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Tomorrow’s Leaders webinar discusses the big issues

Tomorrow’s Leaders webinar
Sophie Cox, top right, chairs the discussion in the first of the three webinars

In a three-part webinar series, representatives of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Community, CIOB senior members and industry experts came together to discuss key issues facing  the built environment.

The series covered technology, EDI and sustainability. The first webinar in the series explored technology, the impact on future ways of working and how projects are completed and maintained.

Key takeaways included the importance of data quality, standardisation and technology strategies; the need to weave technology with organisational change; education around AI and machine learning; and how to use storytelling for value optimisation.

Part two discussed diversity and inclusion, exploring the barriers that exist in the industry and how the industry is implementing EDI.

It was felt that a collaborative and strategic approach will bring forward more positive change. Panellists encouraged listeners to explore the work CIOB is doing around EDI (see

The third webinar focused on sustainability. It questioned whether the industry is equipped with individuals with relevant skills. The importance of raising awareness was highlighted, along with the need for a culture change to attract new talent.

Sophie Cox, product owner, Tomorrow’s Leaders, said: “While it was apparent from all three discussions that progress has been made, there is still work to be done. Education of those both inside and out of the industry and the importance of changing perceptions were consistent areas of focus.” l

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