At CREW Chicago, we’re proud to celebrate the standout achievements and leadership exhibited by our community, awarding the CREW Chicago Industry Leadership Award each year since 2012 to an innovative and influential leader who has contributed significantly to the growth and prestige of women in the commercial real estate industry.

CREW Chicago Annual Industry
Leadership Award Dinner

February 27, 2020
The Standard Club

An Evening Honoring Marilyn Lissner

Marilyn Lissner is an influential leader at Cushman & Wakefield, serving as Executive Director of Brokerage. She is considered a pillar of the real estate community with 40+ years of experience. Throughout her career, she has negotiated over 600+  transactions in excess of $5 billion in value.

Marilyn has focused her time and energy on improving the commercial real estate industry for women. As a founding member and President of CREW’s Chicago Chapter, an active member of the Chicago Network and the International Women’s Forum, Marilyn has worked to break down barriers and empower women. She is passionate about giving back to the community and promoting the advancement of the younger generation through her involvement on Blessings in a Backpack’s Advisory Board and the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Camp CEO Women’s Leadership Mentor Program. In addition, she is a member of the Leadership Council at Chicago United, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion.

Throughout her career, Marilyn has received many of the industry’s top honors. Recognitions include:
Crain’s Chicago’s Office Tenant Representative of the Year, NAIOP’s Office Transaction of the Year, Bisnow Power Women in Real Estate, induction into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame and featured in Crain’s Notable Women in Real Estate. In addition, she has also earned multiple awards from Cushman & Wakefield for Service Excellence and Top Producer.

Her partial client list includes a combination of high profile clients and non-profits such as Abanco, Accord Financial, AXA, Bibby Financial, Blessings in a Backpack, BMC Software, BPI US Group, Catalina Marketing, Ceridian, Dionex, Easter Seals, Field Foundation, Gartner, Girl Scouts, Glass Mountain Capital, The Heico Companies LLC, Konica Minolta, Korn Ferry, Medacta, New York Life, NYK Lines, Nokia, Novartis, Penn Mutual, QBE Insurance, SAI Ignite, Sanyo, Siemens, STV, TransGuard Insurance, Unilever, US Bank and YWCA.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
5:30 - 9:30 pm

The Standard Club
320 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604
Valet parking will be available for $45

Members $175 | Nonmembers $225
Online registration closes Sunday, February 23, 2020.
at the door:
Members & Nonmembers $250




Past Industry Achievement Award Winners

  • 2019: Trish Kelly
  • 2018: Collete English Dixon
  • 2017: Paula Harris
  • 2016: Lynn Reich
  • 2015: Vicki Noonan
  • 2014: Karen B. Case
  • 2013: Lauralee Martin
  • 2012: Lori Healey

2020 CREW Chicago Industry Leadership Award Sponsored By:

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