Member Spotlight - Kelli Herman, Past President & DEI Board Liaison

June 7, 2021
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week’s spotlight is on Kelli Herman, Director of Opportunity Creation at Neumann/Smith Architecture. Kelli is the Past President and Board Liaison for CREW Detroit’s DEI Committee. With her leadership, dedication and years of commitment to CREW, the DEI Committee is dedicated to cultivating meaningful conversations around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion that will expand members’ understanding and appreciation for all people regardless of their gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, socio-economic status or educational attainment.  The DEI Committee is leading CREW Detroit’s DEI efforts for inclusivity and promote representation of the CRE industry. 

Name the app you can’t live without. Why?
Headway. Great 15-minute highlights/summary of books focused on growth initiatives that personally resonate with you.

What character trait do you most admire?
Strength. It comes in all forms and levels, but we all have the strength to conquer our hurdles. 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am not sure of any hidden talents, but I have always been interested in learning how to crochet.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
If you don’t ask, it will always be a ‘no’.

What was the biggest thing, business or personal, you accomplished this year? 
Striving to raise 2 littles during a global pandemic.

Who is your favorite Superhero? Why?
Optimus Prime from Transformers. His leadership style comes from a place of empathy and understanding, even when battling Megatron and the decepticons; he is continually trying to communicate and convince Megatron to work together for a better world for ALL…Autobots and Humans. 
“We must have courage. We can’t ignore the danger. We must conquer it.” 
- Optimus Prime

Is there a charitable cause you support? If so, what makes them so important to you?
Strides for Life for the American Cancer Society; a 100 mile / 4-day event to raise awareness and funds that support efforts towards finding cures and research for all cancer types. This will be my 8th year raising and running.

What is the most important thing we should know about you?
I am looking at the ‘what is next’ chapter and looking to learn more about real estate development as a growth initiative for myself. I welcome any advice on ‘how to get started’ or ‘lessons learned’.