Company: Dilworth Paxson LLP
Years in Commercial RE: 25
Are you a Philadelphia native? If not how did you end up in Philadelphia?
I grew up Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where I still live. Both of my parents grew up in South Philadelphia, so I do feel like a native Philadelphian.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I like to try new recipes, and most of the recipes that I bookmark are desserts! I particularly like to make different types of biscotti, which I like because you can make them weeks ahead of time, which comes in handy during holiday season when spare time is at a minimum.
Other boards you’re involved with, include any charitable or philanthropic associations:
I have been involved for over a decade with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign. It is a cause very close to my heart (pun intended) as my family, including my father (who has had two heart attacks), and many of my female relatives have suffered or died from heart-related ailments. Those who know me know that my favorite color is red and I have a variety of red dresses to choose from!
If you could learn to do something really well what would it be?
I would love to learn to speak Italian fluently. I took my first trip to Italy in July (Siena) and I think the language is as beautiful as the country.
How has CREW influenced your career?
I joined CREW Philadelphia in 2012 because I felt like I needed to find an organization that was both relevant to my career and would enable me to grow personally and professionally. I participated on the Events Committee for my first few years, and agreed to take the meeting minutes. Before I knew it, I was recruited to join the Board as Executive Secretary, a position which I had for four years. While I had many other CREW members (you know who you are!) urge me to step up and run for President-Elect, I hesitated, as things such as public speaking, leading meetings, and even travelling, were definitely outside my comfort zone. I finally decided that the only way to truly grow is to challenge yourself with things that make you uncomfortable. CREW, both at the local level and the Network level, provide the tools, the support and opportunities to succeed in leadership. I am sure that there will be challenges ahead in balancing work, home and CREW, but with the wonderful people that are serving on the Board and Committee leadership in 2020 (and hopefully with the addition of a Chapter Administrator – fingers crossed!), I am confident that we will succeed as a Chapter in 2020.
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