This week’s Spotlight is on Linda Rosati, Sales Director for The State Group. Linda also serves as the Co-chair to CREW Detroit’s Communications Committee. With her dedication and strong 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?
I joined CREW to develop relationships with potential partners for future construction projects and for professional growth. For personal growth, I joined CREW to be engaged with other female professionals to have a platform for women’s issues that affect the CRE industry and our individual careers.
What advice would you give a new Member?
New members become involved in at least one committee and attend events whenever you can!
Why is CREW important to you? To your company?
It’s important to me because it’s a special group developed by women, for women! My company, The State Group, understands that it’s important to build long lasting relationships with partners in the construction and real estate industry.
What has CREW done for you?
Personally – My favorite part of being a CREW Detroit member is that I never feel like the only woman in the room at large events anymore. There’s always a CREW Detroit smiling face out there willing to make other members feel welcome.
3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career.
I wish I had known that my daughters were going to be thankful for a working mom instead of feeling guilty about it and putting some of my prime career years on hold. I quit my fast track position at Ingersoll-Rand after having my first daughter in 2001. At the time, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her during the day. 2 ½ years and another daughter later, I had to go back to work for financial reasons and managed to figure out how to do both. It still took me a few more years to dive into a professional position that equaled my talent, I was constantly making decisions based on having the ability to have a career, like my father, yet be a stay-at-home mom, like my mother. I wouldn’t change any of it looking back, it’s just nice to know that now, my daughters who are 16 and 18 tell me they are happy that I’m a working mom because it allowed them to be independent young ladies.
How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board?
I’ve been a member for 2 years and the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for 1.5 years.
Who was your CREW Sponsor and how did they impact your experience within CREW?
Tracy Taylor and Dave Nepper were the leaders of the CREW X-Change Team that I was a part of my first year. They openly shared the best path for success in getting the most out of your CREW Detroit membership and they are both still willing to offer advice anytime.
How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths?
I do my best to lead with confidence and hard work. A key for me is to absorb as
much knowledge about my client, their company and the type of business they are engaged in. My strongest business relationships are built on trust and reliability.