Our Mission


KWKC's mission is to help people create the life they want so that they can experience fulfillment and give back to their community. We do this by facilitating conversation around the following questions:

  1. Who am I and what do I want my life to be about?
  2. How might I structure my life to support this vision?
  3. What key relationships do I need to support me along the way?
  4. How will I fund my personal mission so I can make the greatest impact?

Our History


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The Visionary, Gary Keller

Gary Keller is the co-founder, CEO, and chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count. He is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the real estate industry, leading his company to more than 30 consecutive years of growth and profitability. This is largely based in the company's educational approach to business and success. In 2015, Training Magazine named Keller Williams the No. 1 training organization across all industries in the world. This title cemented what many have known all along, that Keller Williams is a training and coaching company that just happens to be in the business of real estate.

The Next Evolution, KWKC

Founded in 2015 with the guidance and vision of Gary, KWKC is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with belief that the cultivation of a growth mindset and limitless goals needs to begin as early in life as possible. While KWKC is a separate entity, it leverages the incredible success of Keller Williams Realty by bringing the company’s strengths in education and training to the next generation of world leaders in any industry through public events.

Our Team


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Brandi Lauve

Director


Brandi has a passion for changing lives through educational events.

With 12 years of experience as an event planner with Keller Williams Realty International, Brandi has impacted many lives through events, including most recently, KWRI’s local Austin RED Day, an annual day of service. Upon attending a Quantum Leap event, Brandi was positively impacted by the goal setting models and tools for maximizing potential and has utilized these tools and models in her leadership at KW. Brandi is the perfect fit to lead KWKC in bringing the models of Quantum Leap to young adults everywhere through the QL Program.



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Skye Anderson

Sr. Learning and Development Manager


Skye is passionate about lifelong learning.

Skye joined the KW Family after reading Gary Keller and Jay Papasan's bestselling book, The ONE Thing. It quickly became her favorite book and she is thrilled that she now has the incredible opportunity to develop curriculum and programming based on the same concepts. When she’s not busy writing or designing new material, Skye loves bringing methodology to the creative chaos of the KWKC Team.


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Sarah Schweitzer

Finance Coordinator


Sarah loves connecting others with tools and resources that enable a stronger community.

Sarah has a background in nonprofit administration and programming, and a dynamic attitude that supports KWKC's growth and vision. When she's not working, you can find her eating on the patio of an Austin restaurant or playing with her dog at a nearby watering hole.


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Jae Moore

Marketing Coordinator


Jae is passionate about bringing people together to create memorable and valuable experiences every time.

Jae has a background in public relations and customer service. She joined KWKC after hearing about the QL program and the benefits it offers to young adults. Jae had the opportunity to take part in a technical after-school program in high school and recognized the value that educational programs and mentorship can provide for our communities. When she’s not busy, she enjoys hosting dinner parties or taking advantage of the great Austin weather.


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Wendy Papasan

Chairman of the Board of Directors


Wendy’s secret sauce to success lies in hiring the world's most talented people. 

Wendy leads real estate teams in Austin and St. Louis and is both a community activist and philanthropist. In addition to owning multiple income-producing properties in Austin, she also co-owns a real estate office in Memphis, TN and is a silent partner in both a venture capital firm and a publishing company. Active in the community, Wendy is past president of her neighborhood association and raised more than $150,000 for children with cancer in 2015.


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Brian Wentz

Board Member


Brian believes everyone was created on purpose, for a purpose.

Brian has spent over 21 years in the Real Estate industry, having started his career in Real Estate at the age of 21. He has built a successful team in Des Moines, Iowa and has helped launch multiple market centers, having served as a Team Leader for over 5 years. During college Brian experienced a pivotal moment- realizing that he was on the wrong path to achieve his goals. Looking for an opportunity that was more entrepreneurial, he left college after less than two years and entered real estate. Brian is an entrepreneur at heart, a speaker and trainer and a self-described “student of life”. Brian’s mission is to help others reach their greatest potential, and experience their best life possible. Serving as a KWKC instructor allows Brian to pursue this passionate of helping others recognize what is possible in their lives, and taking action to achieve their vision using the KWKC curriculum. 


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Chase Sloan

Board Member


Chase commits to the philosophy, "Give Where You Live", serving at a local level for global impact. 

Chase Sloan is a World Changing Business Owner. In just 6 years, she has paired her business success and her passion for coaching to partner with audiences that thrive from mastering mindset and learning practical solutions for growing a successful business. As the founder and CEO of The Chasing Real Estate Group, Chase has been recognized as a Houston 40 under 40 award recipient. She is also a Trainer, Speaker, and member of the International Agent Leadership Council of Keller Williams Realty. Her mission is inspiring others to lead powerful lives by design. 


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Christopher Baker

Board Member


Christopher's mission is to build wealth in minds that change lives and leave legacies for generations through training, mentoring, and coaching.

Christopher Baker graduated from The Ohio State University and was a Chi Chapter Re-Founding Father for Theta Xi Fraternity and the first African-American President of the Interfraternity Council.  After college, Christopher spent 17 years in the United States Air Force and served in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He has served 7 years on the Agent Leadership Council and was awarded the KW North Florida Region Cultural Ambassador in 2011. Christopher was #1 Single Agent for sales for KW Orlando Lake Nona in 2014 & 2015 and led his team to #1 Team in 2016. In 2018, Christopher become a KWU Approved Trainer.


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Jackie Ellis

Board Member


Jackie's joy for sharing with others shines through the minute her sought after training classes begin.

Jackie Ellis has been successfully selling real estate in Palm Beach County for over 25 years, and is the Operating Partner of 2 market centers. She has built an incredible real estate team and they continue to be one of the top producing teams in all of Florida. Jackie is also sought after to help develop systems and write easy to learn, yet powerful scripts and presentations. She is dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate about the real estate industry and what it can do for our lives.


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Jennie Wolek

Board Member


Jennie's mission is to inspire confidence and empower change through positive mindset and tools that encourage big thinking and action taking.

Jennie floated through her twenties, unsure of herself and her purpose in life. She leveraged her ability to be learning based and build her "identity capital" to become a successful businesswoman. She now has more than 16 years of real estate experience under her belt and is the CEO of the Wolek Group. She aims to share her knowledge and experiences with others so that they can get started on a purposeful life now!


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Jessica Estrada

Board Member


Jessica's mission is to inspire passionate living and create meaningful relationships through travel, leadership, coaching, and charitable ventures.

Jessica was born in Mexico City and moved to Central Florida at the age of four. During college she studied abroad and thus began her passion for travel and meeting people from all over the world.  She has lived in France and Austria, and traveled to over 150 countries spanning all seven continents! She speaks four languages fluently—English, Spanish, French and German—and is happy to work in any of them. She volunteers with Give Kids the World as an Angel Ambassador, helping to create memorable vacations for families with children with life-threatening illnesses. She also serves as a committee member for Wine, Women & Shoes to raise awareness and funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. During her travels, she enjoys volunteering her time to help children in need all around the world, and taking photographs of the inspiring people she's encountered and places she visited.



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Mark Brenneman

Board Member


Mark’s vast experience provides great value and a unique perspective to our leaders of tomorrow.

After spending 20 years as a CPA and financial professional, Mark joined Keller Williams in 2003 as a Team Leader. He's been involved in various leadership roles, built a large real estate business, and currently serves as both an Operating Principal and Regional Director at Keller Williams. When speaking of KWKC, Mark noted:  “As both a father of 5 and soon to be grandpa, I am incredibly passionate about improving the opportunities for our youth to live and have their 'Biggest Life' possible. Through the QL program, KWKC allows us to bring to our young people an awareness that most of us never had the opportunity to experience early on in life. Truly we have the opportunity to “Change the World” with this program."


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Mike Hillary

Treasurer


Mike is a prime example of what we want our students to achieve.

Mike joined Keller Williams in Peoria, IL in 2014. His first KW educational experience was Quantum Leap. Since that experience, Mike has gone on to change his world. Now viewed as leader in the company, he is a featured presenter for KWYP, KW Technology, and KW MCAs. He is a founding member of KW Young Professionals. As one of our founding instructors, he has shared these life lessons with over 300 young adults from 20 states. Mike now lives in Chicago within walking distance of his beloved Cubs and helped launch the Chicago - Lincoln Park market center in 2017.


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Nikki Miller

Board Member


Nikki's mission is to be a leader worth following, and through her example inspire others to live authentically and abundantly.

Nikki is the Team Leader and CEO of Keller Williams Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. Nikki joined KW Santa Monica from the Bay Area where she built the top producing Nikki Miller Team. Nikki's commitment to leadership and growth led her to maintain leadership positions as President of the KWYP Bay Area Chapter, Agent Leadership Council Member and Keller Williams Trainer. Through her unique experience as a Mega Agent, investor, luxury specialist and coach, Nikki focuses on implementing the tools, systems and models for success she's learned through Quantum Leap. In addition to Nikki's involvement in the field of real estate she is also passionately involved in her local community with the Food Bank, Junior League, local shelters and more, specifically focusing on the youth of the community and creating bright futures and opportunities for kids and young adults through their own self discovery.


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Stephen Hanlon

Board Member


Stephen's mission is to empower people through personal examples, success tools, and proven systems to help them journey towards becoming the best versions of themselves.

Stephen and his wife Shirley launched their real estate careers in 1988. They joined Keller Williams in 2012, and embraced team growth following the KW model. Shirley took over The Hanlon Team, while Stephen embraced the opportunity to become a Team Leader and relaunch a market center. In this role he was able to gain clarity on his his own mission, vision, values, beliefs and perspectives using many of the same tools taught in QL. By utilizing these lessons and being more purposeful, he found growth and prosperity both on a personal level and in those around him. Stephen has volunteered in the past with Sick Kids Hospital, as a minor hockey coach and was the race announcer for a local children triathlon that grew into a national race series called TRiKiDS.