TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a Realtor with Realty Executives Saskatoon. Seven years ago I decided to leave my senior management position with Saskatchewan Housing Authority as an Area Manager and to begin a new career path in Real Estate. In the late 1980’s I began working as a Property Manager in private industry and quickly rose through the ranks and became the General Manager/Broker of my firm. I worked in this industry for 10 years, then due to corporate changes I accepted a position with Saskatchewan District Health managing a large staff for 3 years and then moved over to Saskatchewan Housing Corporation for 12 years. During that time, I always had the desire to work for myself and Real Estate was a natural choice. The hard decision was to leave a paid position with benefits and pension to pursue my dreams. 6 years ago, I took the plunge and have never looked back. Working on my own with a powerful brokerage behind me is exactly where I had hoped to be, and the move has been very positive and fulfilling. Now, when I work long hours – I work for myself. The goals & achievements are mine to make.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? Getting started was the most difficult journey I have ever taken. Educated, all dressed up and nowhere to go. It was humbling the first year, however it made me stronger & more determined to succeed.
HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED? My inspiration comes from achieving my goals and doing what makes me happy. I found through the years that this is a very busy, often stressful and yet exciting industry, that if you let it, can consume you. I soon found myself putting my work before everything else, not allowing myself to take part in the things I love. My social interaction other than through work was becoming less and less. Three years ago, I accepted an appointment as a Marriage Commissioner which was something I always wanted to do. It is a position that forces you to dress up, take care of yourself and perform publicly. It is a position that surrounds me with people, happy days & beauty. This is just the mix I needed with my Real Estate Career. The two go so well together and shape me into who I have become today.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MODERN WOMAN? To me, a Modern Woman is one who puts herself first. Takes care of herself, works hard to achieve her goals and is driven & motivated. If you can shape yourself into a person you respect & love, you will have so much more to give people. Working hard is great as nothing comes without persistence & determination. However never forgetting what is important – family, relationships, friends, home, & self. You have to develop a full package or everything else fails.
WHAT ADVICE OR TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS? My advice to women considering working for themselves is to know what you’re good at, and develop those skills further. Set a written business plan with goals and action plans. Monitor your plan daily, weekly and monthly. Don’t look at setbacks as failures. Learn from each mistake and move forward. Keep doing what you’re doing. Always have various avenues to grow your business. Don’t do the same thing all the time. Do many things all of the time. And lastly, give yourself time. You can’t build success in a day. It takes months, years and sometimes a lifetime.
WHAT IS IN YOUR FUTURE? Realty Executives Saskatoon is growing every year. We have strong leadership, excellent training for new Executives and ongoing training and support for everyone in the brokerage. It is the only Brokerage I would consider working in. There is no doubt that we will continue to grow and achieve numbers we have not yet imagined. I see Realty Executives as the #1 choice of the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan for years to come.
WHO INSPIRES YOU? I can’t name one particular woman. I admire women who are successful while juggling family, small children, homes, jobs, and still seem to find time to be involved in community and events. It takes incredible energy and determination to make it all work as a woman so I have nothing but admiration for successful women who are doing it all.