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 7-month program to provide women in real estate the tools and confidence to catapult to the senior management level.

Click here for a pdf outline of the program.

CLICK HERE to apply to the 2024-2025 CREW Boston Leadership Academy. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2024.
“The CREW Leadership Academy provided me with a unique opportunity to explore and organize my ideas, including biases and self-doubt, about personal leadership and professional growth. The facilitator immediately created an atmosphere where everyone could be vulnerable, feel supported and get comfortable being challenged. The program content was informative and engaging each session. The bonus factor really came from exchanging personal stories with such a diverse and talented group of CREW women.  
As a result, I have an actionable leadership vision and a fabulous new group of inspiring friends. My advice to others: don’t wait until you feel fully prepared—apply when curiosity strikes!” 

Amy Apfelbaum, Principal
McPhail Associates, LLC

2024-2025 Leadership Academy Program Outline
Friday, October 18, 2024 - Leadership Vision and Assessment
This session introduces the cohort, the program and the program facilitator. Expectations and group guidelines will be agreed upon. Participants will conduct a leadership self-assessment and set goals. Using the assessment, participants define their leadership vision, specifically incorporating their values, hopes and career ambitions in the context of the organization.

Learning Objectives
  • Reflect on self within context of organization
  • Develop ability to think big picture about leadership
  • Reflect on one’s inherent values and beliefs and connection with underlying actions
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Graham, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, November 15, 2024 - Understanding Your Bias
Unconscious biases women have about themselves are an invisible threat to women’s careers. In the current situation, these unconscious biases are more visible than before and manifest as women take on more of the “home” work. This module focuses on helping women recognize and overcome these limiting assumptions through case studies to improve decision-making and risk-taking. Intersectional aspects of bias will be introduced. Within this context, the systemic biases will be discussed and participants will learn how to manage and overcome these barriers. 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.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how flawed assumptions might get in the way of our own career story
  • Practice re-framing for improved decision making and risk-taking
  • Redefine our career narrative
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Graham, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, December 6, 2024 - 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. Learn practical tools that will enhance current business development activities through strengthened attitudes, new/improved behaviors and techniques. Each person will walk away with a tool kit and the start of a business development playbook. The group will be split into those that experience where they will focus on owning their sales process. The second group with less experience will focus on owning their networking behavior.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop practical tools that will enhance current business development activities through strengthened attitudes, new/improved behaviors and techniques. 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Haley Ayraud Haggerty, Next Level Training, Inc.

Friday, January 3, 2025 - 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.

Learning Objectives
  • Gain an understanding of the core building blocks of high performing teamsLearn the critical attributes of an effective team member
  • Identify ways to foster psychological safety to promote participation, constructive conflict, and creativity
  • Understand your dominant team work style an create strategies to collaborate more effectively with colleagues
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Lou Bergholz, Edgework Consulting

Thursday, January 23, 2025 - Mid Program Conference call
Mid program check in with all participants and facilitator
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Graham, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, February 7, 2025 - Understanding Corporate Finance
This session aims to demystify the key financial levers in business to improve participants’ ability to confidently make strategic business decisions. Participants will learn key financial terms and business drivers while engaging in a fun Session activity. The Session will conclude with a “Sharks Tank” Style negotiation for strategic project funding based on anticipated returns and risk assessment. No more tuning out over financial conversations or being intimidated by fast-talking CFOs!

Learning Objectives
  • Build facility with the vocabulary of finance
  • Learn an easy-to-apply model for valuing a project or business opportunity
  • Develop efficacy with including financial analysis in strategic decision-making
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Aimee Hoffman Smith, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, March 7, 2025 - Promoting Your Value
In this module, participants will think strategically about their value and strategically assess how to leverage the “silver lining” in the current situation. Participants will learn how to frame their accomplishments in ways that showcase the value they bring to the organization and build their skills in thinking more strategically. Participants uncover and overcome resistance to self-promotion. 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.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify ways to promote one’s value-add authentically
  • Quantify their business value to their employer and themselves
  • Understand the relationship between self-promotion and value-based impact
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Graham, Orange Grove Consulting

Friday, April 4, 2025 - 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.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the perspective shifts required to think strategically
  • Apply those shifts to their current role
  • Review lessons learned across the program
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Graham, Orange Grove Consulting

April 2025 - Graduation held at CREW Boston's Annual Achievement Awards
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

May 2025 - Graduation Celebration
5:30 p.m. - Location TBD
““Participating in the CREW Leadership Academy has been one of most meaningful experiences of my career. I applied with the hope of honing my skills and continuing my professional growth but what I gained has reached far beyond those limits. The program is thoughtfully designed and expertly facilitated to encourage, educate, support and connect women navigating the challenges faced both personally and professionally. I graduate the program energized, confident, and above all, inspired by my fellow classmates who I will forever consider friends and confidantes.” 
Jocelyn Goglia, Senior Director of Commercial Interiors
WS Development
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, to be determined at a later time)

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 2024-2025 Program
Member fee: $2,900
Non-member fee: $3,685 (includes application and membership to CREW Boston)

Application deadline: Monday, June 14, 2024
Space is limited. Curriculum subject to change in an effort to provide the most value to participants. Click here for a pdf outline of the program. If you have any questions about this program, please contact
“The CREW Leadership Academy is a thoughtful program crafted for CRE professionals with an interest in leadership or already there. Each session covered a different leadership topic, and our facilitator did a beautiful job to thread all of them together. My favorite part of the Academy was hearing the experiences of the cohort of amazing women, and connecting with them in a way that made me feel a great sense of belonging and understanding. The program was very timely in my career, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone that not only wants to gain valuable leadership skills and perspective, but also wants to find a group of like-minded women that will become friends.” 
Heidi Cashman, Senior Geotechnical Engineer
GeoEngineers USA, PC

CLICK HERE to apply to the 2024-2025 CREW Boston Leadership Academy
"The CREW Boston Leadership Academy was an inspiring, months long journey in self-reflection and encouragement of one other as we mined the uniqueness of our individual leadership perceptions and challenges. The Academy taught me invaluable lessons in reframing, assertiveness and self-worth, interpersonal skills and best of all established indelible connections with my cohorts. I would recommend this program to any CREW woman looking for new ways to excel in her career.”    
Jennifer Sutherby, Vice President