Name: Joni Barnes
Title: Director of Sales & Leasing
Company: Pinpoint Properties
How long have you been a member of TCREW: I’ve been a member since 2004. During that time I have been a member of the Champion Awards committee and UCREW committee. I have served as past Delegate of CREW National and am currently the President Elect.
How has your TCREW membership been impactful in your own personal growth and development: As a member of TCREW, I have been blessed to work with many intelligent, passionate women on the UCREW committee over the last few years. We are hard at work on our outreach program to the local universities to promote The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program. This program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial rea estate. I’m ecstatic to say we are only two years into a full TCREW committee and we have already had three local winners! CREW National awards twenty (20) $5,000 academic scholarships to young women annually. Thus far the Foundation has awarded 126 scholarship totaling $860,000.
How can we as women in the commercial real estate industry best make an impact in mentoring the next generation of women in CRE: I’ve been lucky enough to have had three strong mentors on my journey through CRE. I understand the real importance of senior level support. It was very intimidating entering a male dominated industry, especially for a young woman moving from Ohio to North Carolina without knowing anyone. There is tremendous value in learning from others, understanding how they may handle a situation and the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other. Working with UCREW I’m giving that opportunity to other young women in the effort to help advance her career.