President's Message: Q4 2022

December 12, 2022
As the end of the year is upon us, this opportunity offers a chance for reflection on the past year of my Presidency. I recall all the great interactions we’ve had, and goals achieved in 2022 as Edmonton CREW.
 
Our Chapter grew to over 140 members in 2022 and we made great strides in the advancement of women within the commercial real estate industry.
 
As I consider the events of the past quarter, I am grateful for the abundance of time spent with colleagues, family, and friends. The Edmonton CREW Board of Directors turned their attention to the year ahead; we focused on the 2023 Board of Directors slate, our Annual General Meeting, events calendar planning, and budgeting. We found ourselves brainstorming innovative education programs, organizing networking events, and creating new goals: ‘A goal without a plan is just a wish!’ We concentrated on our Sponsors and Members and the important role they play in our objective to foster education and our growth as the Edmonton CREW Chapter.
 
Beyond our Edmonton chapter, CREW continues to make an impact in education and advocacy. CREW Network Foundation began its new year in October, offering opportunities for members to join their commitment to funding education for women pursing careers in commercial real estate. CREW Network is an industry leader providing research and advocacy on gender, diversity, and inclusion in commercial real estate; they are committed to bringing more women into commercial real estate by creating programs such as UCREW and CREW Careers. If you would like to donate to CREW, please click here
 
Our biennial Breaking Ground Gala on October 6, 2022, held at the Fairmont Hotel McDonald, brought together over 250 CRE industry guests, including Members and Sponsors. For those in attendance, we thank you for your support and commitment to Edmonton CREW.
 
The energy was contagious as guests mingled and networked, demonstrating the enthusiasm they had for this two-year pandemic-delayed event. The theme of ‘Transformation’ was captured through every detail, including butterflies everywhere.
 
According to keynote speaker Manjit Minhas, ‘Transformation’ means to keep moving forward, to take risks, not look back, or have regrets, because “that is all a part of the journey.” Ms.Minhas was motivating to listen to, not only for her status as a Dragon on Dragon’s Den but also as an Alberta-based female icon for entrepreneurial success. Her story inspired guests to continue making transformational strides in their lives – challenging our members to be bullish and excited about their personal and professional goals.
 
As the 2022 year comes to an end, I want to thank every Member and Sponsor of Edmonton CREW for making my year as your President memorable and meaningful. Edmonton CREW’s continued success under the leadership of your new President, Robyn Wosnack, fills me with anticipation as I move into my new position on the Board of Directors as Past President.

This time of year brings with it the chance to review our goals both personally and professionally. We achieve goals by action, practice, failure, learning, asking for advice and support, embodying our outcome, building on our strengths, and never giving up!
 
Remember that life’s direction is not a straight line, it twists and turns with endless peaks and valleys and countless opportunities to learn and grow. Stand up, ask all the questions, stay true to yourself, and achieve your goals! And most importantly, don’t forget to renew your memberships!

Laura Way-Olenek

President, Edmonton CREW