CREW Dallas Past President Leverages CREW Connections

April 14, 2022
Written by: Annick Kabeya, CREW Calgary

With almost 40 years in the industry, CREW Dallas member Kathy Mulgrew, like many other CREW members, fell into real estate with a willingness to learn—not knowing it would become her career.

After graduating with a degree in organizational psychology, Mulgrew was fortunate enough to join global real estate investment, development and management firm, Hines, in its management program. Mulgrew learned the basics of property management and later expanded her role into asset management. In her work, she noticed there was something missing in the industry that she could offer. Tapping into her organizational psychology toolkit, she decided she would offer services that blended strategy with tactical street smarts. Mulgrew, at the time a single mom to 12-year-old son, Spencer, entered the world of entrepreneurship with her new company, Spencer Consulting.

Serving as 2005 CREW Dallas President, Mulgrew seized the opportunity to dial up 250 of her fellow chapter members, one by one, to let them know Spencer Consulting was open for business. Her mission was clear: Spencer Consulting would offer corporate real estate strategy to small and mid-sized organizations.

Soon after, Mulgrew’s calls paid off; she scored her first client. Her biggest challenge to date would soon follow. She was tasked with finding 14 offices across the country in 90 days for a start-up company that became a 10-year client relationship. She leveraged CREW Network to find brokers, architectural firms, construction specialists and all of the services required to get the job done. Mulgrew has worked with 19 CREW members over the years on 40 different projects.

Mulgrew’s nature as a lifelong learner continues to propel her into new experiences. She completed her Master of Corporate Real Estate from CoreNet during the pandemic. This is her fifth certification. She is passionate about giving young people from all backgrounds the opportunities to further their education and serves on the CoreNet North Texas Board of Directors. Here she leads its inaugural Scholarship Committee.

At age 60, Mulgrew is grounded as the matriarch of her family. Her values of faith, family, friends and servant leadership guide her through every decision. She emphasises, “As long as the why is there, you will figure out the how." Mulgrew asks that we reflect on performance diversity, a diversity based on the strength each one of us brings as we bring our full selves to work.

CREW members involved in this story:

Kathy Mulgrew

Kathy Mulgrew
Spencer Consulting

Jane Doe

Melissa Marchetti Brown
Progressive AE

Sharon Friedberg

Sharon Chambliss Friedberg
Fischer & Company

Jane Doe

Marilyn Lissner
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc.

Kelly Nelson

Kelly Nelson
Lease Crutcher Lewis

Cristy Nine

Cristy Nine

Anne Deason Spencer

Anne Deason Spencer
Cushman & Wakefield

Rhonda Kraft

Rhonda Kraft, RID

Annick Kabeya

Annick Kabeya was born and raised in the Congo. She emigrated to Canada to pursue her studies. Annick graduated with a bachelor of commerce from Haskayne Business School, University of Calgary. Annick began her career in residential property management, before transitioning into commercial real estate with Altus Group where she developed her ability to explain complex analytics with simplicity. Later, Annick joined Canadian Pacific Railway where her work was focused on managing real estate joint ventures working closely with senior leaders. She also enjoyed negotiating multi-million-dollar leases. As a proponent of Diversity and Inclusion, Annick also served on the Indigenous Diversity Council at the railroad. Outside of the office, Annick mentors Haskayne students through the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL). Annick also co-chairs Crew Calgary Recognition and gala committee. Annick also runs a fashion blog ( “One thing I am extremely good at is strategy and negotiations. I am an assertive advocate driven by purpose. I am a lover of beautiful things and fashion brings me joy!”

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