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. The efforts of the Women’s Leadership Initiative are expressed in promoting the advancement of women throughout their careers as leaders in the real estate industry.

Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was launched by ULI, nationally, in early 2012, with the mission of raising the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry. The WLI Programs committee for the San Francisco District Council delivers programs to help achieve that goal: programs that focus on leadership, that advance WLI’s ambitious objectives, and that ultimately achieve positive change in the industry. The WLI Programs Committee works with other committees within the District Council to ensure that the voices, experiences, and perspectives of women leaders are a regular part of the rich content of the programs that ULI delivers to its diverse membership.

Chinar Starck

Wells Fargo

WLI Co-Chair


Jordan McCarthy Zaman

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

WLI Co-Chair


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Kathleen Burgi Sandell, WLI

Kathleen Burgi-Sandell

James Campbell Co

WLI Co-Chair


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Women's Leadership Initiative Posts

The Bottom Line Imperative (Women’s Leadership Initiative)

The following post is a recap of WLI’s event, Human Resources Roundtable – The Bottom Line Imperative, June 18, 2018 In the wake of the #MeToo Movement and recent reports like those from the LeanIn Institute and McKinsey & Company being released, social awareness of the gender and diversity gap within leadership has come to the forefront of our daily interactions and news outlets. How do we start to tackle these issues within an organization? What are the various initiatives within real estate and tech that are driving hiring and … Read More

ULI Tours the Public Market in Emeryville

Known for its food hall, eclectic mix of tenants and historic buildings, the Public Market in Emeryville is among the most recognizable destinations in the Bay Area. A multi-year redevelopment project with one to two years of construction remaining, the 14-acre project contains 300,000+ square feet of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices, and residential space, and also includes anchor grocery tenant New Seasons Market. On Wednesday, May 17th, ULI held an event in a retail shell space at Public Market highlighting this unique project and the people who have been involved … Read More

Boardroom After Dark 2017

Boardroom After Dark 2017

ULI San Francisco’s Boardroom After Dark dinner series continues into its third season!  We invite you to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most dynamic and engaging real estate and land use leaders who are making things happen in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join these leaders for an intimate dinner with only eleven other ULI members! Dinners are held between 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in a private dining room at Il Fornaio, 1265 Battery Street.  This season’s dinners are scheduled for: July 11           … Read More

Recruit and Retain: How to Create a Successful Real Estate Start-Up

WLI Recruit Retain or Die

In the Bay Area, when one hears the term “start-up,” there tends to be an automatic association with tech. However, this term has not always been wedded to a single industry. As innovation gets tied tighter and tighter with tech, how does Bay Area’s real estate industry maintain its entrepreneurial spirit and recruit teams built for success? A crowd of 40 had the opportunity to join a conversation between our moderator and four panelists, each bringing a different perspective on how to build and maintain teams. Elizabeth Kauchak, Vice President … Read More

How to Succeed in Real Estate: Dinner with Connie Moore

Connie Moore, Boardroom After Dark

ULI San Francisco was excited to have Connie Moore as a guest at Boardroom After Dark on October 11, 2016. Ms. Moore has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, and mostly recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for BRE until the completion of the merger with Essex Property Trust in 2014.  Ms. Moore currently sits on the board of several public, private and non-profit companies, as well as multiple educational institutions. Boardroom After Dark allows for ULI members to get to know … Read More

Event Recap: Oakland’s Development Through Rachel Flynn’s Eyes

ULI San Francisco was honored to welcome Rachel Flynn, Director of the Planning and Building Department in Oakland, to commence the 3rd annual Boardroom After Dark series on July 12, 2016. Boardroom After Dark brings together a small group of ULI members for an intimate dinner with some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most influential real estate industry professionals and leaders. ULI members enjoyed getting to know Ms. Flynn in an informal setting—learning about her path to the planning department in Oakland, which grew from her training and early … Read More