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Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI)

In 2009, ULI Colorado and Denver's Office of Economic Development came together in an effort to mentor minorities and women interested in learning more about real estate and real estate development. Now in its fourth year, ULI Colorado's Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) has reached more than 125 mentorees and connected all more directly to careers and business opportunities in real estate. For more information, please email Cindy Christensen,

Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI)

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 REDI Class participants!  The next program year will open for application in June of 2015.

Would you like to advance your career in real estate? Apply for one of the nation’s most prestigious mentorship programs for women and minorities, and learn from the Colorado leaders of the international Urban Land Institute, a highly respected organization consisting of 30,000 leaders in the land use profession (,

REDI is generously sponsored by:
Denver Housing Authority
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA)
Urban Land Conservancy
Greenberg Traurig
Wells Fargo
PCL Construction

Participant Requirements:

  • Minorities and women are eligible to apply for the program
  • Up to 36 applicants will be accepted, based on completed applications, including 2 letters of reference
  • 100% attendance is required – You must be able to attend up to two classes each month for 5 months
  • Additional smaller work groups will be required as participants complete specific projects
  • Participants have the opportunity to work on real projects with sites located in the Morrison Road Corridor
  • $250 fee upon acceptance into the program (due before the program begins)
  • Participants must attend final class with group presentations
  • Participants must complete a program evaluation

Participant rewards (upon successful program completion):

  • Free one-year membership in ULI Colorado, with access to close to 1,000 members working in many different areas of the real estate industry
  • Certificate of completion
  • Real estate industry Continuing Education Units (if applicable)
  • Large and small group real estate mentoring and education worth more than $15,000.

This is your opportunity to further your career by learning directly from real estate mentors about the challenges and opportunities in the local industry.

Participants will engage in both large group and small group mentoring sessions throughout the program. The ideal participant will have, at minimum, some knowledge of real estate concepts, an undergraduate degree and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. A panel consisting of representatives from the Urban Land Institute and the City and County of Denver will select up to 36 individuals for the 2014 class.

We recommend submitting your application online.  If you prefer to submit a hardcopy, please follow the directions below.

To pick up a hard copy application, please visit: 
Office of Economic Development
Wellington E. Webb Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd floor
Attn: Sylvia Smith

To mail a hard copy application, please submit to:
Office of Economic Development
Wellington E. Webb Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, dept. #204
Denver, CO 80202
Attn: Sylvia Smith

To fax a hard copy application to:

fax: 303-738-1071
Attn: Cindy Christensen

To request a printed application by mail, and for all other questions regarding the REDI application process, please contact Cindy Christensen at, ph: 303-887-1115.