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Urban Land Institute St. Louis to Host 2020 Regional Women’s Leadership Initiative Summit in St. Louis


Coming off the first-ever Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Regional Summit in Louisville, Ky., ULI St. Louis is announcing it will host the 2020 WLI conference in St. Louis on August 5-7, 2020. The WLI Regional Summit was launched this year to explore the topic of equity in land use and leadership.

“We are excited to be bringing this dynamic conference to St. Louis,” said Bonnie Roy, partner at SWT Design and ULI St. Louis WLI Co-Chair.  “Building equitable communities was a big part of discussions at this year’s national conference and we hope to showcase ULI St. Louis’ Equitable Communities Initiative launched to address significant issues detailed in the Ferguson Commission Report.”  The Equitable Communities Initiative was detailed in a recent op-ed by ULI St. Louis Chairman Chip Crawford in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (see https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/chip-crawford-creating-equitable-communities/article_6a6e1959-211f-58ee-82bd-365ba1e42076.html)

About 20 ULI St. Louis members attended this year’s conference.  The St. Louis chapter also provided two speakers: Bonnie Roy, partner at SWT Design, and Esther Shin, president of Urban Strategies, Inc.  Panel discussions explored topics such as “Fostering More Equitable Development” and “Cultivating Inclusive Leadership.”  It also featured breakout sessions focused on topics such as “Revitalizing Commercial Corridors: Pitfalls and Opportunities,” “The Difference ‘Difference’ Makes – Double Minority Leadership,” “Community Engagement and Involvement,” “Equitable Real Estate Opportunities,” and more.

The conference featured a mayor’s forum with leadership from Louisville, Lexington, Ky. and Gary, Ind. exploring the topic of equity in the public realm and in development underway in their respective cities.

With more than 240 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information, visitwww.stlouis.uli.org.

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