CREWNY News | October 2020
At-A-Glance: Planned Programs & Key Dates

  • November 7: DIG This: A CREW Careers Event

  • November 10: November Virtual Luncheon "Where is Healthcare Real Estate Headed?" | A joint event with AMFP NYC - Members and Non-members Welcome

  • November 12: Legacy Leaders Event | By Invitation Only

  • November 13: UCREW: Your Personal Brand in the Virtual World

  • November 17: CREWNY Connections Coffee | Hosted by Wendy Rossi of Akerman - Members Only

  • November 19: CREWNY Annual Meeting

Important Reminder to Members:
To maintain membership in good standing, CREWNY members are required to attend a minimum of two events per year.
Chapter News
The Chapter Welcomes the Following Members Who Joined CREWNY in October 2020:

  • Elly Roman, CEO, Brookside Painting, Inc.
  • Crystal Lye, Associate, CBRE
CREWNY Award Recipients and Nominees

On October 6, 2020, the 2020 Impact Award and Founders' Award were presented at the Award Ceremony and Virtual Wine Tasting event. The exclusive wine tasting was hosted by the California-based Frog's Leap Winery.
CREWNY 2020 Impact Award Winner
CREWNY 2020 Founders' Award Winner
Wendy Rossi
Senior Project Manager
Akerman LLP
Marianne Mathieu
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Financial
The winner for the 2020 Impact Awards is Wendy Rossi, in the category of Career Advancement for Women. The award was presented to Wendy during the CREW New York Member’s Only virtual wine tasting and awards ceremony.
Founders' Award
The 2020 Founders' Awards was given to Marianne Mathieu, of FNF, for her unrivaled work on behalf of the CREW New York Chapter.
The Nominees for CREW New York Impact Awards were:

  • Kristin DeLuca - Career Advancement for Women
  • Wendy Rossi - Career Advancement for Women
  • Barbara Champoux - Career Advancement for Women
  • Michelle Bernstein - Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Camille Renshaw - Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Amit Egan Datwani - Member to Member Business
  • Nicole Radumski - Member to Member Business

Congratulations to all our incredible nominees!
Star of the Year Awards
We are accepting nominations for the Star of the Year awards for 2020.

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination for yourself or another CREW New York member that deserves to shine and sparkle!

Deadline for submission is Oct. 30th.
An evening with CREWNY Legacy Leaders and Julie Satow
CREW New York’s Legacy Leaders will hold their exclusive fall event on November 12, 2020.

The captivating evening will highlight the dramatic history of The Plaza Hotel, the real estate industry, and the City of New York as told by Julie Satow, an award-winning journalist and author. Satow has written about the topics of real estate, business, and New York City for more than a decade.

CREWNY Social Equity Trust
CREW New York’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Taskforce has established the first Social Equity Trust. On October 2, 2020, CREW NY held the first gathering of its Social Equity Trust, a think tank intently focused on charting new pathways toward achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Commercial Real Estate industry.

The list of invitees to this event was carefully curated to form a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders in NYC government, public & private corporations, RE & AEC industry and community associations.

Our intention was to gather this distinctive group of Thought Leaders to mirror the demographics of NYC as closely as possible in gender, ethnicity, sexuality, race, and other dimensions of the diversity wheel. By sharing diversity goals, challenges and triumphs, our Thought Leaders are supporting each other and others in pursuit of true Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate and society at large.

Click here to view the video highlights.
DIG THIS: A CREW Careers Program
CREWNY is excited to present "DIG This: A CREW Careers® Program," an amazing digital program in collaboration with NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) and CREW Foundation. 

The program will consist of three sessions and focus on the development life cycle to educate and encourage NEW graduates about CRE careers available to them beyond the construction trades. It will culminate in Session 3 with a mock RFP team challenge, in which NEW graduate teams will create and present development project proposals to a panel of distinguished judges, which will determine the winners. 

Many CREWNY members and CRE industry leaders, as well as CREW Network CEO Wendy Mann, will be featured in various program panels and other roles. This is a tangible and simple way to support CREWNY's mission and NEW's women, through education and opportunity.

MEMBERS - Please consider attending Session 3 (11/7 at 10:00 a.m.) for a rewarding, entertaining and informative digital experience from your own homes! 

Registration for Session 3 is now OPEN on CREWNY's website, but is limited. 

Coming 11/13 - The Annual UCREW Program
This year, the program will be presented virtually and will focus on Networking and Personal Branding in a Virtual World. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will have a number of roles that will be filled by panelists and conversation leaders.

Contact Wendy Rossi ( or Erin Timko ( if you are interested in participating or registering to attend as an observer.
CREW Connections: Join the Conversation and Build Better Business Relationships
Please join the conversation to build better business relationships with other CREWNY members during 2020 and become part of our Connections community by participating in our 2020 CREWNY Connections program events.

Join the next Connections Event:
  • November 17: CREWNY Connections Coffee | Hosted by: Wendy Rossi, Akerman
Complete Your CREWBiz Profile

Complete your profile today! By completing your gender, ethnicity and compensation range information, you will help us better understand the current diversity of our members and create a baseline from which to grow.

Member News
CREWNY Member Honored at NAMC 51st Annual Hybrid Conference
Congratulations to Cheryl McKissack, President and CEO at McKissack & McKissack, who is being honored at the 51st Annual Hybrid Conference organized by NAMC later this month. 

NAMC is the oldest minority construction trade association in the United States with over 50 Hall of Fame members and Legacy Builders and an annual project capacity of over one billion dollars nationally.

CREWNY Member Completes Second Retail Store for Canadian Retailer EQ3
Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture, PLLC (KSI) is pleased to announce the opening of their second store for successful Canadian furniture retailer EQ3 in Brookfield Property Retail’s SoNo Collection Mall in Norwalk, Connecticut.

EQ3’s 9,500-square-foot store is located on the second floor of the mall directly across from Bloomingdale’s and is strategically positioned to capture shoppers as they arrive on the floor. Working in collaboration with EQ3’s design team and their former Creative Director, Thom Fougere, KSI collaborated with the retailer on developing its concept for the store, efficiently coordinating the many aspects of bringing the project to life, sourcing unique architectural materials, navigating complex regulations, and selecting qualified vendors to ultimately realize EQ3’s vision. Kenne Shepherd drew upon her 30 years of retail and residential design and planning experience to guide EQ3 through a collaborative process. 
CREWNY Member Makes 2021 Best Lawyers List
Congratulations to Jamiee Nardiello, Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, who was just selected for the 2021 Best Lawyers List!
CREWNY Member Recognized in Crain's Rising Stars in Real Estate
In a male-dominated industry, Susan Bands, Associate Regional Manager, Marcus & Millichap, is forging a path for female leadership at the commercial real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap. As a vocal proponent of the development and retention of women in real estate, Bands drives the recruitment of female and minority agents.

Speaking Engagements
Congratulations to our CREWNY members providing valuable insights through panels and forums.
Cheryl McKissack, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, participated in virtual event “NEW Conversations Panel: Building Back NYC with Inclusivity” on Tuesday, September 15. You can rewatch the event using this link.

On Friday, September 25th, she also addressed an audience drawn from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Department of Architecture course on Innovation in Project Delivery.

Cate Agnew is a panelist on an upcoming MBA webinar entitled “CRE and Price Discovery: Valuation and Its Discontents” on October 21st.

Nathalia Bernardo, Real Estate Partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, was named New York Real Estate Journal’s 2020 Ones to Watch.

Email CREWNY (Subject: Speaker Profile) at with your contact information and area(s) of expertise to be considered for local speaking opportunities.
CREWCares Professional Development Series: 
CREW Cares Professional Development Series is a five-part weekly webinar series focused on career education, management and growth. This series is led by leadership and career experts and is complimentary for all CREW Members.
  • Events TBA

Chapter Leader Success Series:

  • October 29: DEI Training New Tools for CREW Chapter Leaders
  • November 11: Chapter Finances
  • December 2: Membership Processes: Training for Membership Teams
  • December 9: CREW Chapter President Discussion
  • January 20: Delegate Training

CREW Network Webinar Wednesdays
Focus on industry and professional development topics and trends.
  • Events TBA

Virtual Conversation Corner:
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