As CEO of Harcourts Real Estate, Sadhana Smiles has taken the business to new levels of success including more than $2B in property sales last financial year and an increase in network growth of 20%. Under Sadhana’s leadership, Harcourts is now the fastest growing franchise in Victoria. In 2013 Sadhana won the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year whilst in 2016 was named as one of the 100 women of influence. Author of two books Sadhana continues to excel as an outstanding business leader who is also dedicated to the important cause of gender equality and the end to gender based violence against women. An engaging speaker with an attention-grabbing wit, Sadhana is regarded as a thought leader among her peers and the perfect role model of a very modern CEO.
Sadhana Smiles is Chief Executive Officer of Harcourts Group Victoria, the state division of one of Australia’s leading, well respected and fastest growing real estate brands.
She is one of only two female CEO’s in her sector which is commonly referred to as the “boy’s club”.
Starting her career as a receptionist Sadhana has created a brand that has placed her amongst her peers as a thought leader, industry commentator, corporate activist and a contemporary feminist.
Under her leadership, Harcourts Victoria is:
With a focus on performance and satisfaction Sadhana has doubled their EBIT over the last two years and increased franchisee satisfaction, sitting at 96th percentile in the sector benchmark.
All this in an industry that has the 2nd worst pay gap and one where some of her male counterparts have labelled her just about everything a woman can be. “I am a coloured woman playing in a male dominated industry, earning my seat at the table through my results. Numbers never lie.” She is passionate about the issues of violence against women and diversity - “our workplaces must reflect the communities we work in.”
In 2012 Sadhana brought Walk a Mile in their Shoes to Victoria. This is now a national event for the Harcourts Group with over 1000 men and women walking in high heels, raising money for White Ribbon and making a clear statement that violence towards women is not OK. The group has raised over $300K for White Ribbon and funded over 100,000 students to participate in the award winning Breaking the Silence program teaching the youth about respectful relationships.
She is also working with various organisations in Australia to highlight the issue of dowry deaths of Indian women and the violence some of them face in Australia post their arranged marriages.
In 2013 Sadhana published her first book People Power did you have them @ hello, a step by step guide to developing and managing performance driven teams. In 2016 she published a personal development journal for women based on her own experiences – I want what she’s having.
In 2013 Sadhana was named the Victorian Telstra Business Women of the Year, as well as the winner of the Victorian Telstra Private Corporate Sector award.
In 2016 Sadhana was named one of 100 women of Influence in Australia. AFR/WBC sponsored award.
Sadhana is the founder of Links Fiji, a not for profit, with a focus on conducting pap smears for women in rural areas of Fiji and reducing the incidence of cervical cancer.
A single mum to nine kids, Sadhana’ s drive comes from her desire to leave the world she influences a better place. Sadhana has earned a reputation as a popular speaker and presenter, regularly asked to present at some of the industry’s most prestigious events, Women’s Conference and many franchise conferences.
Sadhana is an incredible key note speaker we engaged for our Australian Women's Network Business Summit. She had the attendees laughing and crying and applauding her successes at the same time. Professional at all times and incredibly giving of her time - we highly recommend Sadhana as both a key note speaker and an authority in Real Estate and Leadership. We look forward to working with her again.
Founder and CEO Event Negotiators
We asked Sadhana to present the opening keynote at our National Franchise Operations Conference to 130 franchisor executives. This was a tough audience as they are her peers. Sadhana delivered a clear, powerful and engaging session. Her slides were informative, her stage presence was highly credible, and her message combined outstanding business and personal development lessons. The audience rated her in an extremely positive manner. She added great value to our conference and I would highly recommend her as a keynote presenter for any conference.
CFE Founder Franchise Relationships Institute
I had the pleasure and honour of hearing Sadhana Smiles speak recently at the Australian Women in Business Summit and it was honestly nothing short of life changing. He fresh approach delivered a focus on being real and authentic with engaging content and a feisty driven and empowering attitude. Her talk filled the room with a captivating energy and I felt like everyone could really relate to her on so many levels because she was so 'real' in her delivery. I've seen a lot of speakers of the years and Sadhana is definitely one I'll never forget.
DIRECTOR Ka'llure Jewellery
Sadhana Smiles is one of our most popular speakers, with attendees at events across Australia frequently singling out her presentation as being insightful, engaging, relevant, relatable, and a highlight of the event. Sadhana’s presentation both inspires attendees to want to aim for higher levels of leadership within their own lives while providing practical advice to help them achieve their goals.
Senior Event Manager, Women & Leadership Australia