A Wise Woman and Her Words: Mainstreet President-Elect Connie Vavra Highlights Her Journey In Real Estate for Women’s History Month

Mainstreet HQ, Downers Grove - In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re spotlighting women in the real estate industry. As part of this celebration we interviewed Connie Vavra, Mainstreet REALTORS® President Elect. Mainstreet celebrates the contributions women have made and recognizes the achievements of women in the real estate industry.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month at Mainstreet, every March it is important to bring forward women in real estate and broadcast their voice. Converting the dream of homeownership into a reality demands long hours, requires constant dedication and in an ever-challenging marketplace only the strong succeed.

For the first of a two-part blog series Mainstreet is highlighting one of our own members and Mainstreet President-Elect Connie Vavra (photo left). With over a decade of experience she now serves as the Designated Managing Partner for Domin’are, Connie has established herself as a top-tier performer as well as an idea-sharing industry leader. She was asked a series of questions about what the future of women in real estate looks like today.

Q: What makes you proud to be a woman in real estate today and the journey we are on?

A: What makes me proud as a woman in real estate today is the incredible support system I've experienced and witnessed among fellow female leaders. Stepping into a room filled with competitors from diverse backgrounds and genders, only to be met with warmth and camaraderie, is truly inspiring. In an industry that poses so many challenges for all genders, balancing professional responsibilities with motherhood adds another layer of complexity. Yet, as women, we navigate these hurdles with grace, wearing multiple hats simultaneously, from business to family and community involvement. It's the support and encouragement from both industry peers and competitors alike that fuel our determination and enable us to achieve our goals.”

Q: What is your hope for the future of women in real estate?

A: Continuing to encourage growth and success means witnessing women step forward, even when not explicitly called upon or when they don't fit traditional expectations. Increased participation of women in volunteer roles within their communities, businesses, and at the association levels is critical. This diversity of perspectives ensures that decisions are inclusive and represent all our members and consumers.”

Q: Do you have any advice for women in real estate looking to grow professionally?

A: Discovering your tribe is essential; as women, supporting one another is crucial. When I began attending industry events, I formed meaningful connections with other women leaders, resulting in enduring friendships and support spanning over a decade. It's also important to recognize your worth and never hesitate to claim your seat at the table. Your insights and contributions hold immense value, often beyond what you might realize.”

Q: Why is it important for companies to have gender diversity at all levels of their organization? 

A: Gender diversity plays a critical role in ensuring that all members and consumers are being represented. By bringing together diverse viewpoints including those by women, organizations will benefit from a more innovative approach to problem-solving and decision-making. Given that organizations serve a wide range of members and consumers, it's important that the leadership and perspectives within these organizations reflect that same diversity.”