This year’s HousingWire Women of Influence list recognizes a remarkable group of women in housing who represent the pinnacle of excellence and innovation. These extraordinary women have shattered glass ceilings, defied expectations and carved a path of success through their dedication, expertise and unwavering commitment to transforming the housing landscape. Through their visionary leadership, they have propelled the industry forward, driving change, fostering inclusivity and taking the reins as female executives in a traditionally male industry.
From leading mortgage companies and real estate firms to spearheading groundbreaking initiatives and driving policy reforms, these honorees are making an indelible impact on housing. Their collective expertise spans the entire spectrum of the sector, encompassing areas such as lending, tech, real estate, appraisal, compliance, operations, sales and so much more.
The following list of honorees includes many more examples of exceptional leadership from some of the industry’s most accomplished women.
Congratulations to the 2023 Women of Influence winners.
Courtney Poulos continues to lead the charge as one of Los Angeles’ only female-founded and led real estate brokerages, ACME Real Estate. In addition to running ACME’s powerhouse teams in Los Angeles and Florida, Poulos focuses on her main mission, which is empowering women to achieve financial independence through real estate. If she has her way, every woman on the planet will have the tools they need to do just that. She maintains a full slate of speaking engagements and has written the premier book on the subject, “Break Up! With Your Rental: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth Through Real Estate.” Additionally, she runs the 11-week ACME University program called Agent Ascent to train rookie agents in ethics, etiquette, protocol and practice.
In the saturated world of Los Angeles real estate, agents need a leader that cuts through the noise and provides a platform from which they can be competitive. ACME does just that. She is outstpoken about agent rights, and is activist for fairness in our industry, rallying against lopsided and politically-charged rules from the national association that create an unlevel playing field. She is an advocate for equality and transparency and is willing to speak the truth to power. She is inventive, creating a social media studio out of ACME’s retail space so that agents are encouraged to self-promote. She is a leader who teaches the agents at ACME to fish so that they may have a career for a lifetime. She has expanded the team to 45 agents and two offices, with more to come.