Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Southeast Florida / Caribbean is part of a global ULI network promoting the advancement of women in real estate and development. 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.
WLI Southeast Florida/Caribbean is committed to increasing the number and visibility of women in leadership roles 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.
To date, the WLI has provided programming for the Spring and Fall meetings, sponsored networking events and helped women navigate within ULI.
The Co-Chairs of the WLI are responsible for representing the interests of WLI and advancing the mission of ULI within the WLI platform of activities. The Chairs participate on the District Council Management Committee and support and celebrate the efforts of the various WLI committees.
Katy Hallgren is the Vice President of EDSA, Inc., a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm based in Fort Lauderdale. A licensed landscape architect, her portfolio of work spans a wide range of scales and scope on both domestic and international projects including: Wuhan East Lake Greenway in China, Opera House Downtown Dubai, and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Katy joined EDSA in June 2005.
Jenni is the Executive Director of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority. Having managed municipal urban planning programs since April 2000, she now leads the agency responsible for the successful growth of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, working with the public and private sectors to attract investment and development into one of South Florida’s key urban centers. Jenni graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and joined the DDA in 2016.
Want to Get Involved?
Contact the WLI Co-Chairs or call (954) 916-7329 for more information.