NOR Leadership Academy

The goal of the Northwest Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy is to build a network of community and industry leaders who can enhance their problem-solving skills and other leadership abilities through shared perspectives and working together.

Through this program, we will identify emerging REALTOR leaders, motivate them and sharpen their leadership skills.  In return, we expect them to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of our profession and community.


  • Develop leadership skills to be used personally, professionally throughout the community and association.
  • Develop future leaders for our communities and association.
  • Improve participant’s people, team building and communication skills in order to develop a more effective leader.

Candidate Criteria – The 2021-2022 Leadership Academy will be limited to 15 participants to encourage maximum participation.  The selection committee will attempt to balance participants according to a variety of factors including, but not limited to: business experience, community service and interest commitment.

  • Be a REALTOR member of Northwest Ohio REALTORS in good standing for a minimum of one year (from the date of application).
  • Have a sincere commitment, motivation and interest to serve the community and industry at Northwest Ohio REALTORS.
  • Are interested in and intend to seek positions on boards, commissions or key leadership roles in the community, industry organization and Northwest Ohio REALTORS.
  • Are willing to commit the time and energy required to complete the program.


  • Tuition for the program is $250 which includes training sessions, meals and instruction materials.
  • Attendance at all programs is mandatory. Those who fail to attend may be asked to withdraw, with no refund of tuition.


  • Attendance at all programs is mandatory. Those who fail to attend may be asked to withdraw, with no refund of tuition.
  • Arriving more than one hour late or departing more than one hour early will be considered the same as missing an entire day and can result in dismissal from the program.
  • Full participation is expected with no cell phones in use during sessions.

Application Process

  • Read Northwest Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy Rules and Regulations including attendance requirements.
  • Complete each section in full. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Applications should be submitted to by August 1, 2021
  • Applicants must be full dues-paying members in good standing at Northwest Ohio REALTORS.
  • Class participants must maintain their membership in Northwest Ohio REALTORS.
  • All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s Decision by August 27th.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by September 3rd.

Session Information


NAR’s REALTORS Excelling in Association Leadership (REAL) – The online course provides an overview of real estate issues and trends, enhance leadership skills, meeting management, governing documents and policies, legal and regulatory activities and visioning, planning and budgeting.

NAR’s Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation – Fairhaven is an interactive online simulation training in which agents confront discrimination in real estate transactions from the point of view of both agent and client.

Team Building Session (September 22nd 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM) – The initial session will provide Leadership Academy candidates the opportunity to meet and start to get to know each other.  Participants will participate in Trapped Toledo followed by the opportunity to network with the Session 1 Facilitator and members of the Board of Directors.

Speaker – Marilou Butcher Roth, REALTOR and Professional Business Coach

Session Take-A-Way – New Friends and excitement for the upcoming sessions.

Getting to Know You (September 23rd 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) – The program will consist of icebreaker exercises, DISC assessment, and evaluation of personal leadership styles and follow up.

Speaker – Marilou Butcher Roth, Marilou Butcher Roth, REALTOR and Professional Business Coach

Session Take-A-Way – Better understanding of your leadership style and how to work with other leadership styles more effectively.

Association Engagement: Why & How to Get Involved (October 13th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) The session will cover the structure of the Local, State and National Association, how you can become involved and more importantly WHY you should get involved.

Speaker – Megan Foos, Chief Executive Officer Northwest Ohio Realtors and NOR Members

Session Take-A-Way – A better understanding of the Association and the ability to lead more productive meetings.

Leadership 200 (November 3rd 9:00 – 12:00 PM) – The NAR Leadership Course will address Association Leadership, the relationship between staff and volunteers, participation in meetings and how to build consensus.

Speaker – Adorna Carrol, DSA, CRB, ABR, SRS, GRI, SRES and Broker/Owner of Realty 3 of CT

Session Take-A-Way – Stronger leadership skills and confidence in your role as a leader.

Local Politics (December 9th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) – During this session we will introduce you to local REALTOR Elected Officials, the REALTOR party and the relationship between the REALTOR Party, local government and your real estate business.

Speaker – Brian Dicken, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce,

Session Take A Way – Better understanding of the issues affecting our local community and the importance of being involved.

Communication/Public Speaking (January 12th 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) – Communication and public speaking skills are crucial to today’s leader. This program is designed to teach effective ways to communicate your message clearly to a wide variety of audiences.

Speaker – Chrys Peterson, News Anchor and Public Speaking Consultant

Session Take A Way – Increased public speaking skills and a powerful “elevator” speech.

Legal Issues (February 9th 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM [tentative]) – The seminar will update you on state and federal regulatory issues, legal issues including license law updates, recent cases and industry trends designed to reduce your risk and potentially increase your earnings.

Speaker – Peg Ritenour, Vice President of Legal Services at Ohio REALTORS

Session Take-A-Way – 3 hours of Core Law CE and information to protect your business.

Regional Tour (March 9th 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM) – Participants will go on a historical tour of the City of Toledo.  You will visit some community resources that may be familiar, and many that you are unfamiliar with.

Speaker – Ted Long, Toledo Historian

Session Take A Way – New insight into the City of Toledo and better understanding of the history of our city.

Diversity and Inclusion and Graduation Luncheon (April 6th 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) – Participants will dig deeper into the conversation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Fair Housing and what it means in our community then celebrate the completion of the Leadership Academy with a luncheon.

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