This time I struck gold and timed my recent trip to attend the launch of Property Week's Women's Power List and Women in Property 25th Anniversary Launch.
The event, kindly hosted by Taylor Wessing, started with a keynote address from Susan Vinnicombe OBE, talking about the Lord Davis Report and about the feasibility of gender quotas on boards.
Then the debate continued with Property Week editor-in-chief Giles Barrie chairing an impressive panel of women including: Jenefer Greenwood, Retail Strategist for Grosvenor, Lynda Shillaw, Managing Director of Corporate Real Estate, Lloyds Banking Group, Rebecca Worthington, Finance Director, Quintain and first in the Property Week listing, Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of the Crown Estate, who amongst other things helped to rebuild Manchester after the bomb.
Taking the same test, men assume they have done better, women assume they have done worse.
Women aren't good at blowing their own trumpet.
Find something that you're good at and become very good at it.
Women are very good at nitty gritty
Women wait to be asked
Good bosses chuck you in at the deep end
And then the child care question arose...Buy the best childcare and don't take the guilt trip.
With renewed determination we then hit the floor to network. Talking with Angela Brady, President of RIBA, about an issue close to my heart, there is much more to be done about increasing the number of women in architecture. And so I ventured back to Manchester with the will to do something about it.