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Women in Real Estate 2018

November 3, 2018


The 2nd Annual Women in Real Estate Summit brought to you by Better Than Success, is a one-day intensive real estate investing summit featuring a line-up of all star women real estate investors. The event is dedicated to giving investors and investor hopefuls, both men and women alike, the skills to achieve their real estate investing goals and build wealth through real estate.

Attendees Will Learn:

– How to build a lucrative real estate portfolio
– How to flourish as a developer
– How to build an a real estate team
– How to start investing in real estate
– How to use tax loop holes to save money
– How to master the art of flipping
– How to explore tax low alternatives
– How to research and understand price trends
– How to create the perfect contract
– How to use social media to build your real estate business
– How to be a superstar realtor
– How to grow your wholesale business


Rachael Pritzker

Rachael, a die-hard Philadelphian and avid animal lover is Pritzker Law Group’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer. She is one of the city’s only zoning and land-use attorney’s with experience in both the private sector and local government.Prior to starting PLG with her twin brother Adam, Rachael worked at Center City law firm Zarwin Baum. While at Zarwin, Rachael practiced zoning, land use and public finance working on multi-million dollar bond issuances, and securing variances and government approvals for single family, and multi-family homes, non-profits and some of the City’s most notable high rises. After years in the private sector, Rachael transitioned over to the public sector, accepting a position with City Council.  As Legislative Counsel to City Councilman At-Large Allan Domb, Rachael developed legislation, worked with members City Council, City Agencies, the Mayor’s Administration and mastered the policies and procedures of our City.  Rachael was also one of the first 27 Commissioners appointed to the Mayor’s Commission for Women, and currently serves on its Entrepreneurship Working Group. 

Sonia Lewis

Sonia Lewis, is CEO of an award-winning business, The Student Loan DoctorLLC. Sonia is considered the people’s expert for all matters related to studentloan debt repayment. She has over 8 years of practical higher education andfinancial aid experience.The Student Loan Doctor LLC has been recognized as the first African Americanand woman owned student loan repayment company in the country. Thebusiness has also received a citation by the City of Philadelphia because of thebusiness’s impact within the Philadelphia community.The company was designed to educate others about their student loan debt andprovide assistance in making a tangible plan for repayment. The social impactgoal of the business is to help a generation of borrowers become free of debt topromote social mobility and wealth building. The business has also received acitation by the City of Philadelphia because of the business’s impact within thePhiladelphia community.Sonia is an expert speaker across all audiences regardless of age. She has beeninvited to share her expertise at different platforms such as: The White HouseBriefing on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, Temple University,Harcum College, Montgomery County Community College, Delta Sigma ThetaSorority Inc., contributor to Essence Magazine, The BET Network and a host of educational workshops across the nation. Sonia is also a 3-time self-published author.

Stephanie Somers

STEPHANIE SOMERS, Co-CEO of The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access, has been bringing her fierce loyalty, unrelenting work ethic, and constant pursuit of creativity to Philadelphia Real Estate for over a decade.  Stephanie has propelled The Somers Team into a new and innovative sphere of the real estate field.  Not only does she work to brand her team, but she is distinguished for her achievements in branding her Real Estate clients.

Together with her husband and Co-CEO, Chris Somers, 20+ sales agents and a full in-house marketing team, the thriving agency dominates in Philadelphia’s hottest zip codes.  Stephanie is a Realtor, team leader and marketing expert. She is executive producer for The Somers TV, a channel telling the stories of Philadelphia’s vibrant communities, and is the host of Flipping in Philly, a series profiling her innovative renovations on exclusive projects in Philadelphia.  Stephanie is fully involved in the process, whether swinging a hammer for house renovations or offering mentorship to others through speaking opportunities at colleges and universities, including Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.  Her understanding of the local markets combined with routinely recognized social media savvy and marketing content strategies makes her a valuable resource for buyers and sellers.

Surrounded by her skilled, devoted, and dynamic team of real estate professionals, Stephanie looks forward to facilitating Real Estate transactions, building brand awareness for her team, and investing in Philadelphia for decades to come.

The Somers Team ranks among the top RE/MAX teams in the country.  Through partnerships with revolutionary developers, they can predict the next hot neighborhood – valuable intel for clients.  They are recognized as #1 on the Top 20 Philadelphia Real Estate Agents on Social Media in 2017 and #26 on the Top 100 Real Estate Agents On Social Media in 2018 nationally (via PropertySpark).

Brittany Mixson

Brittany Mixson is a graduate of St. John’s University with a B.S. in Biology. She is apublished scientist on the topic of biological nutraceuticals under formerresearch advisor Dr. James Mullin and a returned Peace Corps Volunteerwhere she served 2 and a half years as a volunteer science teacher.  Brittany startedher investing firm, Mixson and Kivers, LLC in November of 2016; laterrebranded to KIVERS Capital, LLC in January of this year.  Since her start only a year and a half ago, she’s completed a variety of deals ranging from wholesales to rentals and even fix-n-flips.  Brittany attributes her passion for real estate to her late grandmother Easter Mixson, who first founded KIVERS. Back then, KIVERS was one of Philadelphia’s first female black owned construction companies. Brittany, Easter’s granddaughter, decided to pick up the baton and finish what her grandmother started.  Outside of real estate Brittany enjoys music and is a worship leader at Perfecting Holiness Outreach Ministries in West Philly. She also enjoys traveling and being off the grid in another country.Courtney Richardson

Courtney N. Richardson, Esq., LL.M, is the Founder of The Ivy Investor, a resource for women seeking to navigate the investing world in simple terms. When most people think of investing, they only think of the stock market. However, Courtney encourages diversification through investing in real estate. Courtney started in real estate as an Oil and Gas Title attorney in Appalachia (southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia) and Ohio during the Marcellus Shale boom. Her current practice area includes defending real estate property assessments and real estate tax enforcement with the City of Philadelphia. Before becoming an attorney, Courtney was an investment advisor for one of the top brokerage firms in the world. She is passionate about teaching how to create and retain wealth in the community through investing.

Raffaellina Merlino

With over six years of residential development, property design, and land acquisition experience, Raffaellina’s journey into real estate began alongside her business partner and husband as co- founders of the Cityscape Development Group.  Raffaellina came into the industry after leaving the corporate world as a client development manager for high luxury fashion brands such as Dior. Her recent venture into mix-use commercial building has sparked a new passion for community development and small business initiative.

As a North Jersey native she believes that she has the “newcomer “ advantage, where she sees so many positive opportunities and attributes that Philadelphia has to offer.  Raffaellina is a leader of a top real estate sales team serving as a liaison between the millennial home buyer and dream home builder in both NJ and PA. When she’s not building or selling homes in Philadelphia, you can find her serving less fortunate communities around the world.  Her most recent trip was to the “garbage dump” community in Guatemala, where she and her team built 2 homes for less fortunate families.

She is the co -founder of Table Share, a Christian based charitable organization that believes in serving and engaging. Raffaellina is an alumni of the Fairleigh Dickinson University school of International Tourism and Hospitality.  Growing up around entrepreneurs and restauranteurs motivated Raffaellina to discover her passion for people and serving.

Yvette Mitchell

Yvette is the owner and CFO of Mitchell’s Business Solutions, LLC. Yvette has 25 years of experience in various aspects of accounting and taxation: public accounting/auditing, Corporate accounting, small business/entrepreneurship – accounting & management, real estate accounting and IRS representation. Prior to starting MBS, Yvette was employed a Senior Auditor for Deloitte.  She holds a MBA Degree from LaSalle University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.  Yvette also holds a certificate in Management Accounting from Villanova University. Yvette is certified from the IRS as an Enrolled Agent.

Kristin Daley

Chicago native, Kristin Daly, understands how to embrace professional and personal opportunities in a new city. Kristin enjoys empowering those around her, especially women, to create new leaders, while highlighting the importance of financial strength and independence.

Daly and the members of The Daly Group at KW Philly closed nearly $80 million in luxury real estate sales in the last two years, specializing in Center City, Chestnut Hill and the Main Line. She is known for her superior client and broker relationships, rapid response, and meticulous attention to detail while creating strong win-win outcomes and protecting client interests.

A long term resident of the city, Daly is especially proud of the vibrant growth and community building that so many Philadelphia neighborhoods have enjoyed in the past decade. During her time here, she founded the SWCC 5k Run that now supports two public elementary schools as a major fundraiser. It was especially gratifying for Daly to see her two boys run in the 2017 event, side-by-side with so many other friends and clients.

Sabrina Brooks

-Bachelor’s in marketing and psychology from Chestnut Hill College

-Licensed and Bonded Public Adjuster for 8 years

-Founder of Greenlight Adjusting

-Inside adjuster with Metro Public Adjustment

-Co-Founder of Dynasty Ventures Investments LLC

-Owns 7 rental properties in Chester, PA

-Certified in Residential Estimating, Water remediation, Fire/Smoke remediation, and HAAG roofing

Elizabeth Parris

Elizabeth A Parris is a mortgage originator for M&T Bank.  She initially started out her career in the medical field looking to assist the community and those from all walks of life with their health.  With her excitement for educating those around her on the next best steps in their life journey, her passion for people and her vigor for learning, she has taken the skills she once dedicated to health education and diagnosis, to financial education and origination in the mortgage industry.  With over 2 years in the mortgage banking industry Elizabeth has become very astute in helping first time buyers prepare for and complete the buying process, guiding 2nd time home buyers on their next steps and assisting clients with construction of their next home.  If there are challenges, she is giving you the guidance to get past them and helping you strengthen your financial foundation to not only buy a house but to prepare yourself for your next financial steps.

Traci Powell

Traci Powell has been a licensed real estate agent in Pennsylvania for 15 years.Using her Bachelors Degree from Drexel university in Engineering Traci is wellversed in the logistics of negotiation and break down of property sales. Traci’scoverage area includes Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Skippack, PennWynne and East Lansdowne and all of Delaware and Montgomery Counties..Traci is ranked as one of the top 4% of buyer agents who sell homes fast and asone of the top agents for townhomes. She has also been featured in HGTV’shouse hunters for clients she worked with in Philadelphia suburbs. In previousyears she also held a loan origination license from 2003-2011. And is well versed in residential mortgage loan procedure. And she regularly taught home-buyer education classes to Non-Profits.Attiyah Blair

Attiyah Blair purchased her first investment property in 2007 at the young age of 23 and has picked up additional rental properties since then. In her first year rehabbing homes Attiyahhas earned six-figures in profits and provided job opportunities for more than 15 people.

Danielle White

Danielle White, a Real Estate Agent with Your Town & Country brokerage, is passionate about redefining real estate by offering a superior level of service, innovative marketing and a highly personalized, boutique-style experience to her clientele. She epitomizes Integrity, Energy, Hard Work & Creative Service in every detail of her transactions. Danielle is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity & professionalism.

She provides Personal hands on Service for Owner Occupied Buyers with extensive experience in Sheriff Sales, Tax Sales, Court house research & Multi Family Properties that consistently exceed the investment goals of her clients. Savvy in negotiations, her clients have consistently sought her advice and trusted her judgment on numerous deals. Danielle prides herself on giving all of her clients the most precise and up to date feedback on the state of the market, its trends, and comparable sales; while giving them a realistic outlook on what they can expect to achieve in today’s market.

Business affiliations include: Member of Bright/Trend MLS and Member of GPAR. Danielle is a graduate of Immaculata University, receiving a BS in Health Care Management. After Graduation, Danielle launched her career in Newtown Square where she began her specialization in managing the daily operations of an independent living facility.

Kerry Faix

Kerry Faix has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2013. Kerry has extensive experience in business operations and finance. Prior to joining Stone Bay Holdings, Kerry co-founded a construction and management business, before signing on to help build the business end of a real estate development company with assets located around Temple University in Philadelphia. Kerry draws knowledge from her time working in both banking and trust company positions at PNC Bank, Bryn Mawr Trust, and PPR Note Company, and through her experiences at a general contracting business that she co-founded. Her resume is one of growing businesses to create passive income, which is her passion. As COO of the Company, Kerry supervises staff and develops and implements efficient operational systems across the loan acquisition, loan management, and investor relations functions. Highly versed in all aspects of real estate, Kerry is also responsible for analyzing all investment opportunities of the Company and Stone Bay Holdings, LLC. As part of the management team of the Company, Kerry performs routine reviews of all joint venture partners in an effort to ensure that all partners continue to meet the high standards that they had when they began their relationship with SBH. Additionally, Kerry oversees the internal accounting team. She also works closely with all external accounting, tax, and legal advisors to SBH.

Marquita Eshun

Marquita Eshun currently runs a hair salon, out of one of her four buildings. By trade, she is a CPA, managing books and real estate tax filings. In addition, she knows the best ways for organizing properties, i.e., LLCs, trusts, etc.

Zandia Oliver


November 3, 2018


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