Now in its 16th year, the Women in Real Estate conference (or WIRE) is one of the real estate industry's key events for professional development. 

Hear from industry leading speakers including: The Hon Julie Bishop, Jana Pittman, Samantha McLean, Virginia Brookes, Amanda Gould, Amy Young, Leanne Pilkington, Caroline Bolderston, PLUS MORE...

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When: Tuesday 21 March 2023 
8.30 am – 4.00pm  
Arrive at:
8.00am to register for an 8.30am start.  
Morning tea, lunch, networking drinks and canapes will be provided. 
The Star Entertainment Centre, Pyrmont, Sydney 


Following on from yet another year of extreme highs and lows in the industry, the theme for this year’s WIRE is: 

Where to now?

Host Leanne Pilkington, CEO of Laing+Simmons and REIA’s Deputy President, will be introducing some amazing speakers to inspire and help you through the transitioning property market as the industry begins to embrace a whole new outlook this year. 

Hear from incredible women (and men) who engage, inspire and empower women to take their careers to the next level. Learn how their life philosophies, principals and achievements have helped to shape their path in life. 

  • 9+ world class speakers
  • Most inspirational and motivational female empowerment event of the year
  • Earn 3 elective CPD hours (Applies to Class 1 & 2 Licence holders only)
  • Networking opportunities with the best in the business
  • Morning tea, lunch, drinks and canapes provided
  • Member and group discounts available


“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change their future by merely changing their attitude.”  

Oprah Winfrey


All licensed agents who are attending WIRE will satisfy their requirement to complete three hours of elective CPD topics in the CURRENT CPD year from 23 March 2022 to 23 March 2023.

If you are a Class 1 or Class 2 licensed real estate agent attending WIRE 2023 you will earn three Elective CPD hours. (Assistant Agents, e.g./ Certificate holders, can only gain their annual CPD by completing a minimum of three units of the Certificate IV course. Find out more about the REINSW’s CPD compulsory and elective CPD courses for Agents and Assistant Agents HERE.)

  Featured speakers

The Hon Julie Bishop 

Chancellor Australian National University
38th Foreign Minister of Australia

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The Hon Julie Bishop is the Chancellor of Australian National University.

Ms Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018 and was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018. She has also served as Minister for Education, Science and training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.

Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the national law firm Clayton Utz in Perth. In 2020 Julie was awarded a Fisher Family Fellowship at Harvard University and in 2021 she was awarded the Kissinger Fellowship at the McCain Institute. In 2022 Ms Bishop was awarded the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop AsiaLink Medal.
Julie is Chair of Telethon Kids Institute, Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti, Human Immunome Project and the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also the Patron of Shooting Stars (an education programme for young aboriginal girls) and an ambassador for Football Australia’s Legacy ’23 in the lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

She has also established a boutique consultancy, Julie Bishop and Partners, offering strategic advisory services. 

Jana Pittman

Athletics champion

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Jana has experienced it all - triumph, defeat, failure and success. She's a two-time World Champion and four-time Commonwealth Champion in athletics, and when injuries hampered her athletic career, she swapped the track for the ice and became the first woman to represent Australia in both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. Off the track, she has completed a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Western Sydney and is a practising Doctor specialising in Women's Health. In 2021 she joined the cast of Channel 7's popular reality program SAS Australia making it to the final five.

Amanda Gould

Director at Highspec Properties

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Passion, knowledge, and credibility guide Amanda Gould as a buyer's agent. Raised on Sydney's Northern Beaches, Amanda purchased her first Sydney property in 1988. Developing her property portfolio gave Amanda valuable insight into sourcing and challenges when managing property negotiations. From this foundation, Amanda knew that making the property purchasing experience easier for prospective buyers was her calling. Amanda's knowledge of local real estate markets is second to none. Amanda sits on the REINSW Board, and her agency and team are now industry recognised.


Amy Young

Principal, Laing+Simmons Young Property (Avalon Beach)

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Amy's real estate career started back in 2002. She has worked on high-profile luxury residential developments such as the 'Pacific Bondi Beach' which received national awards by both Urban Taskforce Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Since starting at Laing+Simmons Young Property on the Northern Beaches in 2020, Amy has developed a community initiative known as ‘The Studio’ which is a hybrid office and community space that supports local charities. Amy was awarded the “John Greig OAM, Community Service Award” at the 2022 REINSW Awards for Excellence. 


Carolyn Mitchell

Senior Leadership and Talent Specialist at REA Group

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Carolyn works to empower people by building capability, confidence, self-belief and purpose to fuel their success. Carolyn is driven by supporting people to realise their potential and to live and work in ways that bring them joy and fullfilment.

With more than 16 years of experience across a range of industries and sectors, Carolyn specialises in implementing high impact people strategies at an individual, team and organisational level. Carolyn works at REA Group delivering talent acceleration programs, leadership programs to unlock potential, wellbeing strategy to fuel impact, and culture initiatives to drive sustainable high performance

Samantha McLean

Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Elite Agent and host of the Elevate podcast.

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Samantha is a three-time winner of the prestigious Mumbrella Publish Business Editor of the Year award and has led Elite Agent to two gongs as Business Magazine of the Year in 2016 and 2020.  A sales and marketing professional with more than 20 years' experience, she has held senior management and marketing roles in the past for companies like Optus, Cisco, British Telecom and PwC.

Nic Fren

Bespoke Media Group

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In 2015, Nic became the first reported real estate agent in Australia to list AND sell a property with the entire process being done through Facebook. Unheard of at the time, Nic went on to do it again a few weeks later where it became apparent this was a niche that hadn't been embraced by the real estate industry. Starting in 2012, Founder and CEO, Nic began marketing real estate on Facebook and has gone on to retain his position as the benchmark when it comes to marketing real estate on social media throughout Australasia. With close to two decades as an agent, Nic has worked in all aspects of the business and has a deep passion for helping other agents build their brands, profile & business using social and digital marketing. Nic and his team now have a clientele of over 850 agents throughout 6 countries.

Virginia Brookes

Director, Resolver

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Virginia is one of Sydney’s most recognised and longest-standing real estate and property recruiters. Establishing Resolver Recruitment more than 15 years ago, Virginia has been successful at running her businesses and teams for many years. 2022 saw the most challenging year of Virginia’s life with a breast cancer diagnosis that came out of the blue for her and was a total shock. The diagnosis pre-empted her into packing up her family and travelling around Australia in her caravan and running her businesses remotely. This is a story you want to hear. 

Leanne Pilkington

Real Estate Commentator, CEO of Laing+Simmons & REIA’s Deputy President

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Leanne has more than three decades’ experience in the real estate industry, encompassing residential, retail and commercial. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Laing+ Simmons and a regular industry commentator and speaker. Addressing the gender imbalance, empowering women agents and pushing towards industry-wide professionalism are among her key passions.

“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

Caroline Bolderston

Director, Being Bold

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An award-winning sales agent and coach with over 20 years’ experience, Caroline has taken her expertise, experience and passion for real estate, to now focus on growing and developing others. She has personally trained and coached some of the best in the business, including several agents who consistently rank in the REB Top 100 nationally. Caroline is passionate about human behaviour and she understands how people think, perform and make decisions. When integrated with practical and traditional elements of real estate, it is a powerful combination for transformational change. With her abundant energy and drive, she will challenge, motivate and inspire you to think bigger, stronger and bolder. 

Kristen Porter

Founding Director of O*NO Legal

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Kristen has real estate in her blood. She was born into the industry and has a passion for it that no other lawyers have. Servicing almost exclusively real estate industry clients, Kristen is an expert in business law and privacy. She helps agencies shield their assets, future proof their relationships, expand faster and plan their exit so that they can increase the value of their agency and have peace of mind in that process.  She is well known for helping agencies expand through strategic acquisitions of rent rolls and large-scale mergers and acquisitions. She also works with clients on matters regarding their employment law needs, commission arrangements, profit shares, franchising, contracts, corporate governance, and all things business and privacy law. 

Su-Fern Tan

Head of ESG | CBRE Pacific Region

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With her background in engineering, Su-Fern is on a mission to accelerate and scale ESG impact using data and technology. She has experience with investors, occupiers, design and construction and leads one of the world’s largest corporate real estate sustainability programs, that has delivered significantly positive impacts. Su-Fern relocated back to her home in Australia in early 2021 and serves as Chair of the GBCA’s Expert Reference Panel on Sustainable Fit Outs, the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Sustainability Committee, and continues to serve on New York City’s Local Law 97 Technical Pathways for Commercial Buildings Working Group, and on the Boards of Pace University New York, and Sustainable Westchester. 

  Proudly supporting
This year REINSW has partnered with Fighting Chance Australia. Fighting Chance builds social business to create a truly inclusive economy, where people with disability have unbridled access to opportunity, dignity and prosperity. They work with people with disability to identify the barriers they face in their everyday lives and then design, build and empower sustainable social businesses to bridge these gaps.

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“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