2017 CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit Highlight

July 12, 2017
Written by: CREW Network

Business networking, energetic connections and warm Toronto CREW hospitality

The 2017 CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit in Toronto featured a full program of chapter best practices and knowledge exchange, updates on CREW Network initiatives, a dynamic leadership training and negotiation workshop, and ample networking opportunities. Participants were also treated to sweeping harbor views, warm Toronto CREW hospitality and energetic connections. A record 271 participated, and CREW Network members represented 73 chapters and affiliate groups from the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Toronto CREW members
Over 40 Toronto CREW members atteded the Spring Leadership Summit.

Links to Meeting Resources and Media Coverage


Sharing Chapter Best Practices and Successes

To open the summit, chapter leaders shared best practices on the topics of CREW Careers, member value and mentoring:

Alison Beddard, Paula Beasley, Courtney Ryan and Martha Carpenter
CREW Network President Alison Beddard with Paula Beasley, Courtney Ryan and Martha Carpenter..

Participants also engaged in an “ask away” discussion with panelists, which transitioned into chapter leaders sharing their own best practices, celebrations and news in “CREW speak.” Chapters reported that they are growing, members are achieving, and events and programs are flourishing.

Participants also gathered in small-group leadership meetings to discuss initiatives, chapter successes and challenges, and what chapter leaders are doing to provide value to their members while establishing a presence in their local communities. The first day of the summit closed with a lively Welcome Reception and dine arounds hosted by CREW Network leaders and board members.

CREW Business


CREW Network President Alison Beddard led Friday’s Council Meeting, which included updates on the CREW Network programs and initiatives, including:

  • CREW Network “soft launched” its new technology, including the new CREW Network website, CREWBiz member community and directory. More information will be coming soon via email.

  • CREW Network’s 2017 white paper, Best Practices for Gender Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate, will outline 10 case studies on outstanding gender inclusive companies, their programs and initiatives. The white paper will be released in October.

  • Fantastic learning excursions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities will be on the 2017 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace agenda. Registration will open soon, but now is the time to plan your attendance. CREW Network will provide marketing tools to aid in your promotion, including a “convince your boss” letter, a PowerPoint, ads for both print and websites, and social media posts and graphics.  

  • The annual CREW Network Foundation fundraising event will be held in Houston on October 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Convention and Marketplace. The theme is “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” and the stars will be big and bright in this elegant, spectacular event hosted by Hines at 609 Main at Texas.

  • CREW Network Foundation Canada enables Canadian residents to make tax-deductible contributions to the CREW Network Foundation in Canadian or US dollars, and the funds will be designated for Foundation scholarship awards to Canadian residents.

  • The Foundation Chapter Challenge is a great way to encourage impactful giving among members. The three components of the Chapter Challenge are gifts from 50% of your chapter, 100% of your board, and a chapter donation of at least $1,000. Congratulations to the six chapters who have met all three challenges: CREW Charlotte, CREW Hampton Roads, CREW Idaho, CREW New Mexico, PT CREW and CREW Tucson.

  • The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program, which offers $5,000 tuition, a paid internship, a mentor, an at-large membership and a free convention registration, will award scholarships to 15 women in 2017. The awardees will be announced in late July.

Expert Speakers Focus on Specialized Leadership and Development Training

Following the Council Meeting, future of work and change leadership expert Cheryl Cran led a dynamic leadership training, Authentic Leadership Skills for Women in Commercial Real Estate. In this interactive, fun and content-rich two-hour workshop, participants focused on adaptability, creativity and authentic leadership, and took away valuable and immediate action items to integrate with their unique personality traits and problem solving skills.

Cheryl Cran
Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert Cheryl Cran.

After a networking lunch with remarks from Toronto CREW member Toni Rossi (President, Real Estate Division Infrastructure Ontario) on public sector real estate, negotiation guru George Pincus led a workshop, Negotiating Skills: Make Your Best Deal. Participants split into buyer and seller groups to negotiate a “complicated” land deal, resulting in creative, lively and blockbuster mock deals.

George Pincus
George Pincus is a shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson.

The summit closed with a farewell reception and Toronto CREW-hosted dine arounds. Many participants stayed an extra day to explore Toronto and enjoy early celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary (July 1).

Happy Canada Day! Bonne FĂȘte du Canada!

Search #crewsummit on Facebook or Twitter for more coverage, plus participant posts.

Special thanks to Hospitality Sponsors Gensler and Govan Brown, and Welcome Reception Sponsor Environmental Risk Information Services (ERIS).

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