McKinley’s Lauren Leach Serves as the 2016 CREW Careers Event Co-Chair

January 21, 2016

McKinley is pleased to announce that Lauren Leach, Director, Commercial Portfolio Management – Institutional Commercial Real Estate has been selected to serve as the 2016 CREW Careers Event Co-Chair along with Heather Olson, Miller Canfield.  Ms. Leach currently serves on the CREW Outreach Committee and is very active in supporting professional development for women in commercial real estate.

The CREW Careers event is a hands-on classroom program designed to introduce Detroit High School girls to the many career opportunities within the commercial real estate profession.  It consists of a one-day program where approximately 60 girls from Golightly High School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, and Detroit Cristo Rey High School join together and with the help of CREW volunteers, they share two meals, learn about networking opportunities, and work most of the day on a real estate project. The teams then present their project to a panel of industry experts for feedback and recognition is given to each team.  The students also learn from a variety of guest speakers and further learn about summer internship opportunities. Since the inaugural event in 2008, CREW Careers has inspired more than 350 girls from Detroit High Schools, as well as engaging more than 200 CREW members as presenters and volunteers.

“Prior to the event, which will be held on May 18, we spend time at each school, meet with the girls to start forming relationships, and we teach them essential life skills,” said Lauren Leach.   “I'm excited about my involvement in what will be a very rewarding experience for my fellow CREW volunteers and for these talented high school girls” offered Leach.

“Lauren is an exceptionally talented executive with extensive real estate experience,” said Albert M. Berriz, Chief Executive Officer.  “She has a strong commitment to development, and we are proud of her efforts in promoting opportunities for these young women.  McKinley’s core purpose is enriching the quality of life in our communities and a key component is our culture of service,” added Berriz. 

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