Women’s Council of REALTORS® at Midyear

WCR leaders from across the country meet during Midyear to participate in NAR events and conduct governance sessions along with offering plenty of educational opportunities. For most of us though, the highlight of the WCR events is the annual awards banquet.

The Michigan chapter had huge representation at Midyear, and almost all of our chapters won major awards. President James Cristbrook helped Michigan grow to the state with the fifth largest WCR membership in the country, and our theme was “The future’s so bright, we’ve got to wear shades.”

My local chapter, Birmingham Bloomfield, won top honors for national recruitment for mega sized chapters and a Gold Award for Chapter Excellence. Chapter President Sara Lipnitz led the way as we grew from 23 REALTORS® 18 months ago to 116 national members today. The chapter was well represented with nearly 20 members present in DC for the awards banquet!

We proudly cheered for our sister chapters as they walked the stage, picking up awards for recruitment, retention and chapter excellence.

But it wasn’t all fun and games.

I also attended excellent sessions lead by Amy Chorew, Heather Ozur, Juanita McDowell and Amy Smythe Harris. Though I consider myself an early adapter and “tech savvy,” these women shared tips that will make my job easier and help me to serve my clients better.

With a great spirit of camaraderie and a wonderful environment for learning, WCR offers an incredible opportunity to advance professionally, build a referral network, and develop as a leader.


Maureen Francis, Associate Broker, e-Pro, SFR, PMN, SKBK Sotheby's International Realty, Birmingham, MI Twenty years ago, Maureen Francis left the United States to work as a business advisor in the first group of US Peace Corps volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Union. After nearly a decade in advertising and management consulting in Ukraine, Maureen found a new calling: residential real estate sales in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan. Since 2001, Maureen and her husband, Dmitry Koublitsky, have helped home buyers and sellers share their love for all that Metro Detroit offers. Maureen’s interests in technology and early adoption of social media differentiated the husband and wife team as they were breaking into a brand new field, essentially in a new country. Today, Maureen proudly serves as the Treasurer of the Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® and the President-Elect of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Participation in these groups has strengthened her dedication to our industry. Maureen’s other passions are growing heirloom tomatoes, raising one precocious nine-year-old, and traveling off the beaten path.

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  1. Way to go Michigan! The Women’s Council of Michigan and all it’s Chapters have worked so hard to heighten it relevance and grow in size and quality of programing. There is no doubt in my mind that this organization is absolutely the one to belong to and become involved with! Go Women’s Council…..I am proud to be a member!