President's Message

September 27, 2019
Written by: Michelle Yates - 2019 President

Greetings fellow CREW-St. Louis members,

Countless CREW-St. Louis connections have been made over the past two months. In August, we had more than two dozen Dine Arounds. We also had an exclusive project tour event with ULI, a happy hour with SIOR and our first annual trivia night

Thanks to our McCarthy connections, I recently spoke at the Anheuser-Busch Women Supporting Women panel and networking event. Some of the topics included: the benefits of having a stronger female network; handling a situation when not supported by another woman; actions to take to support women; female mentors and advice for and from mentors. Of course, one piece of great advice I received many years ago from my mentor was to join CREW-St. Louis. I also shared the advice that I learned at one of my first CREW conventions which was to take more risks.

In preparing for the panel and event, I was reminded of these tips on closing the aspiration gap:
  1. Honestly evaluate why you want to pursue advancement. 
  2. Analyze the work/life balance.
  3. Become more comfortable with risk.
  4. Build relationships with supporters and sponsors.

These are found in the CREW Network white paper: “Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers for Women in Commercial Real Estate.” CREW Network just released its newest white paper: “Accelerating the Advancement of Women in Commercial Real Estate.” To access and share these free resources, just go to:

Several members recently attended the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, where networking opportunities included our St. Louis chapter dinner and the Coffee Talk app that matched members based on similar interests.

And, I hope to see you at our upcoming Annual Signature Event with Maxine Clark on October 10th at Hotel Saint Louis as well as our Members-Only Business Meeting on October 29th, where we will elect our 2020 board of directors. In November, we’ll also have a Speed Networking event on November 12th. As you can see, lots more opportunities to connect!

Thank you for your membership, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Michelle Yates, APR, FSMPS, EDAC
2019 CREW-St. Louis President
Director of Marketing
Lawrence Group
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Golda Meir