An Overview of CREW Dallas

crew-dallasOutside of her work as a Senior in Transaction Real Estate with Ernst & Young, LLP, Maxine Hepfer is involved with the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), an organization that provides support for women who work in the commercial real estate field. Maxine Hepfer currently serves on the Programs Committee of the organization.

Appropriate applicants for CREW must be currently employed in commercial real estate or a related field. Female students working toward a relevant degree also have the opportunity to join CREW. About 80 percent of CREW’s membership are women with careers closely tied to commercial real estate, such as architecture, construction, and property management. The remaining members are in fields like interior design, insurance, and landscape architecture. Prospective members are eligible for different membership levels, depending on their work experience and expertise.

The Dallas chapter of CREW holds monthly events and luncheons to facilitate communication among its 350 members. To learn more about CREW, visit

EY Supports Women Through Its Professional Women’s Network

In her work in the real estate industry, Maxine Hepfer draws on experience with companies such as International Capital, Inc., in Dallas, Texas, and Henderson Global Investors in Frankfurt, Germany. Now a senior in transaction real estate at EY in Dallas, Maxine Hepfer also serves as a committee lead for the company’s Professional Women’s Network.

Participants in the Professional Women’s Network have access to exclusive opportunities for additional education and networking. For example, the New York Tri State branch hosts the program Issues On My Mind®, which fosters an exchange of ideas regarding financial strategies, healthcare delivery, and numerous other topics relevant to women leaders.

EY’s efforts have resulted in a 20 percent increase of women in its top executive management positions. In part because of its commitment to promoting women in the workplace, EY has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the US by FORTUNE Magazine. Working Mother Magazine also ranked EY as one of the top 10 companies for career women with families.