“You are future leaders and London needs you” was the resounding message left by Kaela Fenn-Smith (Managing Director of Real Estate Balance) for the 200 young professionals that attended our NextGen Christmas Reception. Hosted at the Building Centre, in partnership with WPA and NLA with support from NextGen champions Gardiner & Theobald, the event marked the end of a busy year.
Attendees were greeted at the event by a selection of festive songs and classic hits performed by a five-person gospel choir prior to hearing an inspiring keynote speech from Kaela. Addressing those in attendance, Kaela outlined her impressive career journey and shared her tips on how to shape resilience in business and develop transactional skills. As the sector continues to develop and change, Kaela told the NextGen audience that the future should look towards ‘upgrading environments and cultures for all to succeed’.
Kaela’s top tips for NextGen colleagues:
1. Always be ambitious
2. Set yourself high and ask your companies to invest in your talent
3. Make your intentions known: self-development and curiosity are key attributes to leaders.
The festive evening proved a huge success, with Kaela’s speech followed by a music set by DJ Lisa Wright, mince pies and mulled wine.
A selection of the social media highlights from the event:
Guests arriving for our #NextGen Christmas Reception are greeted by a festive and fun set from this great gospel choir. #CPANextGen #WPANextGen Hosted in partnership with #NLANextGen @nlalondon and supported by @gt_llp pic.twitter.com/RkZ575fQUC
— London Property Alliance (@LdnPropAlliance) December 10, 2019
Set your sights higher than you ever think you’re capable of achieving
Only you have the power to limit your potential
Make decisions on gut instinct, work hard and don’t let people down pic.twitter.com/QxxYroVve7
— NLA (@nlalondon) December 10, 2019
G&T’s NextGen is celebrating the festive season @nlalondon NextGen Christmas party with @CPA_London @TheWPA listening to @KaelaFS inspiring the audience with her career journey #GTProgression pic.twitter.com/QYwdPzArnV
— Gardiner & Theobald (@gt_llp) December 10, 2019
Great to gather with so many inspiring young professionals across the industry and look back on and celebrate 2019. Thanks to Kaela Fenn-Smith for the words of wisdom, and @nlalondon @TheWPA @CPA_London @gt_llp for hosting a fantastic #NLANextGen party! Here’s to an amazing 2020! https://t.co/7kkOx0O4RT
— Price & Myers (@PriceandMyers) December 11, 2019
— Aneta Popiel (@PopielAneta) December 10, 2019