Young Leaders Group (YLG) was created to be a unique multi-disciplinary forum for young professionals, under the age of 35, to build relationships, learn from one another, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to become the next generation of successful real estate industry leaders.
Why Be a Young Leader?
Becoming an active member of the YLG is an invaluable springboard and resource for young professionals wishing to catapult the success of their real estate career. Involvement offers the following benefits:
- Special events only open to YLG Members include our Cleveland Leader Series, Happy Hours and Site Tours, all geared to specifically compliment where you are in your career path. These events often combine helpful industry knowledge with the ability to establish networks with direct peers that will last your entire career.
- Leadership and Mentoring Programs that give you access to our regional’s real estate leaders in a casual and candid environment, providing lessons-learned and true insight into the path taken by those that have come before.
Contribute to your Community and give back to your neighbors by volunteering your time and real estate knowledge in the YLG led initiative.
Great! Where do I start?
If you are under 35 and an ULI member, you are already a YLG member! To get the most out of your membership start with attending any of the YLG or greater ULI Cleveland programs and events. Ranging from informative to networking to mentoring, there is something for every interest and real estate background.
If you want even more engagement, consider volunteering on one of our committees. Dedicated volunteers are the backbone of ULI and there is no better way to jump-start your network both with peers and our region’s real estate leaders.
Rachael Price, Co-Chair
GBX Group, LLC
Nora Walsh, Co-Chair
Project Management Consultants
Gerald Parks Jr., Vice Chair
Join the Young Leader Partnership Forum Mentorship Program
Applications for the 2023 Partnership Forum Mentorship Program have closed. More information about the 2024 program will be shared in Fall 2023.
The Young Leader Partnership Forum Mentorship Program is a unique networking experience which brings small groups (10 or less) of YL members together with senior ULI members (“Moderators”) from the Cleveland District. Groups engage in active dialogue with industry leaders around current real estate topics and develop strong relationships through the sharing of experiences with a diverse group of peer industry professionals. This program provides YLG’s with the unique opportunity to discuss relevant issues in the real estate industry with their peers and an established member of ULI in a confidential and intimate setting.
We are excited to have Richard Barga, Senior Manager of Real Estate Advisory at Cohen & Company, Arne Goldman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Director of Business Development for Marous Brothers and Michelle Jarboe, Enterprise reporter with Crain’s Cleveland Businesses covering real estate and economic development serving as our mentors for 2023.
Additional attributes the ULI YLG Partnership Forum provides:
- A confidential, trusting environment for educational and idea exchanges.
- Exploration of business and personal interests/issues
- Business and personal networking
- Development of communication skills
- Professional and personal growth
- Leadership opportunity for selected group leaders
- Minimum of 4 opportunities to meet as a group with assigned mentor
We are now accepting applications for the 2023 session. In January, all accepted applicants will be invited to an informal kick-off event where they will be introduced to their mentor and group members. To ensure the quality of the program, all applicants are required to attend the kickoff event and all group meetings with mentors. If more than 1 event or meeting is missed, you will be asked to leave the program.
If you are interested in participating in the Partnership Forum, please submit your application no later than December 9, 2022.
For questions, please contact [email protected].
- Complete the Partnership Forum 2022 Application.
- The application must be submitted no later than December 9, 2022.
- All selected applicants will be notified in January 2023.
- January 2023: Kickoff Reception from 5:30-7:30 pm (food and drinks will be provided)
- February – May 2023: One meeting, tour, workshop, etc. a month suggest after 5:30 pm
- June 2023: Wrap Up Event
Participation in the 2023 Young Leader Partnership Forum Mentorship Program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given based on the date the application is received by ULI. The cost to participate in 2023 is $50 for ULI Cleveland members and $125 for non-members to offset some meeting fees. ULI Cleveland sponsors receive free admission in the program.
The groups will have a minimum of 4 meetings along with a kickoff reception and 100% attendance is expected. The agenda, meeting time, and location will be determined by each individual group. As mandated by the Partnership Forum Mentorship Committee, any participant who misses more than one meeting will be removed from the program. Only individuals who are committed to actively engaging in the groups should consider registering for the program. Unfortunately, the Young Leader Mentorship Program is not open to Student Members.
Alan Arancibia, Partnership Forum Subcommittee Co-Chair
Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors
Wes Skupski, CPA, Partnership Forum Subcommittee Co-Chair
Accounting Advisory Solutions – Real Estate
Cohen & Company
Young Leader Special Events & Community Service
ULI Cleveland Young Leaders Special Events & Community Service subcommittee works to plan special events, networking & volunteer opportunities, and more from July-December each year.
The Special Events & Community Service Subcommittee works to facilitate opportunities to contribute and improve the communities we work and live in in addition to plans social gatherings to encourage networking and relationship-building amongst YLG members. The Community Service activities support the mission of ULI to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Our events connect and partner young leaders with local community organizations and important social and environmental issues. Additionally, social gatherings are planned to encourage networking and relationship-building among YLG members. These events present opportunities to both recruit new members and engage existing members.
Jennifer Chandler, Subcommittee Co-Chair
Senior Project Manager
CHN Housing Partners
Brooke Hastings, CPA, Subcommittee Co-Chair
Accounting Advisory Services
Cohen & Company
Tara Sulzer, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, BCxP, Subcommittee Co-Chair
Young Leader Student Engagement & Hines Competition
Students have an opportunity to engage ULI at the local, national, and global levels. ULI connects students to the global network of leaders who are ULI members, and inspires them to become leaders throughout their careers.
The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. Teams are formed in the fall of each year and the competition takes place in January. Learn more here.
Ken Kalynchuk, Hines Competition Coordinator & Mentor
Director & Principal
Project Management Consultants
Alex Long, AICP, Hines Competition Coordinator & Mentor
Olivia Marcis, Student Engagement