Two years ago I decided to embark on a new adventure, and move my family from Pennsylvania to Vancouver. My son was barely two years old and my daughter just seven months. Now, when I reflect upon that moment, putting myself forth to take an international leadership position with my firm, Turner Construction Company, I had no idea where it would take me. I still remember taking the train from Philadelphia to New York for a full day of interviews… at that time I was in the very early stages of my second pregnancy and only a handful of people knew. I was selected for the role, and deferred my start by a year.
Arriving in a new city, I quickly learned how powerful a professional network, such as Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), could be. I met two past Presidents, Mandy Newton and Jasmean Toor, and they made me feel right at home. The transition from CREW Philadelphia to CREW Vancouver was seamless, no matter what city, or even country, being part of the CREW network is the premier resource and referral network in commercial real estate.
2018 welcomes a time of change. In the past few years, women in the public eye have started to take a stand with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and cities of all sizes, throughout the world, are marching together in solidarity. Now, more than ever, we have the increased opportunity to support and challenge one another, to encourage each other to try something different, shake up the norm, make a new discovery and see where it takes us.
As the 2018 President of CREW Vancouver, I look forward to leading this group of amazing individuals to new heights. There is power in genuine relationships when it comes to our business, and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to get to know someone new. Be willing to take a leap of faith and see where it can lead. If we make ourselves available and look for ways to ask for help when needed or be the person to find a solution for someone else, it will help lead us to extraordinary places.
Let's work together and find opportunities for success at all levels!
2018 CREW Vancouver President