A BuildUp networking event

Panel and networking event for BuildUp, the networking and ideas-sharing organisation for marketing, communications and BD professionals

BuildUp is an organisation for Marketing and Communications professionals working in the Property and Construction Sector. Their events take the form of informal social drinks to share experience and knowledge amongst peers, alternated with more structured talks and discussions on relevant topics. We sponsored Diversify, an evening at the Turkish Trade Center around the subject of diversity in the property industry, which boasted a stellar panel and attracted an audience of over 50 people from across the industry.

Sarah Cary, Executive Director Place, Enfield Council, kicked off the evening with a wonderful message about considering who you bring to your meetings and making sure to encourage diversity of thought and experience.

Prioritise the underrepresented

Each panel member then talked about diversity in their fields and organisations. Pooja Agrawal, Co-Founder of Public Practice, explained how important it is for an organisation’s governance and team to be diverse and to be sensitive to issues around diversity in the industry. “It’s not just about being the loudest voice in the room,” she said. “We need to prioritise the underrepresented.”

Andrea Carpenter, Founder and Leadership Team Member for Women Talk Real Estate, explained how it was necessary to get more women speaking at events and on panels to encourage greater female representation in the industry. “Event organisers are trying, but it is a fragmented approach with individual lists,” she said.

Tyler Murray-Price talked about his experience as an alumnus of the Stephen Lawrence Trust, who inspire and support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, working to create a fairer society in which everyone can succeed. “This is about getting out there and building confidence,” Tyler explained. “Getting equipment, getting resources and meeting people directly.”

And the inspirational Jennifer Ross, director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd, explained her work with pedElle, which encourages women in property to cycle for charity. They’ve completed six rides a year since 2013, with a diverse group of women aged 19 to 60. So what’s the secret of pedElle’s success? Jen says that it’s “stylish, challenging and a seriously good laugh”.