Local First AZ Director Kimber Lanning Talks Placemaking, Land Use on Urban Land Institute Podcast

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has launched a new podcast series, Leading Voices with ULI, which offers untold personal stories from the most innovative leaders in the real estate and land use industries. The series, announced today, provides a candid look at members’ leadership journeys, obstacles they have overcome, and personal reflections that are rarely examined.

The new podcast series, produced by the ULI Leadership Network, exposes listeners to a side of the guests not normally seen in panel discussions and other public events. Specifically, the series examines how guests’ upbringing, social experiences, and other factors have shaped who they are both professionally and personally.  

The sharing of best practices and unflinchingly honest lessons learned has always been central to the ULI mission. These podcasts are a natural extension of ULI’s tradition of giving back for the benefit of our industry and our communities. We are excited about the potential of the series to inspire and guide the next generation of industry leaders.
— ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips.

The podcast series will be hosted by ULI Foundation Governor Matt Slepin, founder of San Francisco–based Terra Search Partners, a national executive search firm helping real estate companies build successful teams. Slepin serves on the board of ULI’s San Francisco’s District Council and is a member of the ULI’s Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council. He has nearly 40 years of experience in search, management, and functional roles within the real estate industry.

In this podcast series, we hear the stories of a broad range of people doing amazing work in our business. We are talking to leaders and founders of companies, elected and career government officials, business leaders, and others who are making a huge difference in their communities. The podcast series is an opportunity to do deep dives with these people about the genius of their work, the roots of their passion, and what got them to where they are in their careers.
— ULI Foundation Governor Matt Slepin

Local First Arizona Founder and Executive Director Kimber Lanning is one of seven people from across the nation being featured in this podcast series. In her podcast, Kimber discusses her challenges in being a local business owner, what led her to founding Local First Arizona, how placemaking is critical to healthy communities, and her passion for Arizona. 

When you think about what I’ve seen and what I’ve known, it really does lead you to Local First Arizona which is leveling the playing field for all local businesses.
— Kimber Lanning, ULI Podcast 2/7/17

Listeners can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find episodes at uli.org/leadingvoices. You can listen to Kimber's podcast by clicking here. 

At my talks I start by asking people to think about their favorite place... what is it that they love about that place. 99% of people love a tree-lined street with new and old buildings clustered together, it’s walkable.
— Kimber Lanning, ULI Podcast 2/7/17

Episodes in the Leading Voices with ULI podcast series will be made available to the general public only for a limited time. Each new episode will be available for public download for a select number of weeks before being moved to ULI member–only access.