President's Message

August 26, 2021

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King, is the question that we each must reflect upon and think about. What are you doing for others? Tough question. On its face it’s easy as we all are doing something for somebody every day. But if you dig deeper, I believe Dr. King is provoking us to think beyond our inherent obligations to family and work and is pushing on the idea of the “the other.” Who is the “the other?” Who are we reaching beyond those that we know to build our legacy and impact our community?

At CREW Greater Philadelphia we are continually pushing ourselves to think about “the other”. One way is through our Outreach and Philanthropic efforts, all supported by the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and attendees of our events. Those efforts have afforded our Chapter with the ability to provide $20,000 for the last two years to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia where our support is directed towards the CAD program at West Philadelphia High School. We give and get through our donation to The Fund because, along with providing funding, our Outreach Committee has also been in relationship with the students enrolled in the CAD program. While we are providing insight and understanding of careers in commercial real estate with the West Philadelphia High School students, the students in return give our members a window into how to support/mentor them and other students as they join our industry.

Our “other” also includes CREW Greater Philadelphia providing $5,000 academic scholarships in 2021 to four talented women pursuing careers in commercial real estate at Philadelphia area institutions. They are Jui Soni, Radha Lakshmi Pillai Hemalathakumari, Min K Lee, and Ashwini Pravin Patil, all students from Jefferson University. Additionally, through the CREW Network Foundation, whose mission is to support “transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally,” Lizbeth Nunez and Julia Verbrugge, graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, were awarded scholarships as CREW Network Foundation Scholars. Together, the six of them represent CREW’s collective commitment at both the Network- and Chapter-level to assure that young women are invested in as they pursue their dreams of careers in commercial real estate.  

At the upcoming Annual Meeting in September, come learn more about CREW Greater Philadelphia as we recap the state of our Chapter and reflect on what we have done to advance women in commercial real estate and support others.  Please join us. 


Carol Horne Penn
2021 President, CREW Greater Philadelphia