Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES for women in the prop­erty in­dus­try con­tinue to ex­pand thanks to ini­tia­tives such as the Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia’s 100 Women in Prop­erty spon­sor­ship pro­gram, which re­cently launched its in­au­gu­ral cam­paign.

The pro­gram aims to en­cour­age es­tab­lished lead­ers, both women and men, to spon­sor and men­tor tal­ented women in their or­gan­i­sa­tion or busi­ness sphere.

Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants gain ac­cess to their men­tor’s net­works to en­hance their own vis­i­bil­ity in the in­dus­try and de­velop fu­ture ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Prop­erty Coun­cil chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kathy MacDer­mott said the pro­gram was over­sub­scribed and re­flected the in­dus­try’s en­thu­si­asm for mea­sures that boosted di­ver­sity.

“We set out to at­tract 100 par­tic­i­pants in our first year and we’ve al­ready ex­ceeded this tar­get,” she said.

“We’ve been over­whelmed by nom­i­na­tions from peo­ple who want to par­tic­i­pate and our in­dus­try lead­ers who are keen to sup­port great fe­male tal­ent.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have well over 100 women in the first year of this pro­gram, which runs un­til De­cem­ber.”

Psaros head of prop­erty man­age­ment Beauty Bwem­bya said she de­cided to join the pro­gram to pro­mote di­ver­sity across the in­dus­try.

“I am ex­cited to be a part of the pro­gram and have al­ready learnt more about the vi­sion and aim of 100 Women in Prop­erty and my spon­sor’s com­mit­ment to help­ing my­self and other women un­der her men­tor­ship build their net­works and plan their de­vel­op­ment in the in­dus­try and ca­reers,” she said.

Ms Bwem­bya is men­tored by Psaros head of sus­tain­abil­ity Chiara Paci­fici, who also sits on the Women and Di­ver­sity in Prop­erty com­mit­tee at the Prop­erty Coun­cil and cham­pi­oned the pro­gram with staff at Psaros.

“Psaros is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing women in the prop­erty in­dus­try and help them progress to lead­er­ship po­si­tions in our or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Ms Paci­fici said.

“We have 15 women in higher man­age­ment roles and five in man­age­ment roles, and are one of the first or­gan­i­sa­tions to par­tic­i­pate in this newly formed 100 Women Prop­erty Coun­cil pro­gram.

“We will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a num­ber of net­work­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment events in the near fu­ture.”

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