2023 HW Vanguard: Laura O’Connor

Laura O’Connor

Laura O’Connor, president and chief operating officer at JPAR Real Estate, has led the organization through significant growth and success, demonstrating exceptional agility in navigating market uncertainties. O’Connor’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive environment within the company and the broader community showcases her visionary approach to leadership and genuine desire to empower others. As a leader, she embodies the core values of integrity, productivity and service, impacting JPAR and the real estate industry as a whole.

O’Connor has demonstrated exceptional professional excellence and leadership, particularly evident in her career-long success and achievements in the last 12 months. One significant example of her adaptability is the recent move to an all-new back office and commission compliance forms within the past six months. Despite market uncertainties, she successfully moved 4,000 agents to a new platform to serve clients effectively, navigating through challenging times of market contraction and layoffs. Her commitment to diversity is evident in the organization’s intentional efforts to foster a more inclusive environment. Today, 50% of the leadership at JPAR is made up of women, and the organization has seen a steady increase in diverse representation including significant percentages of Hispanic, Black, LGBTQ+ and women leaders among those who launched in 2023. In the last 12 months, O’Connor’s value to the organization can be measured by the remarkable growth achieved. The affiliated network experienced a remarkable 22% increase in offices, 14% in agents and 8% in transaction sides from the end of 2021 to the end of 2022. 

What’s the secret to your success?

Humility. I know that while I may have one of the most diverse and comprehensive resumes related to residential real estate, there is always someone with more experience in any specific area. I lead by asking questions and, because of that, I’ve not only built an incredible network of leaders in the industry but I’ve also been able to make better decisions that are informed by a much wider and less biased view.


Laura O’Connor


President and Chief Operating Officer

Company Name:

JPAR Real Estate

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