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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Feb 2, 2020

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: Jeanie Kendall
In this episode, Sara talks with Jeanie Kendall about her journey from medical administration to real estate. Jeanie chats about her hesitation in leaving a career that wasn't everything she longed for because she had an amazing supervisor; she gets real about the impact that stepping down as primary breadwinner for her family had on her self-esteem; and she shares the realities of finding clients and self-promoting in real estate. Today, Jeanie is a real estate agent and broker for Keller Williams Realty in the Greater Seattle Area. 
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Sara and Jeanie discuss:
  • How Sara found Jeanie
  • Jeanie attending Humboldt State University with the intention of getting into literature and writing
  • Working at a nonprofit health clinic on campus and working multiple positions there
  • Moving to Florida and continuing to work in healthcare administration
  • Getting transferred to Seattle
  • Having a hard time leaving medical administration because of a fantastic boss
  • Recognizing that she wanted to be her own boss
  • Reevaluating her future as her 45th birthday was approaching
  • Saving to cushion her career transition
  • Remembering her good and bad experiences purchasing homes
  • Experiencing her own foreclosure (and shame)
  • Longing to make a difference in people's lives
  • Appreciating the low startup costs of real estate
  • Taking her real estate agent to lunch and asking about the industry
  • Making the decision to become a real estate agent
  • The challenge of finding her own clients
  • What she's learned about self-promotion
  • Support from her wife, and her mother
  • The impact of temporary low-income on her self-esteem
  • Slowly building her business for two years, keeping her eye on the prize
  • Feeling the pull back into her previous, "known" career (but not going back)
  • The challenges of real estate
  • The power of mentors and networks
  • Her "baby steps" approach
  • Choosing not to confide in others until she was already invested in her career change
  • Earning the trust, as a real estate agent, of her former colleagues in the medical field
  • The similarities between the process of home buying and career change
  • Helping change the minds of people who don't think home buying (or career change!) is possible
  • Jeanie's passion for volunteering and Camp Ten Trees
  • Something to consider: what would you like to do if you had more financial resources to give?
  • Jeanie's advice for people looking to get into real estate
  • ...and more!
Jeanie's Full Bio:
Jeanie Kendall is a residential real estate broker with Keller Williams, who has been described by clients as “ride or die." In 2018, she left a successful 20-year career in medical administration to pursue a career as a real estate agent with the intention of helping people successfully navigate, and more importantly enjoy the process of buying and selling their homes. Jeanie approaches all of her professional interactions with an objective to assist and empower, and is a fierce advocate for her clients before, during, and after their real estate transactions. Jeanie not only develops strong and long-lasting relationships with her clients, she is respected by her peers who know they can rely on her to be responsive, reliable, and ethical during negotiations and escrow. While her background makes her uniquely qualified to partner with medical professionals for their real estate needs, she is also passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, and makes a donation to Camp Ten Trees (where she serves as a Board Member and volunteer each summer) each time she earns a commission.  
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