Virginia Cook, CEO of Virginia Cook, Realtors, was honored as the 2015 Les Femmes Du Monde Woman of the Year at the organization’s 31st Woman of the Year awards gala held October 14 at the Dallas Country Club.
“Virginia was chosen as the 2015 Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year not only because of her love of life, but because of the dedication, generous support, and energy she brings to the community, especially to our beneficiaries, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and Children's Health,” said Venise Stuart, chairman of the Awards dinner.
“Virginia has truly led the charge for women in the areas of art, culture and education. She combines the words ‘work’ and ‘charity’ into one,” said Ms. Stuart.
Ms. Cook joins a long line of distinguished women to receive the honor including First Lady Laura Bush, Ebby Halliday, Mary Kay Ash, Nancy Brinker, Anita Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Margaret Mc Dermott, Juanita Miller, Billie Lee Rippey and Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler.
“It’s very meaningful to receive the honor this year as Les Femmes du Monde celebrates its Golden Anniversary of service to Dallas,” said Ms. Cook. “Since its beginning in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the Dallas Council on World Affairs, now called World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, and more than $670,000 to Children’s Medical Center.”
As passionate about service as she is real estate, Ms. Cook’s record of volunteerism parallels that of Les Femmes du Monde. The first woman president of the MetroTex Association and Texas Association of Realtors, she has been president or chair of many organizations making a difference in Dallas and in the lives of its residents, particularly women and children, including the Dallas Woman’s Forum and Children’s Cancer Fund.
Ms. Cook is one of the few Realtors in the nation to have been presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which named her as one of the 25 Most Influential Thought Leaders in the nation because of her profound impact on the real estate industry.
Four decades of service in North Texas resulted in Ms. Cook also being selected as an honoree of the Women in Business Awards program by the Dallas Business Journal and as one of the Great Women in Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press.
“Every sales associate in our company is so proud to work for Virginia,” said Sheila Rice, executive vice president of Virginia Cook, Realtors. “We applaud her significant accomplishments not only here in Dallas, but throughout the state and this country. She inspires each of us to be the very best that we can be for our customers and our community.”
Prior to founding Virginia Cook, Realtors with Mrs. Rice, Ms. Cook was president of Henry S. Miller, Realtors Residential for 28 years. Under her leadership, the firm became one of the largest independent real estate firms in the nation with 20 offices and over 1,000 agents in Texas.