Meet Our Leaders
Leslie Appleton-Young is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Appleton-Young directs the activities of the Association's Member Information Team.
She is the co-creator of WomanUP!®, C.A.R.'s Women's Initiative designed to close the gender gap in the leadership of real estate firms. In a male-dominated sector of the real estate industry, Leslie is passionate about empowering women to see their potential and the possibilities available to them - even when they can't see them yet.
When she is not overseeing the analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities or sharing her wisdom from stage across the country, you will find her mentoring the next generation, traveling with her loved ones, or riding her heart out at the local SoulCycle!
Sara is the Senior Vice President of industry and broker relations, membership development and strategic initiatives for the California Association of REALTORS®.
She is the co-creator of WomanUP!®, C.A.R.'s Women's Initiative designed to close the gender gap in the leadership of real estate firms. In her passion to affect change in this arena, Sara is dedicated to the empowerment of women through research, professional development, events, mentoring, and creating a community of advocates and support.
Sara is also responsible for identifying, building, maintaining, and reaching out to California Brokers in order to gain insights and spot emerging trends in the industry. In this role, she helps the Association establish vision, identify new and emerging opportunities and relationships and is responsible for implementing key strategic initiatives.
When Sara is not strategizing or implementing new ideas, sharing her knowledge from stage, or co-hosting the C.A.R. Leaders and Legends podcast, you will find her out adventuring and enjoying life with her two amazing children and loved ones!
Debra is an empowerment coach, women's initiatives consultant, author, podcaster, and sought-after keynote speaker at debratrappen.com. She is our Chief Strategist and Lioness Leader here at WomanUP!®.
Her days are divinely filled with events and projects allowing her to fire up and serve growth-minded leaders – with a passion for sparking women building their slice of the kingdom from the couch, carpool, cubicle, or corner office.
Debra's heart's desire is for every person to define and design their best life and thrive living it out loud, on purpose, and on their own terms. During her 17+ years in the real estate space, she has shared her truth, wrapped in grace with sides of sass, moxie, and fire with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in 60+ cities across the globe through her keynote talks, books, ecourses, workshops, and affirmations.
When she is not idea-storming her next adventure, reading-writing-recording in her Fire Up! studio, or sprinkling moxie from the stage – you will find her walking her pups, editing photos on her iPhone, watching Sci-Fi and 80’s flicks, or wine tasting with her husband and besties!
Are you ready to engage, elevate, and empower yourself to live your best life?
She dares you!