CREW DC Collaborates With George Washington University

February 28, 2022
Written by: Latashia Graham, George Washington University

The Value of Networking and Professional Associations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2022 Contact: Latashia Graham, Communications Manager

CREUA and CREN Sponsored Panel
What Real Estate Professional Associations Can Do

An interactive event with real estate associations that have partnerships with CREUA available
to undergraduate and graduate students

(Washington, D.C, February 10, 2022) — The critical component of success is to network and build relationships with instructors and professionals in the real estate industry. On Thursday, February 10, 2022, an event hosted by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) and the undergraduate club, Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN), at George Washington University hosted a panel on “What Real Estate Professional Associations Can Do for You”. The session was held as part of a class and open to all students at the university. It was moderated by Isabelle McGrath, a GWSB Senior.

The event focused on how professional associations influence and shape the world of real estate and are critical for someone’s success in the industry. Many of them are focused on providing their members with the use of ethical and sufficient knowledge and business strategies that can build for a better tomorrow. The speakers included Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner, from the Washington D.C. Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW -D.C.); Kate Jordan, member of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR); Jami Pasquinelli, Manager of the University Connections with Urban Land Institute (ULI); Bill Overman, current Chair of Education for the Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM); Heather Reichardt member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Alvah T. Beander, FRICS, ISA, MBA member from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and Dean Jordan, Vice President for University & External Relations at CoreNet (CoreNet).

The speakers each outlined the foundation of their careers and how they rose to their positions today, with the help of scholarships, mentorships, and networking opportunities provided by all of these various professional associations. After these introductory comments, the audience was broken up into two 15 minute breakout sessions where each speaker provided insightful knowledge as well as took questions from the students. Students were engaged and asked questions that covered a variety of topics including urban planning, development, brokerage, and the recent impact of COVID on real estate investments. It was a very inspiring event where students learned not only about the various resources provided by these associations but also the dedication of the professionals to help the next generation of real estate professionals in the DMV region. One student event walked away with an introduction to an internship position.

One of the major goals of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis is to bring external opportunities to our students and everyone of these associations have a program that is dedicated to helping undergraduate students get a great start in their careers through scholarships, mentoring and networking events.