500 Women in Property Program

Emily Carlton, People Relations Coordinator, reflects on her experience in The Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property program.

Commit. Champion. Lead. These are the underlying principles of The Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property program – an initiative spearheaded by the Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Committees across Australia.  

This program involves a personal commitment from Property Council Members to identify and champion women in their organisation, with the aim of accelerating more women into leadership positions in the property industry through sponsorship of high potential talent. 

As part of this initiative, Adam Towner, Head of New Business and Strategy, sponsored Emily Carlton, People Relations Coordinator – read on to learn about Emily’s experience in the 2022 program.  

Tell us about joining the 500 Women in Property program – what was involved? 

The launch event was held in March – this was a great opportunity to connect with both participants and sponsors across the NSW property sector. My sponsor, Adam Towner, helped set me up for success by sharing his networking ‘tips and tricks’ before introducing me to his fellow Diversity and Inclusion Committee members.  

Did you receive ongoing mentorship and support throughout?  

Adam and I held regular training sessions throughout 2022. These meetings were a wonderful opportunity to discuss my goals and career development, while exploring strategies for success. I am incredibly thankful for Adam’s support and encouragement. 

What events did you attend as part of the program? 

I was invited to an array of online masterclasses focused on elevating personal strengths and attributes, as well as identifying the power of actions, mindset and behaviour in leadership. 

The first masterclass was hosted by Jane Anderson. Jane was incredibly knowledgeable…her positivity was infectious! We learnt how to leverage our personal brand, as well as strategies to implement when putting yourself ‘out there.’ Participants received free access to two of Jane’s e-books, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading. 

The second masterclass was hosted by Sonia McDonald. A key takeaway was that leadership is not a role or a title, but an attitude. Sonia had the class thoughtfully reflect on their personalities to determine personal leadership styles based on values, mindset and behaviour. 

In October, I was invited to be part of a Property Council of Australia Committee meeting. Joining the Hunter Chapter Committee, I met a mix of passionate and intelligent individuals – it was so inspiring to be involved in a discussion with people who fiercely drive equality and promote a cohesive, collaborative community.  

Taking part in the 2022 program has been a wonderful experience. I’m in awe of the influential people I’ve met, who pave the way for an equitable industry. The 500 Women in Property program fosters connection and I have no doubt it will be a valuable experience for 2023 participants.  

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