International Women’s Day is an important day where we commemorate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world. We are excited to celebrate this day and take the time to honor our women brokers and staff! We’re proud to have a strong female leader at RMCC, Bailey Dolian, and we have so many amazing women at our office in all types of roles that inspire us daily. To acknowledge them on this day, we’ve interviewed a few who shared their insight and advice along with what has motivated them to be the successful women they are today. Thank you to Jeana Albright, Pam Rios, Bailey Dolian, Gabryela Bustamante, Natasha Brinkle, and Elle Kitsos for sharing with us!
What advice do you have for women new to the real estate industry?
Jeana: You’re in the right place! this is an industry that women before us paved a path for success.
Pam: Treat it like a business and aggressively (but subtly) go after every potential lead. Don’t approach your business as a sales endeavor but rather an offer of service. Care more about your clients’ money than your own and you’ll always be on the right side of the deal.
Bailey: The “perfect” work/life balance is a myth. Be prepared for late nights and long weekends.
Natasha: I read an article that said “Real estate is one of the best careers for women who want to create their own destiny.” Believe it, it’s true! It is a lot of work but the rewards are truly amazing.
What is your favorite quote or words you live by?
Elle: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
Bailey: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
Pam: “Everything you want is just beyond your comfort zone.”
Natasha: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, But in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
Jeana: “I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela
Gabryela: “The harder the struggle, the more spectacular the triumph.” “Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes.” “I think, therefore I am.”
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Jeana: Raising two strong and beautiful women.
Pam: My son. Money isn’t everything.
Bailey: For work, helping to create a collaborative, supportive, and empowered staffing team. Personally, raising my kids to be open-minded and respectful individuals
Natasha: Going to college and getting my Bachelors Degree!
Gabryela: One of my proudest accomplishments is the 2-week backpacking expedition I went on in the Sonoran Desert. Despite the pleasurable, amusing moments, it was a very strenuous experience. I was mentally and physically challenged and came back stronger than ever.
Who is a woman you greatly admire, and why?
Gabryela: Tina Fey. She encourages others to follow their dreams, and she sets the perfect example with her fearless attitude. From being the first female head writer on SNL, to starring in movies & writing her own book, Tina has achieved it all! On top of that, she’s hilarious.
Natasha: Oprah! Who doesn’t love Oprah! Such an inspiration.
Elle: My mom! From working at the white house in the 80’s to fulfilling a senior role at a large aerospace engineering company, she has a lifetime of impressive achievements that inspire me to set my goals high. Even though many of her interests fell in traditionally male-dominated fields during her time, she never let that steer her away doing what she loves!
Jeana: My grandmother: After my grandfather died, she went back to college to get a degree and was one of the oldest graduates at BYU. She dedicated her life to serving others, one example was by volunteering in schools to help children learn English and to read. She was a strong woman that wasn’t afraid to go it alone, speak her mind, and valued keeping her family together and strong.
Pam: Janet Yellen. The first woman to chair the Federal Reserve and now the first woman to become Secretary of the Treasury. A great achievement in a male-dominated sector.
Bailey: Michelle Obama – she leads with grace, humility, and empathy.
What words of wisdom did your mother / grandmothers / aunts share with you?
Pam: No words. Action. My mother was extremely hard-working. She had a quiet force that showed up every day in her work ethic.
Jeana: “Sometimes the difference between hope and despair is a good night’s rest.”
Bailey: My paternal grandmother taught me to use sarcasm to diffuse difficult situations. She was very southern and very sassy.
Elle: Never stop learning.
Natasha: Be kind, be smart, and put others first.
Gabryela: My mom always tells me the quote “She believed she could so she did” reminds her of me. She also really likes to send me inspirational quotes, one of the more recent ones being “She dances to the songs in her head. Speaks with the rhythm of her heart. And loves from the depths of her soul.”
What inspires you?
Bailey: Being surrounded by people who understand that happiness leads to success and not the other way around.
Jeana: Inspiring others, especially my girls.
Pam: The thought of the freedom financial success can buy.
Natasha: Everything mostly. Stories of triumphs and tribulations in people’s everyday lives and basically how we all try to learn to live together in this ever-changing world.