in partnership with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Meet Dottie Herman, Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman -

Get to know her career and her viewpoints on the real estate market today


About Dorothy Herman, Chief Executive Officer:
Dottie Herman is the Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman, one of the nation’s oldest and largest real estate brokerage firms with approximately $27.4 billion in annual sales volume and 7,000 real estate agents. Ms. Herman purchased Douglas Elliman in 2003 in partnership with Douglas Elliman Chairman, Howard M. Lorber, after having started as a broker with Merrill Lynch’s Long Island Division and then expanding Prudential Long Island Realty into a powerhouse brokerage on Long Islands and the Hamptons. Since their acquisition, Douglas Elliman has achieved record sales year over year and continues to strategically expand into new markets.

Ms. Herman has been consistently ranked in Crain's New York Business 50 Most Powerful Women in New York, Inman News Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and The New York Observer's The Power 100. In 2015, she was inducted into the into the Long Island Business News Hall of Fame and listed in the Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America by Inc. Magazine among the Inc. 5000 list where Douglas Elliman was named as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2016, Ms. Herman was named on Forbes 2016 List of America’s Self-Made Women as well as in 2017.

In addition, Ms. Herman received recognition as a Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award at the annual Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and a BRAVA SmartCEO Award, recognizing exceptional female leaders for their contributions to business and philanthropy. Ms. Herman is involved with the New York Restoration Project, and is on the board of Gold Coast Bank, the Katz Women’s Hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Southampton Hospital, the American Heart Association and Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and their Families.

Ms. Herman is also host of AM970’s popular Saturday morning radio show Eye On Real Estate where she shares expertise on the latest real estate market trends and mortgage news, as well as insights to audience-sourced real estate questions.

About Women's Entrepreneurship Day:
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) is a non-governmental volunteer-led organization whose mission is to accelerate and educate the world on the importance of empowering women in business globally. Founded in 2013 by Entrepreneur & Humanitarian Wendy Diamond, she was initially inspired to launch the WEDO movement after spending time in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation which provides microloans to impoverished women to start their own businesses. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is now officially proclaimed as a Day around the world on November 19. WED is celebrated annually at the United Nations and has chapters in 144 countries and on 110 universities/colleges internationally.

WEDO convenes Business Leaders, Change Makers, Government Officials and Civil Society to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education, and policy creation to empower women in business. WEDO’s social media campaign, #ChooseWOMEN has a tremendous international and active following that works to share data around how when women are elevated financially, communities, states, and countries prosper, which builds a global blueprint to alleviate and eradicate poverty.