Member Mondays - Erin Felker Bond

October 3, 2021
Erin Felker Bond
Associate Dean, Academic Planning and Career Development
New York Law School
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How Many Years a CREWNY Member?

Fun Fact:
Our "covid puppy" Luna, a golden retriever, keeps us busy on the weekends. She's simply the best.

How do you encourage women reports, colleagues and friends in CRE to persevere, despite challenges?
I’ve worked with the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School for 12 years advising students on their academic and career options in the real estate industry. The CREW New York membership and the CREW Network at large have been a tremendous resource for enabling exploration for my students. Many members have presented at NYLS. I’m very proud that my former students now serve on the CREW NY Board and committees and are members. I hope that my efforts demonstrate that the industry has many facets, that a strong mentor or sponsor can make the difference, and that tomorrow is another opportunity to work hard.

Who or what inspires you? Why?
My students. Each year, a new set of first year students enters the law school eager to embark on their journey to becoming lawyers…many of them as lawyers in the real estate industry. Their first set of final exams in December (much like my own!) brings them back to the moment; the understanding that developing effective lawyering skills is a process, that there is much to learn and it will take time. Each day for three years, they come back and work hard, make mistakes, seek advice, refocus, and continue progressing. I love being an integral part of their learning process and their personal exploration.

What have you learned about yourself over the past year?
This past year has been challenging for everyone. In the midst of juggling a demanding career and busy household, I have learned the importance of being present in the moment. I was always great at multitasking; it helped me get through extensive "to do" lists at work and home. And while I haven't completely given up my pursuit to maximum efficiency, now I try to be more focused on the person who is in front of me. In the moment, that person matters most. Relatedly, after a year and a half of Zoom, I look forward to more in-person connections. Undivided attention is powerful.