From September 18-21, over 6,000 CRE professionals from around the globe descended on Washington, DC for the ULI Fall Meeting. The conference included 27 tours, 63 Product Council Meetings, and over 50 Concurrent sessions and 20+ short presentations in the member engagement area. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center was the focal point of the convening. Product Councils held full-day meetings at locations throughout the region. Over $3.1 million in sponsorship dollars was raised for the Fall Meeting and almost 25% of that amount will be transferred to ULI Washington for projects that will enhance local impact.
Among the highlights of the Fall Meeting were the following:
Fun Run: Over 50 people attended this event at 6:15 a.m. to run about three miles through the monumental core. Click here to learn more.
YLG Reception: Almost 300 young ULI Members from around the world attended a reception at the magnificent Homer Building atrium. There were signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, and dancing and a DJ. Click here to learn more.
WLI Grant: Four District Council WLI groups were awarded WLI Hines Innovation Grants at the 2019 Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. The awards, totaling $25,000, were presented by Katie Wiacek, Managing Director, Hines and represent the second of three years of WLI Hines Innovation grants. Click here to read more.
WLI Speakeasy: The Women’s Leadership Initiative at the national level, along with the local WLI Steering Committee curated a series of intimate conversations among ULI members. These conversations among groups of approximately 10 women took place at the Eaton Workshop, a component of the Eaton Hotel in downtown DC. The workshop is a coworking space as well as an incubator for arts and culture, sustainability and impact initiatives. Click here to learn more.
Opening Reception and Closing Party: Over 1,300 attendees found their way to the District Wharf to listen to music, network with each other, enjoy food and drink, and experience a beautiful sunset over the water. On Friday, almost 600 guests were welcomed at La Cosecha, a new Latin Market in Washington, DC.
Pathways to Inclusion: The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority real estate and land use professionals in Washington, D.C.A cohort of 45 people of color were selected to participate in a program that paid for their attendance at the Fall Meeting and a one-year membership in ULI. A reception was held during the Fall Meeting to introduce the cohort members to each other. Click here to learn more.
Jack Kemp Award for Affordable and Workforce Housing: The Lindley was awarded the 2019 Jack Kemp Award for Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing. Presented by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing, this national award recognizes exemplary developments that demonstrate innovation and creativity in expanding affordable and workforce housing opportunities. To learn more Click here.
Global Award for Excellence: The Hoffman-Madison Waterfront Phase 1, more commonly known as the Wharf, took home the Global Award for Excellence, To learn more Click here.
Resilience Summit: ULI’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance hosted the inaugural ULI Resilience Summit – an exclusive one-day event focused on preparing professionals from the real estate and land use sectors for the impacts of climate change. Click here to read more.