President's Message

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2018 has started off with a Bang!  Our Mid-Winter meetings were such a success.  We experienced such dedication, commitment and camaraderie amongst our leaders both past and present and our Members both seasoned and new.  The energy and excitement was felt by all and if you missed it (or would like to experience it again) we have recordings of the meetings available on our website. 


This is the inaugural year implementing the Chapter to Network model.  It is both a privilege and our responsibility to assist our members through this transition.  It is also a unique opportunity to help blaze this new path for the Council.  Our theme this year is Fierce, Focused and Flexible.  As your 2018 State President, I believe one must be fiercely focused on their goals, while remaining Flexible in the strategies in which to obtain them. 


We, as your 2018 Leadership Team, promise to be available, approachable and dedicated to assisting you to grow as leaders and professionals.  The skills you will attain while participating in our new Network model will prove to be beneficial to you personally and professionally.  We’re excited to see every Member’s business grow while simultaneously advancing individual Networks of the Women’s Council. 


Founded in 1938, the Women's Council of REALTORS® has become a nationwide community of nearly 12,000 real estate professionals who include many of the best and brightest in the business.  Women’s Council members are known as leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve.  62% of our nationwide members hold local community leadership positions, 17% of the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors are Council members, 18% of NAR Committee slots are held by Council members and 10% of Local and State Association Presidents are members of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.  We are a strong family of leaders supporting and encouraging strategic growth for our industry and the communities we serve.  As a result of our training and involvement, our connection with each other across the Nation is solidified with a resounding 54% of our national membership referring business to other Council Member annually.  Not surprisingly, the #1 cited reason for referring business to another Women’s Council member is: “Council membership means a high-level business leader who will follow through on client needs.”


On behalf of our 2018 Leadership Team, Andrew Bell, Natalie Arrowsmith, Christine Citrano and Amy Snook, we thank you for your commitment and dedication to the Council, our profession, and your leadership path and participation.  We look forward to a Fierce, Focused and Flexible 2018.


Cindy DeCoster

2018 Women’s Council of REALTORS® Florida President