Larson Center for Leadership

ULI Michigan's Larson Center for Leadership is an annual curriculum-based program designed to develop the next generation of leaders by engaging them in the ever-changing fundamentals of leadership.

Larson Center for Leadership


ULI Michigan’s annual Larson Center for Leadership – also known as the Robert C. Larson Center for Leadership – is a curriculum-based program designed to train and mentor the next generation of real estate and land use leaders in Michigan. The program is named for the late Robert C. Larson, a nationally recognized and respected Michigan real estate professional, Chairman Emeritus of Larson Realty Group, trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and former chair of the ULI Foundation.

The Larson Center for Leadership operates under ULI’s Larson Leadership Initiative, which has successfully implemented leadership-based initiatives within the Washington D.C. and Atlanta District Councils in past years.

The Mission

The mission of the Larson Center for Leadership is to cultivate leadership development by informing a select group of emerging leaders as to the transformative dynamics emerging within Michigan’s real estate and land use industries, and to promote their engagement in the process.

The Program

The eight-month Larson Center for Leadership program runs from March through October, and is comprised of eight program days. Each program day has a specific topic of focus, such as infrastructure, regionalism, and the role of government, and take place at various locations around the Metro Detroit area. Individual program days are presented by a Larson Center for Leadership Sponsor/Partners – organizations which have graciously agreed to donate time and efforts to this very special program.

The Participants

Ideal participants are mid-career, Michigan-based professionals, who work either directly or indirectly in the real estate or land-use sectors, and have a strong working knowledge and commitment to the mission of the Urban Land Institute.

The TAP Component

The TAP is modeled after the The Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Program (TAP) process and is an integral component of leadership development in Larson Center for Leadership.

As part of Larson Center for Leadership’s TAP component, participants will be placed into subgroups concentrated on a specific section of the TAP. Participants will research and analyze the area of focus, conduct due diligence, seek additional input from stakeholders and/or industry experts, summarize their findings and develop final recommendations. Each subgroup is responsible for reporting their recommendations, which will be compiled into the final TAP report. Participants then will present the final report to the client and share their “leadership lessons” with Larson Center for Leadership class.

The Future

The Larson Center for Leadership is an annual program, and a new class of participants will be selected each year. The application process for the 2019 program begins in December 2018 and runs through February 2019.


The Larson Center for Leadership is supported by the efforts of Program Day Sponsor/Partners; local organizations that have partnered with ULI Michigan to plan and host individual Program Days. Each Program Day is unique, in both location and curriculum,  and has been organized by the Sponsor/Partner of that day.

We would like to thank our Sponsor/Partners for their hard work and support of the Larson Center for Leadership!