“The mission of CREW Careers is to educate young women on the career options available to them in the commercial real estate industry...We look forward to participating in similar programs in the future," Christine Chipurnoi said.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 25, 2015
New York City’s largest professional organization for women in commercial real estate, CREW New York, hosted its latest CREW Careers: Building Opportunities session in partnership with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Inc. (BALI), an organization which mentors and trains young women in high school and college to be leaders of tomorrow. The program took place at BALI’s headquarters at Hunter College on July 23 and featured a real estate development design exercise with 16 mentors from CREW New York with careers in commercial real estate.
“The mission of CREW Careers is to educate young women on the career options available to them in the commercial real estate industry by using local real estate developments as the basis of our exercises,” said Christine Chipurnoi, co-president of CREW New York and senior vice president of Wells Fargo Insurance Services. “It was a wonderful and rewarding experience to see the young ladies develop and present their creative ideas. We look forward to participating in similar programs in the future.”
The BALI participants developed strategies on how to best utilize a 10,000 square foot vacant space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The groups presented their ideas and strategies to the BAM with support from CREW New York members who served as team advisors.
During the event, CREW New York donated $3,500 toward the BALI summer program which will support the organization’s important mission of helping young women build the confidence and techniques necessary to be effective and visionary leaders in a wide variety of fields and active participants in civic, corporate, political and community life.
Beth Zafonte, CREW Network Foundation chapter champion and director of economic development services at Akerman LLP, recognized the similar missions shared by the two organizations.
“CREW New York is inspired by the work BALI is doing to help mold future women leaders and welcomed the opportunity to work with BALI for the second year in a row,” said Zafonte. “It aligns with our mission of providing education and networking opportunities that support the advancement and success of women in our industry. We are thrilled to support these young ladies and hope that our program encourages them to explore the variety of careers in commercial real estate, something they may not have considered before they met the women of CREW New York.”
CREW Careers is a hands-on classroom program designed by CREW Network Foundation to introduce teenage girls to the many career opportunities available to them in the commercial real estate industry. The program is hosted annually by nearly 30 CREW Network chapters in across the United States and Canada.
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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 Commercial Real Estate Women of New York (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. AREW was the first U.S.-based association dedicated to the professional growth of female real estate professionals.
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.