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ELEVATE Seattle: Industry Celebrates Diversity & Women’s Leadership in Commercial Real Estate

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The inaugural event gathered over 450 attendees from every part of the Puget Sound real estate industry

SEATTLE, WA (December 6, 2018) – With a goal of celebrating the diversity and leadership of women in the commercial real estate industry across the Puget Sound region, CREW Seattle and The Registry partnered to launch ELEVATE, the inaugural awards gala event held on November 29, 2018 attended by over 450 real estate professionals.

The event, presented by Gold Sponsor Kennedy Wilson, was a celebration of women in the commercial real estate industry. It honored employers and associations that have implemented programs promoting greater diversity in the workplace, and it celebrated exemplary women who are making a positive impact in today’s industry. The honorees came from 165 nominations, and they were awarded the top recognition in five categories: Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award; Association Ally Award; Inspirator Award; Rising Rock Star Award; and Industry Impact Award.

“While attending a similar event organized by The Registry in San Francisco last spring, I was blown away by the incredible individuals, women and men, that were recognized at the event,” said Mollie Fadule, current CREW President and Partner of Cephas Partners. “I knew Seattle had equally if not more impressive individuals, companies and associations in our market. Recognizing those impacting our industry by promoting diversity and inclusion, equality, mentorship and women’s leadership is vital to CREW’s mission. For that reason, we have partnered with The Registry to bring ELEVATE to Seattle.”

“Forming a partnership with CREW Seattle to produce ELEVATE — a first of its kind event in the region — was the epitome of what a joint partnership should be,” said Heather Bosanac, president and co-founder of The Registry. “Together, we saw a clear vision for a fresh event that the industry would be excited to get behind. As a female business owner in this industry, I too have been inspired by other female leaders and mentors who have guided me through my professional growth, and the production of ELEVATE is a way to pay it forward.

The program started out with a keynote delivered by Sara Harvey Yao, a Seattle-based leadership consultant, author and speaker who specializes in helping leaders strengthen their presence and improve their impact. She is the founder of Yao Consulting Group and has developed and trained more than 4,000 leaders around the globe. Sara is the author of the books, “Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage” and “Get Present: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Head and Lead More Powerfully.”

Following Ms. Yao’s keynote address, the following finalists and winners were announced:

The Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award will be given to a company that promotes equality in the workplace and has strong programs in place to advance women and/or culturally diverse employees within the commercial real estate industry.

Winner: JLL
Finalist: CBRE
Finalist: Sellen Construction

The Association Ally Award recognizes an exceptional association or group, outside of CREW, that promotes the evolution of women in the commercial real estate industry.

Winner: ULI’s WLI Group
Finalist: NAWIC
Finalist: BOMA King County

The Inspirator Award acknowledges the exceptional efforts of a woman or man in the real estate industry who supports, inspires, coaches and/or
mentors people in their profession.
Winner: Suzanne Cartwright
Finalist: Kris Beason
Finalist: Angelia Wesch

The Rising Rock Star Award is given to an exceptional young woman, thirty-five years and younger, who is influential, dynamic and shows early promise as an industry leader.
Winner: Melissa Bartenbach
Finalist: Nikki Pinney
Finalist: Cecelia Chen
Finalist: Erina Malarkey

The Industry Impact Award honors a dynamic woman who has made a positive impact within the commercial real estate industry through her entrepreneurial spirit, deal-making, commitment to diversity or other unique and remarkable achievements.
Winner: Amy King
Winner: Liz Dunn
Finalist: Maria Barrientos
Finalist: Kathy O’Kelley

A number of corporate sponsors supported the event. They include:
Kennedy Wilson


McNaul Ebel Nawrot and Helgren
Marx Okubo
Peterson Sullivan

Hess Callahan Partners
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson
Ware Malcomb

The event follows in the great tradition of CREW’s mission to promote and advance business, networking and leadership for the success of women in commercial real estate. With the successful sold out celebration, the two organizations are looking forward to extending their partnership into the next year and beyond.

About CREW Seattle
Founded in 1985, CREW Seattle has a mission to promote and advance business, networking, and leadership for the success of women in commercial real estate. With more than 250 Seattle area members, CREW Seattle is the leading local industry organization focused on advancing women in commercial real estate by providing education, leadership development, and networking opportunities to achieve parity in leadership, influence and compensation. CREW Seattle is part of CREW Network, which has more than 70 chapters and 11,000 members globally.

About The Registry
The Registry is an integrated real estate media company that provides relevant and broad coverage focusing on analysis, information gathering and breaking news in the real estate industry. It also partners with a number of industry associations in an effort to elevate the profile of those partner companies and help expand the coverage of the industry through its channels.

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