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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 sixth year, ULI Colorado's Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) has reached more than 171 mentorees and connected all more directly to careers and business opportunities in real estate. For more information, please email Cindy Christensen, christensen487@msn.com.

Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI)

Real Estate Diversity Initiative is now open for application! Full submittals (application & letters of reference) are due by 5pm on May 29th.

Check out a copy of our REDI Webinar for more information regarding the application process: REDI Webinar & Applicant Information2015

Click here to apply to the 2015 program!

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.

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 and will focus on a hypothetical development project.

About this year’s project: The Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) is a group of Denver’s Northeast Park Hill residents and community stakeholders that have come together to guide the redevelopment of the former Holly Square Shopping Center, located between Holly and Hudson streets north of East 33rd Ave.  Holly Square, affectionately known as “The Holly”, was built in the early 1950s, was once a vibrant and vital shopping center in the neighborhood… read the full description on this year’s site selection here. 

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

To mail a hard copy application, you may download on the right side of this page and submit to:
Office of Economic Development
Wellington E. Webb Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 7th floor
Denver, CO 80202
Attn: Sylvia Smith

All letters of reference  should be submitted via email to christensen487@msn.com or submitted by mail with your application to the address above.

For all other questions regarding the REDI application process, please contact Cindy Christensen at christensen487@msn.com, ph: 303-887-1115.

Click here to apply to the 2015 program!