New Board, Speed Networking
Annual Business Meeting

November 26, 2018
Written by: CREW-St. Louis

New Board, Speed Networking:
Highlight Annual Business Meeting

In a unique setting at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis’ new office and ReStore, CREW-St. Louis members gathered for the second annual Speed Networking event that immediately followed the chapter’s Annual Business Meeting.
During the meeting, next year’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members were approved as well as discussion about our new audio and sound equipment, the chapter’s Mentorship program and a $50 increase to next year’s membership dues.
The networking before the meeting included drinks and hors d'oeuvres in Habitat’s ReStore, which is filled with a wide variety of household items – furniture, countertops, cabinets, etc. – for sale to the public.
“I have been a CREW-St. Louis Member since 2005 and have had the pleasure of meeting many members over the years, but it never ceases to amaze me of how I still meet more and more new members during the Speed Networking portion which is fantastic,” says Karen Karwoski, senior vice president with Simmons Bank.
The room buzzed with activity, conversation and laughter during the Speed Networking. Participants either moved from chair to chair or stayed put and let people move in front of them. Each round lasted about 10 minutes before people were asked to move to the next chair.
“I had a great time speed networking with wonderful ladies and making awesome connections both personally and professionally,” says Laura Musso, business development manager with HBD Construction.
“I’m a big fan of the speed networking component of the annual meeting,” adds Katie Seibel, assistant vice president, commercial lending with Central Bank of St. Louis. “It’s a unique way to have one-on-one interaction with several members that you may not always get a chance to talk to. And the limited time helps members dive right into quality conversations.”
Laura and Katie also found the Habitat’s new office space amazing and a wonderful place to hold the event.  “I always find myself in awe of the impact Habitat for Humanity has on the St. Louis community,” Katie notes. “I enjoyed the update on the organization from Kim McKinney and learning more about their new facility.”
As part of the event, all attendees were also asked to bring a small household gift that would be donated to a Habitat family. Gifts included brooms, tool kits, light bulbs, towels, dishes and glasses. CREW-St. Louis donations filled three shopping carts with donated items.

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