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The Tri-County NY Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors will host its second annual “Women in Leadership” luncheon at noon today at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County, 1704 State St.

Council President Vicky L. Staie said attendees will learn how many local women came into their leadership roles and why others should give it a try.

“I feel it helps guide people in a direction,” she said. “It’s to get the word out to let people know their limitations are not limitations anymore. Women are more and more involved in leadership roles. The majority of Realtors are women.”

The panel will be made up of Cathy M. Pircsuk, vice president and general manager of WNYF and WWNY-TV7; Carole A. McCoy, Jefferson Community College president; Cindy F. Intschert, Jefferson County district attorney; Karen Y. Richmond, Children’s Home executive director, and Maria J. Roche, a retired teacher, counselor and community activist. Homestead Funding loan originator and council member Patrick Wolf will moderate the event.

Mrs. Staie, owner of Staie on the Seaway, Alexandria Bay, said panel members will cover their career choice, mentors, gains, adversity faced, preparation for their leadership roles and what has made each of them successful.

“When you take over leadership roles, it helps you learn other people and ideas,” she said. “It takes strong females to do leadership roles. It’s always good to join different organizations, learn different roles. As you get older and your kids grow up, you have more time to do things.”

She suggested women could start expanding leadership opportunities by contacting their churches or groups or clubs within their community.

“Just put yourself out there,” Mrs. Staie said. “It’s rewarding when you get to meet more people. You learn so many ways and ideas.”

Although the event is sponsored by the council, it is not specifically geared toward real estate agents. Anyone in the community is welcome, although limited seating may be available as most people preregistered for the event. Included in the ticket price of $15 for non-members, or $12 for members, is a buffet prepared by Chris Manning, Children’s Home chef.

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