Congratulations to Karen Kidwell, Long & Foster Real Estate’s Senior Vice President/Regional Manager who has been featured in the September 2021 issue of DC Modern Luxury Magazine in their ‘dynamic women’ section.
The popular luxury magazine annually showcases entrepreneurial women in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area who shape the city’s landscape with their knowledge, dedication and leadership skills.
Kidwell has been in sales and marketing for more than 25 years and chose real estate as her second career after many years of working in commercial and government contracting. She employed many of the skills she learned in those positions to her real estate career and has earned numerous awards from the industry and Long & Foster.
In 2004, Kidwell joined Long & Foster as an agent and has risen to become the Regional Manager for Northern Virginia and West Virginia. As her story in the magazine explains, Kidwell has a deep passion for serving people, including helping them achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
“I have always felt that if our vocations can be spent in a way that is in service to others, we will continue to find joy each and every day,” Kidwell said.
Today, Kidwell focuses on her leadership role at Long & Foster and hopes to inspire her team to see their potential. These qualities became even more critical during the Covid-19 pandemic, where the value of solid leadership stood out during an uncertain time.
“While empathy is one of my stronger traits, more recently, I had to find the courage and confidence to be even more vulnerable in terms of not having all the answers and to listen, be open and empathetic to what we all were feeling and experiencing,” she said. “During the past year and a half, I hope that my confidence and empathic leadership brought people together and showed that not only were we there for one another, but together we are stronger.”
As a company and community leader, Kidwell makes a point to share her knowledge and skills with her colleagues. “I try to find ways to mentor, coach, and encourage others to have the confidence to grow professionally and to seek out and understand what they are passionate about in their career, that also brings them joy and work/life balance,” she said. “Don’t just show up – stand up, reach out, mentor, share, and believe in one another.”
Kidwell can serve as a resource for those looking to begin an exciting career in real estate. She also has expertise in helping experienced agents and teams create a strategic partnership to grow their business.
Contact her today to see how she can help you launch a successful real estate career or connect you with one of Long & Foster’s professional agents to help sell a property or find your dream home. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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