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Real Estate Academy of Leadership

Real Estate Academy of Leadership

What is REAL?

Founded in 1995 by the MIBOR REALTOR® Association, the Real Estate Academy of Leadership (REAL) is a proactive effort to identify individuals from the association's membership who have leadership interest and potential.

MIBOR's goal is to help prepare candidates to be successful leaders in the real estate profession and in the central Indiana community. REAL is a dynamic experience designed to expose participants to the principles of leadership as well as issues and trends in the community.

Goals and Objectives

As a participant in the Real Estate Academy of Leadership, you will be expected to attend all class sessions in order to obtain graduate status. The class will meet once per month for the majority of the day—please be aware that this is a considerable time commitment. At the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of how REALTORS® impact the community in a leadership capacity. MIBOR REALTOR® Association is invested in many parts of the local economy, ranging from government affairs and regulations to crime and education.

As a participant in the program, you will learn tools for successful leadership in your community. At the end of the course, it will be your responsibility to collaborate with others in this program to establish recommendations to MIBOR’s Board of Directors on issues revolving around the topics we will discuss. It will be extremely important for you to take notes, ask questions and remain active and engaged throughout the course.

incoming 2023 REAL Class

Being accepted into REAL is an exciting achievement that opens the door to the next phase of your career as a professional, and as a leader. 

Congratulations to our 2023 REAL Class!

Dustin Branum  

Mary DuVall 

Lisa Galvin 

Lesli Gibson 

Tim Goff 

Alex Hallmann 

Josh Hargis  

Alexandria Harris 

Cameron Harris

Richie Holmes 

Andrea Kelly 

Kelly Kichler 

Jeffery Mathey

Kyle Morris

Jessica Morrison

Emily Overby-Helton

Vicky Peters

Billy Ratthahao

Alicia Turner

Jake Wheatley

Scott White

2022 - 2023 Class Schedule

REAL is a 9 month dedicated program. All applicants are expected to commit to the dates listed below upon application. 

 

AUGUST 17, 2022 - LEARN YOUR STRENGTHS & SKILLS 

MEETING LOCATION: Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Rd Indianapolis, IN 46231  

DISCUSSION POINTS: Personality traits, teamwork, strengths and opportunities, leading through collaboration 

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 - REALTOR® LEADERSHIP AND ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE 

MEETING LOCATION:  MIBOR REALTOR® Association, 1912 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 

DISCUSSION POINTS: The structure of the Association, The REALTOR® Foundation, understanding the local, state and national structure, leadership positions and opportunities  

 

OCTOBER 12, 2022 - ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

MEETING LOCATION: Bottleworks Hotel, 850 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204 

DISCUSSION POINTS: Quality of life initiatives, local and regional economic development efforts in Central Indiana, statewide demographic trends, leadership opportunities in this area 

 

NOVEMBER 2, 2022 - EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AS AN INDUSTRY LEADER 

MEETING LOCATION: MIBOR REALTOR® Association, 1912 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 

DISCUSSION POINTS: Public speaking skills, learning how to navigate difficult topics, being a leadership ‘voice’ in the community, best social media practices 

 

DECEMBER 7, 2022 - GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 

MEETING LOCATION: Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204 

DISCUSSION POINTS: Past and current advocacy efforts, understanding governmental structure in Indiana, assessing the tax structure and learning about where revenue goes and why that impacts real estate 

 

JANUARY 11, 2023 - PROFESSIONALISM IN OUR INDUSTRY 

MEETING LOCATION: Skyline Club, One America Square, Floor 36 Indianapolis, IN 46282 

DISCUSSION POINTS: Emotional intelligence, professional standards within MIBOR, the impact of professionalism and unprofessionalism in our industry, understanding the grievance/hearing process, learning your role in promoting professionalism 

 

FEBRUARY 8, 2023 - THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY 

MEETING LOCATION: 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202 

DISCUSSION POINTS: New technology tools available, assessing new trends, how technology is shaping the community and the industry, being a leader through technology 

 

MARCH 8, 2023 - DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL INCLUSION 

MEETING LOCATION: Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 

DISCUSSION POINTS: Implicit bias, lack of diversity and its impact on the community and industry, seeing real estate and the economy from the lens of various minorities, critical conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion 

 

APRIL 12, 2023 - PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE 

MEETING LOCATION: Neidhammer, 2104 E. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201  

DISCUSSION POINTS: Using all you’ve learned to plan out strategies for the Association to utilize, collaborate with groups to craft proposals to the Board of Directors 

 

APRIL 26, 2023 - PRESENTATIONS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

MEETING LOCATION: MIBOR REALTOR® Association, 1912 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 

  

Join us!

The Real Estate Academy of Leadership will provide you the tools to improve your leadership skills, create opportunities for yourself, make lasting relationships, all while understanding how things like economic and community development impact what you do every day. You will spend each month mastering different topics such as: government, economic development, communication, technology, diversity, professionalism, and more.

APPLY

The 2022-2023 REAL Program application is closed. If you have any questions you may contact REAL@mibor.com

 

Alumni

The first "REAL" class graduated in 1996 and over 450 REALTOR® and Affiliate members have completed the program since its inception and became "Fellows of REAL".

Most recent graduates

Class of 2022

Laura Booram, Cameron Buening, Nick Claghorn, Patrick Cline, Danielle Coleman, Kristin Dixon, Stephanie Henry, Katie Hintz, John Karamanski, Sarah Kimball, Philip Kirk, Robert Lather, Marcy Renken, Jahanah Strawther, Megan Sullivan, Cody Studebaker, Angela Oakes, Sarah Whitely

Class of 2021

The REAL Review Task Force utilized 2021 to make improvements to the REAL curriculum and experience.

Class of 2020

Jeff Achenbach, Angie Baker, Beau Benjamin, Elizabeth Cave, Michelle Hammes, Brad Harper, Tim Houterloot, Erin Hundley, Eric Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Robert Killmer, Andrea Lacy, Amanda Malone, Jill Martin, Larry Nutt, Chris Pagano, Megan Peyton, Jennifer Puterbaugh, Kristin Rafferty-Burdine, Drew Schroeder, Frances Williams

Class of 2019

Jaime Barb, Natalie Clayton, Michael Chappell, Jason Engle, Angela Garard, Traci Garontakos, Alex Hnatusko, Laurie McQueen, Penny Tracey, Courtney Kraft, Shannon Plumer, Rochelle Perkins, Jacqueline Flowers, Crystal White, Sara Guest, Dawn Barringer, Tyler Hankins, Morgan Lathery, Angela Turley, Teri Apple

Class of 2018

Shell Barger, Wendy Buckler, Teresa Conley, Mike Ernest, John Flatt, Desiree Harrison, Christie Haines Kuehl, Jackie Lovell, Katie Malott, Katie Mellen, Zachary Miller, Jordan Moody, Lynn Murray, Kellie Nierzwicki, Tracey Nix, Kristen Olsen, Lisa Orecchio, Alyce Penry, Kate Rossman, Christopher Sanders, Connor Simonson, Shelley Specchio, Ruth Tesky, Stephen Turchyn, Shelly Walters

Testimonials

Still not convinced? See what others have to say about the program!

“REAL made me fall in love with real estate all over again.”  — Lee Ann Balta, Carpenter REALTORS

“REAL was a wonderful experience that I will not soon forget. The learning opportunities this program provides, along with the connections I’ve made throughout the Real Estate Industry will serve me well in the years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a special group - it is an honor to be a graduate and fellow of REAL and I thank you so much for this incredible experience.” — Dustin Sickinger, Keller Williams Indy Metro N

“The REAL program has provided me with a new understanding of industry issues and how they affect each of the players in the real estate field – agents, lenders, appraisers, etc. This has lead me to have a greater respect for all of these individuals, which has fostered healthier relationships and ultimately, more effective transactions. " — April Lewis, Chase Bank

 “REAL has been an amazing experience that, if given the opportunity, I would take full advantage of again! The class provided access to many leaders throughout the city, allowing us an opportunity to speak to them in a personal setting. We learned much about Indianapolis and the vast resources available. Finally, we made friendships with individuals in our industry that started as strangers. It’s a unique opportunity that I am fortunate to have participated in!” — Lindsay McAteer, Encore Sotheby's Realty