The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was established in 2011 as a global program of the Urban Land Institute to raise the visibility and number of women in the industry.

The WLI Summit launched in 2019 to bring together real estate professionals from across the central United States for two days of programming, tours, and professional development designed to connect ULI members with the world of real estate.

The 2019 inaugural Summit drew over 320 attendees from 20 states and Canada. With over 30 speakers, the Summit delivered on its promise to address equity in land use and leadership.

The 2020 Summit moved to a virtual platform to keep the community connected in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to advance education around equity and land use.

The 2021 Summit will again allow ULI members and friends to gather safely – both in-person and online – to share insights and learn from industry leaders.

In addition to the host of generous local and regional sponsors who support this Summit, the WLI committees of eight district councils would like to thank Hines for the 2018 WLI Hines Innovation Grant, which provided pivotal seed funding to see this idea come to life.

Participating district councils include: Chicago, Indiana, Kansas City, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, Nashville, and St. Louis.