Finding the Value: Why I Joined the Women’s Council of REALTORS

July 12, 2013

Joining the Chicago Women’s Council of REALTORS® was an easy decision after I attended the “Casino Royale” fundraiser last fall to benefit the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. At the event, a cooperative effort between WCR and the C.A.R. Young Professionals Network, I sat next to Evelyn Fred, WCR’s Vice President of Membership, and reflected on an amazing evening. Everyone was dressed to the nines and we couldn’t get over how much fun we’d had. We talked more about WCR, and the next morning membership information was waiting in my inbox. I joined that day.

Casino Royale was actually my second WCR event. A few weeks earlier, a colleague reached out about a WCR monthly program, “The Luxury Market,” hosted at the new Ritz-Carlton Residences. It sounded interesting so I decided to go. It was a wise decision. The 90-minute program was perfect for my schedule yet in that short amount of time I met two new friends and left with several gems of professional advice I immediately incorporated into my business.

The value of joining WCR, for me, is how each program elevates my professional consciousness and my business perspective. Each speaker I’ve heard has shared great tips that I’m able to put to use right away. I’ve fine-tuned my marketing plans and changed my daily operations to become more efficient and effective. The cost of WCR membership is nominal when compared to the benefits I take away. Time is money. Investing my time in WCR pays off.

Like every other REALTOR®, my calendar is packed to the point that maximizing time is essential. WCR program planners keep that in mind. Each monthly program is a great networking opportunity, topics are informative and speakers are knowledgeable and respected industry leaders.

WCR programs also provide an opportunity to explore some of the newest and greatest developments in our market. Just this year WCR has hosted programs at Related’s new Harbor View Condominiums, 2550 Lincoln Park and the Waldorf Astoria.

Another value of being a member is an increased ability to get involved. I decided early on that I wanted more than peripheral association, so I joined the membership committee and serve as its secretary. Getting involved has allowed me to really get to know people and develop my leadership skills.

My fellow WCR members include Chicago real estate industry leaders and top producers, such as past-C.A.R. presidents and board members.  I am proud to be in their company.

WCRs members like having fun but are serious about taking their careers to the next level. Joining has been everything I hoped for. My business is growing, I’ve met wonderful people and I am having a great time.

There isn’t always someone to tap you on the shoulder and tell you why you should get involved. But I can tell you from experience, though time is valuable, joining an organization like WCR is a wise investment. I look forward to seeing you at our next program.

Monique Washington

Coldwell Banker Residential

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