Our “In the Spotlight” series is back! We’ve met many friends and colleagues along our journey so far and it’s an amazing experience as we continue to grow together. Over the next several months, we’re featuring some of our NS Fans and fellow entrepreneurs who continue to pursue their passions and inspire others to live their dreams.
In this feature, get to know Dana and how she works with others in her role at Sotheby’s and at The Funding Network.
Full Name: Dana Williams
State of Residence: (and of mind) New York
Occupation: Sotheby’s real estate agent & director of The Funding Network (TFN) NY’s lively crowd funding for small non-profits.
NS: Briefly describe your role at Sotheby’s and The Funding Network (TFN).
Dana: Thank you for this opportunity Susan. I assist people with buying and selling in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I supplement my real estate income by directing TFN New York’s operations.
NS: How long have you worked in the real estate industry? And, with TFN?
Dana: I’ve been in real estate since 1998 and with TFN since July 2013.
NS: What led you to pursue a career in the real estate industry?
Dana: I had a business providing personal assistance. It included home management. After overseeing a client’s townhouse rental transaction involving a celebrity, the real estate firm who represented this particular celebrity offered me a position to start and direct a department screening and offering home services to their clients. I helped build the national corporate model and became well versed on staging homes for sale and vetting home services. It evolved into becoming an agent.
NS: Is there any advice that you can offer to those looking to pursue a career in real estate?
Dana: Consider yourself an entrepreneur and prepare as if you were starting a business. It requires solid relationships and navigating multiple nuances that take time to learn (every transaction is different). Have a year’s worth of income in the bank. The financial rewards (commission only income) take time as does the other big payoff — the satisfaction of helping a client(s) find their “home”.
NS: What is TFN?
Dana: The Funding Network began 12 years ago in London and hosts live crowd funding events. The idea is to make positively affecting a life — accessible, fun and greater as a group. TFN vets and, with a committee of TFN volunteers, selects three grass root organizations implementing solutions to complex problems. Each organization has six minutes to present and six minutes to answer audience questions (think Shark Tank). Audience members can raise their hands and give $100 or more. Events last exactly two hours, corporate partners can host events (to save TFN costs) and wine/food is served. At our recent and fourth NYC event, Macquarie Bank hosted and matched their employees’ pledging. TFN events take place around the world in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, the U.K., Turkey, Romania, and is growing!
NS: What inspired you to work with TFN?
Dana: I liked their no frills, no centerpiece approach. Their model to democratize philanthropy, support small, social impact innovators and their sense of fun, spoke to me. I also love the inclusiveness and diversity of our NYC events that bring people of all ages and backgrounds together — one of the many reasons why I love New York City.
NS: What are your objectives this year with TFN?
Dana: To find at least two more corporate partners to host two more events this year.
NS: What’s your secret to success?
Dana: Flattered that you would ask, but I consider myself a work in progress. Laughing and remembering that life is short helps.
NS: What does beauty mean to you?
Dana: Not letting all that noise out there distract you from being yourself.
NS: What’s your favorite beauty routine?
Dana: In the morning, washing my face with cold water and lathering on the lotion. It feels sooo refreshing.
NS: Do you have a beauty tip that you would like to share?
Dana: Sleep, lots of sleep!
NS: How can we stay connected with you?
Website: www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/agents/Dana.Williams or www.tfn-usa.org
Instagram: Geez…working on it.
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Special thanks to Dana for sharing with us!