The Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative enables ULI to add leadership development activities to its program of work and extend the Institute’s reach to many more current and potential leaders.
“To provide leadership in the responsible use of land…” has been at the core of ULI’s mission since the Institute’s inception. Today, ULI cultivates the leadership skills of its members, at all levels, in order to enhance leadership within ULI, in the development industry, and in communities across the country. Through the inspiration and generosity of Bob Larson, ULI has created the ULI Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative, funded through the Larson Leadership Endowment, to honor the memory of one of the industry’s leading lights.
LLI WLI Leadership Summit
The Larson Leadership Initiative (LLI) and the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) partner every ULI Spring Meeting to host a Leadership Summit. Historically, the breakfast event has featured an innovative female real estate or business leader with the intention of showcasing strategies that women have employed to attain leadership roles in their industry and community. The Summit is an invite-only event focused on WLI leaders, Foundation Governors, ULI Board Members, and Trustees.
District Council Centers for Leadership
District Councils are taking an active role in creating an ongoing generation of future leaders in their own communities. Began by ULI South Carolina in 2006, these Centers for Leadership are designed to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate industry and related fields how the particular region gets built.
The goal of these nine month long programs is to develop tomorrow’s leaders who will implement ULI’s mission in the local community. Thus far five District Councils, in South Carolina, Atlanta, Washington, Michigan and Northwest, have inaugurated programs.
The Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative presented the third annual Mentor Mart for Emerging Leaders as part of Leadership Day in 2015. The highly interactive format features roundtables which create the opportunity for ULI’s emerging leaders to connect with ULI Trustees, Governors, and 29 senior members.
The Emerging Leaders Roundtable is an invitation only event held at the ULI Spring Meeting in which networking sessions are hosted to allow small groups of young emerging leaders to discuss real estate trends
and leadership challenges with accomplished, senior-level ULI members. In past, these sessions have been facilitated by Sandy Apgar, a housing, infrastructure, and real estate consultant and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Army, who has recruited senior ULI members to serve as mentors to the rising professionals.
The CEO Summit is customarily held during the ULI Fall Meeting. A limited number of chief executives are invited to discuss the latest industry trends and share their experiences and lessons learned from managing their organizations in the face of global trends, such as changing demographics, emerging technologies, a new regulatory environment and the complexities of the capital markets. A keynote speaker is invited to set the stage for the day, followed by roundtable conversations about the opportunities and challenges of leading organizations in today’s business climate.