Gender Balance

EVENT: Unconscious Gender Bias

Hillbreak co-Founder, Jon Lovell, will appear at the forthcoming Flourish International event in Manchester on Unconscious Gender Bias: Changing Behaviours in the Workplace.

Flourish aims to help organisations deliver effective gender equality initiatives and has been looking into the role that unconscious gender bias plays in slowing progress. The event will feature talks on research findings, panel discussion and Q&A with the audience and is open to any individual interested in gender equality including directors, HR and other professionals from both public and private sector organisations.

Together with fellow co-Founder, Miles Keeping, Jon was recently appointed as a Senior Advocate Member of Real Estate Balance, an association focussed on addressing the gender imbalance in the sector. More information detailing Hillbreak’s endeavour to tackle under-representation, unconscious bias, gender-imbalance and lack of diversity within the property sector can be found in Jon’s recent article, Pushing for balance.

The panel will also feature Lorna Kerr – HR Director of Co-op’s Insurance, Natasha Crook –Talent Acquisition Team leader in North Europe for adidas, and Rishi Jain – Manchester United Football Club’s Equality & Inclusion Manager.

Flourish hopes the event will provide insights, opportunities for discussion, networking and an overall understanding that gender equality requires a fundamental shift in perspectives – and that there are steps that can be taken to achieve this.

The property sector is unfortunately known for falling short of where it should be on the issues of equality and inclusion. However, progress is being made; last week FreeholdLGBT won the Outstanding Contribution award at the EG Awards 2018, a clear indicator that efforts to diversify the workforce and challenge discrimination within the industry are not only being made, but applauded and rewarded. There is, however, still much work to be done.

Tickets for Unconscious Gender Bias: Changing Behaviours in the Workplace can be bought here.