Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDi)

Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDi)

Real Estate Diversity InitiativeThe ULI MN Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDi) Program helps participants learn more about what it takes to put together a successful development. Participants will receive a comprehensive curriculum and will gain experience working together on a real-world case study.  Participants can further their careers by learning directly from real estate mentors about the challenges and opportunities in the local industry and apply lessons to a project as their group devises plans for development on a specific site. Each team will produce a development plan, pro-forma, and marketing plan.  Chosen participants will engage in both large group and small group mentoring sessions. The ideal participant will be working in the field, have an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

REDi 2019 Application is Now Open! Due November 15th, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

View  application and apply here.

Eligibility and Cost

  • People of color and women are eligible to apply for the program.
  • 100% attendance is required.
  • Registration is $300 payable upon acceptance to the program.

Participant Benefits

  • Free one-year membership to ULI Minnesota, with access to more than 500 members working in many different areas of the real estate industry.
  • Certificate of completion.
  • Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business textbook, By Richard Peiser and David Hamilton ($99.95 value).
  • One-on-one mentoring and education worth more than $15,000.
  • A new network of allied professionals.

Quotes from REDi Participants and Mentors

“The REDi program was an incredible professional development opportunity. It increased my proficiency, confidence, and passion for real estate development.”

Kolu Wilson
Director, Minnesota DEED Office of Economic Equity and Opportunity and REDi Participant

“This program gave me the opportunity to explore, learn new things and meet extraordinary people. We studied some areas I had feared in the past, but this program allowed us an insider’s view to the process while providing information right at our fingertips and the best people across industries to walk us through and teach us along the way. You never know what you are fully made of until you start doing and understanding those things you feared the most.”

Summer Cline
Property and Leasing Manager, U of M Foundation Real Estate Advisors and REDi Participant

“Being part of the REDi program was a true privilege. I was inspired by the participants’ strong commitment to learn something new while also offering their unique perspective on a challenging redevelopment site. The breadth of knowledge and talent among the groups was energizing to me personally. I believe this is one of the most important initiatives ULI MN members can support!”

Merrie Sjogren
Principal, Assembly Commercial Real Estate and 2017 REDi Mentor and Sponsor

2018 REDi Sponsors



2019 Schedule

ALL SESSIONS are 3 HOURS, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.
Session 1: January 7th
Kick off and Curriculum Introduction

Session 2: January 22nd
Site visit and due diligence review

Session 3: January 28th

Session 4: February 4th
Working Session: Site Vision Creation

Session 5: February 25th
Back of the Envelope Feasibility

Session 6: March 4th

Session 7: March 18th
Working Session 2: Design Charrette

Session 8: April 1st
Proforma Development

Session 9: April 22nd
Financing (Equity and Debt)

Session 10: April 29th
Working Session 3 (2 hours)

Session 11: May 6th
Working Session 4

Session 12: May 20th
Working session 5

Session 13: June 3rd
Practice Presentations

Session 14: June 17th
Working Session

Session 15: June 24th
Final Presentations and Graduation