EQUILIBRIUM NETWORK EVENTS
WOMEN IN CITY MAKING
7th March 2023
The first of our 2023 programme of free virtual events, ‘Women in City Making’ explored issues of gender equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment sector.
The event formed part of EQN’s work on DivAirCity, an EU funded project which spans across 5 European cities; Aarhus (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Castellón (Spain), Orvieto (Italy) and Potsdam (Germany). We were delighted to welcome delegates, both men and women, from 19 different countries across the globe.
We will hold an event every 3 months for the duration of the project which will act as a catalyst to expand our network into these cities, hopefully leaving a legacy and a drive for lasting change long after the project finishes.
Chaired by EQN’s founder Caroline Cole, the 90-minute-long event brought together a panel of leading experts from the industry to discuss a variety of topics and case studies including sustainability, safe spaces for young girls and urban development as well as others. This was followed by a thought provoking Q&A session.
The panel included Peter Murray (New London Architecture), Mina Hasman (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), Susannah Walker (Make Space for Girls), Chris Williamson (Weston Williamson and Partners) and Lily Lin (Mark).
Click below to watch a recording of the event.
SUMMER EVENT 2022: WOMEN IN CITY MAKING
5th July 2022
Our first in-person networking event since the pandemic gave insight into the DivAirCity project as a catalyst to discussing diverse city governance, celebrating and show-casing ‘The Influence of Women in City Making’. The event included a facilitated conversation chaired by Caroline Cole (Colander Associates) and led by a panel including Selina Mason (Director of Masterplanning, Lendlease), Sasha Krstanovic (Founder, Mstep), Lili Matson (TFL), Martyn Evans (U&I).
To listen to a recording of the event:
SPRING EVENT 2022 – VALUING BALANCE
24 February 2022
This online event focused on how climate change impacts the most vulnerable, and that women and children can be particularly affected. We discussed the empowerment of those who are most affected versus those who are delivering the solutions.
To see a recording of the event: https://youtu.be/7Tv-5JqS9EU
Our keynote speaker was Professor Jo da Silva DBE, Global Director of Sustainable Development at Arup. She was joined by a fantastic panel comprising: Dawn Bonfield MBE, Founder and Director of Towards Vision, Jeremy Millard, who runs his own non-profit consultancy, Third Millennium Governance and Magali Thomson, architect and project Lead for Placemaking at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
AUTUMN EVENT – ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION 2019
28 November 2019
This event, hosted by Arup, focused on how successfully our members have managed to deliver our aims. Members were asked to come prepared to share their stories, loosely based on the Equilibrium Charter, in order to define and share the triggers for success.
We will be collating the findings from the event and will be circulating to all Equilibrium Networking members.
BREAKING BOUNDARIES THROUGH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
18 June 2019
As part of the 2019 London Festival of Architecture, we are teaming up with Real Estate Balance and Foster + Partners to deliver a seminar that will look at the built environment and real estate sectors, with a focus on gender imbalance at senior levels. For further information please go to the LFA website.
MAKING GENDER DIVERSITY COUNT
ANNUAL EVENT FOR MEMBERS
Our second annual event took place in November 2017, again with an invited audience of around 60 people. Lucy Homer from Lendlease gave the keynote address.
At this event, we reviewed the findings of our research into gender diversity within organisations working in the built environment and launched The Equilibrium Network Charter: a check list for best practice.
We also ran a series of VoxPop questions: a light-hearted exercise but the results make interesting reading . Most importantly for us, everyone who voted said that they would like to take part in the pilot scheme for The Equilibrium Network Charter. If you too would be interested do take a look here.
Our first event was held in November 2016 with an invited audience of around 60 people. At this event it was agreed that there was sufficient interest for us to develop The Equilibrium Network as a formal organisation.
FEMALE SPEAKERS FOR INDUSTRY EVENTS
Many conference organisers across the built environment sectors aim to achieve 50:50 women and men on their speaker lists and panel discussions. However, we are aware that it is often difficult for conference organisers to find female speakers. We would encourage women in our network to register with Women Talk Real Estate, an organisation that offers female speakers to a wide range of conference and panel organisers across the built environment.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
In the summer of 2017 we instigated a number of Round Table discussions with a wide audience working across the built environment, to review and discuss the first draft of The Equilibrium Network Charter. Comments and suggestions from these Round Tables have informed the published Charter.
We will be setting up Round Table discussions on other topics – in particular the implementation of The Equilibrium Network Charter – in the coming months, bringing together Boards and senior players across the industry, to share stories and best practice. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact us.
OCCASIONAL DEBATES AND LECTURES
Information about debates and lectures will be posted here.
STRATEGIC ADVICE TO BOARDS AND INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS
We are a group of experienced, senior people, working across all aspects of the built environment. Between us, we have a wealth of expertise and experience. If your organisation would like to tap into this knowledge, please contact us.