About Us

A chapter of CREW Network, CREW Pittsburgh is the area’s leading organization dedicated to women’s advancement in all commercial real estate fields. As part of CREW Network, the industry's premier networking coalition, CREW Pittsburgh is dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate. CREW Network's membership of 12,000+ professionals in 75+ major global markets represents all aspects of commercial real estate—providing our members with direct access to real estate professionals across all geographies and disciplines.

CREW Pittsburgh has connected commercial real estate professionals in the Pittsburgh area, working together to:

  • Create a dynamic and supportive environment that promotes advancement through knowledge sharing and networking
  • Push the boundaries in every facet of commercial real estate through provocative dialogue among peers drawn from every discipline in the industry
  • Provide educational programs which directly improve daily work activities and promote industry change
  • Encourage our members to be a force for activism and involvement in our communities

Our mission

CREW Network is a global organization that advances all women in commercial real estate through business networking, industry research, leadership development, and career outreach.

Our history

The foundation of CREW Pittsburgh began in October 1994 when five professional commercial real estate professionals recognized a need and worked diligently to form a local women's organization in the field of commercial real estate. By 1995, Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate (PWCRE) was formed.

The Board of Directors expanded the group to the national level, voting to become the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Network). In October of 2002, Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate was officially voted into the national network and officially changed its name to Commercial Real Estate Women - Pittsburgh (CREW Pittsburgh).

Past-President Mimi Fersch remembers, "In those days, deal-making and connecting with other like-minded female real estate professionals was a challenge. We were a small chapter in a small city, and many of us were missing out on the national exposure that can be crucial to career advancement. CREW Network makes that possible."

Today, CREW Pittsburgh members are empowered by sharing their knowledge and experience with others in our community while also learning from others' insight and know-how. That's why we focus our efforts on networking programs such as Connect With CREW and hold our signature annual events, including our Wine Dinner, Clay Shoot, Golf Outing, and Property Tour here in “The Burgh". In growing and strengthening our network, we aim to create more opportunities for women in commercial real estate

Our Initiatives

Business Networking

Facilitating business networking and deal making among our multi-disciplinary membership is the cornerstone of our organization. We deliver impactful networking opportunities including three Leadership Summits and the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace annually. Members also have exclusive access to our CREWbiz technology platform, which serves as a membership directory, resource and referral center, personal marketing tool and app.

Industry Research

CREW Network is the world’s leading researcher on women in commercial real estate. Our industry research produces white papers annually and a benchmark study every five years, delivering data and action items to advance women in commercial real estate and positively impact the industry.

Leadership Development

Building effective leaders is key to advancing the commercial real estate industry. We dedicate significant resources to providing our members with high-level leadership development training and opportunities to serve on global boards and committees to develop and hone applicable leadership skills.

Career Outreach

CREW Network and our Foundation are committed to bringing more women into commercial real estate by creating programs that educate women and girls about the career opportunities available to them, supporting college-level commercial real estate education through scholarships, and providing mentorships to those new to the industry.

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