Mortgage

"I make dreams come true without Murphy's Law"

Illinois Mortgage Lender | Serving DuPage, Kane, Lake and Cook Counties


Pictures courtesy of photobucket and DPWN

Comments (28)

Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate


You go girl, I'm cracking up at Adam sneaking in here....Hey Susie....I think my t-shirt said "Anything boys can do girls can do better" :)

Nov 18, 2007 10:11 PM
Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Go Kim Go Kim. Since I can't really add much to your post since I cannot play in your group..:-)
Nov 18, 2007 10:12 PM
Keith Hoffman
1st Advantage Mortgage - Lombard, IL
1st Advantage Mortgage - Residential Mortgage Specialist
First of all, Adam- don't get fooled regarding Kim's Girl Club. She is just one of us in reality.
Secondly- Kim, as a member of the 1st Advantage Mortgage "Boy's Club", it should be "MENS CLUB" for your etification. And although you have started to show your real colors, I am happy to have met you, work with you and be a part of your club. Now how can I visit that girl's only club of yours!Picture of Loan Officer: Keith Hoffman (1st Advantage Mortgage)
Nov 18, 2007 11:11 PM
Rick and Lynn Orze
RE/MAX All Pro - Carol Stream, IL
Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro

Kim - You can keep up with the best of them!!!

you go girl

Nov 19, 2007 12:18 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Lisa... Just picking up the phone can be the hardest part, but once its done, you wish you would have done it sooner! 

Karen...  Working with a lender like that is Awesome!  I think women tend to be more "hand holders".  Kick the can was my favorite game back in the day.  The kids now don't have a clue!

Adam...You are welcome in here anytime!  Just because I joined a women networking group doesn't mean I wont play like the big boys!  Don't worry about the boys, I'll take care of them if they kick you out of their club!  LOL

Nov 19, 2007 01:42 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Candi... Thanks for the compliment!  Once you get that bike let me know!  We will figure something out!

Matt... You are also welcome to play with the girls anytime! 

Keith... I do kinda roll with the boys too huh?!  I guess I'm just an all around kinda girl.  You can stop in at the meeting, but no joining!  LOL

Rick and Lynn... Thank you!  I do try!

Nov 19, 2007 01:46 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Susie... I'm proud to have you in my girls club!  My daughter went through this for a while, she said the boys would all make fun of her because she could beat them in arm wrestling...LOL  Now she is such a "girl"

Suzanne... Adam cracks me up!  I think I had a t-shirt that said that too!

Nov 19, 2007 02:06 AM
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
You Go Girl, I have a great support team here and I know the importance of having a club. Go get them boys.
Nov 19, 2007 03:18 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Kim, You are the WOMAN! Go get em girlfriend :)
Nov 19, 2007 03:31 AM
Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent

And we do it dancing backward and in high heels!  Great accomplishments, Kim.  I've never had much patience for the really girly girls --silly geese.

I would love to show up for work on a Harley!  Would have to learn how to ride, first.

Nov 19, 2007 03:42 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Mana... Networking is an awesome way to have great contacts! 

Lysa... Thanks, you know I will!

Elaine... LOL how true!  With a baby on our hip, while doing laundry and dishes too!  I used to ride to work more, but with my lap top back and forth it becomes a pain!  And the hair is a mess by the time I get there!  LOL

Nov 19, 2007 03:46 AM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor


as some other fellow broke this rule, I am breaking it too :)  who wants to break kim's law? LOL, just kidding my friend, I just came to say that I love how you wrote your blog and the touch that you gave it.

I will not suggest on anything else, because I know that it was for girls only :)

Great Touch !

Ray Saenz


Nov 19, 2007 05:56 PM
n d
Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA
We have several groups here that are for women - WIRE ( women in real estate)  that is a big success!  
Nov 19, 2007 07:29 PM
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

psst.... I read your post.

Don't tell the girls....

You know.... you had me with all of that 'Girls Only' and 'No Boys Allowed'


Nov 25, 2007 03:27 PM
Boston, MA


"Girls Only"... I just had to read!  I think it's great that you take on the boys the way you do!  Keep up the good work and keep kickin our but!

Nov 28, 2007 06:33 AM
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058
THANK YOU for being a role model!
Nov 28, 2007 01:17 PM
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

You go girl- your post was excellent and the comments are wonderful.  In our office, most of the realtors are women, so we can't have a club like that.  Actually I would like to be a member of the boys club.  Sometimes women can be pretty hard to work with 24/7.  You are one classy chick and I'm sure you do well in any club!

Nov 30, 2007 11:30 PM
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public
Kim ~  I actually started a group last night for women in our business!  I have not yet posted anything to it, but I will tomorrow!  Here it is ~ We are Women!  You should check it out.  I would love to have you join and bring all of your yummy smelling, pretty pink things!  :)
Dec 01, 2007 03:25 AM
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Way to go Kim!You can be part of my Boys Club anytime!Congratulations on your success!
Dec 11, 2007 11:17 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi Kim:  Look at all these silly guys trying to sneak in to something that is plainly marked "girls only."  We need to make it perfectly clear to them that if they really want into girls only space... they need to have the "surgery" first.  Ya think that'll stop them ?  I bet it will... LOL.
Dec 12, 2007 01:10 AM

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