The Most Influential Women at DeLeon Realty

By Audrey Sun | Listing Specialist

Since March is Women’s History Month, it seems only fitting to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing women who have helped transform DeLeon Realty into one of the most prestigious real estate firms in the Silicon Valley area.

As a young professional woman, I have heard and read about workplace gender inequality. Issues I hear about often include diminished responsibilities, glass ceilings, positional bias (e.g., the stereotype that certain positions are better for women than for men), occupational sexism (e.g., statements based on a person’s sex), outdated views of how women should dress and act, and sexual harassment. I feel very blessed for being a part of DeLeon Realty, for these issues do not rear their ugly heads at our company.

DeLeon Realty has a diverse group of employees who hail from all around the world, including countries like China, India, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Of the 48 employees at DeLeon Realty, 28 are women. All of these women have played a role in shaping DeLeon, and six particular women have been paramount in building the heart and backbone of DeLeon Realty. Through their vision, courage, compassion, and mentorship, they have helped other women succeed.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to these DeLeon women.

Rachel Repka 
Chief Operating Officer 

Prior to joining DeLeon Realty, Rachel worked as an intellectual property litigation attorney at large international law firms, mainly focusing on complex patent litigation. She left her reputable position to oversee the ongoing business operations at DeLeon Realty. Within three years, she has helped the company grow from 20 to nearly 50 employees, established various departments, implemented integral processes, and set up benefits for all employees.

Annie Watson 
VP of Finance 

After moving to the United States from Taiwan, Annie received master’s degrees in both taxation and accounting. Utilizing extreme focus and organization, she handles the financial responsibilities of DeLeon Realty, including accounting, tax-planning, and payroll. Though she wears many hats, she always finds time to help mentor others around the company.

Kim Heng 
Director of International Operations 

Kim is a great bridge between the East and the West. She grew up in China and obtained her MBA in finance in the United States. After a 10-year career as a real estate agent, she was selected by DeLeon Realty to run the international marketing arm of the company. Under her guidance, our company has become the most prominent real estate firm within the local Chinese community.

Jenna Hagnere 
Director of Administration 

Jenna has been with DeLeon Realty since our very first days as a fledgling real estate firm. Serving as our Director of Administration, Jenna applies her real estate knowledge and her innate organization skills to make sure the company’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. In conjunction with administration, she is also a key component of many executive decisions.

Sigrid Waggener 

Sigrid recently joined us after a meteoric rise to partner in the real estate group of a well-respected law firm. She has a strong background in real estate litigation and offers extensive knowledge regarding land use in various cities and counties.

Caroline Wong 
Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Buyer Specialist 

Prior to joining DeLeon Realty, Caroline was in-house legal counsel for a multinational company. Having grown up in Los Altos Hills, Caroline is now a buyer consultant and strategist specializing in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

By observing these women’s relentless energy and fearlessness, I realize the importance of having strong female mentorship, especially within a corporate environment. These women inspire me every day to look for ways to further develop my career. Their ambition, ability to lead, and willingness to guide have been instrumental in turning DeLeon Realty into a truly successful, world-class company.