Leadership Development

 Leadership Development Conference

October 12-14, 2020 in Seeley Lake



The cost to attend the conference is $200

Ask your Local Board about tuition assistance


No travel reimbursement is available.

Download application here


Every year, MAR offers a Leadership Development Conference. 

 Part of NAR's REALTOR® Leadership Program—100, 200, 300, and 400


Four courses make up the REALTOR® Leadership Program from NAR.

The L100 course is a free self-guided online course covering the essentials for new leaders, including association structures, decision making, volunteer responsibilities and roles, and more. (This is done prior to arrival at LDC)

The L200 and L300 courses (these are taken at LDC) are three-hour workshops for committee and board members (and aspiring volunteer leaders), and led by trained facilitators who dive deeper into topics, such as how to foster effective discussion and debate, how to build consensus, how to build and implement a strategic plan, and handling difficult situations in leadership.

L400: Taking the Reins. This optional, full-day, fee-based course is for presidents and presidents-elect to better understand their responsibilities during their year and to help them take on the position with confidence.



This year's LDC facilitator is Ginger Downs, RCE, CAE, IOM. 

Ginger is a partner in the association management consulting firm Martin & Downs. From 1983 to 2018, Ginger served as the CEO for 6 local REALTOR® Associations, including the Seattle- King Co. REALTORS® and most recently, the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Ginger is recognized as a leader within the REALTOR® Association management profession and was the NAR 2017 William R. Magel Award of Excellence recipient (30th recipient).

Ginger is a past Chair of NAR’s Association Executive Committee and the NAR AE Institute. She also conducts training for new AEs to NAR and NAA, and serves on the Board of Regents, and as the Treasurer, for REALTOR® University.

Ginger is an accomplished speaker and conducts regular leadership training to volunteer leaders for REALTOR® Associations, as well as for the local chapters of AREAA, NAHREP, WCR, FIABCI, VAREP and NAREB. She has presented at national conferences for IREM, WCR and NAA.




Tentative 2020 LDC Schedule

Monday, October 12th

  • 12 Noon - 1 pm Check-in and Lunch 
  • 1:00 pm – 4:10 pm L200: Becoming a Leader
  • 4:20 pm – 5 pm Health and Fitness Session
  • 6:30 pm - Group Dinner
  • 8:30 pm - S'mores by the Campfire


Tuesday, October 13th  

  • 7-7:55 am- Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 11:00 am L300 Enhancing Leadership Skills
  • 11:15 - 11:45 am Getting Involved-Your Association Needs You
  • 11:45 am - 12:15 pm RPAC/Political Involvement: Opportunities for You
  • 12:15 pm Conclusion of program with boxed lunch to go.





 The cost to attend the conference is $200


Ask your Local Board about tuition assistance


No travel reimbursement is available.


For more information about Leadership Development, please contact Samantha Smith at MAR: ssmith@MontanaRealtors.org  or 406-443-4032


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