Michele Bresnick Walsh
Gordon Feinblatt, LLC; Member and Chair of Securities Practice Group
I am a trusted advisor to many businesses, including real estate developers and investors, keeping them out of trouble and in compliance with the securities laws when raising capital from passive investors to finance real estate acquisitions. I also work with clients selling their business or buying other businesses.
How long have you been a CREW Member? 2 years
What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join? I had attended a few events and really enjoyed both the events themselves and the women I met. Karen Pecoraro was instrumental in my decision to join—she pointed out that there really are not many other women in CREW that handle the securities side of real estate deals and convinced me it would be a great opportunity to make more people aware of what I do.
List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of. Membership Committee; General Counsel/Board Member with my partner, Maggie Witherup
In your experience, what makes CREW unique from other organizations? I really like the emphasis on “CREW First”. This is an incredible organization of women who really are focused on helping each other excel in their business ventures. I also think the programs are excellent.
Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally? Yes, I have done business with a few CREWBaltimore women. And I met a lot of great women at CREW Convention in Houston that I have stayed in touch with and hope to work within the future.
What is one trait you wish all female leaders could cultivate? Know your worth and show your worth. Many women are not as comfortable as men in selling themselves, touting their accomplishments, and asking for what they want and deserve.
What is your dream vacation spot and why? The Amalfi Coast in Italy. I went there with 8 of my UVA sorority sisters to ring in our 40th birthdays and it is just breathtaking (not to mention the food and wine). I really want to go back with my husband so he can experience it.
What is your most significant accomplishment? Beating leukemia 9 years ago after being given a 20% chance of survival, because it really showed me that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. My battle led to my involvement with There Goes My Hero, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides hope to blood cancer patients and their families by adding people to bone marrow registry and funding nutritious meals. It was founded by Erik Sauer, whom I met at Hopkins when we were both being treated for leukemia. I was one of the founding directors and currently serve as President.
What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself. I am a pop culture junkie, so I listen to a lot of music, watch a lot of tv and movies and read entertainment magazines. A fun fact is in 2007, I went to NY to audition with 2 friends from law school to be on VH1’s World Series of Pop Culture. We made it past the first round to the interview round, but unfortunately were not one of the 8 teams selected to compete on camera.