FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 16, 2017) — Nearly 50 women and supporters of women in South Florida real estate and development mixed and mingled Aug. 16 at a networking reception at III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Gulfstream Park. The event was hosted by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean, a global Urban Land Institute (ULI) program designed to increase the number and visibility of women within the member organization and the real estate industry.
WLI co-chairs Katy Hallgren, vice president of EDSA, Inc., and Jenni Morejon, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, welcomed guests and provided an overview of the important program. Morejon shared, “When WLI was formed in 2012, only 20 percent of ULI members were women. Now through the efforts of 40 WLI chapters in eight countries, female membership has increased to 25 percent. Our goal is to reach 30 percent by 2020.”
A number of WLI events and special programming is planned throughout the year to help women advance and navigate within ULI. Upcoming events include a speed-mentoring session where members will have the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from inspiring ULI leaders and a Boardroom After Dark series, an intimate dining and dialog experience with industry leaders in the region.
The mission of WLI is to promote the advancement of women leaders throughout their careers, increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions, increase the visibility of women leaders and increase the number of women who are active ULI Full members. For more information or to join, visit seflorida.uli.org, call (954) 916-7329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its 40,000 members. The ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council has almost 1,000 members, covering the seven county area along Florida’s east coast from Vero Beach through the Florida Keys and also includes the Caribbean basin.