2020 Leadership Candidates

2020 President-Elect Candidate 

Jen Monjaras

Why Women's Council? What about the organization's mission/vision do you love? Why not?! If your profession has anything to do with the real estate industry you have to give Women's Council a try. It helps you grow both professionally and personally. Inviting a large group of people, especially strong-minded women 🙂, from the same, highly competitive industry and seeing how they band together for the better of the industry is really remarkable. 

How have you been involved in past years? I have been involved in Women's Council since 2015 but have been attending the events since I received my license in 2014 when I was 5 months pregnant and was tricked into coming to the lunches with Crystal Archer and Susan Clark! I may or may not have come more than I was allotted as a guest-but don't tell the Director of Membership! 

What would you like to see in our future? A male president!! (and a Female President of the USA 🙂

Why President-Elect OR Treasurer? President-Elect - I feel like a corner was turned during my time at the 2019 Mid Year Conference in DC. It was the first year that I was able to travel with the Board and really see, and not just hear in the board meetings, what the President and other board members experience on the national trips. Getting to know the other board members personally in addition to learning about Women's Council on a National level- along with some prodding from the other board members-I realized that I wanted to grow WITH Women's Council.   What motivated you to run for this position? Pure Peer Pressure.  

What equips you to fulfill the role to the best of your ability?  I'm loyal to a fault. If I say I'm in -- I'm in. I play softball, and make it to almost every weekly game, from April to October, much to the chagrin of my husband!  At times I may over-commit but I believe through my roles in Women's Council I have learned to use my voice, even if I'm dying on the inside, to get what I need as well as what I want. 

What does success look like to you? Being Happy! If you can find that balance between your personal life and professional life and at the end of the day you are happy with what you've put into it - that's a success! 

How do you know when you've succeeded?  When I can sit back and have a glass of wine to celebrate and not just to cope-Just kidding! I think it's when I feel a sense of calm after I've finished something-I'm happy with the results and can relax-but just for a minute-you never know what's coming around the corner-especially in this industry and with a 5 and 2-year-old!

What brings you joy?  My family!! I have the most supported husband EVER-and the most adorable children!!  

What roles/positions have you held within Women's Council - Omaha currently or in the past?  2018-Director of Membership  2017-Secretary  2016-Ways & Means Chair  2016-Golf Chair  2015 Golf Co-Chair

2020 President-Elect Candidate

Trac Burkhardt

Why Women's Council? What about the organization's mission/vision do you love? Before real estate, I worked as a VP in the corporate world for a technology company. After 13 years with the company, I was finally in a position where I had the opportunity to switch my career path. My husband and I have been investors for years, and I've always wanted to get into real estate. So, I did I made a career change at 50. I was imperative to my success to find a way to be surrounded by successful people in the industry. You know that wasn't going to happen by hanging out in my broker's office as a new agent. I knew I needed a way to start building relationships with other realtors and affiliates/strategic partners. It was my manager who told me about the Women's Council. The first thing I read when I went to the website was the organization's Mission and Vision statements along with the Core Values. The words; Network, Successful, Advancing Women, Leaders, Industry, Community, Voice for Women, Premier Source and Development made an impact, and that was what I was looking for to help me fast-track and build relationships in the industry. I completed my membership application before leaving the website. I hadn't even gone to a luncheon. The statements were persuasive; I just knew the Women's Council was the right place for me.

How have you been involved in past years? What would you like to see in our future? For the last two years, I've been lead on the Scholarship project team. I've proposed the change to the by-laws to allow non-members to purchase networking tables. I've recently volunteered to take on member engagement. I attend as many board meetings as my schedule allows. The board recognized me as a member of the month. I participated in Habitat's Women's Build on International Women's Day. I'm working with Habitat on a Realtor program along with sponsoring another Women's Build in October.

As for the future, increase awareness about Women's Council.  As an example, I spoke with my Broker at Better Homes and Gardens, and he was uninformed on what Women's Council was. He would like for me to speak at one of our sales meetings to inform our teams about the Women's Council.  Increased membership. Increase representation from brokers other than Nebraska Realty, BHHS, and NPDodge.

Why President-Elect OR Treasurer? What motivated you to run for this position? One of my professional goals is to do more in a leadership capacity within the industry. I’m passionate about this organization. I’m impressed with how well this team collaborates. I’m inspired by the work this team does. I’m motivated to do more for this organization.

What equips you to fulfill the role to the best of your ability? Attending the board meetings is the biggest thing.  Overall interaction with this powerhouse team has been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot just being in the room. I also feel like I’ve evolved and improved results on my project teams. I’ve learned a lot just being in the meeting.  I also have strong leadership experience in my personal and professional life.

What does success look like to you? How do you know when you've succeeded? Success is when you achieve the end goal. I’m a firm believer in setting goals. Without them, I don’t think one can put actions in place to get to the next benchmark. One of my pet peeves is people who complain but don’t take action to make a change. I am my biggest critic and hold myself accountable. It’s a great day when I can check the box, cross the goal off my list and replace it with something new.

What brings you joy? Work, family, travel, my dog and cat.  I’ve learned how to manage my time to balance work and family.  This has allowed me to be more successful with my work and present and focused during family time.   Giving back to the community also brings me great joy.  I am always looking for opportunities to volunteer when possible.

What roles/positions have you held within Women's Council - Omaha currently or in the past? The scholarship project team for the last two years, and recently I’ve taken over membership engagement.

2020 Treasurer 

CandidateLisa Brodersen

Why Women's Council? What about the organization's mission/vision do you love? How have you been involved in past years? What would you like to see in our future? Women’s Council has honestly changed my business and changed the person I am and who I continue to strive to be. There has been a profound impact on my confidence level, increased my ability to connect and develop relationships, and continued my passion for living a grateful and intentional life. The persistence and professionalism of the members are inspiring. I am currently the 2019 Treasurer, a position that I have enjoyed more that I knew I could. Before that, I was the 2018 Scholarship recipient, 2018 chair for the golf event and part of the project team for the spring event, 2017 I was the co-chair for the golf event. I would like to continue to grow and develop my strengths with the Women’s Council in the future. I have an open heart and am excited about the journey!

Why President-Elect OR Treasurer? What motivated you to run for this position? What equips you to fulfill the role to the best of your ability? I am currently the 2019 Treasurer. If elected again, I will do my very best to continue ROCKING IT with the new board for 2020! This year has truly been an honor. I had no idea how much I would appreciate being part of the planning and problem solving that comes along with being on the board. Being surrounded by such strong, positive and giving women has been amazing. Numbers are kind of my gig so Treasurer is a perfect position for me. I am also working towards transitioning our current accounting from spreadsheets to QuickBooks. This will give members who take on the Treasurer position in the future the ability to see every year of our accounting. Is an opportunity to help in developing the budget in the future and tracking all aspects of our accounting.

What does success look like to you? How do you know when you've succeeded? Success is a tricky word. To me, success is measured by realizing what your purpose is and what gifts you were given that can be shared with those around you. I think success is never really achieved as the goals are always changing. There are accomplishments that deserve acknowledgment, but those accomplishments mean there is more to give.

What brings you joy? There is so much to be joyful about! Three things in particular. 1. My cutie patootie dog Ginger. 2. My family. 3. Wine. Oh, and maybe 4. I have a career that I love doing every day.

What roles/positions have you held within Women's Council - Omaha currently or in the past? I am currently the 2019 Treasurer, a position that I have enjoyed more that I knew I could. Before that, I was the 2018 Scholarship recipient, 2018 chair for the golf event and part of the project team for the spring event, 2017 I was the co-chair for the golf event.

2020 Treasurer 

Candidate

Christine Shour

Why Women's Council? I have been part of the Women's Council for 5 years and believe in its purpose and enjoy the people in the network.

What about the organization's mission/vision do you love? I love the fact that the organization gives its members the tools and support to grow and advance in their industry. How have you been involved in past years? I have been the program director and worked on the scholarship team.

What would you like to see in our future? I would like to see Women's Council grow into a larger more influential organization.

Why President-Elect OR Treasurer? The treasurer is the one position I can put my talents to good use, for the organization.

What motivated you to run for this position?  I have the desire to serve the Women's Council Organization and this is the best way for me to help.

What equips you to fulfill the role to the best of your ability? My accounting background started in 1980 working as an accounting clerk. I opened my own business in 1983 and performed all the accounting and tax preparation for that business for 17 years. I then worked as a bookkeeper for two small businesses for 13 years before transitioning to the Real Estate field in 2012 and have performed the bookkeeping duties my LLC since then. I have been using QuickBooks since 1997, which is the program we will be using next year.

What does success look like to you? To me, success is when I have fulfilled my duties to the best of my ability and the ones I serve are better than they were before and they respect my help.

How do you know when you've succeeded? When at the end of each day I know I have done all I can to make mine and the people I care about lives better, and I am at peace.

What brings you joy? I am joyful when I see that my family and friends are healthy and happy. I also like to garden, it’s my therapy.

What roles/positions have you held within Women's Council - Omaha currently or in the past? I have served as the program director and am on the scholarship team.