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Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)

The mission of the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of female leaders within ULI and the real estate industry as a whole. WLI regularly hosts events and opportunities for high-level conversations with accomplished female leaders in the industry.

Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)

The mission of the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of female leaders within ULI and the real estate industry as a whole. WLI regularly hosts events and opportunities for high-level conversations with accomplished female leaders in the industry. The Kansas City ULI Chapter Women’s Leadership Initiative was kicked off June 4, 2014 with a visit from Diana Reid, current Chair of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and member of the ULI Board of Directors.

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

WLI Kansas City

The WLI Kansas City is run by a committee of 11 local female leaders within the real estate and related industries.

Co-chairs Babette Macy, HOK, and Leah FitzGerald, Van Trust Real Estate, LLC; Cat Szalkowski, el dorado inc; Devon Coffey, Opus Group; Diane Burnette, MainCor; Emily Tilgner, Lankford Fendler + Associates; Joy Crimmins, ULI Kansas City; Julia Taylor, Dentons Real Estate; Maria Maffry, BNIM; Michelle Kaiser, CBC Real Estate Group; and Rachel Knox, Yaeger Architecture, Inc.

Get Involved

The WLI Kansas City Planning Committee has developed a series of events and programs for 2017 with the theme of Connect, Learn and Grow. All events are open to ULI members and non-members alike; register online at KansasCity.ULI.org. For more information, contact Babette Macy or Leah Fitzgerald.