The world’s most influential women scrolled across the screens as I Am Woman Hear Me ROAR by Katy Perry rang through the air during the Reach Out and Achieve Results (ROAR) breakout session during Family Reunion in Phoenix, Ariz. The crowd ROARED for Dianna Kokoszka, CEO of KW MAPS Coaching and KWU who led the intimate hour full of life lessons shared by Keller Williams businesswomen. The dynamic group of real estate powerhouses revealed their ability to confront adversity and persistently rise up to make their dreams come true.
Guests on her panel included Keller Williams Vice-Chairman of the Board Mo Anderson, President Mary Tennant, Associate and top-producing KW Commercial member Heidi Prosser, KW MAPS Coach Kate Patulski, Associate and Market Center Investor Marci Fair and Kokoszka’s grandson Dante, who dedicated a special performance of Katy Perry’s Roar to Anderson.
Kokoszka asked each panelist to look back to their pasts and disclose their most cherished lessons of empowerment. “It all started while walking down pasture lane and dreaming of a life full of greater means,” said Anderson, who pulled herself from childhood poverty to become Keller Williams Realty’s vice-chairman the board. Anderson’s life of conditioning through hardship, she says is what gave her the grit to stay in the game despite its obstacles.
Reflecting on her experience going through BOLD, Prosser said, “I am truly living a life by design. The more faith I have instilled in my journey, the more doors have opened for me.” Labeled the “Queen of Leverage,” she has been able to stay dialed into both her personal and business life. “Women can have it all, but they can’t do it all. You must realize that leverage is a mindset and it’s not about how much money you have in your bank account, it’s about learning how to let go. It can happen in the smallest ways, progressing into bigger opportunities. It will never be easy to take that step, but you have to put one foot in front of the other and jump.”
“I want every little girl who is told she is bossy to be told she has leadership skills,” said Kokoszka. “We have to fight for women to get into leadership! We have to help women rise up!”
When you drink the water don’t ever forget who dug the well,” she added. “We had to work hard to break into the industry. We not only had to sell real estate, we had to sell our dream. We had to sell that a woman can be a great leader.”
Kokoszka charged the crowd to take the reins of their lives and release their greatness. “You must realize you have what it takes and your talents will be released. It’s not the power inside anyone else. It’s according to the power that you believe in. Stop discounting yourself, if your treasure is going to come out, you have to believe you have what it takes.”
She acknowledged the “drunk monkey” inside everyone, saying that it’s just as easy to talk yourself into something as it is to talk yourself out of it. “Average is the best of the worst and worst of the best. You wouldn’t be here if you were average. Get ready for the release of your untapped talent inside you!” she continued.
The powerful hour closed with Tennant, who shared that she has loved every minute of her life and discovered one lucky gift to share. “Enjoy and love the experiences you have when you have them because you don’t get to do it again.” She concluded “You’ve just experienced one of the most wonderful women and leaders of our century. Dianna Kokoszka has made every one of us better.”
Kokoszka then charged the crowd, “Now’s your chance, go forth and ROAR! Change the WORLD!”