Young Leaders Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program helps Young Leaders develop a broad understanding of all facets of the real estate environment, while connecting with ULI peers and Mentors.

Young Leaders Mentorship Program



The ULI/SA Mentorship Program is year-long professional development program designed to provide the following to Young Leader members who are under the age of 35:

  • Exploration of ULI’s mission in a confidential, trusting environment of idea exchange;
  • A broader understanding of all facets of the real estate environment;
  • Connectivity with ULI peers and a senior-level Mentor;
  • Personal and professional development.

The 2017-18 Mentorship Program consists of four small groups, each consisting of 5-8 Young Leader members paired with a single Mentor. Each Small Group has an appointed Group Leader to assist the Mentor with scheduling, selecting meeting venues, making lunch arrangements/reservations, etc.


Robert Hunt, ‎Executive Vice President-Development at Embrey Partners
Claudia Chavez, RVK
Jordan Davis, NRP Group
John Duhring, Project Control
Holt Lamberson, USAA Real Estate
Jordan Schaefer, Kimley-Horn & Assoc.
Stephen Schneider, Reata Real Estate Services
Miles Vandewalle, Studio 8 Architects

Tom Carter, Senior VP at Pape-Dawson Engineers
Mary Barton, Jones & Carter
Burkley Fitzsimons, Milam Real Estate Capital
Barrett King, USAA Real Estate
Matt Muehlstein, Athena Domain
Jonathan Olvera, Marmon Mok
Hanna Rochelle, Stream Realty
Ford Savage, Interface

Jane Feigenbaum, Chief Operating Officer at Metropolitan Contracting
Roberto Arzola, Marcus & Millichap
Caroline Brown, Brown & Ortiz
Will Curtis, Welltower
Steven Elder, Trinity Real Estate Finance
Nicole Nadvornik, USAA Real Estate
Ben Setterbo, Pape-Dawson Engineers

Clay & Kristin Hefty, Partners, Dado Group
Alex Childers, USAA Real Estate
Christian Garcia, First American
Jose Quintero, QF Properties
Wesley Salazar, Kudela & Weinheimer
Matthew Sims, Frost Bank
Marc Toppel, Clayton & Little Architects
Todd Wildman, Pritchard Associates


Meetings will be scheduled from September 2017 through June 2018, consisting of several small group lunch discussions and two combined group events.


100% attendance is expected. Participants are made aware of the attendance requirement at the onset of the application process. Each participant’s supervisor has provided signed permission / recognition of the monthly meetings and the attendance requirement. Each Group Leader must keep track of attendance for each meeting, and provide it to the Young Leader Management Committee at the conclusion of the program.  Attendance will be taken into consideration when determining future admittance into the program.


Dates and locations for the group lunches are at the discretion of the Mentor and group participants. All arrangements related to booking conference rooms, making reservations or ordering boxed lunches will be handled by the Group Leader in coordination with the Mentor. Food and drink for Small Group meetings will be ordered in advance by the Group Leader and paid for via ULI with the funds from the $75 participation fee from each participant . Lunches are expected to last 60 to 75 minutes.


There is a $75 annual fee to participate in the Mentorship Forum. This fee is separate from, and in addition to, your annual ULI membership dues.  The all-inclusive fee covers expenses for the meetings, including the small group lunch discussions and two combined group events.


Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • ULI Member age 35 or younger* (membership must be current at the time of application)
  • Thoughtful and thorough responses on the application
  • Employment/engagement in the real estate industry
  • Active past and current involvement in ULI programs and events
  • Commitment to the time required for active involvement in the program, or demonstrated commitment to the program in years past
  • Demonstrated high standard of professional and personal integrity

*Applicants must be age 35 or younger as of the June 30 application deadline.


    • July 27 – Info Session at Essex Modern & Applications Available
    • August 1 – Application Available Online
    • August 31 – Application Deadline
    • September 8 – Applicants notified of admission to the program
    • September 8-20 – Email from Mentor to respective group with schedule for the events in September (all Mentor Groups) & October (1st Small Group Meeting)
    • September 28 – “Meet Your Mentor” Kickoff Party Special Event with all Mentor Groups.
    • October –  May – Monthly Small Group meetings
    • June  – Mentorship Program Closing Happy Hour Event for all groups
    • July – Kickoff Party for FY19’s ULI Mentorship Program

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I can’t attend the Info Session in July, can I still apply?
Yes. Attendance at the Info Session is not mandatory, however it is recommended. The Info Session is designed to provide an overview of the program, share personal experiences from past participants and mentors, and to answer questions.

How do I apply?
Applications are submitted online.

Do I have to be a member to apply?
Yes, you must have a current ULI membership.  You can call 800-321-5011 to get your membership number or renew your membership.  You may also email for assistance.

Do I have to upload a photo and/or my resume?
Yes, the photo and resume will help mentors get to those in their group.

Can I request a particular Mentor?
No, ULI will assign selected applicants to Mentors in order to balance and diversify each group.

When will I know if I was selected?
You will be notified of acceptance the first week of September.

Do I need to pay the $75 participation fee now?
No, you will be provided instructions for paying the fee if you are accepted into the program.

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Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions about the Mentorship Program or application process.

Young Leader Mentorship Program Chair
Megan Moshier, Studio 8 Architects

Young Leader Mentorship Program Co-Chair
Kris Feldmann, CREO Architecture

ULI Staff
Janis Ploetz, ULI/SA Manager