REAL Estate Academy of Leadership
REAL Estate Academy of Leadership
MIBOR REALTOR® Association - Real Estate Academy of Leadership


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What is REAL?

Founded in 1995 by the MIBOR REALTOR® Association, the Real Estate Academy of Leadership (REAL) is a proactive effort to identify individuals from the association's membership who have leadership interest and potential.

MIBOR's goal is to help prepare candidates to be successful leaders in the real estate profession and in the central Indiana community. REAL is a dynamic experience designed to expose participants to the principles of leadership as well as issues and trends in the community.

The first "REAL" class graduated in 1996 and over 400 REALTOR® and Affiliate members have completed the program since its inception and became "Fellows of REAL"

Goals and Objectives

As a participant in the Real Estate Academy of Leadership, you will be required to attend eight of the nine
class sessions in order to obtain graduate status. The class will meet once per month for the majority of the
day—please be aware that this is a considerable time commitment. At the end of this course, you will have a
greater understanding of how REALTORS® impact the community in a leadership capacity. MIBOR
REALTOR® Association is invested in many parts of the local economy, ranging from government affairs
and regulations to crime and education. As a participant in the program, you will learn tools for successful
leadership in your community. At the end of the course, it will be your responsibility to collaborate with others
in this program to establish recommendations to MIBOR’s Board of Directors on issues revolving around the
topics we will discuss. It will be extremely important for you to take notes, ask questions and remain active
and engaged throughout the course. 



REAL was a wonderful experience that I will not soon forget. The learning opportunities this program provides, along with the connections I’ve made throughout the Real Estate Industry will serve me well in the years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a special group - it is an honor to be a graduate and fellow of REAL and I thank you so much for this incredible experience.
— Dustin Sickinger, Keller Williams Indy Metro N
The REAL program has provided me with a new understanding of industry issues and how they affect each of the players in the real estate field – agents, lenders, appraisers, etc. This has lead me to have a greater respect for all of these individuals, which has fostered healthier relationships and ultimately, more effective transactions.
— April Lewis, Chase Bank
REAL has been an amazing experience that, if given the opportunity, I would take full advantage of again! The class provided access to many leaders throughout the city, allowing us an opportunity to speak to them in a personal setting. We learned much about Indianapolis and the vast resources available. Finally, we made friendships with individuals in our industry that started as strangers. It’s a unique opportunity that I am fortunate to have participated in!
— Lindsay McAteer, Encore Sotheby's Realty



The REAL academy is a program where you dedicate one day a month for ten months to learning about yourself, improving your leadership skills, building relationships and meeting key leaders in central Indiana. 


EAch day is different

You will spend each month on a different topic such as: 

  • Quality of Life
  • Government
  • Economic Development
  • Media Relations
  • Technology
  • Diversity
  • Professionalism
  • and many more....

Join us!

Why should I apply?

Why shouldn't you? Why wouldn't you want to improve your leadership skills, create opportunities for yourself, make lasting relationships, all while understanding how things like economic development and community involvement effects what you do every day? 

Applications for the Class of 2020 will be posted in June 2019.

REAL made me fall in love with real estate all over again.
— Lee Ann Balta, Carpenter REALTORS