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Leaders: We Want You!

By Susan Yashinskie
The Director of Professional Development and Member Engagement for Maryland REALTORS®.

Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy is an exclusive leadership development program that will help you fine-tune your leadership skills so that you are READY and ABLE to serve your REALTOR® organization.

The mission of the Leadership Academy is to build strong leaders for tomorrow who are committed to ensuring that our industry and communities are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The Leadership Academy is a personal development program that will benefit you in all aspects of your life.

The Leadership Academy class schedule consists of seven sessions, held monthly at Maryland REALTORS®’ headquarters in Annapolis. You and your classmates will have the opportunity to develop, enhance, and hone your leadership skills and competencies in areas such as:

  • - Refining your presentation skills and gaining media training.
  • - Broadening your understanding of federal and state policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of consumers to own, buy and sell real estate.
  • - Developing leadership skills that are applicable to your association and your career, while honing your personal style.

“The Leadership Academy was an amazing experience that continues to guide me in my work and volunteer leadership responsibilities,” said Joanie Hynes, 2024 Chair of the Leadership Academy Advisory Group. “Our class remains a tightknit group, providing support and encouragement in both professional and personal capacities. I am passionate about providing that opportunity to others. I encourage anyone with a desire to expand their knowledge to help lead our industry to apply today.”

How To Apply?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • - Applicants must be licensed real estate salesperson, associate broker, broker, or affiliate member in good standing with Maryland REALTORS® and their local board/association.
  • - The application must be filled completely, including a letter of endorsement from your local board/association. No applications will be accepted after the due date.
  • - Applicants must be available to complete all session dates listed on the application.
  • - Applicants must also show proof of completion or of current certification in: Commitment to Excellence, At Home With Diversity, and Bias Override.
  • - Each eligible applicant will be interviewed by a panel of the Leadership Academy Advisory Group.
  • - Candidates will be notified within a week of the interview process.

To view more information and to review the application, visit our website.

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