Tiny acorn to mighty oak: Real Estate Balance committee social evening


Real Estate Balance held a committee social evening kindly hosted by JLL in the Garden Zone at their offices in the west end on Thursday 17th January.

The event was held as a mark of sincere appreciation for the commitment committee members of Real Estate Balance have shown. The Management Committee wanted to thank them for the fantastic support they have given and give everyone a chance to meet the members from other committees, Real Estate Balance’s new Managing Director, Kaela, and the invaluable admin and events support, Jo and Emma.

At the event, Real Estate Balance Chair, Vivienne King, shared with committee members how their work is contributing to the success of Real Estate Balance as the leading change agent in improving the gender balance at senior levels in the industry, including plans for 2019 and beyond. Vivienne talked about how the fledgling idea of seven industry women has grown from ‘tiny acorn to mighty oak’. How their desire to create something different, something that would have traction amongst men and women, had been realised through bringing on board the industrious, energetic people that make up the Real Estate Balance Committees.

Following on, the three Committee Chairs talked through the highlight achievements of their Committees from the last two years.

Elisabeth Teo-Pennell, Chair of the Membership & Marcomms Committee, gave the following highlights:

  • Media/PR: Press coverage (all the main property trades) and Speaking Events
  • Social Media: Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Website analytics: increasing visits with toolkit receiving almost 2,000 views since Oct launch
  • 1 published Report – another imminent
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • 2 Flagship Annual Events with over 300 senior industry figures

Suzanne Avery, Chair of the Leadership Engagement Committee, gave the following highlights:

  • 4 CEO Dinners & 2 CEO roundtables
  • 2 Leadership training workshops
  • CEO Commitments for Diversity - 69 industry pledges
  • Research - 2 comprehensive surveys
  • Leading edge practical guidance - Toolkit

Karen Friebe, Chair of the Developing Talent Committee, gave the following highlights:

  • 5 interactive mentoring events
  • 5 learning – Sectors Demystified / women talk real estate
  • 5 role model speakers  

Elisabeth then looked at the growth in membership with now over 70 corporate members and over 30 individual members and talked about the need for engaging closely with current members and targeted new member growth in 2019.

Following the presentation, the guests enjoyed drinks and canapés. Real Estate Balance would like to thank JLL for their generosity in hosting the event.