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Women’s Leadership Initiative

Women’s Leadership Initiative

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.

Women’s Leadership Initiative

Join Arizona’s women land use and real estate leaders for networking and education opportunities all year long. The ULI Arizona Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) launched this year as phase one of the District Council-wide Inclusive Community Initiative.  WLI was conceived to increase the visibility and professional development opportunities for women in ULI and throughout the land use and real estate development industry, and to foster collaboration with District Councils in other cities.  ULI Arizona will host several events this year, with notable speakers and networking opportunities. The 2014 calendar features:

  • A speaker program with notable women presenters
  • Social gatherings for professional women in real estate
  • Leadership development programs to foster more women leaders in the land use and real estate development industry

Formally launched in Charlotte at the ULI 2012 Spring Meeting, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was formed in late 2010 and is now an active part of ULI’s Larson Leadership Initiative. ULI Arizona is excited to welcome WLI to our District Council.

WLI Mission

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.
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.

A Bold Beginning

WLI was created nationally in 2012 and launched during ULI’s Spring Meeting. In the past year, the organization has mobilized in 20 District Councils, including Arizona. In addition to providing programming for Spring and Fall meetings, WLI is focused nationally on:

  • Developing materials that educate ULI members and nonmembers about women in leadership.
  • Reaching out to the District Councils to work collaboratively on issues of importance to women who are ULI members.
  • Recommending women for consideration as ULI Trustees, Product Council Chairs, District Council Chairs and program speakers.
  • Sponsoring original studies of women in real estate and disseminating existing research.
  • Increasing the visibility of women in real estate professions by creating a speakers bureau and sponsoring ULI publications written by women.

Get Involved

Are you interested in making connections with successful, strong professional women in the land use and real estate industry?  Already a ULI member and finding yourself in need of a mentor or advocate to help navigate through this typically male-dominated field?  Then you’re in the right place! Here’s where you can dive in: (programmer: link the names to email addresses)

ULI Arizona WLI Committee

Jennifer Understahl, Perkins Coie WLI Chair
Ericka LeMaster, Alliance Bank of Arizona WLI Vice Chair
Heather Personne, Evergreen Devco Membership Committee Chair
Vanessa Hickman, Arizona State Land Dept. Membership Co-Vice Chair
Carolyn Oberholtzer, Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer Membership Co-Vice-Chair
Michelle Olson, Olson Communications Communications Committee Chair
Mandy Purcell, Commercial Executive Magazine Communications Vice Chair
Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings Programming & Events Chair
Jody Pokorski, Snell & Wilmer Programming & Events Co-Vice Chair
Alexandra Loye, GPE Commercial Advisors Sponsorship Committee Chair
Bridget Lewis Kober, Keig Financial Corp YLG Liaison