President’s Message

August 12, 2021

You might have noticed a recent CREW email soliciting nominations for open seats on our Board of Directors. Here’s my request to you: Please, don’t simply hit “delete”! 

One of my favorite things about our CREW community is the opportunities it provides to develop leadership skills. A case in point is our all-volunteer board. It consists of 10 members with diverse skill sets, each of whom contributes meaningfully to our organization in different ways. 

If you’ve never thought about joining a board before, well… I was right there with you not long ago. After serving on two CREW committees, I was encouraged to nominate myself for a seat on the board back in 2017. But I had a lot of trepidation -- about expectations, roles, responsibilities, and (quite frankly) time commitment. 

Our board quickly welcomed me into the fold, and together with CREW Network’s amazing board-development programs, I got up to speed quickly. (Though, to be honest, I’m still learning something new every day.) It’s been an amazing experience to assist in the running of a 501(c)6 with an international brand and global mission. Serving on a board has taught me new things directly applicable to my job – like budgeting, contracts, government compliance, meeting procedures, and sales – to more soft skills like how to approach challenging conversations, how to prioritize, how to delegate tasks, and more. 

Most important, though? The chance to positively advance the mission and goals of an organization whose mission I’m passionate about. 

So, please: Consider getting involved in CREW this year. Generally, committee service is considered a first step toward a board position, where you can have further impact on the general direction of the organization. (See this blog post for more information on getting involved.) and when those emails about board seats come up, take a good hard look at them. You can also reach out to me or any of the other board members to learn more. 

2021 Mentorship Class:  A huge thank you to our Rising Leaders Committee (led by Alyssa Chaulkin) for completing a fantastic mentorship program. This year’s cohort consisted of 10 pairs, from early- to mid-career professionals, who each brought something special to the experience. Keep an eye out for next year’s program dates and deadlines. 

Celebrating “Badass” Members: Our 2021 New Member Event was lots of fun. While our speaker Zoomed in, the Membership Committee, led by Leigh Zils, hosted an in-person hybrid option that saw about 20 attendees. Special thanks to OneWorkplace for hosting the in-person component. The OneWorkplace office’s incredible technology (including a camera that automatically adjusted depending on who’s speaking) allowed virtual and in-person attendees to feel connected on the same level (although, those of us online missed out on the great food and wine). 

Twists and turns: Just when it felt like the Covid-19 crisis was behind us, public health indicators have been going in the wrong direction again. I’ve always felt that there would be bumps along the way toward our return to normalcy – but I’m still optimistic about 2021. The good news for CREW is we’re able to flex and pivot when necessary when it comes to programs, events and initiatives. Our next two programs – the Wine & Awards summer soiree and Past President’s event – are both planned for completely outdoor spaces to enhance safety. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on conditions as they change. 


Nathan Donato-Weinstein
CREW SV 2021 Chapter President