ULI Health Leaders Program


The ULI Health Leaders Network will empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities.

Participants will gain valuable skills and connections that will help them advance their careers, as well as practical knowledge about the intersection between health and the built environment.

Application for Health Leaders Network  Flyer for Health Leaders Network

Program Details

The ULI Health Leaders Network will facilitate creative collaborations within the fields of public health, planning and design, and development, and empower participants with actionable knowledge on development and design strategies that improve health.

Participants in the first cohort will be expected to participate in two in person forums, one of which will be held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting in Los Angeles (October 24-27, 2017) and one to be held in May 2018. These forums will focus on leadership development and network building.

Health Leaders are also expected to participate in five interactive webinars exploring health-related topics, such as cross-sector partnerships for health, demographics, environmental health, and more. Forums and webinars will have pre- and post-work, including pre-reading and small group assignments that can be completed virtually.

ULI is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and Randall Lewis for their support of this program.


  1. Nurture and empower a cross-sector network of real estate and land use professionals with knowledge about connections between real estate, planning, and health.
  2. Cultivate leadership skills among Health Leaders, in order to help them advance their careers. Provide best practices, data and research, and actionable approaches about health and the built environment.
  3. Improve health and wellness for all people, by helping to advance a culture of health in real estate and land use decision making.

Candidate Criteria

  • Education: Undergraduate or higher degree.
  • Work Experience and Background: ULI Health Leaders will be a diverse group of emerging and established leaders, from a range of career stages and disciplines, including real estate development, public leadership, urban planning and design, infrastructure, finance and public health. Applicants should have at least five to seven years of professional experience.
  • Commitment: Participants must commit to attend 4 out of the 5 monthly webinars, and to attend the two in-person forums (see below Timeline and Key Dates). If accepted to this prestigious and competitive program, you are pledging in good faith to be fully engaged and involved. Please be sure that you have approval from your organization or supervisor to participate in this program.
  • Interest in Health: Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to improving health through their professional work.

Both ULI members and non-members are eligible to participate as Health Leaders. Non-ULI members will be expected to become Associate members for the duration of the program.

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

Timeline and Key Dates

This program will run in two cohorts, from July 2017 to July 2018 and from July 2018 to July 2019. Each cohort will have approximately 40 members each.

Program Inception

April 3, 2017Health Leader Network Application process opens
June 2, 2017Applications due
Mid-June 2017Phone interviews with some Health Leader finalists
Mid-July 2017Health Leaders notified of selection
August 2017Individual calls with Health Leaders to discuss program and individual goals
September 2017 Program Orientation Call
Late-October 2017ULI Fall Meeting (Los Angeles) – Program Inception Forum


Webinars with pre- and post-work assignments (all dates tentative)

November 15, 2017 Demographic Trends, Opportunities & Challenges
January 17, 2018Health Certification Standards
February 14, 2018 Cross-Sector Partnerships for Health
March 14, 2018Environmental Health and Mental Health
April 11, 2018Physical Activity and Access to Healthy Food

Concluding Events

Early-May 2018ULI Spring Meeting Reception in Detroit
Late-May or
Early-June 2018

Concluding Forum

Learn More

The Building Healthy Places Initiative will host an information session about the Health Leaders Network at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Seattle from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Please be in touch at health@uli.org with any questions or comments.

One comment on “ULI Health Leaders Program

  1. This looks like a great initiative and opportunity to network. Disappointed though as I and my organisation is based in the UK. But I will be keeping my eyes on this for any interesting outcomes!

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