The business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) is stronger than ever. Taking a closer look at diversity winners reveals what can drive real progress”. McKinsey.com
Founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party, London mayoral candidate, activist, journalist, and ‘modern-day suffragette’
Sophie Walker spent 20 years at Reuters as an international journalist. After supporting her elder daughter through a diagnosis of autism, she started campaigning for disability rights, particularly those of girls on the autism spectrum.
In 2015, she helped form and led the Women’s Equality Party, ran for London Mayor in 2016, and in 2017 stood for election to Westminster, campaigning for investment in care, equal pay and an end to violence against women.
In 2019 she joined Young Women's Trust as Chief Executive and then stepped into the role of Chief Strategy Officer for feminist law firm McAllister Olivarius, before setting up a personal consultancy advising on strategic communications and campaigns. She is co-founder of Activate, a fund to support women from minoritised communities to stand for political office; and the author of Five Rules For Rebellion: Let’s Change the World Ourselves.
Charlotte John MRICS
Director for Key Accounts & Client Solutions | Cobalt Recruitment
Charlotte John has worked in the real estate industry for 20 years, initially as a qualified Chartered Surveyor followed by 18 years in real estate recruitment both as a successful recruiter at Cobalt and leading the Talent Acquisition function at DTZ / Cushman & Wakefield. At Cobalt, she is developing a range of solutions for our clients from retained project work to consulting and fully outsourced recruitment solutions which can be developed to meet a client’s specific needs. As a working mother of two young children, she is hugely passionate about supporting clients on their D & I journey.
Why are we having this discussion?
Traditionally, real estate has been a white male-dominated industry, especially in key management positions. Although various efforts have been made to develop a more inclusive environment, there is still a gap that needs filling.
We invite you to join Sophie Walker and Charlotte John for a conversation about the challenges of diversity in real estate and how to start putting our diversity words and promises into action. You can put your questions directly to Sophie and Charlotte, followed by drinks and socialising with peers afterwards.
We are firm believers that to start implementing change we need to work as a collective, to share ideas and support each other in making change. This will be an interactive session with some of the leading figures in the real estate industry.