The Link|Keeping You Connected to CREW DC
May 19, 2017 Edition


Did you want to submit your 2017 CREW DC Award Nominations but didn't have enough time? Good News! We extended the deadline to May 31st. Submit your nomination(s) today for Projects and Individual categories. PDF versions of the form are available by contacting Awards will be announced during our annual Awards Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017. Please save the date!


On behalf of the communications committee, we hope that "The Link" newsletter has been a fulfilling and informative read for you. As CREW DC members, we understand that it is difficult to understand everything that is going on within our organization. After all, so much is happening on a monthly basis. CREW DC has many of its members volunteering their efforts on its behalf that it is difficult to keep track of what is happening. That is where our committee comes in. The communications committee has a designated liaison per each committee to ensure we are in the know about what is happening so we can effectively communicate these activities to our members. These liaisons include:

* Board - Angela Poliskey, Cushman & Wakefield
* Community Action - Laura Roth, Hickok Cole Architects
* CREW EDU - Christina Keitt
* CREW Network Liaison - Ashley Atwater, MBB Affiliates, LLC
* Finance - Natalie Miller, James G. Davis Construction Corporation
* Member Services - Katie Chowdhry, PNC Bank
* Membership - Karen Widmayer, KW Communications
* Programs - Robin Holt
* Special Events - Moira Dhaliwal, The Bernstein Companies
* Sponsorship - Grace Burnside, Sudlow Kohlhagen, LLP
* UCREW - Victoria Abbasi, Colliers International
* 35&U - Zeena Hassan, HITT Contracting

Throughout this year, we have dedicated an issue of The Link for every committee. We are thankful for the above individuals' commitment and dedication to ensure we are aware of what is happening. Not only do they participate in the communications committee monthly meetings but their designated liaison committee monthly meetings as well.

If we aren't communicating about a luncheon held by the programs committee, we are advertising the golf and/or upcoming awards event held by Special Events, or a 35&U happy hour event, or a volunteer effort through Community Action, or a special member-only event held by Member Services. So much is happening via these committees and we want you to be informed so you can choose how best to participate as our valued members.

We are always in need of active committee members for communications so if you have an interest, please feel free to contact the co-chairs of this committee: Robin Holt ( or Anastasia Jafari ( We also welcome any suggestions and/or comments so please feel free to get in touch with us.

Thank you for reading The Link!
Robin & Anastasia
"I got involved with the Communications Committee immediately after joining the chapter six years ago. I have met amazing women that I have learned from, networked with and had fun with! After a couple of years I became a co-chair of the committee, and being on the Executive Committee was even more rewarding. Getting involved with the Communications Committee in any form is a great way to learn about the inner workings of the chapter because you inherently need to know what's going on with the other committees and the chapter in general." - Katie Chowdhry, PNC Real Estate
"Getting involved with the Communications Committee allowed me to meet women in a collaborative and welcoming environment, especially when I was new and didn't know many of the members. Our Committee has exposure to many different facets of the organization which has allowed me to seek out networking and career building opportunities that I may not have been aware of otherwise. The women I am surrounded by are professional, motivated and supportive and it has been a great asset to my career and personal growth." - Zeena Hassan, HITT Contracting

CREW Network Leadership Summit & Winner of "One Word" Contest
We are pleased to announce that Dana Strickland won the "One Word" Contest for the word "ceiling." She will be attending the June 22 - 23rd CREW Network Leadership Summit in Toronto with Phyllis Liebman Brill, President; Michelle Kilby, Past President; Mandi Wedin, Delegate; and Barb Mackin, President Elect; as well as Kate Howarth, Tabitha Brittain, Auja Little, Emily Haggerty, Elizabeth Pye, and Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard. If you are interested in attending, be sure to check out for more details.

BE PART OF THE 100....

who gets us across the finish line for the CREW Network Foundation Chapter ChallengeWe are close to achieving this goal!  If you haven't donated yet, please do it today. You can choose from the CREW Network Annual Scholarship Fund, the Canadian Scholarship Fund, the Scholarship Endowment, Industry Research, Career Outreach, or the Greatest Needs Fund. The amount you donate is not important, it's your support that's critical! 

2018 Board of Directors Call for Nominations Opens Monday

We encourage you to self-nominate and/or to nominate other members with demonstrated leadership skills to serve on the Board of Directors for the Calendar Years of 2018 and 2019 (two-year term) or the President-Elect position (three-year term). The President-Elect will serve as the 2018 President Elect, 2019 President, and 2020 Past President. Stay tuned for the Call for Nominations email on Monday. Nominations will close on June 2, 2017. Have all your questions answered at the next Path to Leadership event which will be held on May 25th.


CREW DC offers exciting opportunities for members to participate in the Path to Leadership. CREW's Board of Directors and Executive Committee play an important role in setting the strategic objectives of the Chapter, planning member programming, keeping current on industry and outreach efforts, and overseeing the financial health of our organization. CREW DC members interested in chapter leadership are invited to join us to learn about the various Board and Committee Chair positions on May 25th from 12pm to 1:30pm at the Army and Navy Club Building at 1627 I Street, NW in Washington, DC. Please click on this registration link to register.

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!

May 25: Path to Leadership - Register Now

May 31: 2017 CREW DC Awards - Nominations Due

Jun. 7: CNCC Lunch Event: Ignite Brilliance with Amy K Hutchens, a renowned author and speaker on leadership - Register Now

Jun. 9: CREW Cares Day of Service on the National Mall - Register Now

Jun. 15: Save the Date Luncheon

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