Name: Margaret “Maggie” Witherup
Company, Position and brief job description: Member/Partner of Gordon Feinblatt, LLC. Environmental & Energy Attorney. I help developers, builders, businesses and property owners solve environmental challenges with property they own or want to develop.
How long have you been a CREW Member? 3 years
What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join? I was initially attracted to CREW through its excellent programs and events. I attended a few events over the years and was always impressed by the useful content as well as the people that I met at the events. Everyone I meet is an experienced commercial real estate professional and a useful connection for me and my clients.
List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of: Programs Committee for 3 years; now serving as Co-General Counsel for CREW, along with my partner Michele Walsh.
In your experience, what makes CREW unique from other organizations?
CREW combines outstanding substantive programming with a variety of networking opportunities to help women in all aspects of commercial real estate make connections and help each other grow their careers. CREW is better organized than some other organizations and has an established track record of successful events and connections.
Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
What 3 business tips can you share with others?
1. Always do your best work. 2. Treat each client as if s/he is the most important person in your life, e.g., your mother or your spouse 3. Be a good listener.
What is one trait you wish all female leaders could cultivate?
Self-promotion without shame. Growing up we are taught to be modest and humble, but we should not be afraid to promote ourselves and our accomplishments.
What is your favorite app or social media outlet and why?
Facebook has been a fun way to reconnect with classmates and stay in touch with friends and colleagues.
What is your dream vacation spot and why?
I would love to go to Italy for the food, wine, scenery, art, and old-world history
What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
A handful of Brookside dark chocolate balls after dinner.
What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
As with many lawyers, I am really a frustrated thespian who was not talented enough to make it on Broadway and had to go to law school instead. I enjoyed performing in shows in high school, college, & in law school where I founded the American University Washington College of Law “Law Revue” which performed full-length student written and performed musical comedies where we changed the words to popular show tunes, wrote a play around them, and got professors to make cameo appearances. It was a lot of work, but tremendous fun and stress relief. Then I got a job, had kids, etc. and didn’t do any theater for 20 years until I got into a community theater show 2 years ago when I was in Charm City Players’ The Music Man with my daughter.