The 11th annual Cultural Summit, a heartwarming Mega Camp tradition, kicked off the day of learning as thousands of agents gathered to celebrate KW culture and the people who make it as wonderful as it is. The event began with an introduction and welcoming of brand-new cultural ambassadors from all over the country.
“Culture is the predetermined way we decide we are going to treat each other, our clients and every single person around us.” – Mo Anderson
Evans said, “Lives are examples of company culture.” The 2016 Cultural Ambassadors were hand-selected by fellow agents in their market centers to cultivate future expansion, lead committees and find associates in need of KW Cares grants. They have a huge impact on the present and future of KW culture, so Anderson and Evans took us back in time to see how the company has developed and exemplified its giving culture over the years.
The 2016 Cultural Summit was packed with documentary videos and interviews from past cultural ambassadors:
- Mary Tennant helping a past client and inspiration, Walter, find a home that perfectly fit his needs and wants
- Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact on New Orleans and agents raising funds to restore the community
- Monica Besecker and her market center’s effort to help a struggling mom buy a new SUV
- Baltimore market center taking care of children at a local school for RED Day
- Agents across the globe donating 5 percent of their commissions to fund well-deserved paychecks to KW associates in Des Moines
- David Radney encouraging a new agent to continue calling expired listings after hurtful rejection
“No one individual could create such dramatic results all alone. Culture is the most powerful force within us.” – Mo Anderson
KW’s world-changing culture will continue to grow through KW’s newest nonprofit: KW Kids Can. Created and led by Gary Keller, Quantum Leap trains kids ages 18 - 24 to think big before they enter the workforce. Instructors at market centers around the world bring powerful conversations and content to youths and the future of Keller Williams.
“We are world changers when we impart our culture on the next generation.” – Mo Anderson
Aidan Hornaday (age 15) closed the summit with laughs, music and, most importantly, words of wisdom about helping people and being yourself. He shared his life story, which was candidly “not that long” because he’s “not that old.”
When Hornaday was 7 years old, he played the harmonica at bars, restaurants and any place with an audience. His first night performing, he laid his hat down and got $80 in tips. He admitted to having everything he needed and taking comfort for granted, so he donated those tips to African Hearts, an organization that advocates for African children and provides resources to improve their lives. That one donation sparked a lifetime, while still in its early stages, of donating, volunteering and making a difference in as many lives as he can reach.
“The first gift we have to give is the gift of being ourselves.” – Aidan Hornaday
Hornaday also shared a story about the importance of “freezing and focusing,” a method he and his mom use to take time to stop and see how they can help people at any moment. While at the Dollar Store, he told the cashier, Miss Robin, to have a blessed day. This simple conversation led her to tears because no one even acknowledged her that day. He summarizes this with, “Being kind are the moments that define you.”
Hornaday clearly loves to help people find their passions. Music is his passion. He finished his talk by performing his original song, “Stand with You,” available on iTunes.
Helping people is one of KW’s passions. What’s yours?