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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.


To view the webinar online, visit our YouTube Channel here.

Thursday, 7th April 2022, 9h30 CEST to 22h30 CEST in Paris, France.


The event is open to all SIOR members.

The SIOR European Chapter committee have the pleasure of inviting you to attend our second business generation and best-practice event, to be followed by a networking event at the infamous "Travellers", a private members club on the Champs-Elysées.


Mind Your Own Business – a one-day conference for members to be held in the centre of Paris, France.


Times subject to change.

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the SIOR Leadership Reception at MIPIM on Thursday, March 17 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Vallauri's Cave à Vins (wine bar).

SIOR’s Global President Patrick Sentner SIOR FRICS will be in attendance accompanied by Past Presidents Mark Duclos SIOR FRICS and Robert Thornburgh SIOR FRICS, now SIOR’s Chief Executive Officer.

They will be supported by SIOR colleagues:-

We encourage you to bring a colleague who may be interested in learning more about SIOR.

Vallauri's Cave à Vin is located at 10 Rue des Halles behind the Marché Forville, Cannes's local food & flower market, just a short walk from the Palais des Festivales.

With thanks to Blackbird Real Estate for their support of the SIOR Leadership Reception.

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.


On 5 October 2021, Built Environment Networking brought together the great and the good in the logistics sector to consider how the industry is changing and how best to respond. With a focus on the positive, SIOR Europe was delighted to be a sponsor and support a discussion around the many solutions and opportunities emerging.

The virtual conference covered topics from freeports to climate change and congestion to technology, with speakers from companies ranging from Aberdeen Standard Investments and Europa Capital, to Prologis, St Modwin and Hermes, as well as SIOR’s industry partner TSL, a leader in turnkey capital projects.

It also looked at current and future developments, to the value of circa £6 billion, including those breaking new ground in achieving net zero carbon and those that will provide integrated, strategically located hubs across the UK, driving economic growth.

Key trends emerged:

Our key take out from the conference was a real commitment to driving improvement and best practice on every level. At SIOR Europe, we welcome this with open arms. It is why we exist.

Representing the top advisors in our industry, our members are dealing with multi-million pound/euro deals every day, many in the logistics sector. They have developed solutions to many of the challenges we heard about at the conference, and bring insight from across the UK, Europe and beyond. You can find out more about them and how they can help you here.


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