Going the Extra Mile

November 26, 2018
Written by: Michelle Yates, 2019 CREW-St. Louis President

Going the Extra Mile: Our Journey to San Diego

More than 20 CREW-St. Louis members joined 1,200 commercial real estate professionals in sunny San Diego recently to learn, connect and be inspired at the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace.
The conference kicked off on Oct. 17 with Marketplace, the popular welcome reception with about 50 exhibitors. The following morning, CREW Network CEO Wendy Mann shared a story about her journey to complete a 40-mile five-borough New York bike race. She encouraged members to 1) Accept the challenge/opportunity; 2) Understand you don’t have to have everything in place—you just need to commit; 3) Gear up—get the skills you need; 4) Never give up; and 5) Always go the extra mile.
This year, our very own Angie Earlywine, immediate past president, went that extra mile. She was recognized as an incoming 2019 CREW Network Board Member. And our Chapter joined in by accepting the CREW Network Foundation Challenge. Yes, we are one of 46 chapters recognized for meeting the trifecta for CREW Network Foundation.
I’ve been to four network conferences now, and one of my favorite parts is the keynote speakers. They are always topnotch. Alison Levine, one of this year’s speakers did not disappoint. She talked about how she led the first American Women’s Everest Expedition. Her key lessons learned included: “backing up is not the same as backing down” and that “fear is OK, but complacency will kill you.” Finally, she encouraged CREW members to “be relentless.”
Of course, everyone was looking forward to the end keynote and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Robin Roberts, who rose to the occasion. Robin was funny, relatable and shared her career journey as well as her personal journey after having been diagnosed with breast cancer and then later with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndromes). In meeting goals, Robin talked about dreaming big but focusing small. And, in explaining the difference between diversity and inclusion, she likened diversity to being on the team, while inclusion is being in the game.
CREW Conventions also bring connections, not only with people you’ve never met but also with the people you already know. It’s great to network with CRE professionals for potential future business opportunities, and Coffee Talk was a new value-add to the conference to help facilitate those conversations.
Located in the convention app, this plug-in allowed you to search for members who wanted to connect at the conference and shared your interests such as healthcare or multifamily. You could then export a list of “matches” to reach out to before or at the conference. There was also a designated area to meet up for Coffee Talk.
In addition, it’s great to be able to spend quality time with CREW-St. Louis members, an opportunity to get to know each other better. We gathered on Wednesday evening, and there were lots of other opportunities for more conversations during the convention, whether it was on the plane, going out to dinner, before a session or grabbing a drink at the end of the day.
I encourage you to attend the 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in Orlando next year. If you’re on the fence, be sure and ask one of your fellow CREW-St. Louis members about her experience. And, don’t forget to apply for one of our scholarships. This year, we offered $9,000 in scholarships to help send six members to the conference.
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