Diversity and gender equality simply must not be a tick box exercise. If we are to truly move the dial in the property world then any action taken on this subject must be authentic, future-focussed and sustainable. We understand and recognise the influence Cluttons has in this industry, and the importance of projects like EG's Future Female Leaders as part of a long-term and collaborative commitment to make a positive impact in this field.
Lucy Whitfield, an associate in residential valuations at Cluttons was chosen to take part in the second cohort of the Future Female Leaders programme, which aims to help improve public speaking as well as providing a leadership training scheme. The programme hopes to aid individuals in discovering their strengths and weaknesses, and teaches them how to harness them effectively to then work and perform to the best of their ability. I know that Lucy is both honoured and excited to be part of the process and learn about how to represent the industry as a collective.
Cluttons knows, along with EG, that there is lack visibility of women in real estate. This is nothing new and has been an issue for a long time. Events like this, aim to seek a more diverse range of opinions and highlights the need for equality across the board. Moreover, it celebrates and promotes achievements that otherwise may not be as widely publicised.
The programme offers valuable skills and knowledge that can be transferred into any area of the industry. These are skills Cluttons also implements across the company, to help any individual thrive, whether they are female, male, non-binary or have chosen not to categorise themselves.
The importance of these programmes is that the skills learnt, in turn can be passed on to other individuals within in the business, thus benefitting more people. We want our employees to feel they are supported at all stages in their career, and not feeling as if they are fighting for their position in the business, whether because or despite of their gender.
To increase the visibility of women in real estate, the EG Future Leaders Programme enables women to gain the relevant skills and increased confidence. Furthermore, it also champions females in leadership roles which in turn will help to inspire other women to enter the industry and pursue a career in real estate.
To ensure the future of any business, young talent in the industry is essential. Young talent needs to recognise a pathway to leadership. Having effective leadership, and more women in these types of roles also helps to increase and encourage young talent to join the industry as they feel more included. We feel it is also important to celebrate talent within the business, and with the right mentoring, career development and support we hope to invest into not only their future, but also the future of Cluttons.
There is a long way to go to achieve true inclusivity and gender equality but recognising there's a problem and taking serious, long-term steps to address it, is better than short-cuts and lip service. We are working hard towards a better future and we are proud to take part in EG's Future Female Leadership Programme which is one initiative of many we are undertaking.
Please click here more information on the Future Leaders Programme.