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Delaware Real Estate Women Empowered Through Networking
March 8, 2021

Delaware Real Estate Women Empowered Through Networking

by The CE Shop Team

See How DREW Helps Women in Commercial Real Estate

To maximize your time in real estate, you need to branch out and network in your market. Joining an organization like Delaware Real Estate Women (DREW) is a great way to expand your sphere of influence. This women-only organization is committed to its mission of expanding opportunities for women in commercial real estate through networking, education, and fellowship.

There are a host of benefits that come with being a member, including opportunities for women in the organization to run committees on education, social outreach, charity, and membership recruitment. Potential members can look forward to these top three benefits:

  • Educational opportunities - DREW hosts a plethora of guest speakers, workshops, and in-service training.
  • Network with professionals – Members have the opportunity to connect with other high-achieving women in the industry who are also building their careers.
  •  Lasting experiences – DREW makes it part of its mission to provide the best in networking and training to its members through well-crafted events and experiences.

History of DREW

DREW started as a national CREW organization in 2007 led by three women, Kelly Van Horn, Linda Schulz, and Julie Panaro. The organization worked to promote women in commercial real estate throughout the country. However, it wasn’t long until Van Horn, Schulz, and Panaro realized that they wanted to create their own organization that was specific to Delaware, so they decided to branch off and created the Delaware Real Estate Women organization.

These three women had a specific vision: They wanted to create the exact environment in which others succeed. The goal was to help women create a network of referrals, resources, and opportunities so they could grow together, offering support for those who are competing in a male-dominated industry. 

They set out to create an organization that would empower women already in the industry, encourage other women to enter the industry, and provide plenty of networking opportunities along the way. It’s safe to say Van Horn, Schulz, and Panaro succeeded in their goal; their organization is now led by a team of 10 women, headed by President Joy Barrist.

Why DREW Is Important to Commercial Real Estate

While women currently dominate the residential real estate industry, that is not the case in commercial real estate. Currently, women in commercial real estate hold these positions within the industry:

  • 54% of mid-level associate and senior positions
  • 27% of SVP, managing directors, and partner-level positions
  • 9% of C-suite positions

Why is it important for companies to be diverse on all levels? Companies in the top 25% for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their industry medians. Innovation is also six times higher at companies with the most equal workplace cultures. It’s clear that including women at every level of a company is a no-brainer if you want to build a company that will grow and outperform competitors.

Join DREW Today


If you’re looking to join a network of successful women in your industry and start building your real estate network, then Delaware Real Estate Women is perfect for you. Members include agents in the industry, attorneys, bankers, architects, engineers, property managers, and accountants.

Membership is $35 per year and offers some amazing benefits outside of joining a supportive community of like-minded individuals wanting to succeed in commercial real estate.

To apply to become a member, fill out this form. For information about DREW, contact them today or visit their website. Connect with the team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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