Today, women represent 14% of all speakers at real estate events across Europe. This means that out of 1660 speaking opportunities in 2016, only 230 were taken up by women. We don’t think these figures truly showcase the expertise of female professionals, or reflect the diversity of the industry we want going forward.
We set up Women Talk Real Estate to offer a practical solution to increase the visibility of women in the industry. We connect female professionals with speaking and press opportunities and offer tailored training for women on all aspects of building a successful stage and media presence.
We believe that visibility matters. For the individual, it brings about better business opportunities and career progression, and it also challenges stereotypes and provides role models for the benefit of the whole industry.
We are a non-profit organisation helping the industry work together on improving gender diversity. We are funded through industry sponsorship, which enables us to offer our online network as a free service to our speakers, as well as to event organisers and the media.
Women Talk Real Estate is a practical solution to increase the visibility of women through stage and media.
Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Women Talk Real Estate, and a writer and communications consultant in the property industry.
As a Director of Women Talk Real Estate, Andrea helps raise the visibility of female experts in the industry through the stage and media. On the writing side, her book about the history of the modern European property industry, High Rise and Fall, was published by Routledge in September 2018.
Andrea began her career as a journalist at Property Week before moving on to be editor of EuroProperty for seven years. Following this she worked for various industry bodies including the Urban Land Institute, INREV in Amsterdam, and its sister organisation ANREV in Hong Kong. On returning to the UK, she worked as Head of Marketing and Communications EMEA at CBRE Global Investors.
Viktorija has worked in the real estate industry for 15 years, and for the past 10 has been focused on the programming, marketing and delivery of pan-European events in cities across the region. This includes major annual conferences, leadership dinners, seminars and roundtables as well as smaller, high-level gatherings.
Viktorija started in real estate by working in the executive search business in London before moving onto event management at the Urban Land Institute. She holds a BA Degree in Business and Finance from Westminster University.
Liz has over 20 years’ experience in European real estate working for non-profit and private sector organisations. Most recently, she was Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute UK where she provided strategic direction to the organisation and managed the day-to-day operations, including overseeing membership growth, events programming, research and business development.
Prior to this, Liz was Senior Director of Events at ULI Europe and Communications Executive at Hampton Trust PLC, a real estate development and management company. She holds a degree in Geography and Planning from Birmingham University.