Laura Anderson – Recipient of 2019 CREW Convention Past President Scholarship

September 30, 2019
Written by: Laura Anderson

I had a wonderful time attending the CREW Convention for the first time this September. It was a time to make new industry connections, strengthen existing relationships with local and regional attendees, and become incredibly inspired by the various keynote speakers. A particularly special session was hearing from Carey Lohrenz, the US Navy’s first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot. She had a phenomenal story and little nuggets of motivation like “When you have self-doubt all you have do is add one word…yet. I can’t do that…yet. I don’t have enough experience to go for that opportunity…yet.” She was incredibly personable, had a great sense of humor, and I think gave everyone some positive take-aways in how we find our own success. In addition to some outstanding sessions, we also went back in time to see how CREW began as we were celebrating the 30-year anniversary. Through that celebration, we heard from several CREW Network Board members who shared their stories. There were also some heartwarming moments between CREW Network Board members as they transitioned leadership roles and expressed that they “will always have each other’s backs”. Overall, Convention was an absolute joy to attend and it further solidified that CREW is an amazing organization to be a part of.