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June 23, 2017 Edition

Committee Corner: The Finance Committee
The Finance Committee's main responsibilities are to assist the CREW committeesin paying their expenses and creating and managing budgets throughout the year. The Committee's goal is to protect CREW DC's financial position so that the chapter can offer the best experience for its members and continue to host great programs.
The Finance Committee Members are ninjas -working diligently behind-the-scenes to keep operations running smoothly, but always ready to protect their liaison Committees from the late payment or overdue contract. The committee members include:

Aimee Dunn - Awards Committee Liaison
Emily Haggerty - Community Action Committee Liaison
Fanfan Jiang - Membership Committee Liaison
Natalie Miller - Golf Committee and Communications Committee Liaison
Lesley Morrison - Member Services Committee and 35 and Under Committee Liaison
Nancy Petrash - Network Liaison Committee Liaison
Jessica Schneickert - UCREW Committee and EDU Committee Liaison
Michelle Tierce - Sponsorship Committee Liaison
Teri Thomas - Programs Committee Liaison
Finance is a fantastic committee for both new and existing members to learn about the entire chapter since the committee works with all of the other CREW committees. Committee members do not need to have a finance background. Joining the committee is an excellent way to gain an understanding and experience with budgeting, basic accounting, and financial reporting.

The Committee meets the third Friday of every month at 8:30 AM. To learn more, please reach out to Emily Haggerty ( or Jennifer Niedzwiecki ( The Finance Committee is a great group and new members are always welcome.
"My involvement with the CREW DC finance committee is a highlight of my membership in the chapter. We are a small team of women that support each other while ensuring that the chapter's finances are kept in balance. For me, the chapter's mission of promoting professional opportunities and business relationships for women in commercial real estate is brought alive in this group." - Lesley Morrison, JBG

"I am so honored to lead the Finance Committee this year. This groupof smart, dedicated, and organized women work wonders to support their committees and keep CREW running smoothly!" - Emily Haggerty, Altus Group
Mentorship can be one of the most influential and powerful tools for a career in any industry. Leaders in commercial real estate frequently attest to the benefits of both mentoring others and being mentored. The CREW National Capital Committee (CNCC) representing CREW DC, CREW Northern VA and CREW Suburban Maryland hosted "Making the Most of Mentoring" earlier this month where several participants from the CREW NOVA Connecting Future Leaders program spoke about their experience. Joan Fletcher, Founder and President of Winning Ways, Inc., moderated the panel which consisted of mentors CREW DC Past President Kathy Allgier, Complete Building Services; CREW NOVA Past President Tracy Allen, ECS Limited; and CREW NOVA Past President Angie O'Grady, StellaPop Consulting. Protégés consisted of Audreona Duffin, JLL; Miriam Brodie, Kimley-Horn; and Tara Fisher, Donohoe Construction Company. The panel shared some of the highlights from the program, some of the concerns they had before it started, and the valuable insights they obtained from the experience. Each expressed sincere gratitude for the relationships that they developed not only between protégé and mentor but between the group of proteges and the group of mentors. CNCC will be offering this program to all CREW DC, CREW NOVA and CREW Suburban MD members. Stay tuned for more info!

The Connecting Future Leaders program developed by CREW NOVA will be offered as a CNCC program this Fall. Applications will be available in July for anyone interested in participating as a mentor or protégé. As part of the program, all participants will be provided the DISC, Driving Forces assessment, and the EQi 2.0 assessment which will be discussed in depth. Participants will meet monthly for structured programming and have a one-on-one coaching session with Joan Fletcher, the program facilitator, who will help each person identify specific goals for this 9-month program. Best advice from those who have already participated: be open and honest with yourself and your partner, and be willing to work on the goals you set forth. More information on the program and how to apply will be coming out shortly.
"I am writing to let you know how grateful Suited for Change is of your generous support. Your support for our gala marking our 25th anniversary helped us reach our fundraising goals and made the event a terrific success. Over the years we have counted on CREW's support and we are grateful that you have stood with us. Your devotion to our mission has meant a great deal to us. Please communicate to your leadership our appreciation. With thanks and best wishes."

Suited for Change is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women who have completed job training or job readiness programs and are seeking employment. CREW DC is proud to support this worthy organization. Thank you to our Community Action Committee (CAC) for coordinating our sponsorship.

If you are interested in seeing the current results for the Foundation Chapter Challenges, please visit


On behalf of the CREW DC Community Action Committee (CAC), we want to thank everyone that came out to volunteer with us on the National Mall last Friday. The Trust is a wonderful partner and very appreciative of our work every year. If you'd like to learn more about CAC and our other partner organizations, please contact Katie Garrett at and or Kristen Doty at
W omen's Self-Defense + Happy Hour

If you joined us for the June 9th Self-Defense class, you know how much fun we had! Led by Master Nestor Folta, owner of the Academy of World Champion Nestor Folta (AWCNF) martial arts school, this class helped empower and embolden us to be strong and ready for anything.

Please do your best to register as soon as you are able before we open it up to non-members at an increased rate. Once an event is sold out, we can place you on a waitlist but there will be no guarantee that you will be able to attend due to maximum seating restrictions. Hope to see you at any of the below events!  

July 11: Breakfast with the Stars Featuring Wendy Mann - 

July 14: Board Applications Due

July 18: CREW DC EDU: Timberrr! A New Look at Wood Construction -

September 28: 2017 CREW DC Awards - Save the Date!