How CREW Changed My Life

April 7, 2022
Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Amazon at National Landing

In-person Networking for New(er) Members

CREW DC new(er) members and invited guests met for this in-person panel discussion and networking session at Amazon’s National Landing location. After breakfast and networking, more than 80 participants assembled to hear our speakers. Lesley Morrison from Amazon and Andrea Murray from JBGSMITH welcomed the group and spoke about the location and venue as well as each company’s support of CREW DC. Chapter President Stephanie Duncan outlined our chapter plans and set the stage for the panel. Our theme ‘Your CREW, My CREW, Our CREW’ is shorthand for making CREW relevant for every member, wherever they are in their real estate journey. Hearing personal stories from our panel demonstrates how that relevance has been experienced by each of them. 

Genevieve Hanson moderated the panel and led off with fast facts about our chapter. We are over 510 members today with 82% renewing/rejoining from prior year. CREW DC is sponsored by more than 90 local and national companies. 50% of our board and 22% of membership identify as diverse. We have 12 committees leading and executing the work of the chapter, in which 25% of members participate. Genevieve then led the panel through key questions about how CREW changed their lives. Kelli Dickerson, Katie Fanady and Amy Shavelson each told stories from their personal perspectives. Themes included taking risks, being your authentic self, using CREW members as a resource for questions you just can’t ask anywhere else, saying yes to more opportunities to connect, sharing what you learn with others, the value of committee service for developing a smaller group of more in depth connections, the breadth and depth of our membership representing every part of the CRE industry and doing business together. Genevieve closed this part of the session with Q&A from the audience. 

professional crowd seated listening to panel speakers

As we moved into the second networking portion of the program, Stephanie reminded participants that CREW DC is raffling off a package to attend the CREW Network Leadership Summit in Indianapolis on June 18-19. Valued at more than $1200, all it takes is a donation to CREW Network Foundation of $100 or more to be entered to win. 

The morning finished up with more networking and ‘Committee Corners’ – representatives from each committee were available for participants learn more about their specific goals and activities. The networking was lively and energetic – the theme was clear: people have missed seeing each other in person.

A big thank you to Amazon for hosting us in their space, to JBGSMITH for providing breakfast, to our Member Services Committee for organizing this event, and all the Committee representatives who came out to meet new(er) members and help them learn more about what CREW DC is all about. 

Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan

President CREW DC
COO, Stonebridge


Lesley Morrison

CREW DC Member
Senior Financial Analyst – Real Estate


Andrea Murray

CREW DC Member
Senior Vice President


Genevieve Hanson

CREW DC Board Director
Principal, EY


Kelli Dickerson

CREW DC Board Director | Network Delegate
Principal, BentallGreenOak


Katie Fanady

CREW DC Member
Development Analyst, Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate


Amy Shavelson

CREW DC Member
Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman