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Congratulations to the Ohio REALTORS 2019 Leadership Academy graduating class!

Sep 24, 2019

The Ohio REALTORS 2019 Leadership Academy graduates (seated, from left): Rebecca Donatelli, Erin Ogden Oxender, Ann Blair, Sue Van Woerkom, Brittany Eddy (Standing, from left): Kent Hilty, Shaun Simpson, Grant Bake, Elaine Wehri, Elyse Nedrow and Bobi Schultz


Ohio REALTORS graduated its fourth Leadership Academy class during the Grand Slam Session at the organization's Annual Convention & EXPO, Sept. 16-18 in Cincinnati.

The 11-member Leadership Academy class completed an intense program focused on goal-setting, communication, business relationships and personal growth. It afforded participants the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally by gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel as a leader. Here's what each graduate had to say about their Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy (ORLA) experience:

Grant Bake (East Central Association) --  “ORLA cultivates potential in REALTORS. They take good leaders and turn them into great ones."

Ann Blair (Lake & Geauga Area Association) -- “Leadership Academy has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am so grateful for the professional knowledge, personal growth and amazing friendships I have gained.”

Rebecca Donatelli (Lake & Geauga Area Association) -- “ORLA has allowed me to see leadership as more than just a 'position.' An effective leader inspires others to create a vision for the future. They motivate, coach, contribute and empower. Thank you, Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy, for empowering me to grow into a true leader.”

Brittany Eddy (Columbus REALTORS) -- “The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates  “Leadership Academy has challenged me to further examine my life, my business, my purpose and my approach.”

Kent Hilty (Heartland Board) -- “The most successful leaders are those that learn to empower others.”

Elyse Nedrow (Akron Cleveland Association)-- “Being a Leader is creating spaces and environments where others may shine. Getting out of your own way is required. It starts with Self and ends with All.”

Erin Ogden Oxender (Columbus REALTORS) -- "ORLA was such an inspiring journey, which helped me grow both personally and professionally. I am truly grateful for the relationships that have developed through this amazing experience."

Bobi Schultz (Akron Cleveland Association) -- “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.”

Shaun Simpson (Columbus REALTORS) -- "ORLA provided a great opportunity to learn and improve through focused sessions that helped me grow both personally and professionally. ORLA provides an eye-opening experience that helped me act on my passions and talents to make a positive impact on my community and our industry while developing lifelong friendships with some of our industries best and brightest.  

Sue Van Woerkom (Columbus REALTORS)-- “Personal growth is vital in all we do, professionally, personally, in the community and elsewhere. That is what Ohio's Leadership Academy provides!”

Elaine Wehri (West Central Association)-- “I entered into leadership academy with curiosity -- and came out with generosity! Thankful to all those who help me reach a new level of leadership!” 


Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy participants work throuh a comprehensive training program that combines individual study, group retreats and unique initiatives to enhance leadership skills. Nationally recognized speakers assist in helping you tap into skill that will position you as a leader within the organization, the profesion and your community.

The deadline to apply for inclusion in the 2020 ORLA class is Nov. 18 at midnight! CLICK HERE for more details on the program...as well as access the application.

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