Women’s Leadership

WLI is a great opportunity for women in the real estate industry.

The WLI Committee meets monthly to discuss and plan future programs and initiatives for ULI members. If you are interested in volunteering on the committee or have an idea to share, please contact Paula Collett, WLI Chair at PCollett@habijax.org.

Women’s Leadership


What is WLI?

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was launched by ULI, nationally, in early 2012, with the mission of raising the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry. The WLI committee for the North Florida District Council delivers programs to help achieve the following 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.

The WLI Committee holds the Women’s Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) every other year and the Boardroom After Dark Dinner (BADD) series on opposite years.

For information and to get involved with WLI, contact WLI Chair, Paula Collett, HabiJAX.

Women’s Leadership Development institute (WLDI)

WLDI is a program where up to 15 women complete a course of eight modules in five months. They have the opportunity to network with colleagues from different disciplines in real estate in a collaborative learning environment while interacting with (male and female) local business leaders, public officials, and national experts.

The WLDI module topics include: Leadership, Management, Team Building, Practical Leadership & Time Management, Effective Communication, Networking & Work/Life Balance, Negotiation, Assertiveness & Conflict Resolution, Building Healthy Places in Real Estate

Past speakers and teachers include:

Patricia Baxter EdD, MS, CSA, Managing Consultant
Priscilla Berry, PhD
, Owner, Berry & Associates
Beth Breeding, Vice President of Silverfield Development Company
Kathleen Carey, President and Chief Executive Officer, ULI Foundation
Maria Chrissovergis, Owner, Maria Chrissovergis Public Relations Agency
Brenna Durden, Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker
Dawn Emerick, Director of Public Health, Clackamas County, OR
Jennifer Holland, President, Holland People+Brands
Tom Ingram, Attorney, Akerman LLP
Margaret Jennesse, President, Twin Branch Corp.
Bruce Johnson, Retired CFO, Regency Centers
Maxine McBride, President, Clockwork Marketing
Ellen Klasson, Principal, Terra Search Partners
Candace Moody, PR Professional and Freelance Writer, CareerSource NEFL
Dawn Motes
, President, Marietta Sand Corporation
Ginny Myrick, President, Myrick Policy Group
Robert Palmer, Planning/Mobility Leader, RS&H
Lois Pearce, Founder, Pearce & Associates
Laurie Price, Independent Consultant
Chris Rasche, PhD, Professor Emeritus, UNF
Maurice (Mo) Rudolph, PE, MBA, Vice President of Land Operations, CalAtlantic Homes
Peter Rummell, Principal, Rummell Company
Carrie Smith, Regional Managing Partner, Franklin Street
Laine Silverfield, Retired, CEO Dreams Come True
Nicole Thomas, Hospital President, Baptist Medical Center – South

North Florida’s WLDI Class of 2017

North Florida’s WLDI Class of 2015WLI Class 2015

Boardroom After Dark Dinner (BADD) Series

This year, ULI North Florida’s WLI Committee hosted it’s first Boardroom After Dark Dinner (BADD) Series: intimate dinner gatherings that bring together a small group of lucky ULI members with some of North Florida’s most dynamic and engaging real estate leaders.

This series is a unique opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the area’s real estate professionals who are making things happen and have a personal career path they are willing to share.

Dinners are limited to 12 ULI members that are chosen by the WLI Committee after submitting an application. These gatherings are typically held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Cellar.

The 2016 BADD Series has come to an end as WLI gears up for the WLDI in the spring of 2017. This year’s dinners were with:

Lisa Palmer, President and Chief Financial Officer, Regency Centers
Audrey Moran, Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy, Baptist Health
Beth McCague, Interim Director and Plan Administrator, Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund