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In a field that is oftentimes male dominated, CREW reminds me of attending Mount Holyoke: being surrounded by insightful and kickass women, and knowing you’ve got a support network. - Juliet Borja, PlaceTailor Elton Hampton Design

The two main reasons I joined CREW were to meet, share experiences with, and learn from other women. In addition to meeting fabulous people from architecture, etc., the bonus has been meeting and learning from women who are in the legal and finance fields.  Attend just one event hosted by any of the committees, be it a brown bag lunch with Housing and Community Development Committee or happy hour with the Development Project Management Group, and you will instantly get hooked.

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As a woman of color, being part of CREW has been a great opportunity. It has allowed me to expand my knowledge to other areas of the multi-faceted commercial real estate, alongside strong women. - Carla Cabral, Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

I was pleased when my coworker and fellow CREW member, Nancy, sponsored my CREW membership. As a public non-profit affordable housing organization, one of MHP focus areas are homeownership and residential multifamily. As such, been part of CREW has provided me with additional prospects for professional and personal development. CREW is about networking, but above all is about people, their stories, motivations, and learning from each other!
 

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This past year I was part of the CREW mentoring program. As a relatively younger member of CREW, I enjoyed getting to know and learn from not only my mentor, but also other mentees and mentors in the program. - Mary Patalita, Lincoln Property Company

With Covid upending the way we work and network, it was nice to connect with others virtually through the CREW mentor program. Adapting to the new normal, CREW reacted quickly to help its members stay connected while not physically being able to be together. Albeit an odd year to be a part of the mentor program, it turned out to be even more worthwhile than originally expected. Learning about different branches of the business within commercial real estate and how each segment was affected and then pivoted was helpful on both a personal and professional level.
 

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Upcoming Events

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Prior Events

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    GREENING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, a Book Talk with Kimberly Vermeer

    ​The Sustainability Group was excited and pleased to present long-time CREW Boston member Kimberly Vermeer to speak about her new book, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition. In the book, she and co-author Walker Wells present a comprehensive resource on how green building principles can be incorporated into affordable housing design, construction, and operation. This fully revised edition captures the rapid evolution of green building practices and makes a compelling case for integrating green building into affordable housing. They argue that cities must embrace green affordable housing in the face of climate change and the affordable housing crisis.

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    Mentor Kick-Off

    The 2021 Mentor Program had a successful kickoff but this time it was held virtually.  This year’s program includes 22 participants from various roles, industries and experiences.  Melissa Noone, one of the co-chairs of the Mentor Program, kicked off the event by welcoming the pairs and asking everyone to introduce themselves to the group and why they wanted to apply to the program.

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    Holiday Luncheon Program - Take Action

    In December 2020, CREW Boston hosted a special holiday luncheon featuring Cara Brookins, author of Rise: How a House Built a Family. In 2007, Cara was at a personal crossroads. Having survived two, abusive relationships, Cara wanted to give meaning and purpose to her own life and the life of her four children. To do that, she landed on a big idea: she and her four children would build their own, forever home where they could put down new roots and start a new chapter for their family. Cara and her children had no construction experience. However, relying on YouTube tutorials and their own grit and scrappy determination, they successfully built the home of their collective dreams in a mere nine months. More importantly, Cara’s children had learned that they could figure out how to do incredible things. 

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CREW Boston News

  • Holiday Gift Drive to benefit the Carolina Hill Shelter

    Holiday Gift Drive to benefit the Carolina Hill Shelter

    Join us for our annual Holiday Gift Drive to benefit the Carolina Hill Shelter. For over 10 years, members have purchased gifts for families staying at the Carolina Hill Shelter over the holidays, who without our member’s assistance may not have received gifts during the holiday season. This year we have 17 families with 42 children and parents to buy for so if you are interested in making their holidays special, please email laura@crewboston.org to sign up.

    This annual CREW Boston tradition is a wonderful way to help brighten the spirits of children and families in need. Carolina Hill is a private, non-profit corporation operating as a transitional shelter for homeless families.
  • We want to hear from you!  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey

    We want to hear from you! Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey

    CREW Boston has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. The task force consists of board members and members-at-large that represent a diverse mix of industry niche, age and race. The task force is responsible for recommending goals and action items, to make our organization more inclusive and to provide programming focused on DEI topics while staying true to our mission. We do not have all the answers yet, but we are committed as an organization to thoroughly review our own policies and procedures, and to also have thoughtful conversations about how we can effectuate change in the industry. 
     
    We want to hear from you!  The DEI Task Force is requesting your input. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, November 6th. Your input will help shape CREW Boston’s short-term and long-term action items. 
  • Apply Today for 2020-2021 CREW Boston Mentor Program

    Apply Today for 2020-2021 CREW Boston Mentor Program

    Members interested in participating in the 2020-2021 CREW Boston Mentor Program have the opportunity to apply to be a mentor or mentee through Friday, November 6th. Matches will be made in November/December with the kick-off lunch on January 7, 2021.
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CREW Network was founded in 1989 to bring together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally. Today, CREW Network is the premier business networking organization dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. We provide support to our more than 12,000 members in over 75 chapters worldwide through business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.

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Member News

  • Cappy Daume, Elizabeth Lowrey, Jill Sharif and Liz von Goeler Honored as Boston Real Estate Times' Women of 2021

    Boston Real Estate Times announced its list of the 10 Outstanding Women of 2021 in Commercial Real Estate. They will be honored on Feb. 17, 2021 during a virtual award ceremony and in a special print edition of the Times. Congratulations to Cappy Daume of The Davis Companies, Elizabeth Lowrey of Elkus Manfredi Architects, Jill Sharif of First American Title - NCS and Elizabeth von Goeler of Sasaki.
    by Cappy Daume, Elizabeth Lowrey, Jill Sharif and Liz von Goeler, The Davis Companies, Elkus, First American, Sasaki
  • Holyn Nickerson Joins Office Resources as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Marketing

    Office Resources is excited to announce the hiring of Holyn Nickerson as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Marketing. With over 20 years of industry experience, Holyn will be responsible for driving the ORI’s strategic business development initiatives in Boston, NYC, Portland and Portsmouth. She will work with the team to further expand the ORI brand across the A&D, Commercial Real Estate, Project Management and General Contracting sectors. Learn more about her new role at www.ori.com/news/holyn-nickerson.
    by Holyn Nickerson, Office Resources
  • Members honored as 2020 Women in Real Estate by Connect Media

    Elizabeth Berthelette with Newmark Knight Frank, Kristin Blount with Colliers International, Dianne Crocker with LightBox and Lauren O'Neil with JLL have been recognized as 2020 Women in Real Estate by Connect Media for their achievements, influence and leadership in the commercial real estate industry. More than 450 women were nominated, and 10 leaders were selected industry wide from the California, Texas, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Florida and Seattle regions, plus 10 national winners covering the United States.
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  • Mary Kate Daly, EIT, joins RND Consultants

    Mary Kate Daly, EIT joined RND Consultants, Inc. as Director of Real Estate & Transportation Development, focusing on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) consulting and engineering for agencies, municipalities, and developers. Learn more about RND Consultants at https://www.rndconsultants.net/
    by Mary Kate Daly, RND Consultants
  • The RMR Group Promotes Jennifer Francis to Executive Vice President

    The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR) today announced the promotion of Jennifer F. Francis to Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Ms. Francis will now be leading the entire asset management division of RMR, adding the senior living and hotel segments to her previous responsibilities of overseeing asset management for the office, industrial and retail segments and serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Diversified Healthcare Trust (Nasdaq: DHC). Additionally, with the promotion of Ms. Francis, The RMR Group now has six Executive Vice Presidents, including two women.
    by Jennifer Francis, The RMR Group
  • Karen Hurd has joined AEI Consultants as Senior Business Development Manager | National Accounts.

    Karen Hurd has joined AEI Consultants as Senior Business Development Manager | National Accounts. Ms. Hurd will focus on expanding strategic partnerships in New England and Nationally through facilitating the successful completion and delivery of environmental consulting and due diligence services, site assessments, debt and equity property condition assessments, construction monitoring, industrial hygiene, long term site mitigation, renewable energy services and capital planning for all types of commercial real estate properties.
    by Karen Hurd, AEI Consultants
  • RBLA Design LLC now WBE in RI

    To better serve our clients with projects in Rhode Island, RBLA, a landscape architecture and site planning firm bringing broad design background and experience with all phases of development to commercial, assisted living, multifamily and affordable housing, and institutional design teams, has been certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise with the RI Office of Diversity, Equity & Opportunity. Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) are entities that are at least 51% owned and/or controlled by women. Registered to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, RBLA Design LLC works throughout the region providing feasibility studies, site planning, design, and construction administration services for commercial property owners and managers, private schools, and municipalities.
    by Rebecca Bachand, RBLA Design LLC
  • Alma Balonon-Rosen and Cynthia Lacasse will be panelists at the 2020 Finance Forum

    Cynthia Lacasse and Alma Balonon-Rosen will be panelists on the Builders of Color Coalition, African-American Real Estate Professionals, and the Minority Developers Association Public Financing Panel during their Full-Day Seminar on Commercial Real Estate Finance on June 30th. Below is the link to the registration page as well as the link to the full agenda for the day. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minority-developer-financing-forum-tickets-107429552684 Full Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15KRYx8wGl0BN0UkCKLQO2gyVKKAGo_uxoLXo4yuh91M/edit
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  • Julie Brown Releases New Networking Book

    Julie Brown's new book This Sh!t Works, a Non-nonsense Guide to Networking Your Way to More Friends, More Adventures and More Success is the #1 new release on Amazon. Filled with honest stories, perhaps more than the occasional swear word, proven strategies, and targeted to-do lists, This Sh!t Works is the salty, modern version of How to Win Friends and Influence People that we need right now.
    by Julie Brown, JB|BD
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