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The Propcast

Jan 21, 2021

Summary: In this episode the Propcast talks to Kim Lewis of Oxford Properties, and Courtney Cooper from Alate Partners about gender diversity in PropTech.
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter brought to you in partnership with UK PropTech Association, The UK PropTech Association is a membership organisation to drive the digital transformation of the property industry. This show will focus on connecting the Proptechs, real estate funds and VC’s globally…and get everyone talking about innovation of the build to rent environment.
About Our Host
Louisa Dickins 
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
About LMRE
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the place at the time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
About Our Guests
Kim Lewis 
Kim is Senior Vice President at Oxford Properties Group, who connect people to exceptional places, and is the owner, developer and manager of some of the world’s best real estate assets. Established in 1960, it manages approximately $60 billion of assets across the globe on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Oxford’s portfolio encompasses office, retail, industrial, hotels and multifamily residential and spans more than 100 million square feet in global gateway cities across four continents. Kim is a seasoned strategist in all things digital, she is passionate about work that positions her on the edge of change leading the way. Kim likes collaborating with innovators who think deeply about how technology can add value and solve for business opportunities, Kim builds off their creativity and enjoys the challenge of honing a vision, connecting the dots between business outcomes and technology, elevating ways of working to deliver real value and empowering innovation in big ways and small.
Courtney Cooper
Courtney is a principal at Alate Partners. In this role, she helps identify and scale promising real estate technology companies, provides market analysis and due diligence, and manages relationships with industry partners. Courtney has spent most of her career in real estate —including more than four years at Dream, leading innovation and business transformation initiatives. She went on to work as an Innovation Strategist at Great-West Life, where she helped one of Canada’s largest financial institutions analyze new markets and identify opportunities for growth. Courtney takes a human-centred approach, developed through her graduate studies in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialty in Operations from Georgetown University.
Resources mentioned
LMRE website
UKPA website
Oxford Properties website 
Alate Partners website 
Key Insights In this Episode
-- As we see more diverse people around the table, there's proof that this leads to better outcomes and actually better business outcomes Courtney Cooper
- I think the motivation has definitely shifted in recent years towards increased diversity more as a foundation to drive better outcomes and solutions within the organisation Kim Lewis
- We all have an accountability to support each other, through what is a long journey. And so, being open about concerns, perceptions, ideals, and proactively engage in constructive dialogue Kim Lewis
- Each one of us needs to think about what we can do ourselves as well as organisationally, to try to reduce these kinds of barriers and inequality Courtney Cooper
- The hiring process is an important key because you're interviewing the candidate, but the candidate is also interviewing youCourtney Cooper
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