Women's Network

Looking for networking, learning opportunities, and professional development? Join more than 600 women professionals in the CRE industry in networking and educational events throughout the year.  Our mission is to enhance the visibility, profile, and advancement opportunities of women in the commercial real estate finance industry, provide a structured platform within CREFC dedicated to women's initiatives and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and development of professional women. With members all across the country, we are the largest network of professional women in the industry. 
Women's Network Leadership:
  • 2021-2022 Chair: Laura Swihart, Partner, Dechert LLP 
  • Chair-Elect: Sana Petersen, Director, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
  • Past Chair: Elaine McKay, Principal, Ares Management LLC

Kara McShane Accepts 2020 CREFC Woman of the Year Award

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The Women’s Network host multiple events annually, including an annual symposium in New York. Explore our upcoming events below. In addition, members and member firms sponsor and host events for the women’s network throughout the year. Click the button below to learn more about hosting a Women’s Network event.

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Thank you to our 2021 Women's Network Series Sponsors Fitch Ratings and SS&C Technologies

Ask Anything: Get To Know the CREFC Women's Network
December 8 | Webinar - Digital Event
Volunteer Opportunity: First Step Program Corporate Day
December 10 | Webinar - Digital Event
Senior Industry Leader Fireside Chat With Kathy Kanno-Wood
December 16 | Webinar - Digital Event

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