Signature Luncheon with Erin Brockovich
Submitted by Diana Quarry, Womble Bond Dickinson
On May 15, CREW Charlotte held its first Signature Luncheon. The event, held at The Westin in uptown Charlotte, was attended by over 400 CREW members and guests. The event began with opening remarks from Chapter President Adrienne Bain and a welcome from Kara McShane, Head of Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets and Finance with Wells Fargo Bank, the event’s Presenting Sponsor. WBTV’s Molly Grantham then took the stage to welcome the event’s keynote speaker, Erin Brockovich.
A dynamic and engaging speaker, Brockovich told the audience about her personal journey that led her to the position as a clerk at a California law firm that made her famous, and where she has been since. She spoke about the critical role that her parents and education played in her life, learning to work through personal challenges and the value of determination and stick-to-itiveness. Brockovich discussed her continuing role as an advocate for clean water in communities across the nation, and trends she is seeing on a local and national level. She also discussed the guidelines of Realization, Assessment and Motivation as a tool for anyone in any industry or walk of life to take stock of who they are, what they have, and how they can leverage their skills and abilities to effectuate change in their own lives.
Guests of Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo and Supporting Sponsors TH Real Estate and Northeastern University were also able to meet with the speaker before the formal program began for some additional remarks and an opportunity to chat and take pictures with Brockovich.