This week’s Spotlight is on Jenna Walker, Professor, Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University. Jenna also serves as Co-Chair to CREW Detroit’s Programs Committee. With her assistance in leadership, the Programs Committee plans and coordinates various events throughout the year. These events are centered on topics that matter to the commercial real estate industry. The Programs Committee aims to provide provoking, relevant and helpful content to our members and CRE professionals at exciting venues throughout Metro Detroit.
Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW?
I joined CREW in 2016 to expand my professional network.
What advice would you give a new Member? Join a committee and get involved right away. It's the best way to make connections, understand the organization and contribute to the industry.
Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
CREW keeps me connected to my friends and industry partners, allowing me to stay on top of the latest CRE happenings. As I shifted into academia, CREW members have been incredible expert guest speakers, provided field trips, and partnered with LTU for student projects, internships, lectures and exhibitions.
What has CREW done for you? Personally and Professionally?
I've made some incredible friends, met amazing mentors and networked for projects and job opportunities. UCREW brought great insights and professional connections to my students this year.
Can you share a crew success story? Job Opportunity? Project Opportunity?
I recently leveraged my CREW network in setting up the professional advisory board for the Interior Design Program at LTU, I was humbled by the commitment by so many design leaders to help us continue to elevate the program curriculum and allow us to produce the most incredible graduates.
How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board?
I've been on Programs, serving as both co-chair and chair. I'm also a member of the diversity, equity and inclusion task force.
How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
Throughout my life, I've always been the organizer, the ringleader and I strive to see the strengths amongst those I'm surrounded by to curate the best possible outcome. I work hard to lead with empathy and compassion, understanding that everyone is in a different situation and if given the right tools, trust and reinforcement, they will come through and exceed expectations.
What is your favorite quote?
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light” - Albus Dumbledore