We recently met with Andrea Carpenter and Viktorija Grubesic, founders of a new non-profit initiative, Women Talk Real Estate. Their mission is to tackle the gender gap within the property industry by increasing the visibility of women working in the sector.
We are delighted to be supporting WTRE and encourage you to get involved.
Having discovered that only 14% of speakers at European real estate conferences in 2016 were women, WTRE is keen to raise the profile of women in the industry by giving them access to more event and media opportunities. To achieve this, Andrea and Viktorija are creating a free-to-use database that will serve as a meeting place between female industry experts, professional event organisers and journalists. You can sign up by clicking here.
Alongside this, they offer training courses for women to improve presentation skills and public speaking. This will include panel discussion training and moderating skills.
The launch of WTRE is well timed ‒ a recent report by PwC, with Real Estate Balance, makes the case that cultural change is key to narrowing the gender gap. They recommend that companies attract and inspire ambitious women by promoting more diverse senior role models alongside a commitment to increase diversity at board level, offering flexibility and making business events more appealing.
As property specialists, we’ve seen first-hand that the gender gap is not merely visible, it’s tedious. Industry events are at risk of becoming stagnant with the same carousel of male speakers (with the all too frequent woman chair). We’re really excited about WTRE and recommend that any women working in real estate sign up to the database or attend one of their upcoming events.