WA Girls in Property 2023

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Girls in Property program empowering future generations.

The Property Council had the pleasure of hosting the Girls in Property program for a group of enthusiastic young female students from St Hildas and Penrhos College this week. This day-long program showcases Western Australia’s vibrant property industry and introduces students to a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

Lee Lawler (CBRE) kicked off the day, setting the scene by sharing the importance of the property industry and how it impacts our lives in many ways, and her own career journey. Next, the students listened to and engaged with a panel of professionals, Annie Scott (Centuria), Angela Tham (Brookfield), Lynette Lisle (Bridge42), Louise Nazareth (Stockland), Madeline Ledger (Herron Todd White), Lyn O’Brien (ADCO), and Jason Edminston (BUILT), who showcased a diversity of roles, talked about what they loved most about the sector and offered the student’s advice and tips for a future in property.

The program further expanded the students’ horizons by delving into the world of sustainable design. Grace Hahnel (ARUP) and Alex Sejournee (HFM) guided them through the importance of decarbonisatoin and Net Zero buildings, sustainability in existing commercial property and the promising career paths associated with sustainability in the built environment.

Getting the students out and about in the CBD, Emily Sivich (Development WA) led a tour of Elizabeth Quay, providing valuable insights into the development process and the future of Perth’s skyline. The students also explored the cultural significance of the Yagan Square precinct with Antoine Macmath (Development WA), gaining a deeper understanding of its vision and experiencing the Digital Tower control room and its role in promoting community and arts initiatives.

A massive thanks to the members who generously shared their time and expertise, allowing students to be introduced to careers they had never heard of before. Empowering young women to consider the property industry as a viable career choice will only enhance diversity and innovation for the future.

Thank you to our Principal Partner Development WA, Venue Partner Brookfield Properties, Program Partners CBRE, Cedar Woods, Colliers, Savills, and Built for their contributions to the success of this program.