About Us

Our Approach


A push forward. A leg up.

The Women's Development Collaborative (WDC) is a network of women leaders who inspire, promote and support women who lead transformative real estate developments. Our members and sponsors are committed to advancing WDC's mission and our collective capacity to champion and catalyze women-led developments.

Our Vision
We envision a world where women developers receive the inspiration, collaborations and resources they need to build transformative projects that enable our communities to thrive.

Our Mission
WDC works toward the advancement of women’s success, leadership, innovation and collaboration in building developments that make real estate better.

What We Do

Inspire, support, promote collaborations, provide resources, and advance knowledge sharing and best practice across the globe.

Over 300 women participate in the Women’s Development Collaborative. Our initial strategic plan expands our capacity, reach and impact by raising funds to support our initiatives:

  • Events- showcase women-led developments
  • Scholarships- provide funding for scholarships for young leaders to attend WDC events and, ultimately, ULI meetings and training programs
  • Network- cultivate a global network of women leaders who share our mission
  • Leadership- develop leadership skills that empower us to reach our individual and collective goals
  • Publications- publish articles and blog posts that promote women-led developments and the inspiring women who lead them
  • Knowledge Sharing/Best Practice- serve as information clearinghouse for publications, websites and emerging tools featuring women-led developments
  • Funding Resources- provide seed capital investment and broad range of technical advisory services for women-led developments

Our Story

who are the women of wdc?

We are professionals, public servants and students who are enthusiastic about real estate and land use industry. We are involved in real estate development and finance, law, urban design and land use, education, property management and non-profit organizations. We actively engage through outreach, public policy, education, economics, design and construction.

how wdc came to be

WDC started as a group of women gathering informally at the conclusion of the ULI Spring and Fall Meetings to build connections among women leaders and to showcase projects being developed by women in the host cities of the ULI Meetings. Many women are members of the ULI WLI National and/or Local Steering Committees and were part of the impetus of starting WLI. As WLI has developed into a wonderful place within ULI for women, the WDC network has continued to expand. Women have invited more and more women to join our WDC events, which include a reception, tour and luncheon after the ULI Meeting that feature transformative development projects led by women.

How is WDC connected to Urban land Institute (ULI)?

Though not formally linked to Urban Land Institute (ULI), WDC includes many members who are also actively involved in ULI. WDC leaders helped launch ULI's Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and continue to support, promote and advance WLI activities locally and nationally. Among its other activities, WDC sponsors events and programs that showcase women-led development projects in the host cities of the annual Fall and Spring meetings of ULI and supports scholarships for ULI’s young women leaders to attend WDC and ULI events.

Many thanks to our WDC sponsors and founding members!

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2019 Brick Sponsors
Urban Strategies
Seifel Consulting

2019 Timber Sponsors
Appleseed Strategy
The Lifework Institute
Small Change

WDC Members

Lina Alfieri-Stern
Dorothy Alpert
Karen Backus
Laura Bartlett
Beth Callender
Mary Campbell
Mary Castel
Sheri Chromow
Kacey Clagett
Susan Connelly
Suzanne Corcoran
Keristen Edwards





Amy Erixon
Leigh Fletcher
Doris Gantos
Caroline Garfield
Megan Gilmore
Kim Graham
Terri Gumula
Veronica Hackett
Juanita Hardy
Tara Hernandez
Marty Jones
Riley Kennedy


Madelyne Kirch
Ellen Klasson
Sandra Kulli
Angela Kyle
Karin Liljegren
Cede Littlejohn
Emma Littlejohn
Allison Lynch
Eileen Marrinan
Molly McCabe
Mary McCarthy
Midge McCauley

Molly McKay
Brynn McKiernan
Cindy McSherry
Katelin Morgan
Carol Murray
Jessica Newhouse
Lucy O’Laughlin
Stephanie Pankiewicz
Paula Peer
Eve Picker
Janet Protas
Estie Rappaport
Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker



Wendy Rowden
Libby Seifel
Veronika Suarez
Adrienne Teleki
Dana Trujillo
Alina Volkova
Ranne Warner
Marilyn Weitzman
Emma West
Michele Wheeler
Jillian Wolter
Susan Wright
Rachel Zhou

Bold indicates 2019 Member