Anderson, Oklahoma City, graduated from OU with a bachelor of science degree in education. The daughter of a tenant farmer, Anderson grew up in the Drummond-Waukomis area in northwest Oklahoma. She worked her way through college and served as an elementary music teacher for 14 years in Ponca City before opening her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond in 1975, and grew it into the third top-producing office out of 7,500 Century 21 locations in North America. Anderson joined Keller Williams in 1991, when she opened the first KW franchise outside of the state of Texas. She moved on to become the regional director for Oklahoma and co-owner of the two Keller Williams market centers. In 1995, Anderson headed up Keller Williams and helped it grow from 35 to more than 600 offices.
Anderson has been a generous OU supporter across many areas of the university. Between her personal giving and her foundation, she has contributed more than $1.25 million in support of numerous areas. She established the Richard T. Anderson Chair in Neuroscience in the College of Pharmacy to honor her husband. The chair allowed the College of Pharmacy to expand its research in disorders of the nervous system, including Parkinson’s disease, and is vital for the recruitment and retention of a high-caliber leader in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Last year, Anderson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A tireless supporter of community causes and generous volunteer, Anderson founded KW Cares, a nonprofit that assists Keller Williams Realty associates and their families in times of need. She led KW Cares in raising more than $5.3 million for Keller Williams associates affected by Hurricane Katrina. She has twice been named Oklahoma’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is listed in Who’s Who in American Women and has been named one of REALTOR Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate.