• Professional Development

    Building effective leaders is key to advancing the commercial real estate industry. Through our Professional Development, Young Professional Women's Group, and Mentoring Program, CREW NoVA provides members with high-level professional development training, as well as opportunities to serve on our board and committees to demonstrate and enhance leadership skills.


    CREW NoVA's Mentorship Program–CONNECTING FUTURE LEADERS*–began on March 30, 2016. This program creates a platform where long-lasting relationships between mentor and mentee can blossom. The program fosters a safe, yet challenging, environment for professional growth through both social interactions and strategically planned leadership training. This training provides an avenue conducive for candid learning and relationship building, where mentee and mentor alike learn more about one another and themselves. It includes critical professional competencies, including effective communication, time management, how to have executive presence, and goal setting.

    *This nine month program is designed exclusively for CREW Northern Virginia members.

    For additional information about this program, please contact the following individuals:


    Program Director

    Program Moderator

    Program Lead

    Jay Pruitt
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    (703) 883-3931

    Joan Fletcher
    Winning Ways, Inc.
    (703) 434-3990

    Sandra Henderson
    Total Quality Building Services
    (202) 439-7054

    "One of the greatest lessons I learned from my mentor and the CREW NoVA mentorship program is that I can screw up. Before the program, I would stress about every little error I made. By speaking with my mentor, and by growing as an individual through the mentorship program's process, I learned that the best way to handle your ‘oopsy’ moments is to own them. That way you can fix them to the best of your ability. So instead of stressing at my desk like I used to, my new motto is moving forward. How can I resolve this? Meaning, I now focus on quickly implementing a solution(s) that will get everything resolved and back to business as usual."

    — Sandra Greenberg, 2015 protege
    Director of Client Development, Gali Service Industries, Inc.

    (AGE 35 AND UNDER)

    CREW NoVA's Young Professional Group (YP) strives to help young women excel by providing them with mentorship, peer-to-peer collaboration, and leadership development. We facilitate and exploit professional opportunities related to the field of commercial real estate through both the collaborative and collective effort of CREW Northern Virginia members. Our four core professional competencies for young professionals include:

    • Leadership
    • Education
    • Organic relationship-building
    • Networking/mentoring

    Our YP participants have the opportunity to work with experts in professional coaching and succession planning, engage in the community and join hands with fellow CREW members, and attend networking events and happy hours in a fun, yet educational setting–events designed to let you "meet and greet" with industry legends, high-end professionals, and more.

    Contact Tara Fisher for more information on the CREW NoVA YP's! taraf@donohoe.com

  • Mentorship Program Quotes

    “The CREW Mentorship program has been one of my most invaluable experience to date. By focusing on myself, and making others aware that I was focusing on myself, I grew as a person and as an employee. I often talked about the mentorship program with colleagues and would briefly mention the DISC assessment or EQ-I and how much I learned from it. Some echoed that my awareness was visible, and that meant so much to me. I was able to share tools with others and even encouraged two individuals to attend an EQ-I assessment seminar. Their sentiment was similar to mine in that knowledge gained was invaluable. I will and continue to suggest this program to the females I know in the industry.” — Nicole Oliveira, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
    “The program gives us the tools to identify areas of self-improvement, but more importantly the motivation to become our best selves. Joan has put together an incredibly organized and life-improving mentorship program.” — Jessica Murray, Kimley-Horn
    “The Connecting Future Leaders program has been a rewarding opportunity that has enriched my professional development and helped me identify and polish personal growth areas with support and inspiration from both my mentor and the workshops.” — Tara Fisher, Donohoe Construction Company