Mentorship Forums

In 2003, ULI launched the Young Leader Group (YLG) in Sacramento to foster the involvement of under 35-year olds and enhance knowledge among the next generation of responsible real estate industry leaders. Today, YLG is a highly-respected and fully-integrated component of the District Council, boasting 100 members.

Mentorship Forums

Mentorship Forums are small groups of young leader professionals who meet throughout the year to share their professional experiences in the land use and real estate/development field. Through a Forum, young leaders can engage one another on a range of management, technical, and professional development questions or issues. Please note that Forums are open only to ULI Members.

Each Forum consists of 10-15 young professionals with varied real estate and planning backgrounds, and will meet throughout the year to discuss professional development topics that are selected as a group. Together, your forum group and facilitator will decide your specific forum goals and how best to achieve those throughout the year. Topics have included finding a work/life balance, negotiation techniques, the role of volunteering in professional development, and entrepreneurship essentials. Groups can also choose to invite guest speakers to their meetings or schedule project tours.

The Forum groups meet once a month from January through June. To accommodate participants’ schedules, we offer morning and evening group meetings at a variety of locations in the Sacramento area.

Benefits of Mentorship Forums

The forum is a confidential, trusting environment that provides the following benefits:

  • Exploration of business and personal issues
  • Integration of business and personal interests
  • Networking for professional and personal growth
  • Mentoring in a small-group setting

How to Qualify for Mentorship Forums

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Member of ULI
  • Under the age of 35
  • Commit to attend each monthly group meeting from January to June with 100 percent attendance expected.

2017 Mentorship Forums

For 2017, co-chairs David Lierly of Hallsten, Megan Quinn of EPS and Mark Ellinghouse of  Weintraub Tobin have recruited three highly respected real estate veterans. Wendy Saunders, Executive Director, CADA; Marq Truscott, Lecturer of Landscape Architecture at UC Davis and former Principal at Quadriga and Chuck Cunningham, CEO Cunningham Engineering.

As a Mentorship Forums participant for several years, Incoming YLG Chair Jake Weir found that, “This program’s small group setting has been one of the best ways to get connected to and learn from both civic and industry leaders like Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Larry Kelley, Randy Sater, Robert Chase, and Ron Vrilakas.”

Applications for the 2017 Mentorship Forums are due January 3, 2017. The Kick off Meeting is January 12, 2017.  Please send your questions to Forums Co-Chairs:

Megan Quinn (mquinn@epssac) David Lierly ( or to

Mark Ellinghouse (

You may download an application at this link.