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Diane Glass

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

Diane proudly leads a nearly $5 billion brokerage with close to 1,400 brokers and 24 offices, as well as its family of homeownership services. Under Diane’s leadership, BHHS Chicago has been named No. 1 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune for two out of the last four years, something Glass feels is a reflection of the company’s strong culture and its people’s dedication to the real estate craft.

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Carin Bondar

Biologist With a Twist

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Dr. Carin Bondar is a biologist, author, and philosopher whose work focuses on increasing science literacy and communication. Bondar received a PhD from the Faculty of Forestry in 2007 for her research on the ecological role of signal crayfish in its various stages of development from juvenile to adult. Bondar’s work appears on National Geographic, Discovery Worldwide, TED, Animal Planet, Netflix, and The Science Channel.

Jill Biggs

Principal, The Jill Biggs Group

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Jill's philosophy is to make the ordinary “Extraordinary”, and she consistently delights her buyers and sellers with her committed efforts, knowledge, dedication, professionalism and her keen sense of humor to deflect any problems that may arise in the normal course of a transaction. She receives accolades from her satisfied clients and customers, and strives to be their "Realtor for Life".

Brian Boero

Co-Founder, 1000watt

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Brian has been in real estate media, marketing and technology since 1997. Before Co-Founding 1000watt, Brian served as President of Inman, real estate's leading trade media company, and as CEO of VREO, where he created e-signature and document management software for tablet PCs. Brian has led dozens of companies through complex brand and marketing challenges and leads the 1000watt team daily.

Clayton Collins

Founder and CEO, HW Media

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Clayton Collins is the founder and CEO of HW Media. He leads HW Media’s corporate strategy and content roadmap, while building a world-class team of business media professionals. He is also managing partner of Riomar Capital, an entrepreneurial investment firm that acquired HousingWire in 2016. Prior to founding Riomar Capital, Collins worked at RBC Capital Markets in the mergers and acquisitions group and served as vice president of national sales and marketing at Citibank.

Lindsay Dreyer

Broker/Owner, City Chic Real Estate

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Lindsay flunked C++ programming at Harvard, which led to her journey into real estate. It’s a long story, which she’d gladly share over a drink. She started selling homes in 2004, and in 2011 she opened up her own shop, City Chic Real Estate, a boutique brokerage in the hyper-competitive Washington, DC market. Lindsay's decision to go indie was fueled by frustration with the patriarchy and struggling to find a brokerage that offered high levels of support for individual top producers. Using her background in marketing, web design and technology, she created an “all-inclusive” experience for agents, where they could focus on relationships and selling homes.

Matthew Ferrara

Philosopher

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Matthew Ferrara has a degree in philosophy, is a photographer, writer and a professional speaker. He has spent the last 32 years traveling the world teaching others how to grow their careers and lives through creativity, innovation and leadership. Matthew is an advisor to organizations in 49 states and 28 countries.

Amy King

CEO, Pallet

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Amy King is the CEO and founder of Pallet, a fair chance employer that addresses unsheltered homelessness and offers employees an opportunity to make a living wage. Pallet's diversified staff is key to their success. Amy also founded Weld Seattle, a non-profit geared towards removing barriers for people impacted by the justice system. Amy’s business experience and background in psychology and healthcare have allowed her to operate this profitable yet people-focused organization.

Tom Ferry

Founder and CEO, Ferry International

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As founder and CEO of Ferry International, the real estate industry’s leading coaching and training company, Tom’s ever-growing influence impacts professionals in a wide variety of ways, including rigorous accountability coaching, the popular #TomFerryShow, highly engaging training events, two best-selling books, and his legendary keynote speeches.

Diane Glass

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

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Diane proudly leads a nearly $5 billion brokerage with close to 1,400 brokers and 24 offices, as well as its family of homeownership services. Under Diane’s leadership, BHHS Chicago has been named No. 1 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune for two out of the last four years, something Glass feels is a reflection of the company’s strong culture and its people’s dedication to the real estate craft.

Matt Beall

Principal Broker, Hawaii Life

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Matt Beall is the CEO, Principal Broker and co-founder of Hawaii Life, the top-selling residential real estate firm in the State of Hawaii with approximately 350 agents and 60 employees across Hawaii’s island chain. He is a founding board member of Forbes Global Properties, an exclusive consortium of top-tier real estate firms representing many of the world’s finest homes for sale. He serves as an expert witness for real estate-related legal cases, as well as on the board of the Hawaii Land Trust, a land conservation organization with over 20,000 acres in perpetual conservation. He's also on the Kauai Leadership Council for the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Vanessa Reilly

Chief Real Estate Officer, Domo Realty

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Vanessa Reilly is the Broker/Owner of Domo Realty. After graduating with a marketing degree she had no luck breaking into the advertising world, so she decided to try out her cocktail waitressing skills. She quickly met all the wrong people and landed a sales position selling Porsches to $75k “millionaires.” Luckily a year later she was fired from the dealership and was able to pursue her true passion – marketing (through the means of real estate). 17 years later, her out-of-the-box approach has gained national recognition, pissed of dozens of English teachers and gone viral more than once!

Jimmy Mackin

CEO, Curaytor

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Jimmy Mackin is the co-founder of Curaytor, a full-service digital marketing company specializing in Facebook marketing and advertising. Created in 2013, Curaytor has been featured in Forbes, Inc, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and American Express Open Forum. Jimmy is also the co-host of the hit podcast #WaterCooler.

Drew Meyers

Founder and Curator, Geek Estate

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Proptech product strategist, writer, & community builder with 17+ years of cross-functional experience in the real estate, sharing economy, social impact & travel industries. Conceptualized & led 2 bootstrapped travel apps, reaching 15k+ total global users.

Bruce Turkel

Creative Entrepreneur

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​Bruce travels the world helping leaders and companies thrive in the brave new world of increased consumer expectations and choice. He helps his clients and audiences uncover creative solutions and messaging strategies that can futureproof their brands in a world of constant disruptive upheaval.