In September, I flew to Las Vegas for Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sotheby’s Global Networking Event. The event brought together approximately 2,400 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 155 of the brand’s companies represented from 34 countries and territories worldwide. During the three-day event held at the Wynn Las Vegas, I was immersed into the brand and had the opportunity to learn and share advice, best practices and personal experiences with my real estate peers.
I especially loved the opportunity to see and hear from Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, who was the headlining keynote speaker. As I sat in my third-row, aisle seat, I hung on her every word as she discussed her journey of creating a global lifestyle brand, which includes a focus on authenticity, constant evolution, and a keen understanding of the consumer. She shared many personal examples about how her homes inspire and enrich her life. For example, her farm house provides the perfect place to grow fresh vegetables which she takes to her daughter who lives in New York City and, her cutting garden provides beautiful flowers for elegant floral arrangements. Martha’s passion for all things home-related really shone through, giving life to the adage that “your best life begins with a home that inspires you.”
At night, I attended multiple parties that provided an opportunity to have some good ole Vegas-style fun - dancing and laughing with new friends at a couple of the hippest night clubs in town. And yes, in the picture below that is me hiding behind Elvis - figured I’d let the ladies take center stage in that one!
On a more serious note, the conference found a way to incorporate charitable giving into the event. Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s charitable partner, New Story attended the event. New Story, which builds communities of homes for those in need for $6,000 USD per home, challenged attendees to pledge 100 homes for a new community in Mexico. At the end of the event, attendees surpassed the goal by pledging over 150 New Story homes. I’m proud to have contributed to help build one of those homes along with other colleagues from TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For more inforamation about New Story go to: NewStoryCharity.org
So thrilled to have learned, shared, been enriched, and participated in this wonderful event and happy to say that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!