2021 HW Woman of Influence: Hilary Saunders

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Hilary Saunders is one of today’s top powerhouse female executives leading the real estate industry’s evolution. As co-founder and chief broker officer of Side, she is one of the only female co-founders in the real estate industry. While navigating a challenging pandemic year, Saunders oversaw all business management, legal, compliance and more for every Side territory coast to coast. With Saunders’ guidance and leadership, Side saw a 167% year-over-year increase in partner agents since 2020. Despite navigating the pandemic and becoming a new mother to twins in March 2020, Saunders’ dedication and drive have helped many entrepreneurial-minded agents start their own brands during a pandemic. Her resilience has continued to revolutionize the traditional brokerage model thus enabling top agents, teams, and independent brokerages to fulfill their aspiration and potential to deliver better service to their clients.

In an effort to retain the 48% of Side’s partners that are female, Saunders alongside Side’s head of marketing Kris Vann launched Side Sisters, a community of insiders meant to support Side’s female workforce and encourage them to develop a diverse set of skills outside of those necessary for real estate, e.g. entrepreneurship and leadership courses, public speaking, software and developing, coding, etc. Saunders’ efforts have helped retain and grow the female workforce, as well as the company at record speed.


Hilary Saunders


Co-Founder and Chief Broker Officer

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