Last week in New York City was the perfect time to connect with our local leadership as well as meet some of our supporters and potential members. While they say that the city clears out in the summer, I found the streets filled with people each day as I made my way around. As usual, the number of cranes in the city caught my eye! There is plenty of construction happening, both new and renovations.
A lovely dinner at Robert off of Columbus Circle with the CREW New York board was a wonderful way to connect with the dynamic women leading our organization in NYC. They held a women's leadership program that morning featuring Christine Chipurnoi. She shared her journey and the opportunities and challenges along the way. She inspired the audience with her authenticity and dedication. The group reminded me that the chapter's 40th anniversary will be next year. Forty years! That is definitely worth celebrating. It was great to have the leaders share their energy and excitement about the chapter's work.
On Thursday, I met with the women of Allianz Real Estate of America (AREoA). A chance connection brought us together, and I have to admit, I'm so glad it did. This diverse group of women have a variety of experiences, skills and perspectives and we had a lively conversation about women in commercial real estate, the market, and how we can focus our energies on things that matter. With great Q&A, we delved into some really interesting discussions. This is one of my greatest joys in our work at CREW Network. Getting out to meet the women working in the industry and hearing their stories and discussing new directions and solutions. It's inspiring and empowering.
I’m headed back to Kansas to work on the Convention and Marketplace! Houston is just around the corner—remember to register now and plan to join us for fantastic business opportunities, exceptional networking and compelling content. I look forward to seeing you there!
Wendy Mann is the chief executive officer of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network and president of the CREW Network Foundation.
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