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 A bit about Kathy and Karen: 

Kathy_Schmalen.jpgKathy Schmalen is the owner of Che Sguardo in Chicago, IL and has extensive experience as an expert in both the professional image and beauty industries.  A Miss Illinois winner and Miss USA semi-finalist, her career accomplishments include international modeling for top fashion and beauty industry icons such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, commercial styling/beauty consultations, national esthetic trainer for many international companies, and prominent activism in the Chicago area non-profit and philanthropic communities.  Kathy established Che Sguardo/makeupstudio in 1984 with a focus on serving the commercial beauty industry, but also anyone who is passionate about healthy and vibrant living. 


Karen Frantz has been a professional makeup artist for many years working in news, print, product packaging, commercials, documentaries and now virtually doing on-camera makeup tutorials while we social distance due to the pandemic. She have done makeup for celebrities, athletes, politicians, ambassadors and the boy or girl next door. She have also done special makeup for animals giving them similar markings so we could interchange them while shooting. There has never been a project that was too small and she have always loved a challenge as well! Consulting virtually has expanded her perspective! She sees her makeup skills as a resource for others to tap into. She is helping others to create a more permanent learning experience building confidence and self esteem. Makeup is more than physically applying a product, it is a means for positive change. 

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Lead by real estate moguls Leslie Appleton-Young, Sara Sutachan and Debra Trappen, WomanUP!® exists to support the journey of women to the very top of their careers. Their three-part mission is to "identify, develop, and connect women in this industry. We identify the tools and strategies you need to make bold moves in real estate. We provide you with resources and events to develop your skills as a leader. We create opportunities to connect with other amazing leaders in the national brokerage community."

Terri Murphy sits down with the three powerhouse leaders of WomanUP! to discuss their upcoming event, the 2020 WomanUP! Virutal Experience taking place on September 1st-3rd. The event promises "the signature solo talks, group conversations, and social gatherings you have enjoyed since 2017 - and translating them to a unique virtual experience."

Watch the full interview below:

 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to visit the WomanUP!® website and to register for the 3-day virtual event. 

Check out the promotional video for the 2020 WomanUP!® Virtual Experience: 

About the Women of WomanUP!®


Leslie Appleton Young HeadshotLeslie Appleton-Young is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Appleton-Young directs the activities of the Association's Member Information Team.

She is the co-creator of WomanUP!®, C.A.R.'s Women's Initiative designed to close the gender gap in the leadership of real estate firms. In a male-dominated sector of the real estate industry, Leslie is passionate about empowering women to see their potential and the possibilities available to them - even when they can't see them yet.

When she is not overseeing the analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities or sharing her wisdom from stage across the country, you will find her mentoring the next generation, traveling with her loved ones, or riding her heart out at the local SoulCycle!


Sara SutachanSara Sutachan is the Vice President of industry and broker relations, membership development and strategic initiatives for the California Association of REALTORS®. 

She is the co-creator of WomanUP!®, C.A.R.'s Women's Initiative designed to close the gender gap in the leadership of real estate firms. In her passion to affect change in this arena, Sara is dedicated to the empowerment of women through research, professional development, events, mentoring, and creating a community of advocates and support.

Sara is also responsible for identifying, building, maintaining, and reaching out to California Brokers in order to gain insights and spot emerging trends in the industry. In this role, she helps the Association establish vision, identify new and emerging opportunities and relationships and is responsible for implementing key strategic initiatives.

When Sara is not strategizing or implementing new ideas, sharing her knowledge from stage, or co-hosting the C.A.R. Leaders and Legends podcast, you will find her out adventuring and enjoying life with her two amazing children and loved ones!


Debra Trappen sqDebra Trappen is an empowerment coach, women's initiatives consultant, author, podcaster, and sought-after keynote speaker at debratrappen.com.  She is our Chief Strategist and Lioness Leader here at WomanUP!®.

Her days are divinely filled with events and projects allowing her to fire up and serve growth-minded leaders – with a passion for sparking women building their slice of the kingdom from the couch, carpool, cubicle, or corner office.

Debra's heart's desire is for every person to define and design their best life and thrive living it out loud, on purpose, and on their own terms. During her 17+ years in the real estate space, she has shared her truth, wrapped in grace with sides of sass, moxie, and fire with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in 60+ cities across the globe through her keynote talks, books, ecourses, workshops, and affirmations.

When she is not idea-storming her next adventure, reading-writing-recording in her Fire Up! studio, or sprinkling moxie from the stage – you will find her walking her pups, editing photos on her iPhone, watching Sci-Fi and 80’s flicks, or wine tasting with her husband and besties!

Are you ready to engage, elevate, and empower yourself to live your best life?

She dares you!

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A bit about Michael: 

MichaelKrisaMichael Krisa - Vice President of YLE Consulting Group is a real estate broker and has been a practicing since 1989.

In that time he has won numerous awards for outstanding sales achievement and has managed a number of top producing offices.

Commonly known as "That Interview Guy", he is famous for getting up close and personal with the movers and shakers in the Real Estate Industry. His audio and video interviews let you go behind the scenes and learn from the greatest minds in the business.

In addition to his interviews with the leading names in real estate, Michael is also a consultant, coach, and VP of YLE Consulting Group

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Our industry has always leaned harder on quantity than quality. It has only been recently inside the confines of social media that some originators have taken the “Five Star Review” as serious and their units and dollar volume. With the huge amount of demand for loans, some have forgotten about the quality of the client experience and have been happy to just close the loan. In fact, some have actually told clients and referral partners that they should be happy to have been able to close at all! Scary but true! 

What I have always tried to share with my clients and those I am able to speak to is that the quality of the client and referral partner experience is “JOB #1”. Many have heard me say “the rate isn’t great if the closing is late” dozens of times. It has never been truer but also it has never been a bigger advantage! Clients and referral partners are actually seeking out those mortgage professionals who provide an exceptional experience and a flawless process. The quality of the experience is leading to the quantity of opportunities originators have always desired!

The bigger point now is that the quality of the originators work has never been more valuable. Mastering the process includes:

• Setting and understanding expectations
• Fully documenting the pre-approval before sending it out so the contract is the final component of your loan submission into processing.
• Not submitting a file to your team that isn’t fully complete and documented.
• Managers that instruct processors NOT to submit files into underwriting that aren’t complete.
• Originators knowing that an incomplete file will be suspended or rejected before it ever consumes valuable time.• Conditions kept to a minimum.
• Resubmissions that are complete and NEVER the cause of additional conditions. 

Think about it, what is it you get paid for? Would you rather your processor chase conditions or submit the next file? Do you want your underwriters clearing conditions on the same file over and over; or approving your loans?

At this point in time, anyone originating loans should really know what is needed on every type of file. If they don’t, they will learn pretty quickly as soon as their files are suspended upon submission to the processing team. There is no lack of opportunity, just a lack of capacity! So why not maximize the number of loans you close and the opportunities you generate by focusing on the Quality? 

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 A bit about Cleve: 


Cleve Gaddis is a Master Coach, speaker, and trainer with Workman Success Systems who works with some of America's most-profitable teams. He specializes in helping family-owned brokerages and teams navigate the challenges unique to family businesses. Cleve hosts "Your Move Atlanta," a weekly radio show on 640 AM, a Fox News station on iHeartRadio.  He learned to sales the hard way, by selling vacuum cleaners door to door.  To have Cleve speak live to your company, team, or group, connect with him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A bit about Judge Janice Holder: 

Janice HolderJanice Holder began her legal career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Herbert P. Sorg, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  At the conclusion of her clerkship in 1977, she entered into private practice in Pittsburgh. She served as the solicitor for the Borough of McDonald, Pennsylvania, her hometown, for one year before moving to Memphis, Tennessee, where she practiced law for ten years.

Janice was elected judge of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee, in 1990. In 1993, she was appointed the coordinating judge of the silicone gel breast implant cases in West Tennessee by the Tennessee Supreme Court. She served as a member of the National Conference of Chief Justices Mass Tort Litigation Committee and the Silicone Gel Breast Implant Subcommittee and was appointed the subcommittee’s chair in 1996.  She also served on the Tennessee Supreme Court as a special justice during its November 1994 session.

While serving as a Circuit Court judge, Judge Holder was awarded the Sam A. Myar Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession and to the Community and the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Award as Outstanding Jurist by the Memphis Bar Association. She also received the Judge of the Year Award from the Divorce and Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association.

In 1996, she was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court by Governor Don Sundquist, and in 2008, she became the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Court. Justice Holder was a member of the Board of Directors and Second Vice President of the Conference of Chief Justices in 2011. The Tennessee General Assembly honored her in 2008 by the passage of Joint Resolution 1401 in recognition of her achievement. She retired from the Supreme Court in August 2014.

While serving on the Tennessee Supreme Court, she received numerous awards, including the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award from the Association for Women Attorneys. She was recognized as a leader of state courts by the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of Women Judges and as the Jurist of the Year by the Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Most recently, she received the William M. Leech Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession, Legal System and the Community from the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In 2014, The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services created the Janice M. Holder Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to expanding Access to Justice in Tennessee. Also in 2014, she was the first recipient of the Justice Janice M. Holder Annual Pro Bono PALS Award created by the Public Action Law Society of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 

Janice is listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator in Tennessee and  serves on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Arbitrators. She  is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Tennessee Chapter.

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 A bit about Stefan:

StefanSwanepoelStefan Swanepoel is an articulate, captivating, energetic speaker who has delivered over 1,100 talks, with over 700 as the keynote speaker. He is a fact-packed storyteller with a razor-sharp intellect and the proven ability to translate complex issues into easy to understand messages.

It is easy to understand why Stefan has for over four decades served as a successful business executive in roles including President and/or CEO of a real estate brokerage, a global real estate franchisor, a national REALTOR® association, a MLS organization, and a technology startup. For the last 19 years he has served as a trusted confidential adviser to CEOs and other senior leaders in the real estate industry.

Stefan received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pretoria and holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg. He is also an acclaimed author of 33 books and reports. His books have appeared on more than 18 best seller lists including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Amazon and CEO Read.

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