Despite considerable progress in recent years, the real estate industry still suffers from an image problem when it comes to diversity. In order to remain relevant in the world of business and competitive in the war for talent, the industry must improve inclusivity by reducing barriers to entry and progression. In short, creating diverse and inclusive workplaces is not just good practise, it is also good business.
SIOR Europe’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee, led by Renata Osiecka and Nicola Mottershaw, was launched as part of a concerted effort to improve diversity across our membership base. We plan on running a series of initiatives, working with experts from around the world who will share their D&I stories and experiences. You can learn the many benefits of diversifying the workplace and how this will boost productivity and creativeness and help attract – and retain – the best talent.
Our first SIOR Europe Workshop produced by the D&I team, “Driving Diversity through Adversity”, co-hosted and sponsored by Gerald Eve, will take place on 25th February and features panellists including Simon Prichard, Senior Partner of Gerald Eve and Chair, RICS’ UK & Ireland, Alice Masterman, Team GB (sailing) and winner of the SIOR Foundation Student Real Estate Experience Programme, Renata Osiecka – Chair of D&I, SIOR Europe (Past President), Managing Partner, Axi Immo and Sylvie Geuten, Co-CEO, Mitiska REIM investment Fund and Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business at Pinsent Masons LLP.
The SIOR Europe workshop will be moderated by Andrea Carpenter, founder of Women Talk Real Estate.