Member Spotlight - Betsy Hobbs Wagner, Chair Communications

August 18, 2020
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week’s Spotlight is on Betsy Wagner, Vice President at Hobbs + Black Architects.  Betsy also serves as the Chair person to CREW Detroit’s Communications Committee. With her assistance in leadership, the Communications Committee functions as the marketing and communications powerhouse behind CREW Detroit. The Committee is focused on enhancing the image and credibility of CREW Detroit throughout the region and across the local CRE industry. The Communications Committee positions CREW Detroit, and its members, in a positive and professional manner through a network of communication tools. This can include social media, public relations, CREW Detroit’s website, industry and member news, blogs and more.

Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW?
I joined Crew 3+ years ago to expand my network and take advantage of professional development opportunities.

What advice would you give a new Member?
Get involved on a committee; it is the easiest way to meet people and get to know them.

Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
As a Vice President at Hobbs + Black Architects, CREW has given me an opportunity to grow professionally and has given our Company a high level exposure in the industry through sponsorships and many networking events.

What has CREW done for you? Personally and Professionally? 
CREW has given me not only some incredible work contacts, but I’ve made some really good friends along the way. I’m truly grateful for that.

3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career.
  • Be open to new opportunities and trying new things
  • Get involved early: Expanding your network is always important  at any level
  • Be confident in yourself and trust in your abilities. You got this.

How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board? 
I’ve been involved with Golf, Outreach, Communications and Sponsorship Committees. I’ve been on the Communications team as Chair for two years.

How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
I’m an empathetic leader. I try to put myself in others shoes and see many different solutions to various challenges. Also, I think being flexible has served me well, especially during COVID. The landscape is ever-changing; being able to adapt quickly to change and keep forging through it all even with various set-backs has served me well. I never give up….

What is your favorite quote?
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela