CREW Boston

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy
Are you looking to expand your network, generate new business, advance your career...

CREW Boston’s Leadership Academy is a program tailored for experienced women in Real Estate who want to accelerate their career into leadership. CREW Boston has created this dedicated 8 month program to provide women in real estate the tools and confidence to catapult to the senior management level.

The next Leadership Academy is scheduled to take place in 2021-2022. In the meantime, check out our 2020-2021 Leadership Series
The next Leadership Academy is scheduled to take place in 2021-2022. In the meantime, check out our 2020-2021 Leadership Series. Below is the program information from the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy.

Having a set time to focus on my career and grow as a professional has been helpful, and I really appreciate the input I receive from my peers.I utilized the Direct Speak technique already and it worked really well to turn a difficult conversation into a positive experience.
        - Tricia Pinto
          Leadership Academy Class of 2017-2018

2019-2020 Leadership Academy Program Outline
Friday, October 11, 2019 - Leadership Vision and Assessment
This session introduces the cohort, the program and the program facilitator. Expectations and group guidelines will be agreed upon. This session defines leadership, lays out participants’ leadership vision, specifically incorporating their values, hopes and career ambitions in the context of the organization. Participants will conduct a leadership self-assessment and set goals.
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ank Stuyfzand, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Understanding Bias: Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Real Estate
Unconscious biases women have about themselves are an invisible threat to women’s careers. This module focuses on helping women recognize and overcome these limiting assumptions through case studies to improve decision-making and risk-taking. Within this context, the systemic biases that exist in the Real Estate industry will be discussed and participants will learn how to manage and overcome these barriers. 

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ank Stuyfzand, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, December 13, 2019 - Understanding Corporate Finance
Participants learn about the fundamental aspects of corporate finance in the Real Estate industry. Through case studies participants learn the strategic essentials of finance and how to find future resources to help them stay informed and competitive as the market changes.
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Abilitie

Friday, January 17, 2020 - Promoting Your Value
Participants uncover and overcome resistance to self-promotion and understand the imposter syndrome. They learn how to increase visibility and how to build meaningful networking, mentoring, and sponsorship relationships to accelerate their career – and to model this behavior for their women colleagues.

Participants further develop their presentation skills to communicate value, and practice having value-based conversations within and outside of their organizations. 

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ank Stuyfzand, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, February 14, 2020 - Developing New Business
In this module, participants learn to develop a pipeline of opportunities. Whether participants are in an active business development role or not, selling is an important part of business, both externally to potential clients and internally with your organization. Particpants will be provided with tangible tools to generate new business. 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Haley and Jim Ayraud, Next Level, Inc.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Mid Program Conference call
Mid program check in with all participants and facilitator
12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Ank Stuyfzand, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, March 20, 2020 - Managing the Team
This module introduces what makes a successful manager, opportunities for management within Real Estate, the importance of delegating and engaging within the team environment, and how to create an environment to cultivate collaboration and innovation.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Lou Bergholz, Edgework Consulting

Friday, April 10, 2020 - Bring it Together: Becoming a Strategic Thinker
The final module pulls together the key learnings across the program to transform the participants from individual contributor to strategic business leader. Participants learn how to think and plan strategically, and look at their career with a bigger picture lens. Participants face their resistance to taking risks, getting support and develop a way-forward-plan to measure their progress. Participants also celebrate what they’ve learned and how they’ve developed in the program.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ank Stuyfzand, Orange Grove Consulting

April 2020 - Graduation held at CREW Boston's Annual Achievement Awards

May 2020 - Graduation Celebration

5:30 p.m. - Location TBD

As a result of the Academy, I have implemented new tools and am bringing new awareness to my role. As an example, being more mindful of conversations that I have or overhear, and listening for biases in those conversations, is allowing me to be a more active and open listener which is vital to my role in business development.  I have also enjoyed the opportunity to meet and network with more women in our industry and consistently find the monthly sessions to be engaging and inspiring.   The recent Corporate Finance simulation session provided me with the confidence and ability to read and understand corporate financial statements, as well as know how to use them effectively in decision making.
       - Tracey Hartford
         Leadership Academy Class of 2017-2018

All classes will be held in Boston MA
(In case a session is cancelled due to snow, the make up session(s) will be take place on one of the following dates, Friday, February 7, 2020 and/or Friday, March 6, 2020)

Applicants should be professionals working in the commercial real estate industry who have demonstrated leadership within their organization, including managing small teams.
Applicants should have 10-15 years of experience in commercial real estate, however, more or less experience will be considered if otherwise qualified.
Applicants should be available for all sessions, as 100% attendance is required for the program.
Applicants must have the desire to gain insights, and leadership skills, and also have a strong aspiration to positions of greater influence within their organization.

Cost for the 2019-2020 Program
Member fee: $2,900
Non-member fee: $3,635 (includes application and membership to CREW Boston)

Application deadline for 2019-2020 Program will be June 17, 2019.
Space is limited. Curriculum subject to change in an effort to provide the most value to participants. If you have any questions about this program, please contact
Thank you for the gift of time to focus on my career development. Jodi has been an outstanding facilitator and has encouraged us to set specific goals and establish tactical steps to ensure our professional success. The Leadership Academy has helped me articulate my contributions and unique value proposition to my company, which has resulted in a salary increase and recognition by senior management.
       - Elizabeth Krol
         Leadership Academy Class of 2017-2018