UCREW is a dynamic forum providing information and resources to help students align interests with careers in the commercial real estate industry. UCREW is driven by female thought leaders featuring a keynote speaker and breakout sessions. Hear from proven industry professionals about making a career change, developing a personal elevator pitch and the importance of building your network. These topics are the cornerstones to helping with your next step.
Keynote: Featuring Sylvia Moore
Born in a neglected part of the city of Detroit, where living conditions were appallingly poor, Sylvia Moore survived being bitten by a rat at the age of one. She was the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother who instilled in her that she could do or be anything in life, IF she worked hard. After dropping out of high school and landing at a dead-beat job, she finally had an “aha” moment and has never looked back.
Sylvia acquired a GED, went to trade school, and became the first black female sheet metal worker journeyman in Michigan through Sheet Metal Worker's Local 80 Training Center. She went on to obtain a State of Michigan Residential Builders’ License and a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology and Management from Lawrence Technological University. Today, she is a Councilwoman for the City of Eastpointe, Michigan making her the second African American woman to hold that title. Her campaign focused on attracting new businesses to Eastpointe and improving the school system to prepare children to compete with neighboring communities.
Breakout Room 1: Elevator Pitch featuring Ashley McAdoo & Heather Greene
is a native Detroiter and a proud Wayne State University alumna. She is a current MBA candidate with concentrations in international business and management. During her time at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, Ashley has studied internationally in South America, Europe, and Asia. She plans to continue to law school and aspires to utilize her business and legal education in the corporate and government sector. She presently works in the legal industry.
Ashley has been a visiting guest with UCREW since 2017. She is an active community volunteer, a mentor, and an advocate for economic and educational equity in disadvantaged communities. In addition to serving as a mentor for various initiatives, Ashley works closely with several non-profit organizations that are taking action to combat homelessness and cyclical poverty. Ashley is purpose-driven and deeply committed to empowering young women. As Ashley moves through her journey, she is devoting her work to helping other ascend.
currently serves as the Principal, Commercial Studio lead with Stantec I Detroit, a leading global design, architecture, and interior design firm. For the last sixteen years, she has worked to create human-centered, innovative interior design solutions that respond to user desires and the inherent qualities of space. Her diverse, award winning body of work spans multiple typologies with one singular goal to create spaces that improve the quality of the lives of the people who touch them. A goal that results in dynamic collaborations and solutions between even the most diverse stakeholders and project challenges.
Stantec’s commercial studio focuses on designing spaces of the highest quality for client’s in mixed use, commercial workplace, multifamily residential, retail, and building repositioning. Heather currently serves as a past president of CREW Detroit and is active within the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit and the Urban Land Institute.
Breakout Room 2: Utilizing and Building Your Network featuring Lauren Leach
has more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate. She has been responsible for the overall workout strategy and client relationship of third-party managed portfolios and specializes in distressed and troubled real-estate properties. Lauren is motivated by her commitment to devise turnaround strategies to increase value of distressed properties and thereby improve the communities in which the assets reside. She is passionate about bringing life to challenged assets and the impact her role has on the people who live, work, shop, and play there. Lauren’s specialty of working on distressed assets in court appointed receiverships is exceptionally rare and niche. She also specializes in
retailer advisory, leasing matters, portfolio valuations and liquidations, real estate litigation support, and complex real estate negotiations.
Breakout Room 3: UCREW Successes featuring Alexandra “Lexx” Mills & Suman Gidwani
is an MBA/Master of Urban & Regional Planning student at the University of Michigan where she is a Rackham Merit Fellow and a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. She previously served as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Malaysia and taught elementary school in D.C and Baltimore. Prior to graduate school, Lexx worked as an Impact Investment Associate on a $5.5B urban redevelopment project in Baltimore where she led supplier diversity initiatives and supported six low-income communities with neighborhood revitalization.
Lexx is dedicated to utilizing investment in real estate and businesses in Black communities as a platform for economic development and generational wealth building. She is excited to pursue a career in real estate development in Detroit. Lexx is also a 2019 CREW Network scholarship recipient and a Goldie Scholar with the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative.
is a graduate student at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where she is pursuing her Master of Business Administration. She is President of the Real Estate Club, Vice President of the Smart Cities Club, is a Forte Fellow for women leaders in business, and is a CREW Detroit Student Impact Award Recipient. Suman has experience working on public health projects at the behavioral economics non-profit, ideas42 where she developed an interest in real estate as a means for social impact. Her time at Ross has allowed her to foster her passion for affordable housing, something she hopes to continue pursuing after graduation. Suman believes that housing is the foundation for community building and social services and looks forward to a career in affordable housing development in the NYC area.
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome address, housekeeping, Presidents remarks.
10:40 – 10:45 Keynote Q&A.