This year's Commercial Real Estate Women Network National Winter Leadership Summit and Council Meeting is due to take place at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The idea is to help women in the industry network, to help the local chapter build its brand within the local area market, and to enable attendees to learn more about Memphis.
Delegates and board members of CREW will meet in Memphis this Thursday and Friday to take part in leadership training and a series of workshops. It is a national event that is now in its 24th year, with this being the first meeting of 2013. CREW Network has 76 chapters across the US and Canada, and each chapter nominates two delegates to attend the summit; it's their job to bring back communications to their local chapter, enabling them to know what's happening at the network level. The 8,000 members include lawyers, insurance agents, brokers, engineers, appraisers, and other professionals who are involved in commercial real estate.
The CREW Memphis chapter was founded in 2007, and at the moment it's the only one in Tennessee that's affiliated with national CREW. Apparently Memphis was chosen as the host city this year due to its central location, and it's expected around 200 members and guests will attend the event. Other factors influencing the choice were the history associated with Memphis, its cultural value and tourism. The local chapter in Memphis currently has 20 members. As the host city, it should help the local chapter build their brand within the local market, and CREW Memphis is also focused on increasing its membership this year.
In addition to attending Council meetings, leadership exercises and delegate training, the summit's guests will be able to take advantage of some of the unique events planned by CREW Memphis. On the first day attendees will be able to choose between 10 restaurant locations that are within trolley or walking distance of The Peabody. On the Friday morning attendees will be able to choose between a 2 mile run or a 1 mile walk around Downtown Memphis that is led by local members. Apparently this is something of a tradition, and is a favorite event as it gets attendees outside and into the city before spending the day in meetings.