Leadership Development & Awards Advisory Group

leadership development and awards advisory group 

Leadership Development & Awards Advisory Group

The mission of NVAR’s Leadership Development & Awards Advisory Group is to encourage volunteer leadership within the association and to ensure that qualified NVAR members and programs are recognized as recipients for local, state, national and international awards.


To support the diversity of the membership, the group’s purpose is to develop, support and recommend strategies for identifying and developing leadership within NVAR in order to advance the strategic plan and strengthen NVAR’s volunteer leadership model. The group is also responsible for soliciting nominations and applications from the NVAR membership constituency to guarantee the most qualified candidates are being nominated and recognized for awards and recognitions.


  • Identify and promote a variety of “Pathways to Leadership” and award recognition opportunities within NVAR, VAR and NAR.
  • Ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive base of volunteer leaders by identifying potential barriers impeding the inclusion of individuals from different demographic groups.
  • Cast a wide net and encourage members from a variety of business backgrounds (levels of experience, brokerage companies, areas of expertise, etc.) to get involved with NVAR and to apply for awards.
  • Develop and refine initiatives to create the next generation of qualified candidates for appointed positions.
  • Discuss how to increase leader engagement, satisfaction and recognition while facilitating the processes for identifying and selecting new NVAR leaders.
  • Monitor the many different Awards programs at local, state and national levels for submission criteria and deadlines for application.

Learn More About NVAR's Leadership Opportunities

Advisory Team Members:

Ahmed Gomaa
Cindy Metcalf
Estela Roberts
Indera Coggins
Jamie DeSimone
Joe Martin
Lucia Jason
Luisa Sipple
Michelle Doherty
Miguel Calvo
Nicholas Lagos
Sheleen Dumas
Thomas P Daley 
Valerie McLaughlin

Staff Liasons

Grace Parr
Manager of Communications, Engagement and Experience  

Shirin Abadian
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships

Meeting Recaps

Heather Embrey (2)

Michelle Doherty

Heather Embrey

 Sheleen Dumas