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May 5, 2017 Edition


May 9 - "ONE WORD" CONTEST DUE (see below)
May 15 - AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE (see below)
May 15 - CNCC Golf Outing at Westwood Country Club - Selling Fast! REGISTER NOW


ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT to submit your 2017 CREW DC Award Nominations!  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!


Do you want to attend the June 22 - 23rd CREW Network Leadership Summit in Toronto? If you do, CREW DC will give away one registration plus $350 in travel expenses to the lucky winner of our "One Word" contest. 

HOW TO WIN? Submit one word that represents why you want to attend the leadership conference. The deadline to submit is this coming Tuesday, May 9, 2017. You can post your word on CREW DC's Facebook page, tweet it to @crewwashdc, email your word to Kate Howarth (, or submit a business card with your word to a CREW DC Board member. Only one submission per person is allowed. The winner will be announced during this Wednesday's, May 10, 2017 CREW DC Luncheon. More information on the summit can be found at 

Please note that the winner does not need to be present at the May 10th lunch to win; however, he/she must be a CREW DC member with a CREWbiz profile and have a valid passport for travel to Canada. Good luck!

Hello CREW DC, nice to e-meet you!

Our vision and mission for the Network Liaison Committee is to develop and maintain an effective working relationship between CREW DC and CREW Network by actively increasing our communications efforts and participation in CREW Network functions. With that in mind, we are enthusiastically promoting the 2017 CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit scheduled for June 22-23 in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. 

The CREW Network Leadership Summit serves as a leadership event where participants receive leadership training from a strong lineup of insightful speakers who will provide valuable training and takeaways. The Summit presents numerous opportunities to exchange ideas and demonstrate skills in a supportive environment. All CREW DC members and non-members are encouraged to participate if you want to develop your leadership skills, expand your network outside of the local market, and/or become more involved in CREW DC and CREW Network. It is an excellent professional development opportunity. 

Remember that CREW DC will give away one registration plus $350 in travel expenses to the lucky winner of our "One Word" contest. Deadline is THIS COMING TUESDAY, May 9th so don't forget to enter your word. For more information, read the "One Word" reminder in this editorial. 

At this point, registered attendees for the Toronto Leadership are 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. Be sure to check out for more details. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact or

"After being a member of CREW DC for many years, I attended my first Leadership Summit in February 2017. I didn't realize what I was missing!! While the Annual Convention is fantastic, the Leadership Summit allows for more in-depth networking, outstanding leadership training, and the ability to exchange ideas in smaller groups. It is 1 1/2 days well spent networking and refining your leadership skills. I'm very much looking forward to reconnecting with the women I met in February at the June Summit." - Barb Mackin, Citizens Bank


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 11th or May 25th. The Thursday, May 11th event will be held at Castro Haase's office at 2011 L Street, NW, Suite 750 in Washington, DC. Please click on this registration link to register.


We are still completing the CREW Network Foundation Chapter Challenge. If you haven't contributed, please consider donating. We are still trying to meet 50% participation so please consider giving if you can. It doesn't matter how much! Your money can go towards the CREW Network Annual Scholarship Fund, the Canadian Scholarship Fund, the Scholarship Endowment, Industry Research, Career Outreach, or the Greatest Needs Fund. Your choice - just know that your money will make a difference!


As you may know, we are in the midst of both the Award nominations and the kick off of the Board nomination process with our first of two Path to Leadership discussions on May 11th. I've often found, throughout my own career, that it often takes someone else's ask to get another woman to participate; to take a chance; to step forward. At CREW, despite a membership base of more than 500 members, we are experiencing that same syndrome with a lower than expected participation in both the Awards nominations and Board nomination process. We know there are many deserving projects, transactions and women who should be recognized at the Annual Awards program. I would encourage you to step up; take that chance; be willing to compete! Take this opportunity to submit and be recognized for the great work you do! Similarly, I ask each of you to consider what membership in CREW DC means to you, how it fits into your life, your career goals. If you are interested in a leadership position, nominate yourself for one. CREW offers each of us a chance to lead and craft ourselves as leaders - skills that enhance our career paths. Not ready? Nominate others who you think would do a great job. As a member, you have a voice in shaping this organization. Take this opportunity to help recognize fellow CREW members for our Annual Awards program and for the available 2018 Board positions. - Phyllis Liebman Brill
Attention CREW DC Members & Sponsors:
Our events have been selling out so we would like to give you first shot at registration. We will reserve the first one or two weeks (depending on the event) for member/sponsor registration ONLY.  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 9: "One Word" Contest Deadline

May 10: May Lunch Program: The Next Frontier in Green Building: WELL and Fitwel - Register Now   

May 11: Path to Leadership -

May 15: CNCC Members Only Golf Outing - Register Now

May 15: 2017 CREW DC Awards - Nominations Due 

May 16: 35 & Under and UCREW: NetWORKIT: Yoga & Happy Hour -

May 16: Women of Influence Dinner (by invitation only)  

May 25: Path to Leadership - Save the Date!

Jun. 7: CNCC Lunch Event: Ignite Brilliance with Amy K Hutchens, a renowned author and speaker on leadership - Save the Date!

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