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Apr 23, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Location: East Bank Club

CREW Careers
May 06, 2014
Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: Various Locations

May 07, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Various Locations

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Associated Bank
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Prudential Investment Mgnt
Schiff Hardin LLP
Shepard Schwartz & Harris

Standard Parking
Plante Moran


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President's Message January 2014

Lisa Metzler, CREW Chicago President

Lisa MetzletCREW Chicago Members:

It is my honor and privilege to assume the role of President of CREW Chicago for 2014-2015.  I am touched by the outpouring of support and am comforted to know that I am backed by a tremendous Board of women who possess a diversity of skills and backgrounds within the commercial real estate industry.  My predecessor, Janet Johnson, did an amazing job of leading CREW Chicago these past two years and paved an inspirational path to further our mission: of positively impacting the commercial real estate industry by advancing the power and success of women. During her tenure, CREW Chicago became aligned with our national CREW Network and best practices, improved its balance sheet, increased its sponsorship, outreach and national influence and continued to grow by record numbers to name a few.  Thank you, Janet, for your tireless leadership during the past two years.  I have learned a great deal under your guidance and look forward to your continued advisement on the Board as Past President.

If you have not done renewed your membership as of yet, please do. Click this link to renew your membership on the CREW Network site.  The deadline to renew is February 14, 2014. After that date, you will no longer have access to the CREW Chicago or CREW Network websites, will not be able to attend events at the reduced “members only” price or “members only” events and will not have access to the private portions of either website, including the membership directory.  Watch the CREW Chicago calendar for the many “members only” events and opportunities for personal growth in leadership available to only to our members. If you have misplaced your invoice, which was emailed to you in December, contact our administrator, Sheila Gidley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


President's Message December 2013

Janet Johnson, CREW Chicago President

janetjohnson2CREW Chicago Members:

2012-2013 In Review
As I wind down my presidency of CREW Chicago, I wanted to personally thank each and every member of this wonderful organization. Behind every event we host, whether it is a luncheon program with a cutting edge topic presented by a top-notch speaker or panel, a lunch and learn program or leadership program for our members, a fund raising event such as our golf outing or Last Call for Fall, an outreach program for college women or high school girls, or a social gathering for our members or prospective members, countless hours have been contributed by you, our members in making the event a success.

Thank you to all of the Chairs, Co-Chairs and members of all of the Committees who have worked hard to make everything we do as an organization a success. You know who you are, but we could not run this organization on the “shoestring” budget we have without those many volunteer hours that are taken from time at work and from time with family and friends. I would hope many of you consider your fellow members your friends and have used the opportunity to work together to enhance your skills as leaders and to improve your performance in your own career. I know I have learned much from women in other disciplines than my own and count many of you as friends.


President's Message May 2013

Janet Johnson, CREW Chicago President

janetjohnson2CREW Chicago Members:

Exciting Summer Programs/Networking Opportunities
Before you get away for summer, plan to attend our June 26 open luncheon at the East Bank Club.  As with the other successful programs we have had so far in 2013, thanks to our great Programs Committee, this luncheon will be outstanding and cutting edge.  We will hear from experts who are bringing “hydroponic farming” to the City of Chicago.  This new industry assists in providing jobs, fighting hunger and addressing food deserts that regrettably still exist in our City.  Our speakers are also doing this work in a way that is friendly to the environment.  They will focus on business operations, sustainability, job creation prospects, capital raising, real estate needs, and distribution channels for the produce that is grown in year-round indoor greenhouses.  Watch for the registration information to be coming out soon.  Our 2013 programs have been close to capacity, and this one will be no exception so plan to register early.

If you simply want to meet your fellow CREW Members and enjoy a cocktail or two with ample time for conversation or finding ways to do business with your fellow members, join us for our Members Only “Mugshots and Martinis” Happy Hour this summer.  Part of the experience will be to allow our members to have their headshot taken by our CREW Chicago professional photographer so you can post it on our Membership Directory and the Network’s CREWBiz.

On July 9 CREW Chicago members will have the opportunity to participate in the first of our 2013 leadership programs.  The topic will be on “Challenges in Leadership – Herding the Cats:  Solving Conflict Among Project Team Members.”  Unlike most of our open programs, our leadership programs are held in the evening so those who cannot get away during the middle of the day will have an opportunity to participate.  There is no cost for our members.  Watch for registration information.

Golf Outing
On September 10 we will have our annual Golf Outing at The Glen Club.  Rather than schedule it during the summer when people are away and there are many other industry outings, this year our Golf Committee, headed by Marilyn Brooks and Lisa Metzler have opted for a date just after Labor Day when everyone should be back from vacation and ready to do deals before the end of the year.  Sponsorship opportunities still exist.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check what is available on our website.  It isn’t too early to register your foursome either.  Those who don’t golf can attend the dinner only or volunteer to assist the Committee with logistics on the day of the outing.

Strategic Alliance With The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Real Estate Law
I am very pleased to announce to all CREW Members that the Board of Directors of CREW Chicago approved a two-year strategic alliance with The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Real Estate Law.  Through this strategic alliance, members of CREW Chicago who are accepted into the L.L.M. (for lawyers) or M.S. (for non-lawyers) in Real Estate Law programs will be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on their tuition for degree courses beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.  CREW Chicago member, Celeste Hammond is the Director of the Center for Real Estate Law and a Professor at the Law School.  I serve on the Advisory Board for the Center and have taught as an adjunct professor in the program which is geared toward providing practicing lawyers and real estate professional with a strong background in many aspects of commercial real estate law.  If you are thinking about an advance degree and an MBA is not what you are looking for, check out the Center for Real Estate Law’s program.  For more information click here.  The deadline for applications for Fall 2013 M.S. degree students is June 16, 2013.

CREW Network 2013 Convention
It isn’t too soon to mark your calendars for the 2013 CREW Network Convention in Dallas on October 9-12 and plan to attend.  Online registration opens May 20, 2013.  It will be held at the new Omni Dallas Hotel, which was built to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification standards.