Kara Chen built her career on faith and force of will. After health problems forced her to drop out of medical school, she decided to get her real estate license. She first drove around town with her baby boy in tow, visiting brokerage after brokerage to learn what the work entailed. Having started her career in the fall two years ago, she weathered several months with no business before she made her first sale. Today, Chen, 29, is a member of her brokerage’s Agent Leadership Council, and in January she was named a “Local Real Estate Leader” in central Pennsylvania, a peer-nominated recognition from Harrisburg Magazine. “I feel a definite camaraderie rather than competition with my peers from other offices,” Chen says.