Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute provides a powerful local resource to help guide the responsible development of the Southeast Florida/Caribbean region by strengthening connections among area organizations that guide and influence Southeast Florida/Caribbean real estate development.

Leadership Institute

Our MISSION is to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Southeast Florida/Caribbean region gets built.

Applications for Class of 2020 are Now Open!

Applications Due: Friday, March 29, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. EDT
Finalist Interviews: April 22 – May 3, 2019
Selection of Successful Candidates: by Friday, May 25, 2019

ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council is one of the largest and most diverse DC’s in the ULI, serving the 6th largest metropolitan area in the US with close to 5.8 Million people (South Florida only), and another 3+ Million in the Caribbean. DC leadership believes that a Leadership Institute will enhance the ULI’s prominence in the region, and introduce new channels for exposure to ULI, and elevate quality membership recruiting over the long-term. With the exception of the REALTORS, the ULI represents one of the largest real estate professional associations in the region.


  • Collaborate with real estate professionals in problem-solving;
  • Interface with like-minded professionals;
  • Engage with top speakers from every facet of land use in a small group environment;
  • Establish relationships with a diverse group of professionals; and
  • Expand your perspectives on the development process as well as issues and opportunities facing the Southeast Florida/Caribbean region.


  • Individuals working in the real estate industry and related fields;
  • Mid-career leaders slated for future leadership roles;
  • Those who have a minimum of seven years of real estate experience;
  • Those committed to community service and civic engagement;
  • Those who have a vision for the future of Southeast Florida; and
  • The program is open to ULI members and non-members alike.


Organized around eight full-day seminars consisting of:

  • Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Property Tours
  • Small Group Activities
  • Other Activities which provide participants access to industry leaders, elected officials, and recognized experts in real estate and land use.

The culminating exercise for the Leadership Institute will be a series of Leadership Projects (LPs), where teams of Leadership Institute participants work over a seven-month period to address a particular local land use or policy challenge. Teams are responsible for providing expertise and developing recommendations on how communities can achieve local planning goals while also making the greatest regional contribution toward sustainable and equitable development.

COST: ULI Member $2,000 | Non-Member $2,500



The 2019 – 2020 Class dates are:

Day 1: Southeast Florida in Context September 12, 2019
Day 2: Mobility & Infrastructure October 17, 2019
Day 3: Design & Construction November 21, 2019
Day 4: Sustainability & Resiliency January 16, 2020
Day 5: Housing & Urbanism February 20, 2020
Day 6: Public-Private Partnerships & Leadership March 19, 2020
Day 7: Development & Capital Markets April 16, 2020
Day 8: Graduation May 21, 2020

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Class of 2019 PROGRAM DAYS:

Day 1: Southeast Florida in Context – September 13, 2018
Day 2: Mobility & Infrastructure  – October 18, 2018
Day 3: Design & Construction – November 15, 2018
Day 4: Sustainability & Resiliency – January 17, 2019
Day 5: Housing & Urbanism – February 21, 2019
Day 6: Public-Private Partnerships & Leadership – March 21, 2019
Day 7: Development & Capital Markets – April 18, 2019
Day 8: Graduation – May 23, 2019

Class of 2018-2019:

  • Javier Avino, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
  • Charles Badell, Integra Realty Resources
  • Ruslanas Byckovas, Royal Byckovas
  • Jeremy Calleros Gauger, City of Miami
  • Callan Chandler, Wells Fargo
  • Chris Collins, CPH
  • Claudia Correa, Langan Engineering
  • Jorge Escobar, Holland & Knight
  • Jeanne Herman, Atlantic Pacific Company
  • Pascual Korchmar, Innovation Development Group
  • Hannah Lenard, Swire Properties
  • Andres Lozano, Zom Living
  • Matt Marks, Moss
  • Enrique Pineros, Allen Morris       
  • Chris Roog, City of West Palm Beach
  • Juan Ruiz, Blanca Commercial Real Estate
  • Charlie Russo, TH Real Estate
  • Neal Schafers, Miami DDA
  • Estrellita Sibila, Sibila Lage, PLLC
  • Kevin Smith, Smith Capital Investments LLC
  • Colin Trabold, Terrace Mountain Investors
  • Jaret Turkell, HFF
  • Elizabeth Van Zandt, Fort Lauderdale DDA
  • Crystal Wilson, Starwood Property Trust
  • Tanya Wilson-Sejour, City of North Miami
  • Diego Ojeda, The Rilea Group