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September 8, 2017 Edition

2018 Board of Directors Slate

CREW DC is pleased to present the Board of Directors for the upcoming 2018 year:

President - Barb Mackin, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
President-Elect - Lynn Bennett, Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc.
Treasurer - Jennifer Niedzwiecki, Capital One Bank
Director of Communications - Katie Garrett, REPEQUITY
Director of CREW Network Liaison - Tabitha Brittain, Washington REIT
Director of Member Services - Lori Steenhoek, Capital Pixel
Director of Membership - Angela Poliskey, Cushman & Wakefield
Director of Professional Development - Kate Howarth, H & R Retail, Inc.
Director of Programs / EDU - Christa Dommers, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Director of Special Events - Christine Papadopoulos, Capital One Bank
Director of Sponsorship / Community Action - Elizabeth Pye, MGAC
Immediate Past President - Phyllis Liebman Brill, MRP Realty

Thank you to all nominees and everyone that voted.

In the meantime, 2017 isn't over yet. There is more work to be done and exciting
events to attend. Thank you to the current 2017 Board for all that you have done and all that you continue to do throughout the year.
Jill Homan of Javelin 19 - Bridging the Gap of Real Estate Investing  

CREW DC is excited to have Jill Homan of Javelin 19 for the upcoming September 13th Programs Luncheon to discuss Investing in Real Estate - Bridging the Gap. A long time CREW DC member and past Board of Directors, Jill has been encouraging women in CRE to personally invest in projects and deal opportunities. She will be joined by moderator and Past President of CREW DC, Betsy Karmin of Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, with panelists Latasha Edwards of RSE Capital / Fundrise and Scott Homa of JLL. 

Jill formulated the idea for this panel discussion after noticing that the majority of her firm's investors were men. She wondered if women were not interested in investing or were not given the opportunities to do so. After making inquiries, she confirmed that most women were simply not asked to participate or only received access to an opportunity through their husband or male associates. Furthermore, she found that women were very interested in CRE investing but didn't know where to start. 

Jill envisions a CRE industry that better utilizes the depth of knowledge and passion women have to offer. She encourages women to apply their own career experience to inform personal investing decisions and tap into their network for information and access. The goal is for women to not only create opportunities but also share deals with each other. If the CRE market makers knew there is a whole marketplace of women doing deals together, then syndicators would seek these women out. That is because people invest with people they know, such as friends, family, or golf buddies. CREW DC members already do this when hiring new firms for specific tasks in their business roles; however, Jill recognizes that strong networking is not translating to personal investing. Why? Because women tend to think that talking about personal finance is intrusive or intimidating. 

She hopes luncheon attendees leave with the following takeaway: Commercial real estate investment is a path to wealth creation. CRE investment is just another form of ownership, like stocks or your home. Having a diverse portfolio is more profitable in the long run. So, she will inspire you to use your knowledge to make your money work for you. CRE investment has the potential to provide great returns and is more fun when it is personal. And by directing investments, you get a better understanding of the industry's focus on valuation. She encourages all to think beyond being a service provider but instead being a value creator. 

This lunch program is open to members and non-members and will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at The W Hotel at 515 15 th Street, NW, Washington, DC. If interested in attending this event, please click here to register.  
DISRUPT: 2017 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace 

The early bird rates for the 2017 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in
Houston, Texas ends next week (September 14th) so please  Register Now!   You can  also register for CREW Network facilitated excursions on the registration page.
Chapter Dinner During Convention 

We hope all CREW DC attendees will attend our chapter dinner at The Grove on
Wednesday, October 25th from 8:30 to 11pm. The restaurant is a 4 minute walk from the Marriott Marquis at 1611 Lamar Street in Houston. Registration will open shortly.
Dressing the Part: Suited for Change and Calvary Women's Services
Several CREW DC members participated in the Dressing the Part event yesterday, September 7th, to help prepare women(re)enter the work force. This included donating accessories, attire, and conducting mock interviews. Colleen Wevodau and Heather Davis from the Community Action Committee (CAC) were in attendance along with Melanie Stehmer-Townsend, Stacy Sklaver, Victoria Abbasi, Cassandra Irby, Suzanne Pye, Debbie Sotzsky, and Adrian Michaelson.Thank you to everyone who participated!

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"Yesterday I had the privilege of volunteering with other CREW DC members at the Calvary Women's Service.  This organization offers housing, health, education and employment programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives.  It was one of the most satisfying and meaningful volunteer experiences I've ever had.  The women we worked with were gracious and kind and totally grateful to all the CREW volunteers who spent the morning doing mock interviews to prepare these women for prospective jobs.  THANK YOU to Calvary and to CREW for organizing this program - I look forward to volunteering again in the near future. " -  Stacy Sklaver,  President,  ArtMatters

Calling All CREW DC Members: We NEED Your Help!

We have been notified by CREW Network that to be recognized for our Chapter Challenge success, we need 25 more CREW  DC members to donate to CREW Foundation by September 30th. With 261 individuals that have donated to this worthy cause, we  would like everyone's efforts to be acknowledged. Remember: As little as $5 is all it takes. It's about CREW member participation,  not the amount. Please donate now. Thank you for your help!
2017 Real Estate Forum's Women of Influence

Congratulations to Sherry A. Cushman, from Cushman & Wakefield, who was listed among seven Women of Influence 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees by Real Estate Forum.

Congratulations to Jeanette Flory-Sagan, from Bengal Kennedy LP, and Sadhvi Subramanian, from Capital One, who were two of 16 CREW Network members named 2017 Women of Influence by Real Estate Forum.

Please click this link for the entire list of CREW Network members that were listed.

Sponsorship Opportunities - 2017 Awards Gala

We are looking forward to the Awards Gala, which will be held in a few weeks on September 28th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. We have several more sponsorship opportunities to market your organization and support the 2017 award winners. If interested, please contact

Note: All sponsor ads and logos must be submitted as soon as possible.

4 complimentary tickets
VIP reserved reception lounge seating
with company logo for 6-8 people
Full page ad in event program
Company logo on one event-related WBJ ad
Company logo with link on CREW DC website
Company logo in event slide show
Company logo displayed on step + repeat
Verbal recognition
4 complimentary tickets
Company recognized in programs given to all attendees
Full page ad in event program
Company logo on one event-related WBJ ad
Company logo with link on CREW DC website
Company logo in event slide show
4 complimentary tickets
Half page ad in event program
Company name in one event-related WBJ ad
Company name on CREW DC website
Company name in event slide show
2 complimentary tickets
Half page ad in event program
Company name on CREW DC website
Company name in event slide show
2 complimentary tickets
Quarter page ad in event program
Company name on CREW DC website
Company name in event slide show
Awards Presenting Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Centerpiece Sponsor -  SOLD OUT!
Bar Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Signature Cocktail Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Dessert Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Valet Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Parting Gift Sponsor - SOLD OUT!
Red Carpet SponsorSOLD OUT!  

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!  

September 12: Breakfast with the Stars with Roberta Levy Liss - SOLD OUT

September 13: Investing in Real Estate - Bridging the Gap - Register Now!

September 15: 35 & Under: Ivy City Brewery and Distillery Tour - 

September 28: 2017 CREW DC Awards -
October 25:  Fall Leadership Summit

O ctober 25: CREW DC Convention Dinner in Houston, TX 
October 25-27: CREW Network Convention

December 7: Holiday Party - Save the Date!