Chief executive and managing director of Mirvac, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, is one of the most influential women in Australian business.
Lloyd-Hurwitz, who was elected president of the Property Council earlier this year, will be speaking at the upcoming QUT Business Leaders’ Forum on Wednesday, 25 October.
Moderated by renowned Australian journalist Kerry O’Brien, Lloyd-Hurwitz will speak to her personal leadership journey and the moments that have defined her career. She will also cover the Australian build-to-rent sector, housing affordability and Mirvac’s role in the creation of more liveable cities.
In the lead up to the QUT Business Leaders’ Forum, The Urban Developer briefly spoke with Lloyd-Hurwitz on her career highlights, vision for the future of the property development industry and advice she has for young business leaders.
TUD: What has been your career highlight to date?
Having the opportunity to lead the transformation of Mirvac — not just producing strong financial performance and excellent outcomes for our customers, but at the same time transforming the way we work, developing an award winning innovation program and being recognised by Dow Jones as the world’s most sustainable real estate company.
I’m so proud of what the Mirvac team has achieved.
TUD: What values are important to you in business?
At Mirvac, we pride ourselves on always doing what we say we’re going to do, on being good people to work with.
I also passionately believe that being financially successful as a company and have a highly positive impact on communities, people and the planet are not mutually exclusive goals, indeed they must go together.
TUD: What do you think the property development industry will look like in 20 years?
20 years ago, none of us would have imagined that our customers would be asking for places in which to live, work, and shop which are sustainable, and good for human health and wellbeing. But they are, and the property development industry is innovating to respond to our customers’ needs.
Likewise, in 20 years, we will value water as our most precious resource, and time together as our most valued discretionary spend. We are right now reimagining what this future will be like for people who want their transactions instant but personal, their communities inclusive and safe, their journeys short and pollution free, their workplaces flexible and adaptive, and their shops and supplies local and free from slavery.
TUD: What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Mirvac today?
We’re a company focused on making cities vibrant and sustainable. We, like many others, are serious about how we work together to build social cohesion as we tackle the affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne by giving people better options.
TUD: What advice would you give to young business leaders?
First and foremost, find something you love to do, something that brings you joy and a sense of contribution and achievement. Then, find a way to work that will allow you to develop people and leadership skills at the same time as you build your technical skills, whatever industry you find yourself in.
TUD: Can you give us a sneak preview on what you will touch on at the Forum?
I’m going to be talking about my personal journey and thoughts on leadership.
Tickets for the QUT Business Leaders’ Forum with Mirvac chief executive, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, are now on sale.
Wednesday 25 October
Grand Ballroom, Brisbane Hilton
Individual tickets — $175 or tables of 10 — $1650