What's the difference?

Mentors and sponsors serve different purposes, but their end goal is the same; to support you in achieving your goals.

Sponsors are people who will advocate for you in the workplace, champion your skills and success and help to build your network and profile. 


Playing a slightly different role, a mentor is a source of guidance and advice. Both are important in maximising career growth, but sponsors act where mentors usually advise.

The program is most successful when sponsors select participants and are proactive champions.


To be a successful sponsor you will need to:

icons8-tick-box-1Identify and contact a participant you wish to sponsor

icons8-tick-box-1Assist your participant to complete their nomination form

icons8-tick-box-1Arrange to meet with your participant at the beginning of the program to discuss:

  • What your participant wants to achieve from the program.
  • Mapping out a schedule of face-to-face meetings during the year.
  • Which events and professional development opportunities your participant would like to attend during the year.

icons8-tick-box-1Actively engage with your participant during the program and meet at least twice during the year

As a sponsor-driven program you should actively advocate for and promote your participant’s career advancements.

The program requires that you meet face-to-face with your participant a minimum of twice during the year. These meetings are designed to assist your participant to map out their career plan, identify professional development needs and prepare your participant for their organisation’s appraisal process.


icons8-tick-box-1Attend 500 Women in Property launch and wrap up events with your participant in their state/territory

You will be expected to attend the launch and wrap up events with your participant in their state/territory

icons8-tick-box-1Host your participant at two (minimum) Property Council events during the year

The Property Council runs a dynamic and diverse program of events during the year. You are expected to host your participant at a minimum of two during the year at no cost to your participant.

As the sponsor you should prepare the participant for the event and provide them with networking guidance at the event.

icons8-tick-box-1Prepare your participant to observe a Property Council committee during the year

A valuable and unique part of the program is the opportunity for your participant to observe a Property Council committee meeting. Participants will be invited to attend a meeting in their State/Territory to provide an understanding of how the committees work and to broaden your network.

It is the participant’s responsibility to attend the committee meeting at the date provided. You are not expected to attend with your participant. We do encourage you to meet with your participant prior to the meeting to discuss the committee format and provide guidance to your participant on ways to actively engage.


icons8-tick-box-1Assist and encourage your participant to participate in professional development opportunities

We encourage you to discuss with your participant how they can leverage networking opportunities through the 500 Women in Property program. Where appropriate, we encourage you to assist them identify and enroll in any professional development opportunities.

Participants and sponsors in the 2022 program are eligible for a 10 per cent discount on all Academy courses running during the year. You can view all the courses here.

icons8-tick-box-1Provide feedback on the program via two formal surveys and to your State/Territory Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Feedback surveys are sent mid-way through the program and towards the conclusion.

icons8-tick-box-1Advise the Property Council if you are changing roles, companies and/or your participant no longer wishes to be part of the program

To ensure you continue to receive updates on 500 Women in Property events and opportunities, please ensure we have your current information.

Kindly note, if you or your participant leave a Property Council member company you will no longer be eligible to participate in the program.