Women in Engineering
May25

Women in Engineering

By: Laura Cullen, E.I.T , PES Structural Engineers  Like many CRE professions, women in engineering fields, particularly in civil engineering, are a minority.  Why is that? Why is it that when we account for 50% of the world’s population, only 17.5% of the world’s civil engineers are female?  Perhaps the answer can be found in women leaving the workforce to have children, or maybe societal pressures for girls to steer towards certain...

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Pitch Perfect – The Importance of a Pitch and How to Perfect It
Apr06

Pitch Perfect – The Importance of a Pitch and How to Perfect It

by Jill Kelleher, PLA, LEED AP; Associate HGOR While I cannot carry a tune like the Bellas in Pitch Perfect, I can deliver a pitch – whether it’s sales, elevator or design – with an award-winning a cappella ending, thanks to the right methods and some good old-fashioned practice. By perfecting our pitch, we can secure new clients and capture repeat business. We can push our expert ideas into execution, rather than facing client...

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Into the Next Ten
Mar30

Into the Next Ten

by Rusty Paul, Mayor, City of Sandy Springs  “Transformative” is a term I use to describe what is happening in Sandy Springs.  During our first ten years as a city, we focused on investing in infrastructure. We have paved 200 plus miles of road, installed more than 35 miles of sidewalk, invested heavily in traffic fiber and signal technology to better manage our roads, created three new parks, and added pocket park green space where...

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The Perks and Perils of Childcare: A Working Mom’s Guide
Feb28

The Perks and Perils of Childcare: A Working Mom’s Guide

by Vanessa Manners, Kimley-Horn       At some point during your pregnancy, once the initial excitement subsides, you realize you’ll have to find adequate childcare for your burgeoning bundle. No big deal, right? Absolutely wrong. This dreaded decision was one of the most stressful that I have faced thus far in my mommyhood journey. Do we go the nanny route or opt for daycare? How do we choose the Best.Facility.Ever for our most...

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My Experience of Being a Mentee
Oct10

My Experience of Being a Mentee

By Susana M. Chavez, Parking Company of America   Four Atlanta CREW members are participating in CREW Network’s Certificate of Leadership Class of 2016. – Tina Renee McCall, Greer Gallagher, Ellen Smith and me.  It has been a fascinating experience. I have gotten to know my fellow classmates better, at times rooming together, finding good restaurants in the new cities and always talking about the program.  The workshops are...

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No pain, no gain—go big or go home: Women in Brokerage
Sep20

No pain, no gain—go big or go home: Women in Brokerage

By Lee Eastwood, Eastwood Real Estate Services It is a risk-reward situation.  Brokers on straight commission are the ones who make the most money. Why don’t more women go into brokerage?  According to the recent CREW report, 18% of CREW members were in brokerage in 2000.  In 2015, 30% of our members are in brokerage.  We are making progress, but are a long way to parity.  According to CBRE, only 10% of brokers are women, and that...

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