An esteemed panel of former ULI chairmen shared examples on of noteworthy projects, difficult moments, and mentors who shaped each of their storied careers. What each leader hoped would be his or her legacy had less to do with achievements in real estate, however, and more to do with work spreading awareness of major urban challenges such as poverty, housing insecurity, and income inequality—both through ULI and other organizations. The panel was presented by ULI NEXT Global and moderated by former ULI Chairman Marilyn Jordan Taylor.
Ron Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, reflected on his commitment to expanding housing opportunity to low-income people around the world. He said he wants to be remembered as a philanthropist and not merely a businessman. Jeremy Newsum, executive trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and instrumental in launching ULI in Europe, observed that ULI—in his words, a “rich man’s organization”—needs to move beyond an elite sphere to understand challenges faced by everyday people. Harry Frampton III, founder of the Colorado-based East West Partners, echoed this sentiment: “If our country is going to prosper, it can’t just be about us, but about a broader segment of society.”