Back in 2005 when I first joined Brown Harris Stevens, I threw a small holiday luncheon for all my relocation contacts . At the end of a wonderful afternoon together, we all realized we had something good going. On the way home that evening, I was thinking of how we could make something special out of this meeting. All in attendance at the luncheon were asked to be a founding member and they are distinguished on our member directory with an asterisk. Thus, “WoMen in Relocation” was born.
In 2014, Ashley McEvers, Willis Allen Real Estate, and Lauren Bensinger offered to start-up a chapters in Southern and Northen California, which are now blended into one group. In 2015, we were able to support three local groups and raised over $10,000 combined! Our first year, we barely reached $1,000. In 2017, we plan to run all chapters out of New York, picking groups in all areas so members can choose which one to support
All members must be involved in the relocation/real estate industry and we all have an equal voice. It was also decided that we were going to support smaller communities that had real-estate based needs that don’t get the national support. WoMen in Relocation has supported: Support for our Troops, Teaneck Armory Center,The Bridge Fund of Westchester/New York, Bethany House and this year, Heartworks, which now all have pages on our website. We have donated to supply neckrolls to soldiers and even adopted a soldier and her daughter who was being deployed later that year for Christmas. Also, we supported New Jersey communities with gift cards after Hurricane Sandy.
WoMen in Relocation Chapter members meet to decide on which group to support and every member has an equal voice. The year culminates with the donations being given to the group that was selected.
If you would like to be a member and appear on our website, the only requirement is an annual donation to the group we are supporting. There is no initiation or annual fee. Although it would be lovely if all members could make it to our meetings, the most important thing to us is the groups we support. Our goal this year is 100% member participation so all donations made will go directly to the group we have chosen to support for the year.
Founder, Women in Relocation