CHAPEL HILL, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2014) - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies will present an inaugural Women in Real Estate panel on Wednesday, April 16, at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill.

The program, which is part of a new ULI initiative to raise the number and visibility of women in real estate, will bring together experienced professionals, up-and-coming real estate women, and students from both the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Similar events are being held across the country.

"We plan to explore various topics of interest to women in real estate, including work-life balance, what to consider when choosing a real estate job, and what types of mentors are helpful to women in real estate and where to find them," said Deb Anderson, Wood Partners, L.L.C development director for eastern North Carolina and Virginia, who will be on the panel. Anderson recently served as the executive director for the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, founded by Wood Partners founder Leonard Wood.

Other panelists are Deb Boucher, a broker with Cassidy Turley; Alison Garcia, portfolio manager for real estate investments for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer; and Anna Stoddard, director of development for Grubb Ventures. Laura Quinn, an MBA student at North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School and a ULI Young Leader, will moderate.

The panel will be interactive and allow for audience participation. It is geared toward young professionals and students, and open to women ULI members and non-members. Check-in for the event is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the program is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A reception will be held following the panel from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About Wood Partners
Wood Partners is a national real estate company that acquires, develops, constructs and property manages high density and mixed-use communities. It was ranked the nation's No. 2 multifamily developer in 2012 based on 5,100 unit starts. Through quality construction, responsible land development and intelligent design, our communities reflect the aesthetic and social fabric of the community and provide a luxurious living experience at a fair price. The company has been involved in the acquisition and development of more than 49,000 homes with a combined value of more than $7.6 billion nationwide. The company currently owns 77 properties with a combined total of 20,200+ units. Wood Partners has offices in 16 major markets nationwide including Atlanta, Baltimore, Delray Beach/South Florida, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York, Southern California, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. To learn more about Wood Partners, please visit our website,