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Prosperiti Brokers

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In my 20s, I was married and raising two kids, one with differing abilities. I didn’t start my career until my 30s. After my divorce, it was a struggle to reenter the workforce. I’d been a stay-at-home mom for years and employers looked at me like I was 18 again.
A couple of years later, I found myself with a broken-down car and no home. At that point, I was starting over with nothing after ending an abusive relationship. For three months, I worked two full-time jobs and slept on a couch at an office I worked in, trying to save money for a reliable car and a home for my family. Becoming an owner of a real estate brokerage and a commercial developer certainly weren’t on my list of things to do.

Professional and Personal Influences
I grew into the role of leader and business owner, because of how others influenced me and what others believed I was capable of. I had it in me the whole time; I just didn’t see in myself what they saw – at least not yet.
No matter how difficult things were, I kept going because that’s what I saw my mother do. My leadership skills began in preschool watching my mother rebuild her life with four children and a small business after escaping a violent, abusive marriage. My grandmother, Mary, influenced me greatly too. She lived as an example of a strong woman with her own opinions, unashamed to be herself. I loved that about her. 
Many women over the years have strengthened me as a person and a professional. Andrea Sitzes with Show-Me Christian County, Christina Ford with the Rebound Foundation, Dara Lindsay with the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Office and Tue Williams, an international real estate entrepreneur. They each continue to inspire, challenge and support me.
Upon seeing my ability to lead other small businesses and nonprofits to success, Titus and Tue Williams recruited me into their family real estate business. I knew quickly real estate was right for me. I realized I could help all types of organizations succeed, small and large clients achieve their vision, and impact the community in many ways. It was a new world of difference makers and I felt at home.
After a year, Titus asked me to partner with him to launch a real estate brokerage. I said “yes” and never looked back. In 2020, we also partnered in a historic mixed-use development. By my faith and by following our mission to help communities we serve to prosper, I’ve led the Prosperiti Brokers to successfully work with some of the largest real estate investors in the Midwest and surpass all of our goals.

Personal Leadership Style
I lead by serving, being a resource of knowledge and connections, listening to understand, consistently learning and adapting, and being accountable at all times. I encourage my team to believe their dreams are attainable, and I empower them to exceed the company’s and their goals as well as those of their clients.
Whether it’s through a nonprofit or business, serving as a community leader is in my heart. I want people to know they have a voice and can make a difference. I was told I couldn’t be a leader because I wasn’t in the right social class and that people wouldn’t listen to a minority or a woman. Instead of continuing to accept others’ opinions, I decided my actions would speak so loudly that I wouldn’t have to ask permission to move up the corporate ladder or lead; instead, I would be the leader I needed and wanted.


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