WLI Chair Scholarship

Women’s Leadership Initiative

The mission of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.

Women’s Leadership Initiative

Formally launched in Charlotte at the ULI 2012 Spring Meeting, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was formed in late 2010 and is now an active part of ULI’s Larson Leadership Initiative. ULI New York is excited to welcome WLI to our District Council.


The mission of the WLI is expressed in its four primary objectives:

  • Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry.
  • Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions in the real estate industry and in ULI.
  • Increase the visibility of women leaders in the real estate industry and in ULI.
  • Increase the number of women who are active ULI Full members, and support the development of young women members as leaders in ULI and in their professions.

To date, the WLI has provided programming for the Spring and Fall meetings, sponsored networking events and helped women navigate within ULI.

To find out more about WLI and to get involved, please contact ULI New York.

Leader Biographies

The Co-Chairs of the WLI are responsible for representing the interests of WLI and advancing the mission of ULI within the WLI platform of activities. The Chairs participate on the District Council Management Committee and support and celebrate the efforts of the various WLI committees.

Alice ConnellAlice Connell
Bay Hollow Associates, LLC

Alice Connell is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Bay Hollow Associates, LLC, a commercial real estate advisory firm that provides strategic advice with respect to a range of commercial real estate issues: portfolio analysis, asset repositioning, strategic alternatives, debt restructuring, risk mitigation, value retention/recovery, recapitalization and strategic partnering. Over the course of a 30+ year career at TIAA-CREF (“T-C”), Ms. Connell held a series of senior positions in both the commercial mortgage lending and real estate equity investing areas. She has served as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a current member of its Audit Committee as well as an Executive Committee member of its Women’s Leadership Initiative, a Member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a member of the Investment Committee of Quilvest REP, and a Member of the Advisory Boards of both Parmenter Realty Partners and Park Madison Partners.

Meg BlakeyMeg Blakey
Rhodes Associates

Meg Blakey is currently a Partner a Rhodes Associates. She is also the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Canopy Investment Advisors LLC, an SEC registered investment manager with a focus on commercial real estate debt investments. As of December, 2012, Canopy had over $300 million in assets under management. Ms. Blakey has over twenty five years’ experience in commercial real estate lending and debt capital markets. Prior to founding Canopy, Ms. Blakey served as Managing Director at Urdang Capital Management, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon Asset Management. Ms. Blakey was also Managing Director of Capmark Investments LP and served as a Key Principal and Portfolio Manager for commercial real estate debt funds. Previously, Ms. Blakey served as Managing Director with Commercial Ventures, a commercial real estate finance subsidiary of GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Previously, Ms. Blakey was a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Prior thereto, Ms. Blakey was a Director in Fixed Income at Credit Suisse First Boston, and a Vice President with Eastdil Realty in New York. Ms. Blakey earned a BA in English from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of The Urban Land Institute, WX, and serves on the Advisory Boards for The Trust for Public Land, and FINCA International.