Message from 2019 President Fiona
by Fiona Theseira
It has been my absolute honor and pleasure to serve as your 57th and 2019 State President for Women’s Council of REALTORS®, California. I humbly thank you all for this amazing opportunity. It has been a year of successes for the Council, learning opportunities and embracing change. It has been a tremendous experience and I have been thrilled to be able to visit and connect with so many of you during the year.
During the 2019 year we have provided several opportunities for training locally and at State meetings. We started last September in San Diego with the State Leadership Retreat where the 2019 State Leadership team gathered. During this time, we learned facilitation skills from Jim DeLizia, which prepared us for the inaugural Fall Leadership Summit and also received leadership preparation from Otto Catrina.
The Winter meeting started off with the welcome reception at Tommy Bahama’s in Downtown Palm Springs. Our Governors and District Vice Presidents led best practice presentations on recruitment & retention, events, branding, and protocol. Our local leadership teams went into position specific breakouts for best practices and leadership education. Susan Packard, prior C.O.O. of H.G.T.V. provided insights into business principles, branding and culture and how freeing it is that you do not need to master every little thing to add value. Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 N.A.R. President, gave a fabulous presentation on unicorn leadership, and how such leadership strive immediate and solid results and returns.
In 2019, we added a new element to the State installation. For the first time, a V.I.P. pre-event reception was held. This V.I.P. event, held in my suite, allowed us the opportunity to invite State and other Dignitaries along with upper tier Strategic Partners and Installation Sponsors to attend. This gave the Council added visibility and the opportunity for any State V.I.P.’s to drop by, even if they were not able to stay for the Installation.
Another first for Women’s Council, California was electronic elections during our Spring meeting in Sacramento. We do consider the election process a success, and one upon which we will make improvements moving forward. During the Spring meeting in Sacramento, we received an insightful economic update from CAR’s Sara Sutachan. Our local leadership teams went into position specific breakouts to receive best practices and leadership education. Amber Barnes, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, helped attendees explore the skills of courage-building and the willingness and ability to “rumble with vulnerability”.
Our State elections brought in a good number of applications with multiple applicants running for positions. We are happy to report that a number of our local Networks also experienced multiple candidates for leadership positions. This is great news as it means that our networks are creating interest in their members to embark or further their leadership journey and take on leadership roles.
Congratulations to Inland Valley who won the State Second Chance membership contest. Greater Fresno was close on their heels! Great job to all bringing on new members. Keep up the good work!
Transitions workshops were reintroduced this year. We named them 2020 & Beyond; very fitting as we move into a new decade. We had 28 of the 34 networks and 190 members attend our three events. Kudos and thanks to all who helped set up and to those who attended. Major thanks go to all of our Governors and District Vice Presidents who contributed to the success of 2020 and beyond! To the Networks who contributed “seed money”, thank you, and you will receive your checks next week. Click here for more information
The 2019 Fall Leadership Summit was held in Downtown LA, at the Hotel Indigo. This location was not where we were originally scheduled to have the event, however, the location was a success. Thirty-one Network leadership teams were in attendance. The primary function of this meeting was to train the incoming leadership teams; and there was value for all attendees. For more information click here
Thank you all for the journey you have shared with me. I have so many people to thank and appreciate. In the interest of your time, included in the thanks are the 2019 Leadership Team, Governors, District Vice Presidents, Strategic Partners, Sponsors, Local Network Presidents, Past State Presidents, Committee Chairs, Project team leaders and committee/team members, this list is by no means exhaustive. THANK YOU ALL for your time, your wisdom, your creativity, your mentorship and your feedback! The learning on my journey was beyond anything I ever had imagined. I have absolutely loved this year’s experiences, each one of them has been invaluable. Both the joys and challenges will be forever treasured.
You are in great hands in 2020 with the State leadership team led by President Eileen Oldroyd. They are excited and ready to lead California into a new decade and State Network model.
Dream | Believe | Achieve | Enjoy The Journey!
2019 State President