ULI Young Leader Group’s Mentorship Program had a great turnout for a recent happy hour in the U-Street Corridor. About 70 of this year’s participants, representing both Mentors and Mentees, attended. The happy hour served as a forum for participants to network, share best practices and collaborate on future events. For most attendees, this occasion marked their first-time visiting the venue Hawthorne, a recently opened restaurant and tavern. Given the success of the event, the Mentorship Program Committee anticipates having another happy hour in the near future.
The Mentorship Program connects Young Leaders (“Mentees”) with Associate and Full Members (“Mentors”). The program currently consists of 263 Mentees and 40 Mentors who represent all aspects of the real estate industry in Washington, DC. Participants are organized into small groups (6-8 Mentees with 1-Mentor) that meet several times over the course of a year. Groups have full autonomy to program their meetings based on the group’s interests; typically meetings consist of project tours, case studies and happy hours. Mentees join the program to network with peers, create a relationship with a Mentor and learn more about other industry roles/peer companies. Mentors typically participate to give back to the real estate community as well as gain a different perspective on issues and topics from Young Leaders. About half of the participants repeat the program for a second-year, with a select group of this year’s participants eclipsing five-years of enrollment. The Mentorship Program is entirely run by a committee of Young Leaders with assistance from ULI.