Category Archives: Center For Leadership

Widen your view of the real estate industry

Riker, Sally

Article appeared in the May 10, 2016 edition of Saporta Report By Sally Riker, partner at Lowe Engineers Working in one segment of the commercial real estate field can narrow your view of the many fascinating elements in the industry. ULI Atlanta’s Center for Leadership offers participants the opportunity to a more well-rounded vision into different market sectors, while widening perspective on issues and opportunities facing the entire region. I was not a member of ULI until a colleague recommended I apply for the Center for Leadership, and it has … Read More

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Community building through art


by Sarah Butler It’s well known that Georgia ranks low on education, so it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise to hear that Georgia is also at the bottom for arts funding.  Living on the southeast side of town, and working downtown, I took it for granted that “Art” is a part of the everyday environment, because it’s visually evident. Yet, I do remember moving to Atlanta twelve years ago, and wondering how to find the art scene. It is here.  It isn’t limited to static art museums or traditional … Read More

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35 members of the Center for Leadership Class of 2016 Announced


Saporta Report, July 20. 2015 Now in its seventh year, the ULI Center for Leadership (CFL) is a nine-month program for emerging leaders in the real estate and land-use industries. Individuals will leave the program with the understanding that by bringing together smart people with diverse background and expertise, there is no problem the region can’t tackle. “The Center for Leadership is an invaluable program for any emerging leader in Atlanta real estate. It brings together the best-of-the-best from every aspect of the industry in an environment of collaboration and … Read More

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A Great First Step Into Commercial Real Estate Leadership


by Matt Mason, Founder & Principal with Tracy Avenue Partners Commercial real estate success is driven by relationships. One of the best ways to form a strong professional network in our industry is through ULI Atlanta’s Center for Leadership. Applications are due May 22. When I joined the Urban Land Institute in 2006, I had recently returned to Atlanta to pursue my MBA and was new to commercial real estate.  In less than a year, by getting involved in ULI, I quickly found friends and colleagues which shaped my understanding … Read More

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Center for Leadership Now Accepting Applications!


We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2015-2016! Our MISSION is to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Atlanta region gets built. Why Participate: Engage with top speakers from every facet of land use in a small group environment; Collaborate with real estate professionals in problem solving; Improve your ability to interface with like-minded professionals; and Gain insights and life management skills Who Participates: Individuals working in the real estate industry and related fields; Emerging … Read More

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Building for Our Future


Day 5: Housing & Urban Design – Building for Our Future By Jessica Lenze For Day 5 of the CFL Program, the class met at The Stacks in Cabbage Town, which was an appropriate venue for the topic of the day: Housing & Urban Design. John Moores of Gensler and Rachel Tobin of Jackson Spalding organized an exciting line-up of events including presentations, panels, and tours. There were several major themes that we encountered throughout most of the day: the importance of mass transit, city leadership, New Urbanism and the … Read More

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Community Building: Transcendental, Not Transactional Communities


by Hank Houser, founding Principal Architect with Houser Walker Architecture   Trey Williams and Addie Weber organized an enlightening 4th day of speakers and exercises for the ULI Center for Leadership Class to consider how strong communities can be cultivated. The day revealed a sample of the extraordinary efforts of Atlanta’s development community in shaping unique, authentic places that connect with and nourish people. Community building is the crossroads of people and place. Aaron Fortner, an urban planner with the Canvas Planning Group, perceives a trending preference for unique, urban settings … Read More

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Regionalism & Infrastructure: CFL Day 2

by Odetta MacLeish-White Day Two of ULI Atlanta’s 2015 Center for Leadership (CFL) program focused on Regionalism and Infrastructure. The speakers and activities for the day provided us with a glimpse into the scope and complexity of keeping a region running smoothly. Some of the themes that cropped up over and over throughout the day included: Communication makes regionalism work, but you must find leaders for current problems without alienating future leaders; The problems are immediate but many of the real solutions take a long time to develop and implement; Regionalism … Read More

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CFL Alumni Recognized as Winners of Urban Land Magazine First-Ever 40 Under 40 Competition

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CELEBRATING THE WORLD’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST YOUNG LAND USE PROFESSIONALS, ULI’S   URBAN LAND MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES WINNERS OF FIRST-EVER 40 UNDER 40 COMPETITION For more information, contact: Trish Riggs, 202-624-7086; NEW YORK (October 21, 2014) — Urban Land magazine, the flagship publication of the Urban Land Institute, has announced the winners of its first-ever 40 Under 40 competition, which recognizes the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe as determined by a jury of leading ULI members. The winners were recognized today by ULI Global Chairman … Read More

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Atlanta in Context: Reflecting on our past. Focusing on our future.

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By Matt Scofield “Atlanta Rising” by Atlanta journalist Frederick Allen laid the groundwork for Day 1 of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Class of 2015. As an Atlanta native, I was aware of much of Atlanta’s history, but found the book provided interesting insights and revelations about how Atlanta became the Capitol of the South and intimate details of how Atlanta’s movers and shakers got this done. The day kicked off in the GWCC Authority’s Boardroom where Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director for ULI Atlanta, welcomed the Class of 2015. … Read More

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