When Anya Chrisanthon arrived in the U.S. as a 13-year-old immigrant from Russia knowing only a few words of English, her first year of American high school was, she says, “like jumping into a pool of freezing cold water.” Chrisanthon learned that she’s “uncomfortable being comfortable,” which led her to say yes to new experiences and to learn fast.
When she wanted a change from a career in finance, a friend suggested real estate. Chrisanthon, who says she always looks for shortcuts, quickly embraced video and social media as a salesperson for Ryan Homes. An early adopter of podcasting, she created the New Construction Marketing Podcast in 2018 to help fill the void of podcasts by women and focused on new-home sales.
A leading voice for women in the building industry, Chrisanthon currently combines her strengths in marketing and technology at Anewgo, a new-home sales and marketing firm.
Today, she’s a frequent speaker and moderator at industry events and served as the 2021 Professional Women in Building (PWB) Chair of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and as a PWB NAHB Trustee in 2020 and 2021.