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Upcoming Events

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    Conversations & Connections with Carolyn Desmond, Skanska

    Skanska USA Commercial Development
    101 Seasport Boulevard, Suite 200, Boston MA

    Members Only

    Please join us in December for a conversation with Carolyn Desmond, Director of Development in Skanska’s Boston office. The night will feature a discussion about her career experience in development, as well as her global travels for work.

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    High Street Place: Transforming Atrium Space into a High End Food Hall

    Four Seasons Boston
    200 Boylston Street, Boston MA

    Public

    Boston’s art-deco landmark 160 Federal Street and adjacent 100 High Street will be joined together by “High Street Place”. Join us as we hear an in-depth overview of the project highlighting the complexities and intricacies of the collaboration.

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    Networking and Acoustics

    Acentect
    33 Moulton Street, Cambridge MA

    Members Only

    Join the CREW Development Project Management Group for an evening of networking and a brief acoustics lesson at Acentech’s office.

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Prior Events

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    2018 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace

    Forty members of CREW Boston attended the CREW Network Convention in San Diego in October. More than 2,000 representatives from CREW Network’s 78 global chapters and 11,000+ strong membership joined in this annual meeting that brings together professionals from all disciplines involved with the ownership, management and financing of commercial real estate. 
     

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    Breaking Through the Web of Employment Laws

    In October, the CREW Boston Entrepreneur Exchange was enlightened by Judy Kalisker, Esq., Principal at Compliance Plus. Offering a range of solutions to "help employers do better," Judy and her team have been working with one of our Group members as an outsourced Human Resources Department. With staff sizes in our membership ranging from one to over 100, our Group has a range of needs and questions, and Judy was ready for all of us. 

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    Climate Ready Cities – Transforming Real Estate

    CREW Boston hosted a panel of climate change experts and thinkers on how they are helping improve the city of Boston’s waterfront. Ellen Watts of Architerra started by reflecting on the most important real estate in the world, the Earth’s atmosphere. She shared how we need to use historical data, ideas from other countries, and how we should be thinking differently moving forward. It’s about not retreating from our cities due to the ever changing climate and increase in storms but to reinvent our cities and to better protect our cities and the environment. Additionally we heard from our panelist; Kathy Abbott from Boston Harbor Now, Kirk Bosma from Woods Hole Group and Sam Sleiman from Massport.

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    Explore She-Village in the Seaport

    The Development Project Management Group of CREW Boston hosted their first program of the year with a presentation on SHE VILLAGE in the Seaport.  Ali Ribiero, Development Project Manager at WS Development, described how the 9 pre-fab modules were selected, installed and leased out to create SHE VILLAGE – a temporary shopping experience featuring women-owned businesses which are open through December.  It is WS’ first venture into modular, pop-up retail.  WS is planning to offer a different experience over the winter, and to have new retail shops installed for spring.   

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    Golf Clinic at Granite Links

    Golfers at all levels joined CREW Boston for a clinic on a cool and windy night at Granite Links with views of the city to get back in the swing for the season. Granite Link Golf Pros helped goflers improve their swing and short game. After the clinic, networking continued at the Crossing Nines Patio & Bar located between the putting green and driving range. 

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    Crafting for a Cause!

    Members and guests joined CREW Boston for a night of Crafting for a Cause!  Pots of Paradise, a popular vendor from our Holiday Shop for a Cause, taught how to arrange your own succulents, all while raising money for the Elizabeth Stone House, which helps homeless and at-risk individuals and families rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and other forms of trauma.  Everyone enjoyed a great night of networking and walked away with two of their own small arrangements to take home with them. 

     

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    HRI Tackles Food Insecurity in Cambridge

    As Director of Development at the affordable housing provider Homeowner’s Rehab (HRI), Jane Carbone coordinates all aspects of housing development from the predevelopment phase through construction. HRI owns and operates over 1250 units, housing hundreds of low income families.  Too often, low-income neighborhoods lack access to farmers’ markets or stores selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. When such foods are available, they can be priced too high for families that need to stretch their grocery budgets. Oftentimes, they will fill the gap with less nutritious, bulk, packaged foods with a longer shelf life.

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    Women in Government Reception

    On Wednesday May 16th, CREW Boston’s Public Strategies Committee hosted its annual Women in Government reception. Over 75 CREW members and invited guests gathered at the Union Club for the popular event. Energy ran high in the room as attendees networked before and after listening to the evening’s guest speaker Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of MassHousing. Chrystal was appointed in January 2018 to lead MassHousing, having previously served as the Baker-Polito Administration’s Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development. 

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    Thinking Beyond – How Winthrop Square is Disrupting Urban Development

    CREW Boston’s May luncheon included a panel discussion on the proposed redevelopment of Winthrop Square, a City of Boston-owned parcel of land (previously a parking garage) that will shape the future of the Financial District. The enlightening panel, moderated by Halle Auerbach, project manager at MP Boston (the developer behind Winthrop Square), was comprised of Kathleen MacNail, principal at MP Boston, Andy Hoar, president and co-managing partner at CBRE/New England, and Julia Rogers, director of sustainability at WSP.

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    2018 Achievement Awards Celebration

    The 20th annual Achievement Awards took place on April 25 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza with over 300 guests gathered to honor 19 members for their outstanding and impressive accomplishments in commercial real estate. In addition to our Achievement Award honorees, we also recognized two very special groups this year, our Mentor/Mentee program, as well as the cohort of members from our inaugural Leadership Academy.  Through these three groups that we recognized – our earnest Mentees; our future Leaders; and our esteemed Achievers – attendees saw how the CREW organization supports its members as they grow both personally and professionally.
     

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    Conversations and Connections

    What does it take to start your own company? A group of CREW Boston’s Rising Leaders found out when we convened at Blue Moon Capital Partners’ office to hear from Kathy Sweeney and Susan Barlow, Blue Moon’s Co-Founders. Attendees learned about Kathy’s and Susan’s career paths, including an early stint on a cattle ranch, and what led them to form Blue Moon in 2013. The discussion hit on important topics like knowing when to take risks and how to persevere through tough times. Given Blue Moon’s focus on senior housing, we discussed the opportunities in that space and what inspired Kathy and Susan to start a fund focused solely on that asset type.

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    rexBoston: Driving Resiliency, Leveraging Investment & Showcasing Innovation

    On April 5th, the CREW Boston Sustainability Group hosted a presentation led by CREWBoston member Ellen Watts, and her Architerra colleague, Anna Arscott, to introduce rexBoston, Driving Resiliency, Leveraging Investment & Showcasing Innovation.  rexBoston – resiliency exemplified – is a bold vision to catalyze 130 innovative current and potential projects throughout the City, accelerating climate adaptation and carbon neutrality and showcasing replicable solutions in an international resiliency exposition opening in 2020 and culminating in 2030.  Inspired by CREW Boston members’ visits to Hamburg and Copenhagen, rexBoston embraces climate action as an opportunity for growth in support of the City’s Imagine Boston 2030, Climate Ready Boston, Go Boston, and Resilient Boston goals. 

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    How Innovation in Transportation is Disrupting Real Estate Development, Planning and Design

    Transportation specialists on a panel discussion on “How Innovation in Transportation Is Disrupting Real Estate Development, Planning and Design” were generally in favor of more BRT, or bus rapid transit, and were not so enthused over the idea of a gondola to get people from South Station to the eastern edge of the Seaport District.​On the panel at a well-attended CREW Boston March lunch at the Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel, moderated by CREWBoston President Lisa Serafin, Principal at the real estate firm Redgate, the three panelists agreed that the economic health of the region depends on continue investment in transportation and that some commitments need to be made in the near future.

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    Power Purchase Agreements – An Aggregation Model

    Members heard from Pam Messenger with Friends of Post Office Square about the alliance formed in 2016 between Friends of Post Office Square, MIT and Boston Medical Center (BMC)  to buy electricity from a large new solar power installation, adding carbon-free energy to the grid and demonstrating a partnership model for other organizations in climate-change mitigation efforts.  Their 25-year Power Purchase Agreement enabled the construction of Summit Farms, a roughly 650-acre, 60-megawatt solar farm in North Carolina, the largest renewable-energy project ever built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers.  Summit Farms has been operating for a year. 

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    Discussion with MassDevelopment President & CEO Lauren Liss

    In February, the CREW Boston Public Strategies Committee met MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss during the first lunch edition of the committee’s speaker series. Lauren, who joined the Agency in September 2017, discussed her experience in the public and private sector, as she served as Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and as a partner at Rubin and Rudman. Lauren also detailed MassDevelopment’s various finance and development initiatives.

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    Networking and Acoustics

    Join the CREW Development Project Management Group for an evening of networking and a brief acoustics lesson at Acentech’s office.

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