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Presentation, collaboration and creativity are the featured skill set at the annual CREW Careers competition held in Austin in conjunction with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. The "Building Opportunities" event held annually has become a popular tradition for 9th graders at the school, which was "founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities."
CREW Austin adopted the national CREW Careers competition in 2007. It is hosted by CREW Network chapters across America.
"It's a 9th Grade tradition that the girls really look forward to," said school Principal Jeanne Goka. "We really work on preparing our girls in the skills necessary to succeed, which means a lot of collaboration, communication, problem solving and innovative thinking. CREW brings the 'real world' here so the girls practice these skills in a hands-on way in the context of real estate. They also see a lot of women in strong roles, something that really makes a difference."
The 2014 CREW Careers Committee Chairs are Aimee Randle of Capital Title, Jen Bussinger of NoackLittle, Teresa Person of 1031 Exchange Corp. Please contact them if you have questions or would like to volunteer for this great program. Volunteers are needed for all aspects including planning event, donations, judging, team leads, etc.
Five teams will compete over the course of the afternoon's competition, industry experts meet with the girls to discuss their individual area of expertise: Appraisal, Architecture, Legal, Finance, Construction, Engineering and Marketing. An active Austin real estate project is used as the basis for the conceptual development - the centerpiece of the competition.
Adam Hauser, managing partner with Brown McCarroll, a longtime sponsor of CREW and the Austin event, has served as a CREW Careers judge for three years. He said he considers three criteria when judging this unique real estate competition for young women. "First, I look for presentation skills of the group," Hauser said. "Next, I consider how the group collaborated, and finally their creativity - what kind of new ideas or creative approaches they've brought to the project."
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