Women’s Leadership Initiative

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The mission of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.

WLI Steering Committee

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) formally launched in Charlotte, NC at the ULI 2012 Spring Meeting. WLI was formed late in 2010 and is now an active part of ULI’s Larson Leadership Initiative.


The mission of the WLI is expressed in its four primary objectives:

  • Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry.
  • Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions in the real estate industry and in ULI.
  • Increase the visibility of women leaders in the real estate industry and in ULI.
  • Increase the number of women who are active ULI Full members, and support the development of young women members as leaders in ULI and in their professions.

Get Involved

If you would like to be involved with the WLI’s work, reach out to your local District Council staff to express interest. Find the contact information for your ULI District Council.

Join the Conversation. The WLI regularly hosts high-level conversations with accomplished women leaders. Join our LinkedIn group to participate.

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Latest News From WLI Worldwide

  • 2014 Annual Report

    Posted April 9, 2015 on Urban Land InstituteULI has published its 2014 Annual Report in a digital-first format now available at annualreport.uli.org Read More
  • WLI Leadership Connection with Virginia McAllister

    Posted April 7, 2015 on ULI ColoradoWomen’s Leadership Initiative Leadership Connection with Virginia McAllister The WLI Leadership Connection Series kicked off on March 26th with a lunch with Virginia McAllister, Principal and Owner of Iron Horse Architects… Read More
  • Event Recap: An Engaging Dialogue with Lydia Tan

    Posted April 3, 2015 on ULI San FranciscoLydia Tan, Senior Vice President of Development for Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) LP, was the honored guest at ULI San Francisco’s March 25, 2015 Boardroom After Dark program, a series of… Read More
  • Women's Leadership program "Break Your Own Rules"

    Posted March 10, 2015 on ULI SacramentoULI Sacramento's WLI held a program on March 4 titled "Break Your Own Rules" a discussion about the New York Times best seller. Katie Carr, Executive Coach and… Read More
  • WLI Dine-Arounds

    Posted February 25, 2015 on ULI WashingtonOn February 24, three simultaneous WLI dine-arounds took place in Maryland, Virginia and the District.  A total of forty-two women gathered at the various venues for a fun evening of food… Read More
  • WLI Profile: Professor Patricia McCarney

    Posted February 4, 2015 on ULI TorontoBy Robyn Brown and Emily Graham Looking back over her illustrious career is not something Patricia McCarney does often, in part due to her fervent working pace. She describes her journey… Read More
  • ULI Women's Leadership host Arts & Cultural Leaders at January luncheon

    Posted January 27, 2015 on ULI SacramentoULI's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) group held a lunch meeting recently inviting guest speakers, Lial Jones, Director Crocker Art Museum, Maritza Davis, Co-Founder, Unseen Heroes and new Executive Director of… Read More


WLI Governance

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2014 WLI Strategic Plan
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2013 WLI Annual Report
Read our 2013 Annual Report.

2013 WLI Strategic Plan
Read our 2013 Strategic Plan.

2012 WLI Annual Report
Read our 2012 Annual Report.

2012 WLI Strategic Plan
Read our 2012 Strategic Plan.


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