The program involves a personal commitment from PCA members to champion women in their organisation or business sphere who they believe would benefit from further networking and professional development opportunities.
WGE’s Guljit Bates, Katherine Jones, Jacinta Marris and Vicky Phillips have been accepted into the sponsorship program, which will see them participate in a variety of networking events and presentations, as well as work closely with their mentors.
Director and Melbourne Office Manager Grant Holman has been a long supporter of the 500 WIP program having sponsored individuals over the years. He says it’s a fantastic initiative to show support for female engineers in what is a male-dominant industry.
“I have two young boys and I want to be a role model for them in displaying positive behaviours towards respecting, supporting and promoting women,” Grant said.
“It’s no secret there is a gender imbalance in our field, but throughout my career I’ve slowly seen this change. The 500 Women in Property program is further proof that change is accelerating, and I can only see that as a positive for the industry.
“On a personal note, I get great satisfaction assisting some of my younger colleagues – of any gender. I joined WGE as a graduate and have had the privilege of having many mentors over the years help me. It’s a small gesture that has stayed with me, and I’m now privileged to continue that legacy.”
The 2019 program officially launched on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day. It will run through until December, and include exclusive networking events, the opportunity to observe a local PCA committee meeting and, opportunity for the sponsor to host their participant at a range of events during the year.
For more information visit the 500 Women in Property website.