Spotlight Series features 4 entrepreneurs at REALTOR Conference & Expo

REALTORS® who attend the presentations of Erin Meyer, Desirée Rogers, Steven Levitt and Kelly McDonald at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo will discover entrepreneurial ideas they can use in building their own businesses.

The four comprise the Spotlight Series at the conference, and they will speak on four consecutive days from Nov. 3-6. Register now to see them.

Meyer, an American author and international business expert, will kick off the series on Nov. 3. She is a senior affiliate professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at INSEAD, a private business school based in Paris. She directs two programs there: Management Sills for International Business and Leading Across Borders and Cultures. She also wrote the book, “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business,” and is a contributor for the Harvard Business Review.

Rogers appears on Nov. 4. She is a business leader, Chairman of the Chicago Tourism Bureau and former Special Assistant and White House Social Secretary for President Barack Obama. Her work résumé includes: Illinois State Lottery Director; chief marketing officer for Peoples Energy; president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas; president of social networking for Allstate; CEO for Johnson Publishing Company; and CEO for Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

Levitt speaks on Nov. 5. The economist and University of Chicago professor is author of the books Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009) as well as co-author of the Freakonomics Blog. His books and many of the articles he’s written for media publications apply his knowledge of economics to real-life issues such as gangs, abortion, prostitution, guns, global warming, seat belts and car seats, according to his website.

McDonald is a marketing and advertising expert and appears on Nov. 6. She makes frequent appearances on CNBC,, Sirius XM Radio and contributes articles to Forbes Magazine, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. She’s also written two best-selling books, “How to Market to People Not like You,” (2011) and “Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You” (2013). She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, twice named one of the top ad agencies in the United States and one of the fastest-growing independently owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.

REALTORS® can register for one day at the conference or all of it.


Lemons-Ryhal to lead Facebook Live session at Conference & Expo Nov. 4


Marki Lemons-Ryhal will present “Effectively Getting Started with Facebook Live,” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, in the West Building of McCormick Place Convention Center. Register now!

REALTORS® who attend will learn how to use Facebook Live to grow their personal brand and their businesses. Lemons-Ryhal will explain basics, including what equipment to use, as well as more advanced concepts to capture attention, deliver messages and showcase skills clients will value.

Lemons-Ryhal is a fifth-generation entrepreneur with more than 25 years of marketing experience. Her enthusiastic and energetic delivery is sure to grab and hold her audience’s attention. An award-winning social media speaker, she’s developed and delivered many courses for REALTORS®.

She’s earned ABR, CIPS, CRS and SRS designations. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has recognized her for its President’s Award. She’s also served as a guest editor for REALTOR® Magazine.

Little to talk content marketing at Conference & Expo

Carrie Little of CarMarc Realty Group, LLC in Chicago is scheduled to present “Big Data! The Next Big Thing in Content Marketing” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo on Nov. 4. Register to see her now.

Little’s hour-long presentation begins at 9 a.m. in the West Building of the McCormick Place Convention Center.

Carrie Little

Combining her experience in digital marketing and analytics with her aptitude for detecting the early trends in social media, email marketing and other technology, Little will explain how to integrate data into usable content.

A national speaker and contributor at Illinois REALTOR® events, she is the 2017 Illinois Women’s Council President, and was recently recognized by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® for a 2017 Special Achievement in the Industry. She’s earned CIPS, PMN and SFR designations.

For more information on the Conference & Expo go here. To register to attend, go here.

Wagner to speak about 1031 like-kind exchanges at REALTOR® Conference & Expo in November

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner is scheduled to present “1031 Exchange: Another Tool for Your Toolbox,” at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo on Nov. 5.

Wagner, senior vice president of government relations for the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, will start his hour-long message at 1:30 p.m. in the McCormick Place West Building.

Dan Wagner

With the threat of changes to U.S. tax laws, the preservation of 1031 like-kind exchanges is a frequent topic of discussion for Wagner, who earlier this month appeared on the digital online show, “Market Overdrive,” with REALTOR® Karla Mina of Coldwell Banker Residential in Chicago, and Nick Memeti, founder and chief executive officer of iLoan Home Mortgage. Watch a YouTube video of his appearance.

Register for the Conference & Expo now.


Today’s the last day to enter Conference & Expo’s Chicago cuisine trivia contest

If you’re planning to go to the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November, today’s the last day to enter the “How Well Do You Know Chicago Cuisine?” contest and possibly win a $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card.

Just go to the online entry form and answer the seven questions correctly.

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The winner will be able to use the gift card at any of the 50+ Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in the Chicago area. Although REALTORS® may enter the contest more than once, only one correct entry will be placed in the drawing per person.

The REALTOR® Conference and Expo starts Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 6. For more information on the conference go here.