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Join us for the first ever South Carolina REALTORS® REAL WOMEN Conference.

This conference is focused on inspiring, encouraging and empowering female leadership across real estate and in our association. You’ll hear from great speakers who will share how they are advancing their careers, tackling issues, and becoming the trend setters in the industry.


March 8th, 2018 | Registration Opens at 9:00 am

Featured Speakers

Laura Derrick
Laura DerrickSCR 2018 President
Ainsley Earhardt
Ainsley EarhardtCo-host of Fox & Friends, Fox News Channel
Elizabeth Mendenhall
Elizabeth Mendenhall2018 President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Catherine Templeton
Catherine TempletonFormer South Carolina Director of LLR/DHEC
Lou Kennedy
Lou KennedyPresident/CEO/Owner at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Lisa Sulka
Lisa SulkaMayor of Blufton, SC
Pauline Bennett
Pauline BennettPresident of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Carolinas
Janice Petteway
Janice PettewayDirector of Brokerage Development, North America at EXIT Realty Corp. Intl.
Julie Minto
Julie MintoChair, NAR Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board
 Denise Ryan
Denise RyanAward-Winning Speaker
Deb Sofield
Deb SofieldSpeaker/Author/Coach
Jane Herlong
Jane HerlongHumorist/Author/Speaker & Miss South Carolina 1979
Radha Herring
Radha HerringBroker in Charge, Watermark Real Estate Group


(Subject to Change)

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Registration, Charity, & Sponsor Tables Open

10:00 am – 10:10 am

Invocation, Pledge, & Introduction

Invocation: Mandy Chapman-Crain

National Anthem: Jane Herlong 

Introduction: SCR 2018 President Laura Derrick

10:10 am – 11:00 am

Laugh All the Way to Success

Speaker: Jane Herlong

Jane Herlong is a SiriusXM humorist, best-selling author, and professional singer. Throughout her talk, we’ll learn about the healing power of humor when handling negative people and circumstances.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Keynote: Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Hear from Nephron Pharmaceuticals owner Lou Kennedy, whose West Columbia South Carolina company leads the world in the manufacturing of generic respiratory medications. Lou will talk about economic and workforce development for our region along with business opportunities for women.    

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Change the Equation: Become a Leader Today

Moderated by: Deb Sofield

Panelists: Elizabeth Mendenhall & Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka

Dynamic speaker, author, and coach Deb Sofield will chat with NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka on how leadership impacts their lives.

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm


12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

REALTOR Party: The Best Insurance for Your Business

Speaker: Julie Minto

Enjoy lunch and real talk about the REALTOR® Party with NAR’s Chair of Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board Julie Minto.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Bold, Smart, and the Lessons I’ve Learned

Moderated by: Elizabeth Mendenhall

Panelists: Pauline Bennett & Radha Herring

In this panel session, NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall shares her story and will chat with Coldwell Banker President Pauline Bennett and Broker in Charge of Watermark Real Estate Group, Radha Herring about what they’ve learned along the path to success.

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Standing up for your Beliefs, Breaking through the Barriers

Speaker: Catherine Templeton

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Increasing Your Personal Power

Speaker: Denise Ryan, MBA CSP 

The fine line between being effective and being perceived as a witch is one that women must contend with. This session is designed to help you be effective and get what you want. You’ll learn 15 power tactics that work for women, ways to increase the perception of your power, things that weaken women both professionally and personally and how to avoid them, and you’ll develop your own plan for increasing your power immediately.  Stop waiting to get what you want and start making it happen!

2:15 pm –  3:00 pm

Portrait of Courage

Speaker: Janice Petteway

Hear Janice’s story of courage, perseverance, and tenacity as she faced horrific circumstances no one could imagine.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Champion your Ideas, Your Value, and Yourself

Closing Keynote Speaker: Ainsley Earhardt, Fox News

Hear from this South Carolina native who advanced her reporting career when she became a television personality and conservative political commentator for Fox News.   

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Networking Reception & Door Prize Winner Announcement


Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201

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