Alumni Profile - Laura Mance
Being confident is important to Laura Mance, who graduated from Hillyer College in 1975 and who now manages 500 real estate agents in eight different branches in the Southern Arizona offices of Coldwell Banker.
Mance says her experiences at Hiller gave her self-confidence and developed leadership qualities that she uses to this day. She is executive vice president for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona. As part of her job, Mance counsels buyers or sellers and stays on top of the intricacies of complex purchase contracts. She also oversees the Coldwell branch managers and is responsible for marketing, training, and the annual budget process.
Mance wasn’t always so confident. “When I first came to Hillyer,” she says, “I was underperforming and lacking confidence. But I had a lot of focused attention from faculty and that, combined with what they taught me about time management, allowed me to become a student leader.” Mance represented the study body as a member of the University of Hartford’s Board of Regents.
Mance puts collaboration within her industry ahead of competition and is very involved in the local and state Realtors associations and has served as an officer in both. Working collaboratively is essential to leadership, Mance believes, and is a critical professional skill she encourages in her staff. “I believe if you let people develop their own powers, everybody looks good,” she says. “I happen to use the skills I identified and began to develop at Hillyer in the real estate industry. But a good work ethic, leadership and organization skills are critical ingredients for professional success in any career.”