ULI’s Global Strategic Plan emphasizes strengthening member engagement by providing more opportunities to participate in the Institute’s unique member networks—including the highly popular Product Council network.
Nine Product Councils—including five new ones and four additional flights to existing councils—were added during FY 2018, opening up participation to 228 members who had never before served on a council, as well as 98 members who transferred membership or rejoined councils. The recruitment process was conducted primarily through Navigator, ULI’s member benefit that matches members to volunteer opportunities, with the expectation that associates who secured a seat would be expected to upgrade to full-member status. Each of the councils met at the 2018 Spring Meeting in Detroit and the 2018 Fall Meeting in Boston.
The five new councils reflect a focus on issues identified by members as having a significant impact on the real estate industry: the Technology and Real Estate Council, chaired by immediate past ULI Global Chairman Randall K. Rowe; Placemaking Council, chaired by former ULI Global Chairman Marilyn Jordan Taylor; Travel Experience and Trends Council, chaired by former ULI Global Chairman Harry H. Frampton III; Sharing Economy Council, chaired by ULI Foundation Board Member John J. Healy Jr.; and the Suburban Development and Redevelopment Council, chaired by ULI Trustee Richard M. Gollis.