Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces Inaugural Women on the Move Award

Leesa Harper-Rispoli honored for her strides in the real estate industry to elevate the perspectives of women and increase opportunities for women in the business

MADISON, N.J. (October 11, 2021) – Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, a Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) brand, announced that Leesa Harper-Rispoli, president and broker of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS, received the inaugural Women on the Move Award at this year’s annual Gen Blue Experience®, which was held in New York City. The Women on the Move Award recognizes Harper-Rispoli’s instrumental strides in the real estate industry to represent the value of women, her great achievements within her own career, as well as her commitment to helping other women reach success.   

As the mother of two daughters and a grandmother to two granddaughters, Harper-Rispoli is adamant that the world needs more strong women making business decisions. Harper-Rispoli is a second generation real estate leader carrying on the legacy of her mother, D’Ann Harper. Harper, another icon in the real estate business, founded Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS, one of the largest residential brokerages in San Antonio, Texas.

Harper-Rispoli has contributed close to one hundred hours working with the San Antonio Board of REALTORS and countless more hours of one-on-one agent mentoring. Harper-Rispoli’s commitment to amplifying women’s voices extends far beyond real estate and is also  showcased through her participation in the National Women’s Council.  


“It’s such an honor to receive Coldwell Banker’s inaugural Women on the Move Award and I’m incredibly proud to represent the major strides women have made in real estate and the unique value that we bring to the business. I attribute some of my achievements throughout my career to the strong mentors who were women and with whom I was lucky enough to have in my life. I hope to continue inspiring other women in the field to reach their greatest potential as well.”

  • Leesa Harper-Rispoli, president and broker, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS

“The Women on the Move award presented at our Gen Blue Experience event is a special honor that underscores the value that women bring to real estate. Leesa is a shining example of what it means to lead with excellence and purpose, and this honor is a great representation of the outstanding professionals that make up the Coldwell Banker brand.”

  • Liz Gehringer, COO, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Powered by its network of over 96,000 affiliated sales professionals in approximately 2,900 offices across 40 countries and territories, the Coldwell Banker® organization is a leading provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. The Coldwell Banker brand prides itself on its history of expertise, honesty and an empowering culture of excellence since its beginnings in 1906. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is committed to providing its network of sales professionals with the tools and insights needed to excel in today’s marketplace and is known for its bold leadership and dedication to driving the industry forward. The brand was named among the 2021 Women’s Choice Award® Most Recommended brands for customer experience and overall quality. Blue is bold and the integrity and values of Coldwell Banker give the Gen Blue network an unbeatable edge. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. To join Coldwell Banker Real Estate and unlock the possibilities of Gen Blue®, please visit

About Realogy Holdings Corp.

Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) is moving the real estate industry to what’s next. As the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services encompassing franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses as well as a mortgage joint venture, Realogy supported approximately 1.4 million home transactions in 2020. The company’s diverse brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby’s International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, Realogy fuels the productivity of its approximately 194,200 independent sales agents in the U.S. and more than 142,700 independent sales agents in 117 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today’s consumers. Recognized for ten consecutive years as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, Realogy has also been designated a Great Place to Work four years in a row and is one of LinkedIn’s 2021 Top Companies in the U.S.


Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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