Aurecon celebrates record number of ‘500 Women in Property’ participants.

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Aurecon celebrates record number of ‘500 Women in Property’ participants

Aurecon Design Manager Katie Brown joins Aurecon’s roster of ‘500 Women Property’ participants in 2019.

Aurecon Design Manager Katie Brown joins Aurecon’s roster of ‘500 Women Property’ participants in 2019

08 April 2019 – Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon continues its support of the Property Council of Australia’s ‘500 Women in Property’ sponsor program with eleven successful nominations for 2019, representing its highest participation rate since the program commenced.

The Property Council of Australia launched the initiative four years ago as an avenue for networking, profiling, and professional development for women working across the breadth of the property industry.

The initiative aligns perfectly with Aurecon’s own efforts in driving cultural change to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. Just this January, Aurecon became the first engineering company in New Zealand to achieve The Rainbow Tick, a certification awarded to organisations that are deemed a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.

Prior to that, we were once again recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.

This year, the Property Council received an incredible 1,100 nominations for the program from all over Australia.

Louise Adams, Aurecon’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, and its Women in Leadership spokesperson, says, “I think it’s essential for women to have an industry sponsor to advocate for them, champion their skills and help build their professional profile; sponsors can play a key role in the careers of emerging leaders.”

She adds, “Evidence shows that sponsorship is a very effective approach to accelerating learning, development, and career progression; so this program is particularly exciting.”

2019 participant, Katie Brown, a Design Manager at Aurecon, says, “being part of this initiative grants me the opportunity to be a role model for the emerging professionals within our business. It is no secret that women lack representation in the property industry, so I would like use my experience to advocate and empower women to not only pursue a career in the property industry but also see their leadership potential in their chosen field.”

Another Aurecon patricipant, Carolyn McCallig notes, “as an environmental and planning practitioner, the 500 Women in Property initiative will provide me with a valuable appreciation of the challenges being faced by industry, in moving efficiently through the planning and approvals process.”

Katie and Carolyn are joined in the program by their Aurecon colleagues: Amy Clark – Structural Engineer; Sara Ferreira – Senior Mechanical Engineer; Ellie Hubbard – Manager; Program Advisory, Lauren Moon – Consultant; Lynnette De Jesus – Electrical Engineer; Susan de Vere – Associate; Zamina Blenkiron – Consultant; Chami De Silva – Electrical Engineer; and Janine Betz – Design Manager.

The 2019 program officially launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, and will run until December.

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