It is with disappointment that we have postponed WIRE 2020 due to health and safety concerns around coronavirus. The welfare of our attendees and speakers is our highest priority, and in the interests of keeping our members safe, the decision has been made to reschedule the WIRE conference to a date later in the year.  At this stage, it is too early to give you a new date for the conference, but all attendees will be notified as soon this has been selected.

Wire 2020 ‘Legacy’.  Hear from incredible women (and men) who carve out their legacies every day. They are some of the most inspirational and motivating local and national speakers.

  • 10 world class speakers
  • Most inspirational and motivational female empowerment event of the year
  • Networking opportunities with the best in the business
  • FREE goodie bag
  • Breakfast, morning tea and lunch provided
  • Innovative and high tech event space.
  CPD
The industry reforms introduced by NSW Fair Trading include changes to the CPD requirements that introduces Compulsory Topics and Elective Topics. 

All agents who are attending WIRE will satisfy their requirement to complete three hours of elective CPD topics in the CPD year from 23 March 2020 to 22 March 2021.
 
  Featured speakers

 

Manal Al Sharif

Saudi Women's Rights Activist. Author of ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’

Manal has been listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people, as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech and by Newsweek as one of the 10 tech-revolutionaries in the world. 
She is a prominent voice advocating for women's rights and empowerment and was one of the first Saudi women to specialise in Information Security, starting her career in 2002 with Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world.

In 2011, Manal co-founded and led the #Women2Drive movement to challenge the ban on women driving in her home country of Saudi Arabia and #IAmMyOwnGuardian with the aim to end male guardianship in her country. In June 2018, as a result of the campaign, the Saudi government lifted the ban on women driving. Manal also started #Faraj, a campaign to help domestic helpers leave jail, and #IAmLama which resulted in codifying the first anti-domestic violence law in Saudi. As a result of her tireless activism, she was awarded the first Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. 

A blogger and regular contributor to international media, Manal has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Alhayat and many other publications. Her memoir, ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening,’ is an intimate story of her life growing up in one of the most masculine societies in the world.

Manal is also a TED & Harvard speaker, she has also spoken for the United Nations, UNESCO, the Obama Summit, Google, Yahoo!, Oslo Freedom Forum, WIRED, Trust Women, The Arab Institute in Paris, the Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington DC, Roosevelt House in NY, the Clinton Global Initiative, Women in the World, Dallas World Affairs Council, and many others.

 
 

 

Renee Edge

Associate, Aust Property Professionals

Renee joined the Aus Property Professionals team after spending over a decade in the corporate sector. As an economist, Renee understands the workings of the property markets and has been professionally trained to identify long term economic growth factors. Renee developed a passion for property after realising the key to prosperity is to work smarter, not harder. She realised that by investing in property, we are allowing our money to passively grow our wealth. In 2018, Renee was awarded the Real Estate Institute of NSW Award for Excellence, in the category of Operational Support.

Throughout her career, Renee has always been enthusiastic to give back to the community and understands the importance of leaving a legacy. She has contributed to many community projects including developing a drive to improve the welfare of women in retirement after learning that women over the age of 55 are most at risk of homelessness. Renee has a long-term career plan to focus on educating women on the importance of investing for their future independence.
 

 
 

 

Natasha Janssens

Founder of Women with Cents. Speaker, Author,  Certified Money Coach® (CMC), Award winning finance expert

Natasha is the author of Wonder Woman’s Guide to Money and an award-winning finance expert. After arriving in Australia as an 18-year-old refugee without her family, Natasha learned firsthand the complexities of navigating the Australian financial system and the challenges faced by Australian women. 

Natasha is on a mission to ensure that all Australian women have access to professional financial advice, regardless of their age, income or circumstances. Her passion for education and helping others led her to start Women with Cents – an online community dedicated to empowering Australian women through education. Natasha is a regular contributor in the media, with her advice being featured in numerous media outlets such as Elle magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio, Mamamia and Today Tonight.
  

 
 

Mary Lemonis

Chief People Officer – REA Group

Mary is the Chief People Officer of REA Group and is responsible for the Group’s people strategy across its global network. She leads teams across business partnering, talent acquisition, remuneration, organisation development, internal communications, community partnerships and HR operations.  Mary joined REA in March 2018, and with more than 25 years’ experience in HR, she is passionate about realising enterprise value and growth by creating an exceptional employee experience.

Prior to REA, Mary worked for Campbell Arnott’s where she was the Vice President – Human Resources for Asia Pacific for eight years, and worked in a number of senior HR roles with Campbell Soup Company both in Australia and the US.  Mary holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.

 

Leanne Pilkington

REINSW President, Laing + Simmons Managing Director and go-to Real Estate Commentator. 

Leanne is the only female Managing Director in real estate franchising in New South Wales and one of only a handful in Australia. In just 2019, she was awarded the top gong at REB’s inaugural Women in Real Estate Awards, was recognised by the Daily Telegraph in the top 100 most influential people in Sydney and awarded ‘Most influential Woman in the Property Market’ at the AREA Awards.

Addressing the gender imbalance, empowering women agents and pushing towards industry-wide professionalism are among her key passions.

Kirsty Spraggon

Transformational Keynote Speaker

Kirsty is one of the most sought-after inspirational speakers. She is a truth teller, connector and a powerful storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable strategies that have lifechanging results. Her ability to share moving, thought provoking and emotional topics with compassion, strength, and her signature Australian humour, helps the audience become comfortable with going, just a little deeper. 

Kirsty’s courageous story has touched diverse audiences all over the world. She is trusted by her clients to design and deliver interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. She has been featured in Fox Business, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Today Show and more.

 
  Industry panel

Kylie Walsh

General Manager, DiJONES

Kylie is the General Manager of DiJONES Real Estate and a Licensed Real Estate Agent. With over twenty years’ experience in the industry, she has held a variety of roles that have taken her from the beach to the bush in positions of increasing responsibility. Walsh began her career at Elders Eastern Suburbs in Sydney and discovered her true calling working in the property industry. Kylie has worked with LJ Hooker, one of Australia’s largest and most trusted real estate brands, managing their biggest franchise portfolio. While there, she increased sales revenue by 30 per cent and expanded the franchise network.

Jenna Dunley 

Sales Consultant & Auctioneer, LJ Hooker

Jenna has been in the Canberra real estate industry since 2014 and has experience across a number of key roles as well as a thorough understanding of the sales process. Jenna is a qualified Auctioneer and recently was the first ever female to make the finals of the Australasian Auctioneering Championships in the history of the competition. She has also won the REIACT Novice Auctioneer of the Year Award for 2018, and the Apollo Invitation Auction Competition's Rookie of the Year in 2018.
 
With self-motivation and a passion for real estate, Jenna's enthusiasm is infectious. She derives energy from working with people and is consistent in building long-term relationships. Showing support for her community, Jenna has called a number of charity auctions which include Palliative Care ACT, War Widows' Guild of Australia and The Conservation Council.

 

 

Jacquie Love 

Founder at Secret Sisterhood

Jacquie is the founder of Secret Sisterhood a women's empowerment movement and social enterprise. She has a dream to help put an end to gender equality in her lifetime. To do this she has created a uniting symbol of women's empowerment. Secret Sisterhood sells jewellery featuring the women's empowerment symbol and 100% of the profits are given to help uplift women and girls around the world. Since founding Secret Sisterhood two years ago Jacquie has been able to direct funds to over 90 + countries and has seen first-hand how empowering women and girls can lift whole families and communities out of poverty. 

Carinda Gosling

Communications & Public Relations 

Since as early as Carinda can remember, she’s always had a way with words. Today, Carinda uses her innate ability, honed by years of experience, education, expertise and application, to persuade and positively impact audiences through the power of communication. 
 
Throughout her career, Carinda has been honoured to blend her words with many brands, businesses and consumers across a range of diverse roles and industries from federal government leadership positions to creative roles as a brand strategist where she has worked with small business to Australia’s leading insurer. In her current role, Carinda is the Chief of Communications for Kindred Group, overseeing communications for one of Queensland’s most progressive independent real estate groups. Day in day out, Carinda’s focus is to create impact through communication – impact that is both positive for the business and consumers alike.
 
  Proudly supporting
       
         REINSW has partnered with RISE to support funding for mental health education, prevention and intervention in the real estate industry.

Unfortunately research shows 35% of surveyed real estate professionals have sought medical advice for work-related stress, while 25% said they had experienced physical symptoms from burnout.

RISE are taking a proactive approach to support good mental health in the real estate industry. Support RISE today. #RISEWITHUS
  
  A special thanks to our partners


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For sponsorship enquiries please contact dparmar@reinsw.com.au

  Goodie bag sponsors
For goodie bag sponsorship enquiries please contact events@reinsw.com.au

     
     
   
  Past WIRE conferences

Find out about past Women in Real Estate Conferences:

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