Category Archives: Women’s Leadership Initiative

Written by Anushka Silva The second installment of WLI’s professional engagement and speaking workshop series, Beyond the Elevator Pitch, took place on Thursday, October 30th to a packed house eager to hear from keynote speaker Kristi Royse, the CEO of KLR Consulting and a nationally acclaimed speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. The event was centered on enhancing one’s presentation skills in order to harness the immense potential of public speaking to inform, inspire and ultimately influence outcomes. Kristi’s approach for delivering an effective presentation was divided into five segments: Define and Create … Read More

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ULIsf Welcomes New Manager: Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren

ULI San Francisco is excited to welcome our newest manager, Renée van Staveren. A Northern California native, prior to attending college she was an AmeriCorps public health volunteer in San Mateo, followed by work in the e-waste recycling sector in Los Angeles. Renée attended Prescott College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development, followed by a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. While studying, Renée worked with AMMA Transit Planning in the specialized transportation sector, spurring her interest in transportation infrastructure, multimodal transit … Read More

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WLI: Beyond the Elevator Pitch Recap

Beyond the Elevator Pitch, the professional engagement and speaking workshop put on by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), took place on June 3. We were fortunate to have two ULI writers in attendance; Lauren Kohli, TRC and Lindsay Pincus, Studio Architecture, to capture their personal experiences from the sold-out event. On Tuesday, June 3, Holland & Knight hosted a sold-out crowd of women eager to learn about improving our “Elevator Pitches” and making positive lasting impressions on the people that we meet. The incredibly engaging and insightful Lisa Wentz, founder of the … Read More

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Women Grad Students! 2014 Deb Stein Fellowship Application Now Available

Debra Stein

ULI is now accepting applications for the Debra Stein “YIMBY” (Yes In My Backyard) Graduate Student Fellowship for 2014! This specialized fellowship supports promising young women in their pursuit of responsible land use and urban development. One female student pursuing a graduate degree in a land use-related field in Northern California is selected each year for a two-year appointment, starting in her final year of study, by the Debra Stein Graduate Student Fellowship Selection Committee. Fellowship Details: In addition to receiving the opportunity to be integrated into the vast ULI network of real … Read More

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Leading Change: Men + Women = Higher Returns

WLI Leading Change

If the packed room was any indication, ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative’s sold-out March 13, 2014 inaugural event, Leading Change: Men + Women = Higher Returns was a smashing success.  The diverse audience of men and women highlighted that gender diversity is a business issue, rather than an issue that only impacts women. Dr. Kellie McElhaney, the Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, kicked off the evening with an engaging presentation focused on the business case for diversity in leadership and how … Read More

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ULIsf Members Profiled in “Women of Influence”

Women of Influence 2013

We’re proud to note that ULI members were named in every category of the San Francisco Business Times “Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence”.  The high profile list honors a range of professionals — from attorneys to developers, architects to brokers, engineers to entrepreneurs, financiers to contractors, property and asset manager to urban thought leaders – who are not only at the top of their game, but leaders in their communities and advocates for the advancement of women in their industry. Congratulations to the following for being recognized by … Read More

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Stay LinkedIn to ULI

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Keep up on the latest local, regional and national ULI news by joining ULI on LinkedIn. ULI San Francisco LinkedIn Group; ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative LinkedIn Group; and ULI National LinkedIn Group.

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ULI is Offering Two ULI Fall Meeting Scholarships!

WLI Chair Scholarship

Join ULI in Chicago: Apply for a Fall Meeting Scholarship ULI is pleased to offer two scholarship programs to connect you to the education and networking opportunities at the 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago. Apply today for the Women’s Leadership Initiative Scholarship or the Wells Fargo “Who’s Next” ULI Young Leaders Scholarship.  

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ULI Women: Fall Meeting 2013 Scholarship Opportunity!

Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI)

This year, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative will be awarding up to 10 female Associate/YLG/Student members with ULI scholarships to attend the 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago on November 5-8 and to advance the mission of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI). The scholarship will include complimentary registration and up to a $1,500 reimbursement of expenses related to hotel, airfare, local transport, meals, and Product Council reception/dinner – which reimbursement will be payable upon scholarship recipients’ attendance and full participation at the Fall meeting as well as the completion of post … Read More

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Women’s Leadership Takes Center Stage in the Bay Area


On April 2, at the ULIsf’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Organizational Meeting, after 30 years of ULI involvement, chapter Executive Director Elliot Stein found himself in a very unusual situation: he was the only man in the conference room. Yet even though female membership in ULIsf represents a proportion higher than the national average, encountering the opposite gender balance at a local event is not difficult to imagine. So without developing a separate organization, the WLI means to encourage, promote and train women to become a mainstream presence in the … Read More

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