Governance

WE ARE SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2020 Board of Directors!


Nominations accepted August 1 – August 15, 2019.
 
CREW East Bay is managed by a board of directors that works together to set and accomplish the chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate.  Please help us identify a pool of strong candidates by making one or more nominations.  Self-nomination is strongly encouraged!
 
What are the benefits of serving on the CREW EB board? 

 

  • Opportunity to influence the direction of CREW EB and to have an impact on the future of women in commercial real estate (CRE)
  • Increased visibility within the CRE industry
  • Expanded professional connections that benefit you and your clients
  • Small-group opportunities to build relationships and develop business   
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience that benefit the chapter, your company, and you, including: speaking and presentation skills, consensus building, and strategic planning.
 
Who is eligible to serve the board? 
 Any active member of CREW EB may be nominated and may serve on the board.
 
What are the specific board positions?
  • President.  Leads the board and chapter with strategic vision and clear direction; attends Network conferences; communicates verbally and in writing with the entire membership.
  • President-Elect.  Elected one year prior to serving as president of the board; works closely with the president in the transition of leadership; serves as the chapter’s second delegate and attends all network conferences.
  • Immediate Past-President.  After serving as president, this person serves in an advisory role, participates actively in meetings and may take on additional projects.
  • Secretary.  Responsible for keeping minutes and a record of board meetings; helps develop agenda, collects monthly committee reports, and prepares board meeting packets prior to all meetings; works closely with president to help keep board focused and organized. 
  • Treasurer.  Works with network’s accounting staff; with president, prepares the annual budget; reports to board regarding the chapter’s financial matters.  Must have an understanding of numbers and financial statements.
  • Delegate.  Attends three multi-day, national network gatherings each year; participates in hosted conference calls; is responsible for relaying network information to the board and chapter.  The network gatherings include the winter and spring 2-day leadership summits and convention (typically held late September or October, Tues-Friday).  All network events are held at major US cities.  Delegates’ expenses are paid by the chapter.
  • Vice Presidents of Programs, Membership, Marketing, Sponsorship and Diversity.  Each vice president attends meetings of its respective committee, carrying the board’s vision and assuring understanding of board policies; participates actively in meetings and additional projects.
  • Director at Large.  Will be called upon to work on special projects and to join and/or spearhead subcommittees.  This position is ideal for a newer CREW EB member.
     
What is the commitment for board members? 
Generally, board members commit to serve a two-year term, with the exception of the president-elect who commits to a three-year term (i.e. president-elect, president, and immediate past president).  All board members attend:
  • monthly board meetings
  • an annual half-day planning retreat (typically held on a Thursday or Friday afternoon in June)
  • a weekend strategic planning retreat (typically held within a 1-2 hour drive of Oakland/Walnut Creek the first weekend in November).
 
In addition to attending meetings, board members typically should devote between 1-3 hours per week, including work on projects; phone calls; contact with potential speakers, prospective new members, members, sponsors; and intra-board emails. 

All board members:
  • Devote time to learn about CREW’s organizational structure and its relationship to CREW Network (including becoming familiar with the chapter website and the network playbooks).
  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in board meetings (including retreats).   
  • Commit to additional projects and follow through in a timely manner.
  • Act in a manner that is best for CREW as a whole, not for the interest of any individual(s).
  • Actively support CREW’s fundraising efforts and CREW Network Foundation through an annual donation (suggested donation is $100, or an amount that is personally meaningful).
  • Support chapter sponsorship efforts, whether by becoming a sponsor, helping identify new sponsors, and/or soliciting and reaching out to existing or potential sponsors.  
  • Support CREW’s efforts to attract members who will be an asset to the organization.
  • Are encouraged to represent CREW EB at local, regional, and national events as a visible demonstration of their commitment to the organization.
 
What qualifications do successful board members have?
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Understanding and support of CREW EB’s mission, goals and objectives
  • Possession of, or a willingness to acquire, CREW EB institutional knowledge (such as an understanding of the bylaws, policies and procedures, and chapter relationship with Network)
  • An ability to work well with others to achieve consensus and reach common goals
  • A tolerance for healthy conflict
  • A desire to see CREW EB be a successful and vibrant organization serving the needs of its members.
 
What qualifications are required for specific board positions?
  • Candidates for president-elect will have actively participated in one or more of the CREW EB committees.
  • Candidates for network delegate must have the time and ability to travel to network events.  Delegate expenses are paid by the chapter.
  • Candidates for the vice president positions generally have experience with CREW EB’s committees and are able to serve as a liaison and advisor to their respective committee.

 
What do I do if I am interested or would like to nominate someone for the board? 
The nomination period is open from August 1st through August 15th, 2019.  We encourage all candidates who are interested in exploring the possibility of board service to contact a member of the Governance Committee. (See contact list, below).

What happens after I am nominated? 
All nominees will be asked to complete an application, briefly describing professional work responsibilities, current and past involvement in CREW, and interest in specific CREW committees and/or activities to focus on during board service.  Applications are due no later than August 31st, after which time, the Governance Committee will reach out to each nominee to schedule a 30-minute interview with the Governance Committee on Wednesday, September 11th.

What should I do right now?
We strongly encourage you to nominate yourself or others in our organization.  Please feel free to contact any current board member to learn more about serving on the board.  You may also reach out to any member of the current Governance Committee:

2019 Governance Committee
Chair:
Lauren Jennings - ljennings@dcgstrategies.com
Members:
Kim Scala - kim@scala-law.com
Kristen Thall-Peters - KTPeters@cwclaw.com
Nikki Dutra - Nicole.Dutra@bancofcal.com
Anna Duncan - anna.duncan@usbank.com
Malinder Bhan -  malinder.bhan@chase.com

Please help us strengthen our chapter by identifying a strong pool of nominees (including you). Thank you for your interest!

 

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