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

WLDI Class of 2017

Suzanne Cortina, Meskel & Associates Engineering
Meghan Dones, Regency Centers
Holly Grimes
, Wakefield & Beasley Associates, A NELSON Company
Jami Houston, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Jessica Hurst, Regency Centers
Melanie Kleehammer, Haskell
Hannah King, ULI North Florida
Sarah King, Prosser
Amber Labagh, Haskell
Lauren Langham, Taylor English & Duma
Autumn Martinage, FDOT
Rebecca Price, ETM
Sarah Vidal-Finn, Gainesville CRA



WLDI Class of 2015

Carolyn Clark, ULI North Florida
Paula Collett
, Retired, formerly with HabiJAX
Allison Davies
, Regency Centers
Valerie Feinberg
Laura Gonzales
, TD Bank
Leah Goryl, Regency Centers
Jennifer Kilinski, Hopping, Green & Sams
Jessica Ligator, Jacksonville University
Allison Megrath
Jenny Urcan, Prosser
Jaquelyn Ward
, Pablo Creek 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