Women’s Leadership Initiative

The mission of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.

Women’s Leadership Initiative


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.


We’re hoping to build upon last year’s efforts — “Telling your Story”  — with a theme around “Women and the Business of politics” for the 2017-2018 calendar year.  This isn’t intended to actually be political…..we have enough of that!  This is the ART or BUSINESS of politics — the importance of networking, navigating your way up the corporate ladder, negotiation strategy, etc.  As well as the IMPACT of Politics (new policies or changes in policy) that might effect women.  We are still the primary caregivers to families and also the decision makers—80% of all consumer decisions are made by the female!

Our goal is to create a program that will inspire you with speakers that have figured out how to break into the elite C-Suite, become their own boss and lead….not all of whom are necessarily in Real Estate, but those that can share advice and lessons in how to succeed.


Events will be held per the established WLI calendar, commencing October 2017. The WLI Mission will serve as the baseline underlying all events. The events will be generally one of three categories:

Breakfast Gatherings
(registration required)
The first Monday of the month
7:45 am-9 am (unless otherwise noted)
Egg Harbor Café
1820 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Quarterly Signature Events
WLI will host one larger (50-100+ attendees) format event lasting 2 or more hours at larger scale and/or unique venues. This event will likely be centered around paid for (or volunteer) speakers addressing relevant topics in support of the WLI Mission and theme. The goal is to make these events truly unique, whether by virtue of the venue, the topic, the speaker, and/or the format of the meeting, and over time something our members come to highly value.

Pop- up events
WLI will host several “pop-up” events throughout the year that will be fun and activity driven. Stay tuned to what’s in store…..

Please see the ULI Atlanta Events Calendar to see a full listing of events!


Kim Bucklew, CHAIR
Alliance Residential Company,
Managing Director-Atlanta


Sally Riker, CO-CHAIR
Lowe Engineers


Lauren Garren
Kimley Horn