Sadhana Smiles

Real Estate Industry Partners chief executive Sadhana Smiles.

Leadership
Eloise Keating

How Sadhana Smiles mastered the system, and made it work for her

Authors
Eloise Keating
13 minute Read

Each year, Sadhana Smiles does a business plan for her life, as well as her business. She sticks the plan to her shower wall as a way to stay connected to her goals. 

A trailblazer in the Australian real estate industry, Smiles has previously led Harcourts Victoria as CEO and been the global chief executive of property management for Harcourts International. She is currently the director of her own property management business, Harcourts Move, and chief executive of industry body, Real Estate Industry Partners. 

She’s also an author, the founder of not-for-profit Links Fiji, co-founder of the Business in Colour podcast, creator of Harcourts’ Walk a Mile In Their Shoes initiative, and a self-confessed “agitator” when it comes to improving diversity and inclusion in the Australian business community. 

Smiles moved to Australia when she was 16, leaving behind her homeland of Fiji, where she encountered a “glass box” of pervasive racism, sexism and discrimination. After completing high school in Melbourne, she started but didn’t finish a TAFE qualification in hotel management, before finding her way into the real estate industry via a secretarial position in the 1980s. 

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