SILVAR President Suzanne Yost (far right) and SCCAOR President Barbara Lymberis (second from left) are pictured with NHORA Directors Hilda Ramirez and Richard Gonzales.

SILVAR President Suzanne Yost and Barbara Lymberis, president of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR), spoke at the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates (NHORA) Santa Clara County luncheon meeting on Wednesday. The theme of the meeting was “Viva Las Mujeres! A Celebration of Women in Leadership.”

NHORA is a national organization that promotes Hispanic leadership within the context of community building, commerce, and transparency in the advancement of sustainable home ownership. The organization also serves as a resource of tools and cultural awareness for anyone seeking to serve the Latino market.

Moderator Hilda Ramirez asked both Association of REALTORS® presidents to discuss what leadership means to them personally and professionally. Yost and Lymberis both emphasized the importance of members getting involved in their respective associations. There are many ways to get involved in an association, not just as an officer, they said.

Yost said every man or woman owes it to give a part of themselves to the association or organization they belong. She recommended participating in the association’s various committees, joining BARLA (Bay Area REALTOR® Leadership Academy), RSVP (REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program, contributing to the REALTOR® Action Fund, as just some of many ways to get involved in the association.

“You get back so much more than you give. Find something that interests you and get involved in it,” she suggested.

Lymberis said she values the opportunity of sharing her professionalism with others, and she encouraged everyone to do the same. “It’s been a tremendous growth experience for me. You become a better agent, a better broker to the benefit of your clients,” said Lymberis.

Yost, who has been in real estate and involved with different AORs for 32 years, noted being involved has given her the opportunity to make tremendous friends and she considers friends in real estate as family.

“If all of us could step up in various ways, if we each can find something to do in our association, it would be amazing how much more we would be able to accomplish,” said Yost.

Yost and Lymberis are among 12 women AOR presidents out of 17 AORs in the Bay Area.