The 14th annual WIRE event held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney featured inspiring local and international speakers. #REIWIRE

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  About

Relaunch and reimagine.

The Women in Real Estate conference (WIRE) is one of the real estate industry's key events for professional development.

This year’s event was all about reflecting on your life, redefining your journey and relaunching yourself with double the force.

  • 9+ world class speakers
  • Most inspirational and motivational female empowerment event of the year
  • Earn 3 elective CPD hours
  • Networking opportunities with the best in the business
  • Morning tea, lunch, drinks and canapes provided
  • Member and group discounts available

 

“It’ been fantastic just to have the opportunity after a year of lockdown in different ways to get out and reconnect with people, listen to speakers again and refocus. It’s great.  

I chose to come to WIRE this year to re-group, for group bonding – we’ve come up as a team – 5 of us and we just came up and had some dinner last night and have come to the event today. It’s just been a really good way for us to step out and get your head space and step away from the coal front. We’ve had a really nice time just talking to each other and listening to some speakers. I really enjoyed Julie Masters, I love that idea of influence and connecting with the digital world and how you engage…”  ”  

Holly Komerovski, Home by Holly, Canberra

  Details

When: 10 March 2021
Venue: Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney

  CPD
The industry reforms introduced by NSW Fair Trading include changes to CPD requirements such as Compulsory 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 2021 to 22 March 2022.
 
  Featured speakers
 

Grace Tame 

Regular keynote speaker, media guest and advocacy commentator

Grace is an inspiring young Australian who has spent the last 10 years turning her traumatic experience into advocacy for survivors of child sexual assault and a leader of positive change. She spent several months campaigning against the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly – the #LetHerSpeak campaign gained national attention, and in 2019 she finally won the right to speak out under her own name.

Her advocacy and courage are widely recognised and in 2021, she was named Australian of the Year. Her focus is now on enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effects of grooming and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal system that supports the survivors, not just perpetrators.

An open book and determined to stop other children from experiencing similar trauma, her presentation will leave you simultaneously inspired and moved to tears.

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.

 

Kitty Parker

Property buyers' agent & director at Kitty & Miles

Kitty is the award-winning Director of Kitty & Miles - Personal Buyers Agency. Kitty is not just a pioneer Buyers’ Agent, but an expert in psychology and self-confessed data nerd with her research having been published in international scientific journals alongside Nobel Prize winners. Kitty brings to the real estate industry a unique combination of tertiary qualifications in policy, strategic planning and psychology, along with many years’ experience at the forefront of a multi-national corporate that she created as a start-up.  Kitty’s passion for property was solidified as a mature-age, single mother living in Sydney. As a Buyers' Agent, and Director of Kitty & Miles, Kitty aims to improve and change the way in which people buy property throughout Australia. As a consequence of this, Kitty hopes to also enhance innovation in the real estate sector. 

 

Peter Matthews

CEO and Co-Founder at Realtair

Peter began his career at the age of 19, listing and selling real estate in Sydney. For more 30 years, Peter has served the real estate Industry and clients in a range of roles including agent, auctioneer, general manager and most recently as The Agency’s Director of Strategy, Marketing and Operations where Peter’s role was to work with a strong management team to drive growth, market share, and efficiency at a National level. His passion for change and technology are at the forefront of his objectives. 

Peter is now the CEO & co-founder of Realtair, a middleware platform serving the real estate industry. Realtair evolutionary technology provides an end-to-end integrated real estate sales solution, empowering agents with innovative technology to add value to their clients and deliver a greater customer experience. Peter’s contribution to the industry extends beyond his personal interests, where he is currently the Vice President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and is a contributing member of the Professional Standards initiative across the country.

Imogen Callister

Digital Profiling & Growth Speaker and Brand & Marketing Specialist at The Media Coach

Ranked in the Top 24 Female Speaker and real estate coaches in Australia, Imogen is one of the best brand and business growth experts in real estate. 
 Combining big picture understanding of how the different platforms perform with in-depth knowledge about the nuts and bolts of making it work for real estate agents. Her list of ‘students’ include some of the most successful names in property. 

Imogen is the very proud owner of the company, The Media Coach which helps agents build their business and brand.  Educated at the University of New South Wales in Media, Communications combined with Journalism and with over a decade’s worth of experience, Imogen is regularly asked to speak at some of the largest conferences in the Southern Hemisphere.

Her talks provide valuable insights into online audience practices and engagement, to help business drive growth and improve their digital and social media presence. Imogen speaks on a variety of topics, which contain powerful tips and tricks to ensure you’re standing out in today’s crowded online media landscape and forever changing social media platforms.  

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 2019, she was awarded at REB’s inaugural Women in Real Estate Awards, 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.

Marie Doyle

Property Entrepreneur and Personal Growth & Wellness Advocate

Marie Doyle is the Co-Founder and Development Director of Fiducia Property Group, an Award Winning boutique property firm regenerating Australian residential real estate through design, lifestyle and development. 

Committed to a conscious development mandate, Marie believes in developments that capture the imagination, bringing to market carefully planned buildings of community, substance, design and longevity.

Marie is an extroverted introvert that values play and deep connection in people. A quick judge of character and well versed in understanding human interaction and emotional intelligence, for the last 20 years Marie has worked closely with some of the greatest minds in the field of personal and professional growth and performance. 
 
Marie is the 2019 Winner UDIA NSW Women in Leadership Award, the 2019 Winner UDIA NSW Award for Excellence in Small Infill Development, the 2019 Top 100 Women in Construction, the Winner of HIA NSW Housing Business Partner of the Year Award, panel member for 2020 UDIA Building Regulation & Reform, advocate for Women in Property.

Penelope Valentine 

Director at Property Alchemy 

In a real estate career spanning more than 18 years, Penelope has held senior, national management roles with McGrath, LJ Hooker and co-founded industry start-ups including Rent360. Her dedication to the real estate industry is evident in her mentoring of women in real estate, founding membership to The Property Girls and advocacy for technological change in property management being the first real estate agency to operate without a trust account.
 
She is currently the co-founder of Sydney-based property management agency Property Alchemy. A fully digital (paperless) company that specialises in working with investors, providing a seamless holistic experience to her clients.

Suzanne Hopman

Chief Executive Officer at Dignity

In 2015, frustrated by the lack of dignity shown to people experiencing homelessness, Suzanne Hopman developed a housing solution with a difference. Believing the only way to end homelessness was by focusing on one person at a time, she created Dignity. She used the money from the sale of her own home to start up Dignity.

The charity empowers people with Dignity and prevents, responds to and ends homelessness. Suzanne was a 2021 NSW Australian of the Year finalist and is an Australia Day Ambassador. Dignity won the Telstra National Australian Business and Social Changemaker of the Year awards in 2019 which was the first time in the 27 year history of the awards that a charity received the top accolade.

Jillian McGrath

Sales Agent McGrath

Achieving outstanding results for her clients is something that clearly comes naturally to Jillian McGrath. In her 23 years with McGrath, she has continued to set high standards and record results throughout her specialist areas. 

Jillian opened the first McGrath office on the Northern Beaches, setting those high standards and the work ethic that exist in the company today. She is consistently named among the top agents in the company and has been ranked number one agent on the Northern Beaches many times.

Living within the Northern Beaches peninsula herself, Jillian has a thorough, firsthand understanding of the local market and the people who live there, so it’s not surprising that one of her many strengths is a strong customer base and an in-depth wealth of local knowledge.

Julie Masters

Chief Executive Officer of Influence Nation

Julie has spent a career decoding influence. She is the founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency with offices across the USA and Australia, and she is most recently the founder and CEO of Influence Nation, working with organisations and business leaders to become the voice of authority in their space.

Over a 20-year history as a leading authority in the speaking world, she has earned a reputation for launching and advising some of the world’s most respected thought leaders. The companies’ clients include industry leading CEO’s, speakers, best-selling authors and media personalities – the voices of which have reached millions of people globally through speaking, publishing and digital channels.

Having won numerous communications industry awards across the USA, Australia and Europe, Julie now regularly advises CEOs, entrepreneurs and executive teams on how to stand out by turning their expertise into influence.

Mary Lemonis

Chief People Officer at REA Group

Mary is responsible for the REA 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. 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.

“Best WIRE ever. I’ve been coming to the events since 2013 and this is by far the best. Amazing line of speakers and every single one I got something out of, so, thank you.”

Amanda Gould, HighSpec Properties Buyers’ Agents 

  Industry panel

Kylie Walsh

Recognised as one of the most influential women in property, business and leadership expert Kylie Walsh is an awarded real estate professional, keynote speaker and business strategist. A true entrepreneur, Kylie opened her first office, aged 21, before continuing her success in corporate roles across major franchise groups, most recently as the general manager of DiJones real estate.

She is passionate about empowering industry members to reach their full potential, achieve goals and be sustainable in both life and business.

Michael Sheargold

Michael Sheargold is Australia’s leading performance coach for the Real Estate industry. For more than two decades he has worked with, guided, lead and coached the highest performers in the industry. Michael consistently works with thousands of real estate principals and agents each year through live premier sales and leadership programs, online learning and through Real Estate Results Network.

Caitlin Ellis

Caitlin is an industry-leading, award-winning real estate operations whizz with a love of all things related to technology and innovation. Throughout her career, she has had experience in almost all facets within a real estate business from reception, property management through to sales and office management with her comprehensive experience having now led her to the world of corporate real estate.

Belinda Seers

Belinda’s passion for leading and supporting teams comes from a rich sports background. Having strongly represented women's soccer, Belinda’s natural leadership on the field has translated seamlessly into her career managing global contracts and VIP stakeholders across the Big Four banks and accounting firms, including PwC and CBA; her experience across different workforces has helped Belinda develop management skills to improve efficiencies and strengthen business partnerships in her current role.
  Proudly supporting
       
         This year REINSW has partnered with Dignity, a charity that looks at homelessness a little differently than most. Dignity believe they can collaboratively end homelessness in Australia by changing the way it is viewed and empowering people who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Their program is available to those in need at a number of locations in NSW. Support DIGNITY today.
  

Well worth the effort of travelling from the Gold Coast each year to attend the WIRE event. Fantastic speaker line-up and great catching up with other women in real estate. It is an event I will attend every year. 

Julie Davis from Agent Dynamics

  A special thanks to our partners


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

“I actually sat here all day thinking how privileged am I to be in this room of amazing women with extraordinary speakers. It’s probably one of the best events I’ve been to I would say in at least 10 years. The energy, the way in which all the speakers were curated and the theming throughout. I felt so humbled to be part of that and I’m really proud to be an advocate of this industry and hats off to REINSW, all of you have done an extraordinary job.”  

Katrina Tarrant, First National Corporate

  Past WIRE conferences

Find out about past Women in Real Estate Conferences:

2019    |    2018    |     2017     |     2016     |     2015     |     2014     |     2013     |    2012     |     2011     |     2010     |     2009     |     2008      |     2007