Leslie Rouda-Smith Archive

NAR Academy “Godmother” Reflects on Leadership, Looks Ahead to Advancing Realtor® University

...I’ve learned to never give up if I’m passionate about a program or cause. If there’s not an opportunity in one place, there might be one someplace else....
March 5, 2013

Welcome NAR Leadership Academy Class of 2013

The 2013 NAR Leadership Academy class is a diverse group of REALTORS® spanning the globe. To find out how you can learn more about leadership opportunities at the National Association of REALTORS® visit REALTOR.org/LeadershipAcademy....

Working to Build Better Realtors® and Better Myself: My Year as Leadership Academy Chair

What I enjoy most is the opportunity to help Academy participants find a place where they can reach their own personal goals. I firmly believe that mentoring is a key component of leadership, especially among volunteers. The Academy...
October 27, 2011

Change is the Only Constant with NAR Leadership Academy

The NAR Leadership Academy is going through some changes....
May 19, 2011

A Personal Perspective From the Leadership Academy Right Before Graduation

Even though we have our own aspirations and are determined to succeed, we work as a team and are supportive of the collective efforts and achievements. Together we’ve helped build and pave the future of our profession....

Academy Goal: Leadership, Mentoring and Relationships Offered Only By NAR

The Academy was founded in 2008 on the principle that we can mentor and guide REALTORS and identify those who have the skills, talents and commitment that NAR is looking for to lead the organization in the future. There...
January 6, 2011

A Year in Reflection: Parting Thoughts from Pat Pipkin, 2010 Chair of the NAR Leadership Academy Advisory Board

The primary goal of the NAR Leadership Academy – to nurture future REALTOR® leaders over a nine-month, five-session training and team-building program – has remained constant since the initiative was launched with the class of 2008. But the exercises...
December 30, 2010

Rising to the Challenge: 27 Realtors® Bond as Leadership Academy Class of 2011

It’s times like this that those ready to lead really show their mettle. Clearly, the nation must look to strong leaders who can champion policies and practices that get the economy back on solid ground. Real estate — a...
August 3, 2010