CREW New York Kicks Off “Red Hot” Season of Networking Events

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New York City’s largest organization for women in commercial real estate hosts wide-range professional events, starting with Red Hot Networking Workshop on May 7

CREW New York members network with one another on a regular basis to strengthen professional ties and personal relationships.

CREW New York members network with one another on a regular basis to strengthen professional ties and personal relationships.

"Every woman needs to develop and present her unique professional brand to the industry at large, and develop strategic connections that create significant opportunities. To accomplish this, we are learning from the experts among us..." Baikowitz said.

CREW New York, the largest organization for women in commercial real estate in New York City, will host a number of professional development and networking opportunities for members and the New York real estate community this May and into the summer months. Planned events this month begin with the Red Hot Networking Workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Lend Lease, 200 Park Avenue.

The interactive workshop will be led by Chief Networking Officer and Co-Founder of Fireball Network Deena Baikowitz, a longtime member of CREW New York. Baikowitz will teach attendees a number of effective networking strategies, including how to design and deliver unique pitches, how to work a room with interesting conversation starters and how to implement follow-up techniques to secure long-lasting connections.

“Women in the commercial real estate industry are excellent connectors and collaborators. My goal for this workshop is to empower women to promote themselves, and each other, on an even greater scale. Every woman needs to develop and present her unique professional brand to the industry at large, and develop strategic connections that create significant opportunities. To accomplish this, we are learning from the experts among us, paying it forward to support our emerging leaders, and building powerful networks to bring us all to the very top,” Baikowitz said.

CREW New York this month also kicks off a new set of offerings for its more than 350 members in the metro New York area. CREW’s first set of dine-around events will be available to about a dozen members per reservation with a prix-fixe menu and the opportunity to secure stronger ties with fellow CREW New York members. CREW will also begin offering intimate cocktail events this month, in addition to its regular monthly CREW coffee events.

“We know that networking is of utmost importance for CREW New York members looking to grow professionally and to grow their businesses,” said Kenne Shepherd, CREW Champion and principal of Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture. “This new sets of offerings, which we’re calling CREW Connections, provides a forum to help CREW New York members connect and build stronger ties with one another, to reinforce the sense of community and camaraderie that our organization so passionately believes in.” In addition to these new networking opportunities for members, younger CREW New York members will have the option of joining CREW New York’s Young Leaders Group, which will launch this month for members 35-years-old and younger, with Baikowitz as a co-chair.

CREW New York will continue to hold events that benefit professionals in the commercial real estate space this season with a hospitality panel this May and monthly breakfast events this summer. CREW New York will host “Changes in New York’s Hospitality Industry: Selling a Lifestyle,” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Steelcase. Panelists include Michael Overington, vice chairman and partner of Ian Schrager Company; Mark Lanspa, executive vice president at Hospitality Finance Group; and Steven Kamali, founder of Steven Kamali Hospitality. Tickets are $40 for members and $60 for non-members.

CREW New York’s Leading Ladies in Real Estate Breakfast Series, sponsored by Akerman LLP, is set to take this June, July and August. The monthly breakfast events offer an intimate environment of about 40 to 50 professionals, who come together to learn from leading women in the commercial real estate field. Speakers include Jodi Pulice, CEO and founder of JRT Realty Group, Inc., on June 9; Merle Gross-Ginsburg, the Association of Real Estate Women’s founder and first president, on July 14; and Susan Swanezy, a partner at Hodes Weill & Associates, on August 12. School supplies and monetary donations will be collected at these events as part of CREW New York’s Charitable Fund program to benefit the Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack initiative. Visit http://www.crewny.org for event registration information and to learn how to become a member.

About CREW New York: CREW New York is the largest women’s real estate organization in New York City with more than 350 members. The professional group was established in 2015 to bring together two sister organizations, Association for Real Estate Women (AREW) and New York Commercial Real Estate Women (NYCREW). CREW New York exists to provide outstanding educational programs and networking opportunities that support the advancement and success of women in the real estate industry. The organization offers a robust set of educational events and programs to encourage career development and growth for men and women across all segments and levels of the real estate industry.

About CREW Network: The mission of CREW Network is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. CREW Network does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to "do the deal." Members comprise more than 9,000 commercial real estate professionals in more than 70 chapters across North America. Find CREW Network on Facebook, follow CREW Network on Twitter, and visit CREW Network at http://www.crewnetwork.org.

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