In the Pittsburgh District Council, almost 30 percent of membership is made up of women. In December 2015, under the mentorship of Diana Reid, ULI Board Member, Trustee and Governor and led by WLI Vice Chair Lynn DeLorenzo of TARQUINCoRE, ULI Pittsburgh officially launched a local Women's Leadership Initiative. The WLI Steering Committee has determined to deliver content rich programming, promoting the inclusion of women in multi-disciplinary leadership roles across the City of Pittsburgh and throughout our region.


The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was established nationally in 2011 as part of the Urban Land Institute’s Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative and has since carried out its mission to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.

A Conversation with…

Beginning in 2016, ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative has offered a unique series to spotlight accomplished female executives within the land use and real estate disciplines.  These intimate gatherings convene ULI members and friends to hear about professional highlights and hurdles while enjoying an evening of relationship development with industry peers.

Historical Snapshot of this impactful series lineup:
2019 Aurora Sharrard, University of Pittsburgh, and Anna Siefken, Carnegie Mellon University (scheduled for June)
2019 Jessica Smith Perry, URA and Sonya Tilghman, Hazelwood Initiative
2018 Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh
2018 Jayne Miller and Caren Glotfelty, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
2018 Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council
2017 Katharine Eagan Kelleman, Pittsburgh Port Authority
2017 Sandie Egley, Beaver County Commissioner
2016 Diana Reid, PNC Real Estate (kickoff presentation)

Advancing Leaders

In 2017, our local Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) kicked off the year-long “Advancing Leaders” series with a program and roundtable on NEGOTIATION.  Continuing the focus on leadership, COMMUNICATE provided an opportunity to take a DiSC Assessment that included an evaluation  and discussion of leadership styles. Alison Valli and Shirley Wulf of Dimensions Leadership Group  facilitated the afternoon long event that was held at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. Late Fall concluded the Advancing Leadership series with a ‘Work of Leaders’ platform for mid-level and senior leaders on VISION, ALIGNMENT and EXECUTION.

In 2019, WLI will continue our popular “A Conversation With” series along with valuable leadership enhancing programming.

For further information about the Women’s Leadership Initiative, contact WLI Vice Chair, Andrea Geraghty at ag@muslaw.com, WLI Vice Co-Chair Mary Guinee at mguinee@cecinc.com, WLI Vice Chair Emeritus Lynn DeLorenzo at Lynn@Tarquincore.com or 412.381.7433, or you may reach Holly Muchnok at the ULI Pittsburgh District Council Office at 724.687.0707.