Sadhana Smiles

Sadhana Smiles is Chief Executive Officer of Harcourts Victoria. Being a woman CEO in the often male dominated real estate industry has undoubtedly brought out the very best of Sadhana. Her renowned wit, her inspiring personality, her acute ability to capitalise on a commercial opportunity, and her innate sense of being able to quickly identify issues affecting business performance, have earned Sadhana the respect and admiration of some of the most respected and admired leaders of the Real estate world in Australia today.

Having worked with teams of up to 250 sales agents and 100 property managers, Sadhana has successfully implemented innovative training programs, performance management and business systems, database and client relationship systems, and implemented pioneering technology concepts.

Sadhana is also the proud and very active founder of a not-for-profit organisation, “Links Fiji”, set up to help create real change in women’s health through education. She was recongised in 2007 for her contribution of women in franchising with the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Franchise Woman of the Year award for Victoria/Tasmania.

Sadhana speaks of her Fijian upbringing and her ongoing connection through her work to ensure Fijian women are screened for early cancer detection. Adopting 5 Fijian children to add to her own family is a wonderful example of the heart this woman has. Harcourts only woman CEO and 2015 Australian Telstra Woman of the Year Sadhana drives “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” to raise much needed funds to stop violence against women. A truly inspirational Harcourts woman.

Key Messages

  • Be today who you want to become tomorrow.

  • Say yes to opportunities without fear of failure. Fake it till you become it

  • Master the system and find a way to make it work for you

  • Be ok to be unperfect

  • Do the right thing by yourself and you will always do the right thing by others.

  • Live your life by doing what you love, become the best at it and along the way give back.

Pauline Smith