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CEOs say redefining merit is the key to promoting women
Australian Financial Review, 24 August 2016 - There's a backlash by male middle managers against women getting promoted according to Chief Executive Women and the Male Champions of Change. In their joint report In the Eye of the Beholder – Avoiding the Merit Trap they say merit must be redefined to include broader leadership skills and potential. [pay wall]
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Mirvac chief sees the sense in diversity
Australian Financial Review, 25 July 2016 - The Mirvac chief was one of seven women property leaders interviewed for a new study into women's pathways into and through the property industry. The study, Grow the Talent Pool – Insights on gender representation in property, was released on Monday by the Property Council and EY. EY's market segment leader for Real Estate, Construction, Leisure and Hospitality, Doug Bain, said the key drivers of success for women in property were found to be the support of management, the opportunity for a career path and a passion for the industry. [pay wall]
Property industry still a boys club: EY survey
The Australian, 26 July 2016 - The report, “Grow the talent pool — Insights on gender representation in property”, surveyed more than 3800 people in the property industry and interviewed seven women in leadership roles. The survey was undertaken by EY, which is part of the Male Champions of Change group of 18 companies. EY last week released key figures showing 62 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men surveyed identified the “industry’s boys’ club mentality” as the number one barrier to women entering the property industry. [pay wall]
Property Council and EY release ground breaking gender profile report
Property Council of Australia, 25 July 2016 - The Property Council of Australia and EY have released a groundbreaking study into women's pathways into and through the property industry, and the drivers to their recruitment, retention and promotion. “This study takes the pulse of the men and women who work in this industry and provides unique insights in how to grow the talent pool,” said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia.
Shifting the diversity dial
Property Council of Australia, 20 July 2016 - A new report identifies the property industry’s ‘boys’ club’ mentality and a lack of diversity in senior leadership as some of the top barriers women face in their journey towards reaching executive leadership roles. Carol Schwartz AM, Convenor of the Property Male Champions or Change, says the research shows organisations need to start actively and intentionally creating pathways for women to leadership positions to achieve change.
Property industry's jobs for boys in way of women's success: report
The Australian, 20 July 2016 - The latest report by the Property Male Champions of Change group, which is seeking to break down historical gender barriers in the sector, found 62 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men identified the “industry’s boys’ club mentality” as the number one barrier to women entering the property industry. “The industry is hamstrung by a culture that is still far too blokey and that excludes too many women. That’s not going to change unless senior leaders own the problem and do something about it,’’ said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia. [pay wall]
Yes, property is a boys club and its leaders aim to change
The Australian Financial Review, 20 July 2016 - The convenor of the Property Male Champions of Change, Carol Schwartz, said the report was courageous. "This is what the research is telling us, and this is what we are committed to change," she said. "There is no silver bullet but the leadership, and the commitment to change, will make a difference." [pay wall].
Women in Property industry must speak up on gender equality: Green buildings CEO
The Guardian, 10 Feb 2016 - Romilly Madew, the chief executive of the Green Building Council Australia acknowledges that there are several men in the building industry who are actively seeking more women in their senior-level positions. She highlights Ben Johnston, the CEO of property owners and managers GPT, who has achieved a 50/50 split of women and men at non-executive director level, and Ken Morrison, the CEO of the Property Council of Australia, who has helped set up the Property Male Champions of Change group to drive gender equality in the industry.
Buildcorp looks at other sectors to attract more women
Australian Financial Review, 8 Feb 2016 - A key theme for many employers this year is the issue of working flexibly. It's not happening as fast as it should, says Carol Schwartz, a Stockland director and convenor of the Property Male Champions of Change program. [pay wall]
Gender diversity and pay fairness in property more rhetoric than action: survey
Australian Financial Review, 15 Oct 2015 - Property Council of Australia President Mark Steinert speaks on the Property Male Champions of Change gender diversity initiative. [pay wall]