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Joining AREW a wise strategy for career growth

ERIN BOND
ERIN BOND

By Erin Bond,
2014 AREW president
In the competitive New York City market, whatever your profession, if you’re in the real estate industry, being a member of the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW) is like having the world’s best pair of track shoes.

We not only keep you in the race with programs, events and opportunities, we focus on keeping you steps ahead of the competition.

Often, when giving “how to succeed” advice, high-level executives recommend joining a real estate association.

AREW excels at the two leading reasons for doing so: the opportunity to keep abreast of current news and trends, enhancing your industry knowledge, and to network with other professionals, forging relationships in congenial surroundings that ultimately serve to build our members’ businesses and careers.

AREW has one of the busiest, richest schedules of programs and events among real estate industry associations. Membership translates into having an extraordinary number of varied opportunities to network, learn, enhance skills and build business.

AREW’s luncheons, seminars, industry leader breakfasts and tours are directed toward relevant issues, timely topics, enhancing professional skills and providing information members can use to their immediate benefit.

Another of AREW’s strengths is its diversity. Unlike most industry organizations, AREW’s membership is comprised of the full spectrum of decision-makers and influence-shapers from virtually every real estate industry profession.

At AREW events, industry leaders with titles of president, principal, partner, vice chairman, managing director and CEO mingle with those at the midpoint on the career ladder along with those just stepping out on the first rung.

“Professionals often join an association in their field of expertise,” says AREW founder and first president Merle Gross-Ginsberg, “but you also must get to know others in non-competitive disciplines to form the contacts that lead to business. AREW provides that network.”

Thus it is that brokers, project managers, architects, corporate real estate professionals, marketers, bankers, institutional lenders, title and escrow professionals, attorneys, facilities managers, property managers, appraisers, developers, engineers, educators and more, at every level in their fields, commingle at AREW events. The multidisciplinary mix creates a stimulating dynamic of opinions, ideas, interests, expertise and referral opportunities.

AREW’s Charitable Fund engages members to help make a difference in the greater community. The Charitable Fund holds events and initiatives that benefit Women In Need, Inc. ((WIN) which provides New York City’s homeless women and their families with safe, clean housing and the support and the skills to become self-reliant.

The Charitable Fund also awards scholarships, primarily but not exclusively, to women who are enrolled in real estate and related programs at New York City higher institutions of learning.

It also sponsors an annual clothing drive for Bottomless Closet, a not-for-profit organization that provides business attire, interview skills and ongoing career support programs for economically disadvantaged women.

This summer, for the second year, volunteers will be participating in a reading program for WIN children.

AREW membership offers outstanding value. Annual dues include seven monthly luncheons, complimentary to members only, featuring top industry names as speakers and an annual Members Only Luncheon; reduced pricing for networking cocktail receptions; skill and knowledge-building seminars; guided tours of topical venues; Industry Leader Breakfasts, an opportunity to meet a prominent industry leader in informal setting; and member rates for events hosted by the NY Building Congress Council of Industry Women’s Organizations.

Additionally, AREW membership also includes membership in the national CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, exponentially expanding educational and networking opportunities to encompass 8,000 members nationwide.

In its 36th year of operation, AREW continues to thrive. We innovate. We produce interesting, unusual and powerful programs and events.
We listen to and prioritize the needs of our members seeking top-notch educational and business-building opportunities. We continue to grow our membership and our sphere of influence.

Once again in 2014, we have and we will continue to raise the bar with regard to the quality, timeliness, value and frequency of our programs, special events and networking opportunities. We invite you to join AREW as a sponsor and/or member.

Log on to www.arew.org for further information.
Erin Bond is the assistant dean of Academic Programs New York Law School

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