The SIOR Europe Diversity and Inclusion Committee held a webinar to mark International Women's Day, which this year has the theme of ‘break the bias’. The inspirational discussion focused on championing women in real estate and finding positive ways to empower more women to join the industry and stay to build fulfilling careers.
Chaired by Andrea Carpenter, Director of Women Talk Real Estate, we welcomed an expert panel of women who shared their unique perspectives and experiences – Katie Whipp, head of Deepki, Sonja Beier, Counsel at DLA Piper, Nicola Mottershaw, Partner at Vail Williams, and Małgorzata Kalinowska - Klimek, VP Franchise Operation Poland & Eastern Europe at Accor.
The session kicked off with participants relaying what prompted them to enter the industry and find their own place within it. We heard how Nicola was encouraged to become a chartered surveyor by her father. She wanted variety, problem solving and transactional work, and occupier advisory ticked all the boxes. Małgorzata studied hospitality in Poland, being promoted over many years as she worked for numerous hotels. For Katie, it was not a conscious decision – her real estate journey stemmed from being open to opportunities she came across in London. Sonja, too, was not aware of the industry before her internship as a corporate lawyer, which led her to the real estate team.
They shared the changes they have seen for women in their part of the market. All agreed that there has been positive progress.
We then explored what is hindering more female participation and progress in real estate.
Looking ahead – the panel agreed that we must act to encourage more women into the industry. When asked what advice they would give their former selves and other women, responses ranged from remembering to celebrate achievements, to finding what you are most passionate about and not doubting yourself because it is not a traditionally female-dominated area. Recognise that you have a voice that matters, talk to people and seek the necessary support along the way.
Renata Osiecka, Managing Partner at AXI Immo Group, concluded the session by highlighting that, while it is uplifting to see more women in business and leadership positions, there is still room for improvement in encouraging young women to join the sector. We must lead by example and show that diversity is an asset that adds value to companies, the industry and society.
What followed was an illuminating discussion – asking key questions on what needs to happen next for the built environment to deliver on the goals made at COP26, with our panellists sharing their unique perspectives, experiences and solutions to shape a way forward.
Introduced and hosted by Renata Osiecka, Managing Partner at AXI Immo Group, andexpertly moderated by Greg Borel, Founder & Director of Ampersand Partners and organiser of CUBE in the UK, we were joined by Laura Kelly – Director at PwC, Ann Marie Aguilar – SVP EMEA at International WELL Building Institute, Fabian Mühlen – Partner at DLA Piper, who spoke to us from Frankfurt, and Jennifer Taranto – Director of Sustainability at STO Building Group.
The workshop kicked off with the vital question. Given that one of the major takeaways from the recent COP26 climate summit was the need for immediate action rather than talking about commitments to sustainability, the webinar started with what needs to happen now? How do we translate the grand plans made at COP26 into tangible impact in the short-term?
The session closed with the question of where is collaboration needed most? Answers ranged from co-operating with third party ESG frameworks and environmental ratings bodies, more R&D into electrification and other energy efficiencies in construction, setting mutual climate objectives with tenants, transparency with the market and peers, and leading by example with responsible procurement and client intake (i.e. working with those who demonstrate their commitment to climate and ESG factors).
The overarching conclusion? We all need to think beyond our own organisations, as the only way to deliver on the promise of COP26 is through collective endeavour.
SIOR Europe is pleased to invite you to an exclusive event in London, England on Thursday, 2nd December 2021, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Members and guests will meet at The Mount Pleasant Mail Centre (Clerkenwell) on Phoenix Place and have a private tour of this renovated site. In addition to work taking place on the sorting office itself, the planning permission includes developing part of the site with new homes, shops, offices, restaurants and public space.
All will then make their way to The In and Out Naval & Military Club (N° 4, St James's Square, London SW1Y 4JU) for drinks in the bar, preceding lunch.
During the private dining room experience over lunch, our guest speaker Bill Blain will share some of his thoughts, charm and charisma.
Bill Blain is a leading market commentator. He’s spent 35 years in markets in fixed income and alternative assets, and produces a daily market commentary; the Morning Porridge, which has upset regulators, central bankers, politicians, companies and supranational institutions. Navigating the fine line between common sense and being rude, Bill’s market insights are a must-read for over over 5000 direct recipients of the Porridge, and many more who read it syndicated.
There will be time to relax, network and develop business opportunities with SIOR colleagues and guests.
Registration is now open.
PLACES WILL BE LIMITED.
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The much-awaited Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day took place on 11 November, rounding off two intensive weeks of COP26 and highlighting the big role that the built environment – which is responsible for 40% of carbon emissions – can and must play in delivering on global net zero ambitions.
We were encouraged to see a number of notable take-aways, announcements and conversations emerging from the day’s focus on our industry.
FOREWORD BY THE EUROPEAN CHAPTER PRESIDENT
As the second week of COP26 comes to a close and with a day dedicated to the built environment, we publish the second part of SIOR Europe’s Members’ and Industry Insights, this time focusing on the experiences of our members across the UK & Europe.
Our report provides insight into how different countries are responding, shares solutions that can be applied elsewhere and demonstrates how climate change is increasingly integrated into the transactional process as a means to add value.
FOREWORD BY THE EUROPEAN CHAPTER PRESIDENT
As COP26 gets underway, SIOR Europe is keen to join the conversation about the focus that the summit brings on
climate change impact to share commentary and advice from our members, all of whom support greater action in
the race to net zero.
Our members have put climate change impact at the heart of their consultancy in response to the market and clients’
increasing ESG requirements and have embedded it into every stage of the property process.
As COP26 gets underway this weekend, bringing together parties from across the world for a climate summit that aims to ensure we secure global net zero by the middle of the century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, we here at SIOR Europe want to show our support. We will be sharing guidance about how real estate can make a positive, transformative contribution.
The European Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR Europe) stands for excellence, best-in-class advice and outstanding results. It represents the top advisors in our industry, who drive multi-million pound/euro deals every day.
In response to the market and clients’ increasing ESG requirements, our members have put climate change impact at the heart of their consultancy and embedded it into every stage of the property process. So, we’ve gathered the very best of their guidance to share with investors, developers, occupiers and the wider industry.
Our Members' View note will have two parts.
The first, being published on 1 November, will remind us of the scale of the challenge we face, the significance of real estate in any solution and show how SIOR Europe’s members are responding. It will provide useful, practical advice given by our members that show how they harness carbon neutral and climate positive action to add value.
The second, being published later the same week, will look across our membership, which spans Europe, and gather insight about what is happening across the continent and what we can learn from members in different countries and apply elsewhere.
After COP26, on 23rd November at 18:00 CET, we’re bringing together industry leaders for a webinar that will examine the outcomes of the summit and identify what we must do next. Panellists include GLP (a major logistics developer), a leading occupier, the International WELL Building Institute; and climate change and sustainability consultancy Ampersand Partners and CUBE, who will chair the event.
We want you to be part of this important discussion. Register your free place here.
Paul Danks, SIOR FRICS
President of the European Regional Chapter of SIOR
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As part of a growing global presence, SIOR will have representatives in attendance at three major European CRE events in the coming months. These initiatives are part of SIOR’s strategic brand-building efforts across Europe and beyond and we encourage SIORs to consider joining colleagues at these international events.
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30th July 2021