It is a special honor and a privilege to serve as your 2018 CREW SF President. I am grateful to have this opportunity to work closely with our dedicated leadership to continue to grow our dynamic organization for the benefit of our members. CREW SF have been an integral part of the San Francisco commercial real estate industry for over 30 years and we continue to evolve and find new ways to develop and advance our members as leaders in our chosen industry. This year, CREW SF will update its strategic plan and its mission and goals. I am so pleased to be a part of this initiative and look forward to working with our members to set the course for CREW SF for the next five years.
The theme for 2018, and my presidential focus, is Member Engagement - members engaging with CREW SF, and members engaging with each other.
I challenge each of you to stretch your wings and engage with our chapter in a new way. If you typically only attend events, try joining a CREW SF Committee. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and you will reap the benefits of an expanded network. We have six Committees that run our Chapter, Communications, Community Affairs, Membership, Programs, Rising Leaders, and Sponsorship – use your existing skill set for the benefit of CREW SF, or join a Committee to help you develop a new skill.
If you already participate in a Committee, join me in leading CREW SF. All of our Committees have varying levels of leadership – you do not need to jump right in to Chair, you can lead a subcommittee or a specific event. And, as an added benefit of CREW SF leadership, there are professional development and networking opportunities solely for those members who help lead our great organization.
I also encourage all of you to engage with the larger CREW Network. This year is a great year to attend the national Network Convention, which will be in October in San Diego. It is a wonderful opportunity to engage with some of your fellow 10,000 CREW members from around the US, Canada and the UK, and members from the CREW SF chapter.
Most importantly, use your CREW membership to engage with other CREW members to expand your professional network and advance your own career. There is never a cold call when you call a CREW member! Reach out to your fellow CREW members for contacts, referrals and business. When you are at CREW events, focus on getting to know what your fellow CREW members do professionally, and what they need to advance their careers – and make sure they know what you do, and what you need for your career and who you need to meet!
And, look for opportunities throughout the year focused on engaging with CREW SF and your fellow CREW members. I hope to see at our engagement events!
If you are not already a member, please join the talented women and men of CREW SF as we work together to Develop and Advance Women as Leaders in the Commercial Real Estate Industry. I want to engage with you and look forward to a wonderful year serving as your President!