Thank You for Spreading Virtual Positive Waves!

 October 14, 2020
Virtual Positive Waves

2020 Convention Recap

We had a great time together virtually on September 14-16!

Over 500 Wisconsin REALTORS® attended the 2020 WRA annual convention last month. As the first WRA convention ever held during a pandemic, the WRA shifted gears from planning a combined live and virtual event to a totally virtual event, and the event went off without a hitch. The word “pivot” was frequently heard in this year’s convention speeches, workshops and discussions — and rightfully so. 

For just $69, attendees could watch this year’s convention from the comfort of home and partake in one humdinger of a lineup with keynote speakers, national-caliber real estate experts and 35+ workshops. With four different types of workshops for attendees based on their area of focus — commercial practitioners, new agents, veteran agents and brokers — the convention offered something for everyone in terms of professional development. 

At the convention opening session ceremony, attendees watched extraordinary REALTORS® who were 2020’s award recipients as well as the installation of the 2021 board of directors and 2021 chair Mary Duff. And later, keynote speaker Paul Long made everyone laugh about real-life, relevant topics that affect all of us: having fun, getting out of our heads and connecting with others.

National names like Lawrence Yun, Marki Lemons and Stephen Shedletzky expanded our thinking with industry forecasting as well as strategies for personal and professional success. Local Wisconsin experts like Jennifer Lindsley, Cori Lamont and Ryan Fulcer dove into details about Wisconsin real estate law and brokerage success tactics. Additionally, many REALTORS® met for workshop panels so attendees could watch and learn from a discussion of expert minds coming together.

Other highlights included the Ninja Selling virtual course with Dennis Giannetti prior to the official kickoff of the convention, a virtual yoga session from Mary’s husband Peter Duff to kick off Day 2, and a virtual exhibit hall with prize opportunities.

Even though convention attendees couldn’t meet together in person this year, that didn’t stop anyone from having fun! The convention was filled with exciting events to keep everyone upbeat. From a virtual dance party to bingo to a caricature artist, the virtual excitement did not disappoint!

We might not have been together in person, but we still had a blast together virtually. Mark your calendar for the 2021 annual convention on October 4-6 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

Thank you to Convention sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers

The WRA would like to give a special thanks to the following companies for their support of the 2020 WRA Annual Convention.

Choice Home Warranty
Cinch Home Services
Exeter 1031 Exchange
EXIT Realty Upper Midwest
Extension Lakes UWSP
First American Title  
Focus on Energy
Home Warranty Inc.
Pearl Insurance
Preferred Title
REALTORS® Association of South Central Wisconsin 
South Central Wisconsin MLS 
Stark Company REALTORS®
SVA Consulting
The Personal Marketing Company
USDA Rural Development 
UW Credit Union
Wisconsin CRS
Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation 
Wisconsin Young Professionals Network
Women’s Council of REALTORS®
WRA Real Estate School
WRA Real Estate Store

Session Recordings Available Now Through October 26
Convention attendees, did you miss a workshop? Want to re-watch a panel? Need to laugh again with Paul Long? No problem! The convention may be over, but the recordings of all the sessions are now available. 

Watch recordings before October 26 on the convention website at

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