Women have not only reached the top of the real estate leadership pyramid, they are proving themselves to be great leaders. Bold words, coming for a man, but my research shows that in the last couple of years women have moved into the #1 or #2 positions at many of the country's largest real estate companies.
When compared to many other professions and industries, real estate has long been one where women can more easily achieve success and equality with men. The National Association of Realtors profile even put the number of all sales agents at 65% female. But that's not what I am referring to - I mean management, and not even at middle management levels but executive levels.
For example here are some of the women in executive positions in today's real estate brokerage industry:
• Mo Anderson - President, Keller Williams Real Estate
• Shelia Bair - Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
• Tami Bonnell - President EXIT USA
• Lorna Borenstein - President, Move, Inc.
• Debbie Campagnola - CEO, ARELLO
• Brenda Casserly - President, ERA Real Estate
• Shari Chase - President , Chase International
• Sherry Chris - CEO, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
• Beverly Faull - General Manager, Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions
• Helen Hanna Casey - President, Howard Hanna Real Estate
• Dottie Herman - CEO, Prudential Douglas Elliman
• Laurie Janick - General Counsel, NAR
• Susan Johnson - President , Real Estate Settlement Providers Council
• Laurie Keenan - President, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates
• Margaret Kelly - COO, REMAX International
• Pamela Leibman - CEO, The Corcoran Group
• Gail Liniger - Vice Chairman, REMAX International
• Pam O'Connor - CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
• Joyce Paron - President, EXIT Canada
• Kaira Rouda - COO, Real Living
• Brenda Shipplett - COO, Long & Foster Companies
• Sarah Shoemaker - COO, Real Living
• Pat Vredevoogd Combs -NAR President 2007
Can you name others?
This eye-opening discussion is but the first part of Trend #10 in my 2008 Swanepoel Trends Report (http://www.ReTrends.com). Rounding out Trend #10, "Shattered Glass" as the trend is listed in the Report, is an evaluation of the important impact of the Youth and Minorities in real estate. I will discuss those two groups in another blog, on another day.
For now, it's the women. Let's see if we can create a list of the Top 100 Women in Real Estate right here on ActiveRain.
PS: If you were wondering who the pretty woman is in the blog, well I have to confess, it's my wife, Era Swanepoel.