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How two real estate students prove winning doesn't have to be hard

July 15, 2016 - 12:00am
UNIBusiness Editor
Towering skyscrapers

Empowering women is on the forefront of people's minds, more-so than ever before. As a result, many groups across many industries have been formed, specifically for the advancement and support of women in the working world.

The real estate industry is no exception, and have organized a group who have set the bar extremely high when it comes to the support of women within the profession. They call themselves the Commercial Real Estate Women, CREW for short. The exemplary support doesn’t just start with current professionals, but expands to female university students who have expressed an interest in commercial real estate.

In aiding students for having successful careers, CREW donates money annually in the form of scholarships to 15 students nationwide. In addition to the $5,000 per person, each recipient is afforded the opportunity to do a paid internship during the summer of 2017, a free CREW Network at-large membership, and a complimentary registration to the 2016 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace to be held in New York, N.Y. this coming October.

The prestigious award and opportunity has been awarded to not one but two UNIBusiness Real Estate majors! Seniors Madeline O’Donnell (Finance, Real Estate and Spanish) and Rachael Smith (Real Estate) applied for the scholarship at the advice of Associate Professor Dr. Art Cox and were selected by CREW Network Foundation.

For Smith, it was a job shadow experience in high school that really exposed her to the residential side of of real estate, but she credits the diverse array of opportunities that exist on the commercial side on her decision to cross over. At the moment, her interests lie within asset and property management. Smith cites the networking opportunities CREW provides as what she’s most excited for moving forward. She is also eager to attend the convention in New York this fall and find out where she will be placed for her internship next summer.

O’Donnell’s story is a little different; it took getting to college and being encouraged to enroll in a few real estate classes for her to find her love of the profession. She says that the scholarship has made an impact for her even now in expanding her professional network locally and looks forward to continuing to get to know people. O’Donnell goes on to note that in looking towards the future, she anticipates that this opportunity will be most beneficial when, “I am seeking full time employment, as well as in my work, as relationships across companies are very important in real estate.”

Additionally, O’Donnell is most excited for the trip to New York City in the fall. “The speakers and sessions sound very interesting, and it will be a great way to make connections with women in the industry nationwide.  The conference also includes trips around the city to see major real estate developments such as the World Trade Centers and Hudson Yards, which I'm really looking forward to.”

To learn more about the real estate major at UNIBusiness, contact Art Cox or visit the UNIBusiness Real Estate page for more information.


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