After moving to Houston from Missouri, I decided to change my career from the medical to real estate industry. After selling and purchasing several homes and working with Realtors, I thought this would be a great way for me to earn income and I could work from my home. After completing real estate school, I joined Keller Williams Realty in the Woodlands. They offered training and seminars that enhanced my expertise in real estate. I have been a licensed Realtor in the state of Texas for fifteen years and I specialize in residential sales and Broker Price Opinions.

I joined women’s council because I was asked to make a pot of gumbo for a state officer’s dinner. At that dinner, I met some of the most professional women that I have ever encountered. They were professional, positive and inspiring. They encouraged me to get involved in this great organization. After attending meetings on the local level, I traveled and attended state and national meetings. At those meetings, I saw the big picture and was in awe and empowered to see women in leadership roles and I felt more compelled to become involved. Women’s Council has made such a huge difference in my life both personally and professionally. Not to forget the members that I have met that are now my dearest friends that I cherish and those friend-relationships that will last a lifetime.

I have served on every committee as either a chair or committee member. Serving on those committees empowered me to serve faithfully in every officer position on the local chapter level.

I firmly believe that Women’s Council is a viable organization and will continue to be viable because the organization is devoted to enhancing its member’s personal and professional skills. The organization provides powerful educational forums that focus on leadership skills and committees that provide support to its members. Women’s Council lives up to their core values of powerful relationships, professional credibility, diversity, participation, success and influence.

I really think we have great ideas in place for increasing membership and strengthening our chapters. I love the idea of inviting a new member to be entered into a contest for a prize. Once they become members, get them involved on a committee where relationships and networking are exercised. Speaking from experience, once I became involved and started networking and developing relationships, I was hooked. Shortly afterwards, I received my first referral and ohh… how I felt special and was super excited.

My husband David and I have a diverse blended family of ten with thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. We have two active marine sons and they are exceptionally special because they are our very cute adopted boys. Actually, they are young men now. I love flowers, gardening and entertaining family and friends. I love my church and David and I love being prayer partners.

Ethel O’Dell
2012 Local Chapter President
2013 TX State Chapter Governor