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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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    Virtual Tour of Cambridge Discovery Park

    On March 11th CREW Boston enjoyed a virtual tour of Bulfinch’s Cambridge Discovery Park, a 27-acre first-class lab and office campus in Alewife’s life science cluster in Cambridge, MA. We heard from project team panelists Mike Wilcox, Director of Leasing at Bulfinch; Molly Heath, Managing Director at JLL; and Eric Weyant, Principal at Stantec on the history of the Arthur D. Little site and its revitalization into a world-class campus, providing a desirable destination for office and lab tenants while including the restoration and preservation of neighboring wetlands and wooded areas. 

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    Member Panel Spotlight: Getting Involved in Local Government

    On February 3, 2020, members attended the Public Strategies Committee’s virtual breakfast to hear from an esteemed panel of CREW Boston members that are active in their local government.  The panelists described how they first became involved in local government, which included stories of connections made through youth sports programs and neighborly conversations while shoveling snow.  Each of the panelists described the benefits of participation in local government, including valuable experience with public speaking, more active involvement in their community as a whole and have a voice in what/how things are accomplished, and a chance to give back to the communities they care about.  The panelists also provided some practical advice for CREW members who need to interact with local government, stressing the importance of understanding and respecting the role of local government staff, and being mindful that communications over all platforms are part of the public record.  The conversation included a great discussion with the audience, culminating with panel members articulating the powerful role that CREW Boston has played in their careers

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    Technology in Real Estate and Construction – from Inception to Impact

    At the March luncheon we heard a panel of industry leaders share their perspectives on how technology development and adoption is accelerating in the built environment. The panel was moderated by Tracey Hartford, VP of Client Services, Windover Construction, and panelists included Jit Kee Chin, EVP, Chief Data and Innovation Officer, Suffolk Construction, Leslie Cohen, COO and Head of Asset Management at Samuels and Associates, and Clelia Peters, a venture partner at Bain Capital Ventures, and formerly co-founded MetaProp, a property tech and increasingly construction tech venture.

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CREW Boston News

  • CREW Boston is seeking members for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors

    CREW Boston is seeking members for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors

    The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 CREW Boston Board of Directors and Delegate to the CREW Network.  Nominations will be presented to our membership for confirmation at the Annual Meeting in June 2021. In addition, the Board of Directors is, again, accepting nominations from any current, or past, Board Member interested in serving as the 2022 - 2023 President, which will include serving as President-Elect for 2021 - 2022.

    If you have ever considered applying for the Board in the past, or if this is the first time, we strongly recommend that you review the information and/or speak to any current Board members, as they would be happy to answer any questions about serving on CREW Boston’s Board or in the Delegate role. If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jill Sharif, Chair of the Nominating Committee.
  • 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. 
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CREW Network

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.

To learn more about the CREW Network, please visit www.crewnetwork.org

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Member News

  • Walter & Shuffain shareholder, Angela Parziale, has been made Chair of the MA Board of Public Accountancy for 2021

    Congratulations to Walter & Shuffain shareholder, Angela Parziale, who has been made Chair of the MA Board of Public Accountancy for 2021! The Board ensures accountants follow Massachusetts requirements rules, and regulations as well as provide guidance to its licensees and protection to consumers. We can't think of a better chairperson for this important role.
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  • Hackett Feinberg P.C. is proud to announce that Kimberly Martin-Epstein has been named Co-Managing Partner

    Hackett Feinberg P.C. is proud to announce that Kimberly Martin-Epstein has been named Co-Managing Partner. Kim joined the firm in 2005 as an associate and became a partner at the end of 2014. Kim has built a reputation as an experienced attorney in affordable housing finance and development among other things, and brings to the firm an innovative management style.
    by Kimberly L. Martin-Epstein, Hackett Feinberg P.C.
  • Rebecca Maloney Joins RFS Engineering as Director of Marketing and Business Development

    RFS Engineering – an 85-person consulting engineering firm with offices in Boston, MA, Laconia, NH, and Portland, ME – announced that Rebecca Maloney, CPSM, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Director of Marketing and Business Development. In this role, Rebecca is responsible for firm-wide marketing and business development strategy and implementation, with a focus on supporting new business pursuits, increasing the RFS brand, strengthening existing and fostering new relationships, and positioning the firm for continued success and growth.
    by Rebecca Maloney, RFS Engineering
  • 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
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