Podcast: Leading Voices with ULI

leadingvoicespodcastThe Leading Voices with ULI podcast series finds inspiration from professionals around the globe who are passionate about improving the places where we live, work, and play. The podcasts feature innovative leaders in the real estate, land use, and policy space, and explore the compelling personal stories that fuel their work. Interviews tap into the successes, failures, and pivot points in the guests’ lives to reveal the leadership lessons learned along the way.

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Featured Podcasts

Kimber Lanning
Founder & Executive Director of
Local First Arizona, Phoenix

Kimber Lanning has operated an independent record store in downtown Phoenix for 30 years. Her experience as a small business owner led her to start Local First Arizona, advocating for self-reliant, unique downtowns that can support the little guy.

Steve Leeper
President and CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)


Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was one of the most blighted in the country, impeding on the city’s economic development. Leveraging creative financing as well as civic and corporate partnerships, Steve Leeper has led 3CDC in the transformation of this historic neighborhood.

Alicia Glen
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York


A lifelong New Yorker, Alicia Glen serves as the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development. Why did she leave the private sector for public service, and what are the challenges for New York given one of its own is entering the White House?

Egbert Perry
Chairman and CEO of
the Integral Group, Atlanta


Egbert Perry of the Integral Group developed the national model for mixed-income housing. He has since been changing the notion of which industry sectors people of color are accepted, and successfully forging into market-rate commercial projects.

Honorable Marilyn Strickland
Mayor of the City of Tacoma


As the first African American, first Asian American, and second woman elected to Tacoma, Washington’s highest office, Mayor Marilyn Strickland challenges notions of what makes a strong leader. She talks about the journey from business school to the corporate marketing world that has led her to earning the top post of this international port city.

Steve Wilson
Co-Founder, 21c Museum Hotels


At an age when most find themselves retiring, Steve Wilson and his wife catapulted themselves into a new career driven by their passion for modern art as they founded 21c Museum Hotels, a boutique brand in midsized cities that brings contemporary art to the masses. His desire to curb suburban sprawl prompted his purchase of a downtown Louisville, Kentucky, building for the first of his many hotels.

Meet the Host


matt-slepin-headshotMatt Slepin founded Terra Search Partners in 2006 to provide a highly consultative and both a client- and candidate-centric approach to the real estate search. He is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, a member of the board of ULI’s San Francisco District Council, and a member of the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council.


Contact Us

Questions about the Leading Voices podcast? Contact us at leadershipnetwork@uli.org