2017 CREW Network Leadership Summit
What a thrill! Alison McGavigan and I proudly celebrated Canada when delegates from over 70 CREW chapters of the United States, Canada and the UK gathered in Toronto for the 2017 Spring Leadership Summit. The Toronto CREW Chapter members were out in force throughout the two days, staffing hostess tables for activities information, arranging reservations and participating in the formal summit program. They were awesome hosts and certainly made us proud to be Canadian. One of the highlights of the sessions for me included seeing Tara Piurko, 2017 CREW Network President –Elect on the podium. Tara is a past president of Toronto CREW and will be the first Canadian president of CREW Network. It was great to experience this in her hometown.
The summit program itself was jam-packed with great advice, best practices and a great lens into the network of the talented pool of professionals available to all of us through the extensive CREW network. Each and every touchpoint I had with so many delegates demonstrated a true passion to contribute to the personal growth and business success at an individual level. So invigorating!
Staying with tradition, the Canadian Chapters held our own short delegate meeting to focus on issues and practices unique to the Canadian environment. CREW Saskatoon is newly formed and has been a recognized Chapter for less than a year. Their delegate was so very complementary to our Edmonton Chapter for all the assistance, advice and support that has been instrumental in their success thus far. Thank you to our members who have given so selflessly; I can’t imagine a better compliment of our Chapter culture and the individuals who create it.
We had a great development training session on authentic leadership skills led by author Cheryl Cran. She led us through a few exercises to explore our personal leadership lens and to become more self- aware of our perspective and how to master a multiple-lens view to create transformational teams and inspiration. George Pincus, a very engaging real estate attorney shared with us some very practical and proven tips and strategies to use in negotiating a successful deal. We each then opened a sealed envelope with specific case facts as a buyer or a seller and had a go at making a deal! It was interesting to learn what contributed, what happened and what the push and pull points were that resulted in successful negotiations as well as what happened when a deal could not come to fruition.
Overall, the leadership summit was a remarkable experience and tremendous resource of valuable advice. Give it a go yourself at any of the upcoming events:
- 2017 Fall Convention on October 25th in Houston, Texas
- 2018 Winter on February 1 in Tucson, Arizona
- 2018 Spring on June 21 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Edmonton Crew President
Senior Partner, Grant Thornton LLP