President's Message

May 21, 2018
Written by: Lynn Goessling

Greetings fellow CREW-St. Louis members,

The calendar turns quickly as we steam into summer. Yes, we’ve nearly reached the mid-point of the year with much to reflect on and even more to come.

We recently formally launched our mentoring initiative by holding a reception and orientation. It took some elbows to move this forward but we now have a great group of mentors and mentees. They realize the value in continuing our mission to advance, educate and support women to further shape their careers and to influence our industry.
 
Many thanks to Karen Karwoski, Stacey Kamps, Christy Merdinian, Sharon Henderson, Michelle Yates, Vicki Dolan and Erin Valentine for overseeing this effort. And a special thanks to Christy and POE for hosting the reception and orientation on April 18.
 
We’ve had an excellent line-up of programs, covering your personal brand, tax reform, workplace strategy and our annual celebration of our mission with our 13th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards. May brought another great program when we toured the revitalized Gateway National Park grounds and its impressive connection to downtown St. Louis and the riverfront. Our Programs and Awards Committees deserve credit for an outstanding job in arranging such exciting tours, excellent topics and first-class events!
 
Speaking of first class, you don’t want to miss the 22nd Annual CREW-St. Louis Golf Classic on July 24 at Norwood Hills Country Club. It continues as the industry’s premier event to make connections and advance success. It will be a sell-out so register soon!
 
Not a golfer? Well, you can always pitch in by volunteering at the event and by attending the evening’s networking reception. For more information on volunteering or to donate items for the goodie bag and raffle, contact Pam Borusiewich  or Mickey Warriner.
 
If you are new to golf or want to hone your game, take advantage of the Golf Clinic on June 28 at Norwood Hills Country Club. A Happy Hour follows the clinic so it’s another great networking opportunity as well.
 
As we move forward, I encourage you to support the CREW Network Foundation. We are so close to meeting the final goal of our chapter challenge – 50 percent participation among our members. Your support enables us to Disrupt by providing the funding necessary for college scholarships, career outreach to young women and industry research. The latter includes the latest White Paper: Diversity: The Business Advantage – Best Practices for Gender Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate.
 
Every gift counts so please donate today if you haven’t already supported the foundation’s work.
 
Full steam ahead, indeed!
 
Best Regards,
 
Lynn T. Goessling
2018 CREW-St. Louis President
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