Committees

Boost your leadership skills and expand your network as a part of a CREW Chicago Committee—all while making a difference in our mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Committee members learn about the operations of CREW Chicago , connect with other dedicated members, and gain the valuable experience needed for future leadership positions within CREW Chicago.

All current CREW Chicago members are welcome to explore the opportunity of committee service. With seven standing committees and four special committees, there are countless opportunities to contribute your existing expertise or gain new skills.

Standing committees:
CREW Network Liaison
Communications
Membership
Member Services
Programs
Scholarship 
Sponsorship

Special committees: 
Leadership and Professional Development
Golf
CREW Careers 
Last Call for Fall

 

 

Network Liaison Committee

The Network Liaison Committee provides national networking, business and educational information and opportunities to CREW Chicago Members through participation in CREW Network. By working through CREW Chicago’s existing committees, the Network Liaison Committee seeks to enhance our members’ ability to leverage the resources available through CREW Network and increase the visibility of our members across the Network. Meetings are held once per month.

 

COMMITTEE INFORMATION

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Sophie Bidek, Architect
sbidek@hparchitecture.com
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
(312) 226-4488
 

Co-Chair

Julie G. Sorensen
jsorensen@grs-global.com
GRS Group
(312) 476-7658

 

Communications Committee

The purpose of the Communications Committee is to advance the CREW Chicago mission by providing consistent and effective communications both within the CREW organization and to the media and business community. We publicize CREW events and showcase the achievements of our organization. If you are interested in social media, writing, editing, photography, or if you would like to develop your skills, or help coordinate our efforts, we need you on our Committee. Join us to interact with a broad range of members and make a real contribution to the Chapter.

COMMITTEE INFORMATION

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Anne M Fisher, CPA
anne.fisher@bakertilly.com
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
(312) 729-8052
 

Co-Chair

Tracy Treger
ttreger@syneq.com
Syndicated Equities
(312) 640-9023

Co-Chair

Olivia Wirth
owirth@hsacommercial.com
HSA Commercial Real Estate
(312) 458-4387

 

 

Membership Committee

The CREW Chicago Membership Committee focuses on attracting executive-level women throughout the Chicagoland area to build a chapter whose accomplishments are dynamic and diverse. Among its activities, the Membership Committee hosts an annual prospective member reception and new member appreciation event. If you would like an opportunity to help recruit and welcome new members, as well as have a direct impact on membership goals, this is the committee for you!
 

COMMITTEE INFORMAtion

To join or learn more please contact: 

Chair

Brooke Jackson
brooke.jackson@suntrust.com
SunTrust Commercial Real Estate
(312) 602-6095
 

Co-Chair

Wilma Rendon
wrendon@jdjarch.com
JDJ Architects, Ltd.
(312)850-2200 (3)

 

Member Services Committee

The Member Services Committee was created to ensure that CREW Chicago is responsive to the needs of our existing members. We design events to provide members with new clients, contacts and career development. The committee also promotes membership renewal and performs surveys to assess the needs and satisfaction of members.
 

COMMITTEE INFORMAtion

To join or learn more please contact: 

Chair

Colleen Marnell, P.E.
colleen.marnell@kimley-horn.com
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
(312) 924-7408
 

Co-Chair

Robin Rieck
rr@norconinc.com
Norcon, Inc.
(312) 300-2116

 

Programs Committee

The Programs Committee is a dynamic group of women drawn from different backgrounds and industries who “set the agenda” for the coming year. Responsible for organizing the monthly open meetings and semi-annual members-only lunch and learns, the Programs Committee brainstorms current topics and selects speakers and locations for meetings. If you would like to have a hand in creating top-draw events and interfacing with industry leaders, this is the committee for you.

To join or learn more please contact: 

Chair

Linda Kanoski, AIA, LEED AP
lkanoski@okwarchitects.com
OKW Architects
(312) 798-7768
 

Co-Chair

Megan King
megan.king@am.jll.com
JLL
(312)992-8256

 

Scholarship/UCREW Committee

CREW Chicago annually awards several scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students majoring or concentrating in real estate, construction, facility management, architecture, finance, urban planning, real estate law, land economics, real estate appraisal or related real estate fields. The Scholarship Committee is responsible for recruitment of applicants, scholarship application review and recommendation to the Board for grant approval.

 

MORE ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Joanne Campanile
jcampanile@bylinebank.com
Byline Bank
(312) 660-5775
 

Co-Chair

Kayce Kasten Borders, Esq.
KKasten@SPPlus.com
SP+ (Standard Parking)
(312) 274-2195

 

Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship Committee secures support from member annual expenses and enables CREW Chicago to carry out its mission. In addition, the Committee solicits corporations to sponsor CREW Chicago events in return for prominent exposure and participation in ongoing initiatives. If you would like to be part of a team carrying the CREW Chicago banner into the suites of corporate America, this is the committee for you.
 

View SPONSORSHIP information

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Elizabeth Gooch
egooch@theprivatebank.com
The PrivateBank
(312) 564-2644
 

Co-Chair

Kelly M. Greco
KGreco@Polsinelli.com
Polsinelli
(312) 517-9225

 

Leadership & Professional Development Committee

The Leadership & Professional Development Committee presents learning opportunities to support the growth and development of our members at all levels of the commercial real estate industry, establishing CREW Chicago as a go-to organization for learning and connection for women commercial real estate professionals. Our programs includes interactive leadership seminars and professional development workshops, facilitated small group, round table discussions and hands-on learning opportunities for our members at all stages of their professional lives. If you are passionate about learning and professional growth, we invite you to join our creative team.
 

COMMITTEE INFORMAtion

To join please contact:

Chair

Sharon Krohn, PCC, WBE
sharon@realestateexecutivesearch.com
Sharon Krohn Consulting & Executive Search
(312) 307-2990
 

Co-Chair

Janet M. Johnson, JD
jjohnson@schiffhardin.com
Schiff Hardin LLP
(312) 258-5658
 

Co-Chair

Carrie Prestwood-Taylor
cprestwo@gilbaneco.com
Gilbane Building Company
(773) 695-6545
 

Leadership Toolkit

 

Golf Committee

The Golf Committee organizes the annual CREW Chicago golf outing.
 

2017 GOLF SUMMARY

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Daniela Fitzgerald, AIA, LEED AP ID+C
dfitzgerald@fitzgeraldapd.com
Fitzgerald Architecture Planning Design
(312) 724-7400
 

Co-Chair

Alisa Allen
alisa@a3environmental.com
A3 Environmental, LLC
888-405-1742

 

CREW Careers Committee

This annual one-day or multi-week program is designed to introduce teenage girls to the many career opportunities available to them in the commercial real estate industry. These programs are delivered in cooperation with a local academic institution and/or not-for profit girls’ group.
 

LEARN About CREW CAREERS

To join or learn more please contact:

Chair

Linsey Neyt
lneyt@lplegal.com
​Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
(312) 476-7591
 

Co-Chair

Aleisha Jaeger, EIT, LEED AP BD+C
Aleisha.Jaeger@kerry.com
Kerry Foods, Inc.
(908) 463-9271

 

Last Call for Fall

Participate in CREW Chicago’s annual fundraising event. Help coordinate the event and raise money for the educational efforts of CREW Chicago and CREW Network Foundation. Enjoy being part of the “must attend” real estate bash of the season. If you prefer not to be part of an ongoing committee but wish to participate in a worthwhile - and fun - CREW Chicago activity, this is the committee for you.

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