What do you get if you take Housing Week, one of Lord’s Sugar’s apprentices, a plethora of inspirational leaders from across the housing industry and then mix that in with some of the brightest new minds coming up in the sector? The Young Leader’s Experience 2016 of course.
From the minute I walked through the door of the ICC on the Wednesday morning, I could tell it was going to be a special couple of days. Boy, was it ever.
The agenda was packed with excellent workshops and seminars, facilitated by experts from a range of fields but with one huge difference – it was all about us, the millennials and the future. Each and every session offered us an opportunity to grow not just as a housing professional, but as a leader, confident to take on the challenges that are inevitably facing us with a housing crisis, Brexit and a pressure on finances.
Although I’m not a particularly shy person, I do struggle at professional events to feel like my voice matters and often put myself off from networking – Young Leaders Experience 2016 totally changed the game for me, speaking to as many of the presenters and other delegates as possible, making long standing contacts that I hope I will still have in years to come.
I ended the two days by standing in front of my fellow delegates, David Orr, and the other Boardroom Battle facilitators, talking about a proposed housing offer for millennials, by far the most nerve wracking thing I’ve done, but a huge personal achievement! And now I’m hungry for more.
For me, the National Housing Federation summed it up in the Owning our Future campaign. The conference saw the launch of this, with David Orr reminding us all why we work in this sector, instilling a great sense of pride in each and every delegate there, young leader or not. I would urge anyone in the sector to think about this in terms of their own personal development and really own your future.
To quote Duncan from Ancoris, IYDWYHADYWAGTSR – if you do what you have always done, you will always get the same result. The sector is entering a really interesting period, and rather than limiting possibilities, we need to see this as a chance to create opportunity.
When you hear the inspiring things young talent are already doing in the sector, it makes you feel that it is possible and gives you the motivation to go back and pass on the infectious enthusiasm and passion that is unavoidable at this event. It makes you sit up and take notice of everything around you and more confident to talk to your own company about the endless possibilities.
So if you want to make a difference, create new ideas, inspire and lead, come with me on the journey. First stop, Young Leaders Experience 2017 – see you there.