12 March 2019

Face of #MeToo movement to present at Women in Real Estate conference

A prominent LA-based figure in the #MeToo movement – and the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit against The Weinstein Company – will be speaking to professional women in Sydney this month about equalising power dynamics, particularly in the male-dominated real estate industry.

Louisette Geiss, one of the first women to publicly come forward against Harvey Weinstein will be a keynote speaker at the REINSW Women in Real Estate conference (WIRE) on 26 March at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

The annual event, hosted by the Real Estate Institute of NSW , brings together women across the industry and well-known local and international speakers for a day of professional development and personal inspiration. 

Louisette was a working producer, actress, singer and writer for more than 20 years, but left the entertainment industry after her experience with Weinstein. She reinvented herself and moved into social media, before working in title insurance protection and settlement services for home buyers and real estate agents. 

Louisette says: “We have a responsibility to empower women and men to work towards ending harassment, particularly in industries where there is a growing gender imbalance. Regardless of whether you are in the real estate industry or entertainment industry, it’s incredibly vital that we respect one another and work towards ending the negative power struggle that has been widely accepted. We need to shift away from what women and men have been asked to accept for hundreds of years. I feel strongly that we need to hold each other up and hold each other accountable. Let’s create a new reality where both women and men are equally respected and therefore, enjoy a better work environment because of it.” 

REINSW President Leanne Pilkington says: “We’re extremely honoured to have Louisette speak at this year’s WIRE conference to discuss this very relevant issue. We can all learn a great deal from Louisette, as a women’s rights advocate and champion of change. We are very excited to give Australian women the chance to hear her.”

Other speakers at WIRE 2019 include agent and founder of Good Deeds Property Buyers Veronica Morgan, who will present on mastering difficult conversations, and REA branding specialist Imogen Ball, who will talk about overcoming the challenges of a modern-day businesswoman to build your brand. Ewan Morton, co-founder and joint managing director of real estate company Morton, award-winning Belle Property principal Cathy Baker, international leadership influencer and body language expert Dr Louise Mahler, and CEO of Domestic Violence NSW Moo Baulch will also be presenting across a range of topics. 

Each year, the WIRE conference attracts more than 300 professionals working across real estate sales, property management, commercial real estate, auctioneering, buyers’ agency and agency services. 

WIRE 2019 will be held on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at the Art Gallery of NSW from 7.15am. For further information, visit the event page

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