Women’s History Month Spotlight: CREW DC Written by: VIDA Fitness

As we honor Women’s History Month in March, VIDA Fitness is proud to spotlight women-owned businesses that are making a significant impact in our community.


CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network is a global association for women in commercial real estate representing more than 12,000 women (and men) in chapters across more than 80 major markets. Founded in 1979, CREW DC is the local chapter dedicated to influencing and transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women and other underrepresented groups. With nearly 600 members, CREW DC is one of the largest and most influential chapters within the CREW Network.

CREW Network is committed to developing its members and stakeholders while fostering the success of women in the communities it serves. CREW envisions a diverse and inclusive membership that nurtures belonging, cultivates connections, fosters growth, celebrates difference, and develops leaders in commercial real estate and beyond. To this end, diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into the organization’s fiber, driving creativity and innovation in each of its programs.

As part of CREW DC’s commitment to advocacy, its internal committees act as a conduit to the greater Washington, DC, community. VIDA Fitness has the distinct pleasure of supporting CREW DC’s Philanthropy Committee and its efforts to support CREW’s local benefactors: Calvary Women’s Services, The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), and Suited for Change, as well as CREW Network Foundation. Each quarter, VIDA Fitness hosts group exercise fundraisers to enable CREW DC members and affiliates to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. VIDA Fitness donates time, physical class space, and instructional talent for each class, with all proceeds supporting the benefactor organizations listed above.

These local organizations support critical programs in education, financial literacy, professional development, and life safety for women throughout the Washington, DC community. Additionally, we benefit CREW Network Foundation, the only organization dedicating its resources to accelerating success for all women in commercial real estate globally. Learn more about these important organizations below.

Calvary Women’s Services

Calvary Women’s Services ensures women have access to the proper trauma-informed healthcare and educational support they need to take positive steps toward independence. CWS’s programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy, and daily addiction recovery meetings.

Suited for Change

Suited for Change provides professional attire, coaching, and skills training to women in need who are seeking employment. Their network of referral partners includes job training and workforce development programs, transitional housing programs and halfway houses, shelters, and other programs serving domestic violence survivors, local and state government agencies, and faith-based organizations. All Suited for Change services are available at no cost.


Dash is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. DASH envisions a culture where safe housing is a human right shared by everyone. DASH educates policymakers and service providers nationwide on the principles and best practices of successfully assisting survivors of domestic violence in recognizing that they are empowered and whole.

Crew Network Foundation

Established in 1998, Crew Network Foundation is committed to bringing more women into commercial real estate with programs that educate women and girls about the career opportunities available to them and provide mentoring for those new to the industry. The Foundation supports college scholarships, high school student outreach, college-level student outreach, mentoring within CREW Network, and industry research.

To learn more about CREW DC and its impact on the commercial real estate industry, visit their website and follow them on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, and Facebook.