Women’s History Month: Thanking, Celebrating and Learning from our Network Members

March 31, 2022


Professionally, it is no question that women took the brunt of the pandemic. Dubbed a ‘Shecession’, the recession triggered by COVID-19 pushed more than 20 million women from the workforce. Women everywhere sacrificed their time and energy, making the commitment to keep the world spinning. Those who were able to continue working were often asked to wear many hats as breadwinners, caretakers, educators, therapists and individuals.

The women who make up our network are no exception, managing households alongside their businesses. 60% of Engel & Völkers shops are owned by women—each writing their own story, setting new standards, and serving as a role model for their advisors.

To close out Women’s History Month, we would like to thank, celebrate and learn from a few of these incredible Engel & Völkers network members.

Dawn Maddux | License Partner, Engel & Völkers Western Frontier – Missoula

With over 20 years of experience building strategic advertising and marketing campaigns and implementing effective media placement for large-scale clients, Dawn Maddux of Engel & Völkers Western Frontier — Missoula brings a fresh approach to the real estate industry. Her background combined with her passion and dedication quickly elevated her in the industry as a top producer in Western Montana during the recession in 2010, and she has maintained that position since.

Q: What does it mean to you to be a woman in real estate? And as a leader?

DM: I really enjoy this industry, the people I have the privilege of meeting, and the end result. 

It’s important to market properties properly, create a feeling about the home, and help potential buyers envision what their life might look like there. 

As a leader, I try to approach all matters with a solution-based vision. I love my job. My managers and advisors can see that, and we have a lot of fun in the entire process. I lead by example as much as possible and offer as much support to our team as I can.

Q: How would you characterize the most successful moments of your career?

DM: For me, often, the most successful moments are minor events in the grand scheme. I find success in the happiness of my managers, my team, and my clients. It might not be a major event, but I find light in many little things. Some of my big successes have been successfully closing difficult deals, big and small, with everyone happy in the end.

Q: If you had to choose three words that you would attribute your success to, what would they be?

DM: Marketing, marketing and marketing.

You can change your plan, but you should ultimately remain consistent in your plan. I collaborate within my brand network and my team consistently.

Lisa Sutton | License Partner, Engel & Völkers Henderson

Lisa Sutton serves as License Partner of Engel & Völkers Henderson. Beyond being a leader in her shop, she is also an entrepreneur, seasoned real estate investor and former Miss Nevada. She started her business career working in a top Las Vegas law firm, specializing in business litigation. She then went on to create companies of her own and, eventually, joined with Engel & Völkers.

Q: What does it mean to you to be a woman in real estate? And as a leader?

LS: Real estate traditionally was a very male-dominated industry and, in certain specialties, it still is. Being a female leader in our industry is very important to me, and I strive every day to set the best example for our agents through my work ethic and engagement.

Q: How would you characterize the most successful moments of your career?

LS: Every successful win I have had in my real estate career has come from pushing forward and refusing to accept “no.” There will always be someone to tell you why a situation or circumstance won’t work out. It’s up to you to be resourceful and commit to being the very best for your client and business.

Q: If you had to choose three words that you would attribute your success to, what would they be?

LS: Faith. Family. Community.

Sandra Miller | License Partner, Engel & Völkers Santa Monica 

Sandra Miller serves as License Partner of Engel & Völkers Santa Monica. With numerous real estate awards and accolades to her name, Sandra has extensive experience working with family offices on property acquisition and sales of residential and commercial properties in California and around the world.

Q: What does it mean to you to be a woman in real estate? And as a leader?

SM: I take being a woman leader very seriously. I strive to lift up the people surrounding me and be their advocate. I tend to lead by example, and I would never ask someone to do something I was not willing to do myself.

Q: How would you characterize the most successful moments of your career?

SM: I have been very blessed to have had many successful moments in my real estate career so far. Joining Engel & Völkers was one of them. I have a dual role as a broker and a top-producing agent so I have lots of awards and accolades. However, when it comes to accolades, we are only as good as our last year’s production. 

The most fulfilling role for me is to see my agents come into their own in the form of paying off their debts, purchasing their first homes and building long-lasting successful careers. That’s what is the most special, in addition to, of course, building a strong brokerage for generations to come.

Q: If you had to choose three words that you would attribute your success to, what would they be?

SM: Passion. You have to have a passion for helping people thrive—both agents and clients.

Mentality. My favorite mantra is “failure is not an option”.

Learning. I continue to proactively source information to be on the cutting edge of the industry instead of following along.

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