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LEARN TO BE A LEADERJoin “Learn to be a Leader,” a workshop that will help develop and enhance your leadership skills in real estate and in your community. The leadership workshop will be held on Thursday, September 7, from 9:30 a.m. (check-in) till 3:30 p.m. at SILVAR. The workshop will include guest speakers and the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership 200 Program, which will be facilitated by Steve Francks, RCE, CAE, CEO of the Washington Association of REALTORS®.

Steve Francks is an innovative leader recognized for his contributions on a regional and national level and has served as 2011 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Association Executives Committee chair. Francks is a NAR Leadership Program facilitator. He will be facilitating this interactive course that will prepare you to assume greater leadership responsibilities within your association and beyond.

The following special guests will share their leadership experiences:
Linda Lee is a 2011 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy and holds various leadership positions at local, state and national levels – as president of Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®, state secretary and 2015 president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® California chapter and NAR national chair of Conventional Financing and the lending policy committee. Lee is also NAR’s President Liaison to China.

Joe Simitian is a Santa Clara County Supervisor who represents the Fifth District, which includes Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, and portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose. His public service includes stints as a member of the California State Senate and California State Assembly, mayor of Palo Alto, and president of the Palo Alto School Board. He served as an election observer/supervisor in El Salvador and Bosnia. His community involvement includes service with Adolescent Counseling Services, Acterra, Leadership Mountain View, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

At the leadership workshop you will learn to:
• Develop your leadership style
• Participate effectively in meetings
• Learn conflict resolution tools
• Develop strategic planning skills
• Manage risk

This leadership workshop is being coordinated by SILVAR’s Global Business Council and is open to all real estate professionals. Cost, which includes lunch, is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. There is limited seating for this course, so register today at, or call SILVAR at (408) 200-0100.


2015 WCR Santa Clara Valley President Mimi Wang (second from left) is pictured here with SILVAR Past President David Tonna, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael, President-elect Karen Trolan and Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller.

2015 WCR Santa Clara Valley President Mimi Wang (second from left) is pictured here with SILVAR Past President David Tonna, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael, President-elect Karen Trolan and Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller.

SILVAR member Mimi Wang was installed as 2015 President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Santa Clara Valley Chapter on Jan. 21 at a special luncheon at Maggiano’s restaurant in Santana Row. Wang is a REALTOR® with Century 21 M& M and Associates in Cupertino and also served as 2014 president of the WCR chapter.

Taking the oath of office along with Wang were Beatriz Supnet, a REALTOR® with Fireside Realty, president-elect; Sonia Walia, mortgage loan originator with Stearns Lending, treasurer/secretary; Claudine Rydquist, a REALTOR® with Intero Real Estate Services, membership director; and Sheryl Martinez, a REALTOR® with Aalis Platinum Properties, program director. Also joining the team are Matt Nguyen, loan officer with US Bank, vice president of marketing; and Thora Tam, interior decorator with Decorating Den Interiors, networking director.

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® serves as a network and source of education and business tools focused on the needs of women REALTORS® and seeks to empower women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. WCR is the 12th largest women’s organization in the country.

Representing SILVAR at this special event were President-elect Karen Trolan, Past President David Tonna, Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael and Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily.

Trolan congratulated Wang and the 2015 WCR leadership team on behalf of SILVAR. She commended Wang for stepping up to lead the WCR chapter for two years in a row and extended SILVAR’s warm regards and support to the group.

October 2021


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