In Conversation with Chicago's Leading Ladies

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Recently, I was invited to participate in an event called Leading Ladies: Conversations with a Powerhouse Panel, held on March 1st at the beautiful J. Parker restaurant in Hotel Lincoln. Hosted by Mary Haight and moderated by Emily Phair, I joined Brooke Vanderbok, Melanie Stone, and Judy Gibbons onstage to discuss the joys, challenges, and strategies involved in working in real estate. Over 100 women attended (what an amazing turnout!) and we all agreed this kind of gathering is so important; sharing with one another will not only help us individually, but will benefit our industry as a whole. Today on the blog I’m thrilled to share some of the key themes we addressed during this great event!  

1) Mentorship
Everyone onstage acknowledged the value of having had mentors when they first started out. My mother, Dan Levin, and Terry Folks were mine, and the knowledge they shared with me was truly invaluable. It’s important to me to be able to give back to other up-and-coming realtors through mentorship, and it’s one of the many things I love about my job. We also discussed just how beneficial these relationships are for the mentors! A lot can be learned from collaborating with women who are new to the industry, as they bring all kinds of diverse life experiences to their work. 

2) Leadership 
This was a common theme throughout the discussion, and it was an honor to be sitting amongst such strong leaders in our industry. These skills are certainly strengthened over the years, and I shared my gratitude for having once run my own real estate company. That experience truly gave me a different perspective on what it means to lead a team, and this knowledge has informed my work ever since. 

3) Growth
Naturally, there was a lot of interest in hearing about growth strategies! My advice to the crowd was that opportunity is everywhere, and if you keep your eyes and ears open and surround yourself with smart people, those opportunities will present themselves. The same goes for those looking to build their networks; you can connect with people anywhere, and even if you don’t think you have a sphere, you do! Here I am discussing this point in greater detail:  

Thank you again to the organizers of this inspiring event, and to all of the attendees! I was so honored to have been a part of it.