January 29, 2018
Written by: Erica Levine CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Arup

This past December, CREW SF closed out the first year of the CREWmates mentorship program with an end-of-year celebration. Twenty-six CREW ladies participated in the one-on-one mentorship program to exchange professional guidance, develop skills, and network. In addition to monthly one-on-one meetings, program participants attended three networking mixers, toured prominent sites including the new Transbay terminal and 181 Fremont, and used the StrengthsFinder test to understand strengths, areas for development, and areas where they should partner with others.

As a mentee in the program, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable CREWmates has been for my professional development. There are few senior women in my field of energy engineering, and having guidance from a successful woman in commercial real estate helped to fill the gap. My mentor, Stacie Goeddel, provided advice on everything from cultivating confidence in my abilities to navigating tricky situations with clients. She even invited me to a gala related to one of my projects!

Building from last year’s success, we will be continuing CREWmates next year with a few changes:

Pairs have the option to utilize the CREW Network e-learning mentorship modules We will encourage pairs to attend the following CREW SF events: Interactive Negotiation Workshop (Q1), Confidence & Self Promotion (Q2), and Programs Brainstorm (Q3) Current CREWmates participants are allowed to re-enroll for 2018 with the option to stay with their current partner or to switch it up

Thank you to all the CREW members who made the program a success, to 2017 mentorship program managers AJ Jacobsen and Morgan Ward, and to FORGE for sponsoring the program!