Nominations for the Property Council’ of Australia’s 500 Women in Property initiative are opening on January 31.
The program, coordinated by the Property Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Committees throughout Australia, asks Property Council members to personally sponsor and champion women in their organisation or business sphere. The goal is to accelerate women into leadership positions in the property industry through sponsorship of high-potential talent and increased networking and professional development opportunities.
“Our target in 2016 was to sponsor 100 Women in Property each year to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the number of women in senior leadership positions in the property industry and a pipeline of future leaders,” says the Property Council. “The response to the program has been overwhelming and, consequently, the initiative was re-branded to 500 Women in Property, with over 2,500 women participating in the program nationally since its launch.”
The Property Council explains that “sponsorship” differs from “mentorship” in that sponsors play a more active role by advocating for participants in the workplace, championing their skills and success, and helping to build their network and profile.
The 2022 program includes special launch events in each state and territory, sponsor briefing sessions, the opportunity to observe a Property Council committee, bespoke masterclasses, access to the new Property Council Academy Learning Management System, and a wrap-up networking event.
Capacity for 2022 will be 500 participants (and their sponsors). A selection process will be in place should more nominations be received than places available.
Nominations open 10am (AEDT) Monday, January 31, and close at 5pm (AWST) on Friday, February 11.
Nominees will be advised of the outcome in the week commencing Monday, February 28, and the program will launch on Tuesday, March 8.
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