Since 2006, the Program has connected on average approximately 200 Young Leaders each year with industry veterans.
Sep/Oct 2013 – Summer 2014
July 1, 2013 – July 19, 2013
Each group consists of one Mentor and four to six Young Leaders from different professional backgrounds and organizations within the real estate community. One Young Leader from each group will volunteer to serve as the group Coordinator (see description below). Groups generally meet between once a month and every six to eight weeks. Meetings are led by one Mentor and one Coordinator, but group participation is essential. Meeting locations and topics may involve informal discussions over coffee, discussions about career planning, case studies, social events, project tours, ball games, or anything else mutually agreed upon to further the relationship amongst the group. Diversity is a key component to this program as it exposes Young Leaders to a wide range of the real estate industry and allows for more candid discussions.
Coordinators play a crucial role in the program by acting as a liaison with the Mentor, scheduling meetings, working to keep the group focused, and providing feedback to the Mentorship Committee. The Coordinator is not solely responsible for the content of meetings but should ensure that the group continues to meet on a regular basis and that each member of the group is contributing. The role is crucial to taking the scheduling work out of the Mentor’s hands and keeping the group together. There are two mandatory events for coordinators: (1) an initial meeting to discuss responsibilities and (2) a mid-year happy hour to pick up mentor awards. Additionally, the Mentorship Committee will host several happy hours for Coordinators throughout the year. If you are interested in this role please check the appropriate box on the registration application.
Every applicant must be committed to the Mentorship Program in order to create the atmosphere necessary for success. 100% attendance and participation is expected in each meeting throughout the program duration (approximately one year). Missing more than one meeting may disqualify you from further participation in your group and future programs.
Purpose and Active Participation
Additionally, Mentees should have a clear idea of what they want to achieve through the Mentorship Program, whether that be obtaining career advice or learning from their peers and Mentor about specific issues in their sector. Providing meeting topics and activities is the responsibility of every group member.
Confidentiality is absolute. A breach of this trust will be treated as a resignation from the Mentorship Program.
The application process consists of two parts and will open July 1, 2013. Instructions to proceed to the ULI website to sign up and to a registration application / questionnaire will be included. You must complete both the ULI website registration and questionnaire application to be eligible to participate. Please understand that this is a competitive application process. Due to capacity limitations and participation requirements, it is possible that not all applicants will be accepted into the program. Additionally, please note that all applications must be submitted by Friday, July 19, 2013; late applications will not be accepted.
Step 2: Please follow this link, and fill out the application / questionnaire.
Meetings can be as simple as discussions over coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. If meeting in person is difficult, some groups have utilized biweekly conference calls to supplement less frequent meetings. Sample discussion topics include:
- Professional and personal growth (i.e. five and ten year plans, life map, etc.)
- Career Goals / Planning
- Personal career drivers (geography, family, age, experience, ideals, philosophies)
- Issues and/or obstacles being encountered at work
- Case Studies on particular projects
- Reports/Presentations on a specific facet of land use / development (residential, office, retail, mixed use, architecture, engineering, land planning, etc.)
- Market and/or demographic trends, current events, or pressing issues (financial market, green building, infill development, value-add, public investment in areas, etc.)
- Market/Sub Market Tours – Tour an area and discuss the factors driving all forms of development in that market
- Site Discussions – have someone familiar with a project join a meeting to discuss a specific deal and the lessons learned/hurdles encountered
- Conference Calls – Distribute a timely article that will serve as a discussion point during a conference call. This is a great way stay connected in between in-person meetings.
- Social Events (not all meetings need to be formal and discussing real estate)
- Attend a sporting event (baseball game, hockey game, etc.)
- Go bowling
- Happy Hour/Drinks