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Prior Events

Prior Events

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  • 2020 Outlook: The Changes to Come in the Year and Decade Ahead

    2020 Outlook: The Changes to Come in the Year and Decade Ahead

    At January's luncheon, Ben Breslau, Chief Research Officer, Americas of JLL spoke about big themes impacting the commercial real estate industry in the next decade.  

    Some pearls of wisdom from Ben: 1.) Organizational agility will be a critical factor to getting ahead of the competition. 2.) Investors are increasingly concerned with the environmental and societal impact of their investing. 3.) Elements that maximize human performance and engagement (lighting, acoustics, air quality, etc.) are becoming a differentiating factor in attracting the next tenant or employee.

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  • 2020 Mentor Program Kick-Off Luncheon

    2020 Mentor Program Kick-Off Luncheon

    The Mentor Program had a very successful kick off lunch at JLL’s Offices This year’s Program is comprised of 32 members, including Peer to Peer and Mentee to Mentor pairs.  After introductions and learning about suggestions for a successful experience, the mentors and mentees broke out into pairs to formalize their match and discuss logistics, as well as, what the mentees are looking to accomplish to begin a productive and rewarding mentorship relationship.

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  • Managing Wellness & Stress in the New Year

    Managing Wellness & Stress in the New Year

    Have you had your Vinegar Tonic or Golden Milk today? Done your walking or metta meditation? In January, the CREW Boston Entrepreneur Exchange had a really fun and interesting conversation on our own wellness tips and tricks. Unfortunately, it seems some things may only be made easier by young children growing more self-sufficient, but I certainly left with some new strategies. From meditation apps to yoga retreats, dog-walking to aerial yoga, we covered a lot of ground, recipes, and products. New Year, New You, New Shopping List?

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  • Creative Placemaking: Changing the Ways We Activate Communities

    Creative Placemaking: Changing the Ways We Activate Communities

    In November CREW Boston hosted a luncheon panel discussion about one of the industry’s favorite buzzwords: placemaking. The panel, which was moderated by Tara Piurko, a real estate partner at Toronto-based Miller Thomson and former CREW Network President, featured Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director of The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston; Russell Preston, Founder and Director of Principle Group, a planning, design, and development firm; Al Wilson, Founder and CEO of Beyond Walls in Lynn; and Laura Christopher, Real Estate Innovation Officer at MassDevelopment, explained what placemaking is, what it is not, and why real estate developers in the private sector should consider investing in placemaking to create successful, sustainable, and thriving projects and communities.

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  • Kendall Square Development Update and Hard Hat Walking Tour

    Kendall Square Development Update and Hard Hat Walking Tour

    The CREW Development Project Management Group held a successful Hard Hat tour of Kendall Square on October 10th. The evening started with presentations from Maureen McCaffrey of MITIMCo, Melissa Schrock of Boston Properties and Michelle Lower of Alexandria Real Estate. Participants were able to hear about the development projects which are transforming the Kendall Square area. Project team members including Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Project Managers then led a hard hat tour of MITIMCo's SOMA development and Boston Properties' Akamai Headquarters.

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  • A Conversation with Lisa Wieland, Massachusetts Port Authority’s CEO

    A Conversation with Lisa Wieland, Massachusetts Port Authority’s CEO

    On October 3rd at the Fairmont Copley,  Lisa Wieland, Massport’s new CEO spoke to an engaged audience to hear about her role and upcoming initiatives.  It ended with a fireside chat with CREW Boston President, Jill Sharif.
    As Lisa stepped into her role this past August, her goals are to enhance the customer experience, maintain strong business relationships and optimize best practices for the organization.

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  • Tour of Harvard University’s Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

    Tour of Harvard University’s Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

    On July 25th, Harvard’s Director of Capital Projects, Shirin Karanfiloglu, Director of Common Spaces, Julie Crites, and Program Coordinator for Common Spaces, Tracey Daley, led a group of CREW members around Harvard’s new Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.  Shirin, Julie and Tracey shared details about the history of the original building, Harvard’s vision for creating a center of campus that is also open to the public, and the constraints of performing the renovation while the building was occupied.  A few of our CREW members had worked on the project and shared their own insights into aspects of the design and the selection of furniture.

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  • How Climate Change is Transforming the Waterfront

    How Climate Change is Transforming the Waterfront

    CREW Boston members and guests enjoyed an evening in July for a boat tour of the Boston Harbor, the culmination of our year-long series of events discussing climate change and its impact on the commercial real estate industry. Panelists will discussed the unique features of Boston’s coastline and how that has informed and transformed a diverse array of projects and initiatives from Spaulding Rehab, to Clippership Wharf, to the previously proposed Boston Harbor barriers.

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  • Resilient Boston Harbor

    Resilient Boston Harbor

    The Sustainability Group hosted a brown bag lunch on July 11 to hear Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) discuss the City of Boston’s planning for the short and long term impacts of climate change and sea level rise. 

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  • Committee Thank You Party

    Committee Thank You Party

    As a thank you to our Committee members for their dedication and hard work, we invited them to a cocktail reception at Tishman Speyer’s Studio, a new concept in co-working space that just opened in the heart of the Financial District. Along with great networking, food, and wine, members were entered into a raffle for some amazing giveaways to show our appreciation. Attendees were able to tour the unique space and hear what makes Studio different from other co-working spaces. 

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Upcoming Events

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    Cocktails with Housing & Community Development

    Vintage Lounge
    72 Broad Street, Boston MA

    Members Only

    Please join us for CREW Boston's Housing & Community Development Committee's Cocktail Social in January at Vintage Lounge to ring in 2020.

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    Commercial Real Estate Global Economic Outlook

    First American Title - National Commercial Services
    Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Ste. 2820, Boston MA

    Members Only

    Join CREW Boston for a members only CREW Network interactive webinar with Heidi Learner Chief Economist, Savills as she examines the trends and drivers for 2020.

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    Making Connections in 2020

    40 Water Street, Boston MA

    Members Only

    CREW Boston would like to help you expand your network in 2020. Members are cordially invited as we welcome new members and honor members of the CREW Boston Legacy Council for a night of networking in Digitas’ new offices atop 40 Water Street.

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    Allies? Sponsors? What’s Really Required to Advance Women in Leadership

    DLA Piper LLP (US)
    33 Arch Street, Boston MA


    Male allyship has been touted as a key ingredient in advancing women. But what does this actually mean? Join us as we examine how relationships with people in power make a difference in women’s careers.

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