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Sarah Abrams is Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate at Iron Mountain, a Fortune 1000 company. Sarah leads a global real estate team responsible for real estate strategy, transactions, construction and facility management for a portfolio of 85+ million sf in 53 countries.
Prior to Iron Mountain, Sarah was president of the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments, where she led the team responsible for providing all real estate and location strategy services to Fidelity's business units.
Ms. Abrams is the recipient of 7 Luminary Awards for excellence in speaking at CoreNet Global Summits and regularly teaches the Capstone Case as part of CoreNet Global’s MCR designation.
Nadira Akbari is Vice President with Avison Young serving the Bay Area market. Mrs. Akbari brings years of experience in many aspects of Real Estate, specifically in corporate real estate, transaction management, strategic planning, and project management. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mrs. Akbari co-founded a women owned brokerage and advisory firm in Silicon Valley, where she helped grow the company and achieve several industry awards. Nadira also won the 2016 CoreNet Northern California Young Leader of the Year Award for her achievements and contributions to the industry. Mrs. Akbari specializes in Tenant Representation for clients from all fields including Corporate Clients, Tech-Startup, Pre-Post IPO companies, and Professional Services Firms.
Eric Allon is a Partner in the real estate department of Bernkopf Goodman LLP. Eric’s principal practice areas are real estate and business law, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing, the acquisition, management and sale of properties, financing transactions, and commercial loan workouts. His clients include commercial landlords, tenants of retail, warehouse and office space, private and institutional lenders, hotel and restaurant operators, fiduciaries, brokers, and lawyers. Eric’s clients often credit his responsiveness and business acumen with maximizing their business opportunities and minimizing their financial and legal risks.
Alex is a global Client Solutions executive in CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business, and has held leadership positions in the Americas and EMEA. He collaborates with CBRE’s global clients by understanding their objectives and challenges, and developing bespoke solutions to align with those needs. Alex positions himself at the forefront of innovation in the real estate outsourcing sector, and has been instrumental in defining how CBRE’s global corporate clients address complex real estate issues through a consultative and solutions-oriented approach. He is currently based in San Francisco, after relocating from London in 2015.
Stuart Appley is the Technology Solutions Leader for the West Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group, where he is responsible for providing executive technology oversight, innovation and consulting to current and potential clients across the region. Stuart was previously the Chief Information & Technology Officer at Shorenstein Realty Services, a leading national Commercial Real Estate Investment and Operating company. At Shorenstein, Stuart led the transformation of the company’s technology environment into an innovative organization, championing and leading new digital engagement opportunities. He’s a frequent speaker on innovation and he serves on several advisory boards for emerging technology companies, industry organizations, and VC’s.
Sanjiv Awasthi is the Vice President, Global Real Estate, where he leads the global real estate team to support Cigna's seven million square feet global real estate portfolio.
Sanjiv is responsible for all global real estate functions from strategy to implementation. The focus of the team is to connect business and real estate strategies to optimize Cigna's real estate portfolio across the globe.
Prior to working at Cigna, Sanjiv has held senior real estate management positions at Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Warner Bros and Time Inc.
Sanjiv received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from MIT and Masters of Business Administration from U of California, Berkeley.
Kelly has 18 years’ experience helping clients and teams navigate complexity as they seek to create better workplaces. She uses her training in behavioral research methods, sociology, communication strategy and business to facilitate the adjustment to new ways of working. Her education combined with diverse project experience, as workplace strategist and corporate end user, enables her to provide a broad societal context for working environments.
Sara Baldi leads McKesson’s Global Portfolio Strategy, Global Workplace, Occupancy Planning and Real Estate Technology teams. Her most recent accomplishments include opening McKesson Las Colinas, a LEED and WELL Institute certified campus in Dallas; opening McKesson’s Specialty call center in Scottsdale and the development and roll out of Global Workplace Design Guidelines.
Before joining McKesson in 2015, Ms. Baldi worked at Kaiser Permanente as the Executive Director of National Functions and Shared Services.
Ms. Baldi graduated from the University of California – Berkeley and completed the McKesson Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vik is the founder and managing principal of Verum Consulting, LLC. He has a 25 year background in corporate real estate, real estate outsourcing best practices, strategic planning and workflow and process improvement. Vik led the corporate real estate function at Fortune 500 firms Unocal Corporation and Ameriprise Financial and has also held senior leadership positions at real estate service provider firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq, Struxicon.com, and CBRE. He also served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet. Vik has an MBA from Pepperdine University in California as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds the CoreNet Global, Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) professional designation.
Cristina Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley, where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she teaches MBA and undergraduate students in management. She combined her work as an academic with 40 years of consulting experience including the founding two firms to address the need for radical change in the way people experience work and workplaces. Dr. Banks is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and of the American Psychological Association.
Robin Bass works in the Real Estate and Workplace Services group at Google. Her team is responsible for delivering health and sustainability outcomes for Google's global real estate portfolio (over 70 offices in 40 countries). Prior to joining Google, Robin worked for over 15 years in design and architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on sustainability. Aside from raising 2 boys, her latest passion is the Circular Economy. She is leading Google's partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as it relates to circularity in the built environment.
Slade Bedford is the Senior Manager for Global Facilities within the Global Facilities, Events, & Travel Team (GFET) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His experience spans manufacturing, aerospace, small business ownership, real estate, and facilities. In his current role, he oversees the extraordinary experience that employees and guests receive while working for and visiting the Gates Foundation.
Ethan Bernstein is an associate professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. He teaches the second-year MBA course in Managing Human Capital, the HBX Live Developing Yourself as a Leader course, and various executive education programs. Professor Bernstein’s research investigates the impact of workplace transparency—the observability of employee activities, routines, behaviors, output, and/or performance—on productivity, with implications for leadership, collaboration, organization design, and new forms of organizing.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Bernstein spent a half-decade at The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto and Tokyo. Tapped by Elizabeth Warren to join the implementation team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he spent nearly two years in executive positions, including Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy Assistant Director of Mortgage Markets, at the newest United States federal agency. Professor Bernstein earned his doctorate in management at Harvard, where he also received a JD/MBA degree. He also holds an AB in Economics from Amherst College.
Mr. Berthold is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategy & Change Management within C&W’s Strategic Consulting practice. This practice includes all aspects of developing integrated experiences for clients and employees. Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience with solutions that drive culture and integrate people, place and technology.
Workplace Strategy focus is unique in its breadth. While many have focused on discrete segments of workplace, Workplace Strategy includes cultural alignment, client and employee experience, workplace strategy, technology strategy, sustainable designs, health & wellness strategies, change management, and service strategy.
The practice leverages best practice research, systems, design thinking, and key partnerships across Cushman & Wakefield and the entire industry. Workplace Strategy brings clients to the forefront of new ways of working and building compelling client and workplace experiences that increase value, improve the bottom line and accelerate a client’s progress toward their strategic objectives. Workplace Strategy serves as client catalyst within the Global Consulting Group, helping to drive change, create compelling experiences.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Berthold was SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he rolled out their first Alternative Workplace program and co-working space. He began his 20+ year career as an architect, and is an industry leader in workplace strategy, change management and the alignment of business and real estate strategies.
Mr. Berthold was the 2014 CoreNet Global Corporate Executive of the Year for Atlanta and is a Top Faculty-rated instructor for CoreNet Global. He has been active in workplace strategies with SunTrust Bank, Altisource, TD Financial Group, Washington Mutual, Capital One and Fleet Boston Financial. At Capital One, Bryan led the award winning, Future of Work alternative workplace strategy program that garnered the CoreNet Global, Global Innovator’s Award; Great Places to Work, Best Practices award; Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility 4 times; and Working Woman’s Best Place to Work.
Christian leads the Real Estate and Facilities organization, known as Workplace Resources, at Cisco. Cisco works to connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld-enabled hospitals.
In his 25 years with in the real estate industry, Christian has worked as an interior designer, a facility manager, and a real estate director. Over the past 15 years, he has helped transform the way people interact within the work environment and how they think of “the office” and “the lab.” Looking to the future, Christian and his team are constantly innovating to define the next generation of workplaces to drive the company’s real estate and services into a true competitive advantage in the retention and pursuit of talent.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Cornell University.
Michael Billing is a Managing Director at JLL and serves as the firm’s Global Lease Accounting Lead. He is a Certified Public Accountant responsible for all activities related to lease accounting, including education, process and technology implementation, and client strategy development and execution. He has held numerous accounting and finance leadership roles such as Director of Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting Manager and Infrastructure Controller. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael helps CRE teams with lease accounting, global real estate portfolio strategy, asset financial structuring, occupancy strategy, headquarters relocation and real estate governance. Michael has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran.
Amy Blankson is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she co-founded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for others. Amy has since focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in artificial intelligence. Amy is a regular contributor for Forbes and author The Future of Happiness.
Cedar Blazek is a fellow in the Building Technologies Office of DOE, working with commercial partners to reduce energy use and promote high impact energy-saving technologies within the Better Buildings Initiative. Through the Green Lease Leaders program, Cedar works with tenants and landlords to reduce barriers for energy efficiency in leased space. Prior to her work with the DOE, Cedar performed energy audits for both commercial and residential properties in western Massachusetts.
Del is President/CEO of Boyette, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 13 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; led economic development programs for the State of Georgia, and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte.
Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for eight years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Global Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet Global's New England Chapter.
Jim Boyle is CEO & Founder of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. where he leads full-time teams of diverse experts assisting world-leading corporations, real estate owners, and federal agencies in their move to greater sustainability. He has led in developing SR Inc’s confidential, industry specific, annual management assessment and recommendation process for more sustainable operations and real estate that is compatible with major public standards globally. Mr. Boyle also led in the creation of SR Inc’s Renewable Energy Procurement Services (REPS), which advises Fortune 100 and fast-growing technology companies in the development of national and international Renewable Energy Strategies for procurement of on and off-site advanced energy solutions. SR Inc has assisted more than 75 Fortune 500 firms on a multiple-year basis over the last 10 years to become the leader in Sustainability Program assistance
Ms. Brady is Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group located in Orlando, FL where she brings over twenty six years of diverse project and real estate management experience including corporate office, higher education, government, industrial, historic preservation and retail projects. Ms. Brady's excellent analytic and critical thinking skills, in combination with her passion to deliver strategic operational results and cost efficiencies provides Jones Lang LaSalle's clients with a valuable and effective partnership.
Ms. Brady is responsible for Jones Lang LaSalle's Project Development Services business for the state of Florida. One of her most recent major projects was managing the 225,000 SF build-to-suit Financial Services Center for Verizon in Lake Mary, FL.
Erica Brett is a design researcher with the SUPERSPACE team at Woods Bagot. She develops applications for spatial analysis and data visualization and uses them to draw insights and make data-driven design recommendations. She has also created bespoke computer applications for parametric model manipulation/ fabrication and browser-based scripting environments, and she has experience in generative design and user-centered design research.
Erica has also used her scripting experience to create and advise on generative parametric designs and automating workflows. Her particular interests are in user-centered design, environmental design research methods, and virtual environments.
Christelle Bron is part of the Strategic Consulting Group at CBRE. Ms. Bron brings 20 years of experience as a real estate client service professional to her position. Combining management consulting experience with real estate expertise, she offers a strategic and multidisciplinary approach to solving her corporate clients’ real estate challenges that delivers innovative, actionable and value-added solutions.
Over the past 5 years, Christelle and her team - in partnership with prestigious Universities such as Cornell and Columbia - have actively researched, developed and tested unique predictive analytics and robust optimization models, which provide a truly proprietary way to solve for the supply/demand equation.
Dr. Tracy Brower is a Principal with the Applied Research + Consulting group for Steelcase and the author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. Tracy has worked with many of the Fortune 500, as well as educational and health-care organizations. She is a three-time recipient of the CoreNet Global Luminary Award and recipient of the UofH Real Estate Innovation Award. In addition to her PhD and MM, Tracy holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate. Tracy’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CoreNet Global Leader Magazine, Real Estate Review Journal, Fortune.com, Forbes.com, Inc. Magazine, and more.
Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 25 years of media and communications experience, expertise, and leadership, Brunner is sought by high-profile individuals and organizations to build meaningful reputations within their markets. Prior to launching Brunner Communications, Brunner served as both a main news anchor for the #1 rated 6pm newscast on WCVB, NewsCenter 5 and covered countless breaking news stories. She conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with prominent figures, ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders, including President Barack Obama. Recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished journalists, Brunner’s distinguished approach of educating and communicating information to viewers has yielded countless industry awards and earned her a devoted following.
Khari Buck leads Workplace Transformations for CBRE on behalf of her client, McKesson Corporation. Ms. Buck is responsible for Occupancy Planning, Workplace Strategy, Change Management, and Communications. She currently driving new workplace adoption at 3 major hubs in Dallas, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; and McKesson HQ in San Francisco.
Before joining the McKesson account in 2015, Ms. Buck was a Portfolio Strategy Manager on CBRE’s MUFG Union Bank account.
Mrs. Buck holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Finance & Construction Management from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Real Estate Investment & Consulting from Cornell University.
Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code on a mission to show compassion through computation. She uses art and research to investigate the social impact of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze, algorithmic bias that can worsen social inequalities. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered evaluation techniques for face classification algorithms which is leading to increased transparency in the use of this technology. She chairs the IEEE working group creating the first international standards for facial analysis technology. She serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the European Union to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to make technology more beneficial for humanity. Her Gender Shades research which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial gender classification has been covered in over 230 articles in 37 countries by media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, NPR, BBC World Service, and the Daily Show.
Joy is an international speaker having shared her work at venues including the White House, The Vatican, WIRED Live UK, SXSWedu, Aspen Ideas Festival, and FundForum. Her TED Talk on bias in AI has been viewed nearly 1 million times.
Joy produces media that makes daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause. Her short film, The Coded Gaze: Unmasking Algorithmic Bias, debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar. She holds two master’s degrees from Oxford University and MIT and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is now pursuing a PhD at MIT.
Tarana Burke, best known as the founder of the 'me too' Movement, shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral awakening for women's rights, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.
The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.
#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.
A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana works under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement which is housed at Brooklyn based Girls for Gender Equity where she serves as Senior Director. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma
As a Project Manager at the award-winning architecture and interior design firm, Perkins+Will, Sarah Busch is supremely knowledgeable about current and past industry trends. She is thoroughly familiar with the intersection of the design profession and related professions. She is well respected across the interior design industry, and is equally avid as either student or mentor. Sarah has worked across a variety of fields throughout her career, from business development to project management to design. Her poise, flexibility, and good sense carry her through many unpredictable situations. She serves as an exemplary representative of both our firm and our profession.
Kristine Carter is a Project Manager in CBRE's Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) division on the Iron Mountain account. She is based in Southern California and manages project delivery on multi-story racking systems, fire protection, security, IT, tenant improvements and HVAC systems for a 16.5 million square feet portfolio across 18 states.
Kristine joined CBRE in 2013 as a Project Coordinator supporting several project managers and business lines across 29 states where she provided support to the project management team, had oversight on complex project documentation preparation, reporting and project technology tools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is a 2015 graduate of the CoreNet New England chapter’s Young Leader Leadership Development Program.
Erica Chapman is the Vice President of Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity at Akamai. Chapman is responsible for leading the team charged with the ongoing development of Akamai's world-class facilities, as well as the strategy and planning of opening new office space. Today, Akamai has 57 offices across five continents and continues to grow rapidly. Over the course of her career, Erica has been instrumental in helping a number of leading enterprises expand their real estate and global facilities.
Dr. Andrea Chegut is a Research Scientist at MIT that uncovers innovation in the built environment. She is the Co-Founder and Director of the Real Estate Innovation Lab which is an inter-disciplinary team that identifies built environment innovative products, processes and technologies and their financial and economic impact. Andrea is also a Co-Founder and the Head of Research for DesignX, an entrepreneurial accelerator for new student and faculty ventures from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning that focuses on design, cities and the built environment. In addition to research, Andrea teaches classes on innovation, corporate finance and entrepreneurship at MIT. Andrea did her PhD in financial economics and has worked at the intersection of innovation, urban economics and real estate for over a decade. Prior to her work at MIT, Andrea had a career in securities asset pricing and worked in Europe on developing asset pricing models for commercial real estate, green buildings and digital infrastructure.
Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin is the CEO and Co-founder of Optimus Ride Inc – an MIT spinoff company based in Boston, MA that develops self-driving technologies that enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility access.
Dr. Chin is a leading expert in the area of Smart Cities and urban mobility systems. He was the Managing Director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab (2012-2015) where innovative research was conducted on urban housing, transport, energy, and big data analytics. He researched Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems – a network of self‑driving, shared-use, electric vehicles (EVs). He developed EVs including the GreenWheel, RoboScooter, Persuasive Electric Vehicle, and the CityCar. Dr. Chin advises industry and government agencies on Smart Cities innovations. He was a member of the White House PCAST’s (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) working group on “Technology and the Future of Cities.”
Anthony Cho is Senior Vice President, Client Service Delivery & Professional Services at BGIS. By focusing on innovations that lead to portfolio performance excellence and operating cost effectiveness, Anthony has proven results in managing, operating and delivering integrated real estate services to corporate, retail and infrastructure portfolios. His experience with $1B+ in complex design, construction programs and projects of all scale and building types has allowed Anthony to develop specialized and advanced knowledge in asset management, facility performance, program and project management, design management, building science, construction contracts, procurement and administration.
Previous to his current role, Anthony was North American Account Director at BGIS for a major North American financial institution. Prior to joining BGIS, Anthony was Operations Leader with Stantec Architecture.
Anthony holds a BArch, and BES Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and was awarded with CoreNet Global’s ‘Professional Excellence Award’ in 2016.
Christina Clark is a Managing Principal of Cresa’s Global Portfolio Solutions group. With over fifteen years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, she started her career in the architecture and design field. Christina exclusively represents tenants on their headquarter and satellite office locations. As a strategic adviser to her clients, Christina is committed to aligning their business initiatives and culture with effective real estate solutions to maximize economic and functional flexibility.
Karen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink UX. Today Karen is primarily focused on Blink’s culture and employees, communicating the company vision, and setting the company growth strategy. Through her work at Blink, Karen was a winner of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award and she was a finalist for Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015. Blink made Forbes Magazine’s Best Small Companies list for 2016 and has won Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Magazine’s Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, The Women President’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women Led Companies Worldwide award in 2014, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Karen began a Ph.D. program in Values Driven Leadership at the Benedictine University in 2015.
Martha has been with Microsoft since 1997, leading workplace transformation. Before that she was a commercial interior designer at architecture firms in Seattle. Martha manages design for Microsoft, as well as video and photography production, and the Inclusive Workplace program. She is a writer and photographer. Martha grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended University of Oregon. In 2011, Martha was bestowed with the Business Leaders in Design award from IIDA.
Based in Redmond, Wa. Brian is responsible for Operationalizing Microsoft’s ‘Workplace Advantage’ (WPA) Program; defining and integrating the implementation of WPA across several multidisciplinary CRE groups (including Capital Projects, Occupancy Planning, Change Management and Integrated Facilities Management & Services) in Microsoft’s 14m sqft regional portfolio.
Brian joined Microsoft 1995 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for The Global Workplace Strategies Group; defining and driving the ‘Workplace Advantage (WPA)’ program; including Workplace research, knowledge management, change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He was also Area Portfolio Manager for RE&F in Central & Eastern Europe, and Facilities Manager for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.
George Conti is the Vice President of Global Real Estate at Iron Mountain Global Real Estate (GRE).
An experienced global executive with a diverse background in corporate real estate, finance, strategic planning, executive communication and management, George is currently responsible for leading a team of 21 employees in various functions covering 50+ countries around the world.
Because of his group’s geographical diverseness, George considers his main priority to be supporting and managing his team with a focus on individual and overall team development and performance. George has been a mentor and a mentee for the past 10 years and is an active participant in the CoreNet mentor match program.
Ben Cordani is Director of Human Resources for the Surface Mining & Technology Division of Caterpillar Inc. In this capacity, Ben leads a global team to attract, develop, support and engage more than 6,000 professionals in delivering the highest value surface mining equipment and technology to customers around the world. Ben has spent his career in Human Resources, Public Relations, Governmental Relations and Strategy Development at Caterpillar, having worked in Peoria, Illinois, Beijing, China, and Washington, DC.
Ben has a Mass Communications degree from Illinois State University, is a Freidrich-Naumann Fellowship recipient and is enrolled in the Mining Practitioner Program at South Dakota School of Mines. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Sun Corridor Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, focused on regional economic development, and serves on the Board of Next Door in Milwaukee, engaged in early childhood and family development within the city.
Kathleen has spent her thirty-year career at Nokia (and its associated acquisitions) converting cutting edge technologies into real solutions to real problems for real people. The Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are the latest technologies being shaped into an Occupant-Oriented Smart Building strategy for Nokia’s CRE organization. Her expertise in technology is balanced with her management skills and is reflected in a breadth of professional certifications (PMP, PgMP, TOGAF, ITIL, CBAP).
Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society. Kate’s work has explored economic issues in intellectual property systems and increasingly looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues. She runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future.
Simon is an 18 year veteran of the Real Estate Technology industry. Simon specializes in helping clients leverage solutions to meet both the clients tactical and strategic needs. Simon is President of the CoreNet Global Arizona Chapter and serves as Faculty on the CoreNet Global Masters of Corporate Real Estate, specializing in both CRE Technology and Workplace Strategy. Simon is also part of the IFMA Technology Community, serving as Events Chair.
Simon earned his law degree from the University of Southampton, UK and a Master’s degree in Business and Information Technology from the University of Salford, UK.
Caitlin DeClercq earned a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Caitlin is a Core Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at UC Berkeley, where she is leading a study to identify workplace design features that promote positive psychological states in employees. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Caitlin worked as a college health educator and earned an M.S. in an interdisciplinary program, Health Professions Education, at the University of Rochester. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, edited books, and professional journals.
Mike coordinated the JLL team responsible for smart building strategies at McDonald’s corporate HQ project. This included working through a structured process to prioritize program goals, identify strategies, select appropriate technologies and oversee program implementation over an 18-month engagement. He draws on nearly thirty years’ experience in the commercial building industry, including various leadership roles with global, market-leading brands. He has unique smart building expertise having been involved in the definition and mainstream adoption of building system standards and technologies; and deployment of integrated building systems. Mike is a frequent speaker on the state, regional and national level.
Pooja Devendran is the Co-founder & CEO of Novolux, a new Boston-based tech company that is connecting humanity through digital smart windows. Through Novolux, she focuses on making the architecturally challenged spaces where we live, learn, heal and work healthier through light and a connection to the outdoors. Her passionfor integrating science and technology started as a student at MIT and has translated to two decades of experience in disrupting healthcare design and innovation at top hospitals in Boston and New York City.
An expert in the strategic design of the workplace, Patrick is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture and work process improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about improving the efficiency of workplace, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. Clients include Aetna, Fidelity, General Dynamics, GSA, Nationwide, Novartis and P&G. Patrick is MIT visiting lecturer 2016-17, write and speaks on design, applied research, innovation, change and organizational architecture. He served on the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global, 2011-2014 and has been awarded top faculty honors at CoreNet Global Learning consistently since 2000.
Regan works for the Newmark Knight Frank Global Strategy team leading the Southwest Region. Their team works alongside the brokers in each location to help guide clients looking to solve the major challenges brought by changes in Workforce, Workplace, & Technology.
Regan spends the other half of her time consulting for Uber’s PAI Team (Programs, Analysis, & Innovation). She supports the “Uber@Work” Initiative to help enhance the employee experience in the work environment for their future HQ project and global real estate initiatives.
Mary Lee Duff is a Principal and Director of Workplace Strategies for IA Interior Architects in San Francisco. Mary Lee has over 25 years of experience working with clients to develop comprehensive workplace solutions that require a sensitivity to each client’s culture, brand, and work processes. Bringing best practices, a proven methodology, and an inquisitive point of view, Mary Lee works with the design team to align the workplace planning and design to support and improve business.
Ms. Dunsmore is a workplace strategist and change management professional with 6 years’ experience in workplace strategy and over 12 years’ experience in public speaking, stakeholder relations, and communications planning. She is a trusted advisor to her clients and specializes in leading Workplace Intelligence Assessments to build a holistic understanding of her clients’ workplace needs and aspirations. In particular, her work around telework implementation and their impact on managers, the workforce, and space needs, set her apart as a leader in the workplace field.
Angie is a Principal at BatesForum and Director of Advisory Services bringing 20 years of leadership and expertise in workplace strategy, facility planning, change management, and design innovation. She focuses on ensuring the built environment supports varying work styles, integrate wellbeing strategies, infuse the latest technological advancements, and balance the needs of businesses with a multi-generational workforce. Angie is a national speaker on todays topic and the influence environments can play in improving employee engagement while positively impacting company objectives. Angie is an immediate past-president of CREW, and a member of ULI, CoreNet Global, and IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries council.
In Stewart’s results-driven career, he has led or helped grow technology-driven software companies from start-ups to established enterprise solution providers. With over 25 years’ experience working with innovative technologies, his long-time expertise in mobile software technologies has included taking platform-based solutions such as MEAP and MCAP into the mainstream. Under his leadership, Modo has quickly evolved into the industry-leading mobile-first employee engagement and digital transformation company.
Bryan Ezell provides clients with technology solutions to support their real estate strategy and needs. Bryan specializes in developing resources that fully leverage technology and support enhanced real estate decision making. His proficiency in business intelligence gives clients the information and knowledge they need to make strategic choices related to their real estate portfolios. Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services, and implementation support for integrated workplace management system (IWMS) platforms. Bryan’s business intelligence experience includes leading the development of interactive dashboards, reports and planning tools. Bryan has also created data warehouse environments, bringing together disparate data sources to allow for large amounts of data to be quickly analyzed and become actionable. Savills Studley’s KnowledgeCubed platform is Bryan’s current focus, which delivers relevant and actionable insights via a bespoke technology toolkit uniquely focused on tenants.
Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations – and tap the promise – of a new generation. Forbes Magazine has twice named him one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy, a contest he has gone on to judge. New York Magazine has named him “activist of the year.” Esquire magazine recently named him the man of his year of birth. He has received numerous human rights awards, including Refugees International's McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people”. His speeches on the struggles of young people he's worked with around the world as well as his own childhood growing up amidst a high-profile Hollywood scandal have been selected among NPR's “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post's top ten speeches of the year. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronts the Today Show's “#Undercovered” series, combining traditional reporting with innovative crowd-sourced story selection. He has also anchored an MSNBC cable news program, Ronan Farrow Daily. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States' first special adviser for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has also served as spokesperson for youth at UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola, and the Darfur region of Sudan, and appeared as an expert witness before the US Congressional human rights caucus. Farrow is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the forthcoming Pandora's Box: How America Creates Its Own Enemies from Penguin Press.
A passionate global representative, architect, workplace design strategist, artist, and a volunteer - Nishar is part of the core-cell Space Matrix global team. She has work experience in five countries: Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and the US, and has traveled to more than 45. Her career is backed by an eight-year proven track record in workplace design and business strategy. Nishar manages global clients of North America for design and execution in APAC. Deep understanding of the workplace design & build is her key asset. She provides unique solutions for global clients challenged with setting offices in APAC, providing efficient delivery and honest communication with technical and business stakeholders alike.
Nishar is also an author of the research piece "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture" and contributor to a book on vernacular housing of North India called "MATRA: The measure".
Dr. Blair Feltmate is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. Previous positions held by Mr. Feltmate include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. Blair has written textbooks on environmental science, banking and sustainable development and is generally interviewed by the media between 100 and 150 times annually. He is involved in the creation of several national climate adaptation Standards involving the National Research Council, Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association; and, he is Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation.
Joann E. Flaminio has been a member of the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, since 1993, and has served on its Board of Governors since 1996. In January 2011, she became the 23rd President of the Boston Athletic Association, and the first woman to ever lead the 130-year-old athletic organization. She was at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and helped shape its positive response to the tragedy, widely lauded both locally and nationally.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and Suffolk University Law School. She was employed at Fidelity Investments for seventeen years in Workplace Investing.
Eleanor is MD North America for Leesman. Coming on board in 2016 to launch Leesman in the US, Eleanor is responsible for the strategic development of the Leesman brand in North America, establishing the company’s first office in NYC. Eleanor has a long-standing interest in people and space, how they influence and interact with each other and how we can better understand our human needs in the built environment.
Before joining Leesman, Eleanor ran her own business for 12 years. Initially launching an art and design consultancy and then a contemporary art gallery representing British based artists, before returning to work as a private and corporate art consultant. She collaborated with artists, collectors, gallerists, architects, and designers for private and corporate clients. Alongside her work as a gallerist and publisher, Eleanor created and implemented interior design schemes, both corporate and private.
Julie works with leading corporations to develop workplace and engagement strategies that effectively prepare employees for working in new ways while reducing disruption to productivity. She helps clients support their business objectives by aligning human behavior and place attributes to create an engaging employee experience. Julie is an active member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community within the International Facility Management Association.
Matt joined TripAdvisor in October of 2014 to lead the office operations and facilities function. Since then, Matt has transformed the group into OfficeX, a hospitality-inspired office experience model, designed to help TripAdvisor attract and retain the best talent in tech. OfficeX oversees the design, construction, and operation of TripAdvisor’s ~700k square foot real estate portfolio. Matt’s group reports into the Chief People Officer where they work alongside Human Resources professionals to support more than 3500 employees in 40 offices around the world. Before TripAdvisor Matt spent 20 years in operational roles, most recently within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel company and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
EarL G. Geertgens is the Founder, President and CEO of FreeAxez, LLC. He launched FreeAxez in 2001 after seeing an opportunity to introduce a revolutionary alternative to traditional raised access flooring into the North American market. An entrepreneur by nature with 20 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate development and general construction, Earl has built FreeAxez into the leading provider of whole building adaptive cabling and power distribution systems. The FreeAxez team has leveraged 25 years of product development and customer solution experience to build the Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ brands into the most recognizable in North America.
Tara Gibney joined Cushman & Wakefield in the summer of 2015 with nearly 20 years of HR experience. Ms. Gibney has worked extensively with Global and Americas platforms during a critical integration and building a post-merger framework for leading talent practices in the industry. Tara spent 10 years of her career with JLL where she led their global Hotels HR platform, drove global executive succession planning and supporting their Americas corporate outsourcing business. Tara has extensive knowledge and leadership experience including her roles building a strong foundation of expertise at an executive search firm and an international education organization.
Stan has several passions in life ranging from the ever changing world of corporate real estate to his most personal passions of mentoring, coaching, and helping executives in all stages of their career. Stan has had the privilege of working for 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as being an entrepreneur. In 2016 Stan was acknowledged as one of the top 5 Corporate Real Estate Executives w/in CoreNet Global.
Currently, Stan works for Wells Fargo and has led their corporate strategic planning area for the last decade. Stan developed a team responsible for disposing of over 27M square feet leading to over $750M in corporate savings. Stan acknowledges being fortunate to work with a skillful team and wishes to have the opportunity to use his gifts of vision, inclusions, collaboration, and maximizing talent.
Karen R. Gill is the Vice President of Global Workplace Strategy and the Change Management Program Manager for Fidelity Investment’s, headquartered in Boston, Ma.
Karen embraces an entrepreneurial spirit and focuses on creating and prototyping new ways to solve for the optimization of the real estate portfolio while at the same time focusing on the creative process, the associate experience, and demonstrating value through innovation in the workplace. She is quick to state; “Successful workplace strategies need to suit each organization’s business objectives, exemplifying the purpose of the associate and the culture of the organization”. Previously Karen led the worldwide strategy and transformational change program for Hewlett Packard/HPEKaren also worked as a workplace transformation change consultant servicing many Fortune 5 – 500 companies, Architects and Designers; lead product launch teams for technology and furniture lines; and taught technology integration to K-University students.
Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award.
Lauri changes the way organizations think about work and place. She works with executives to “future-cast”, challenging them to redefine the purpose of bringing people together at work.
Lauri advises the world’s most influential industry leaders including, ExxonMobil, Hines, HP, Chevron, and Sonos, developing strategies to break through the Innovation Barrier and position their organizations for the future. Her Business, Workplace, Engagement, and Design Strategies have been transforming business for 30 years.
Lauri believes thoughtful placemaking connects people and inspires organizations to thrive. She is the ultimate optimist about the opportunity of automation to free humans to focus on work that matters.
Eric is an entrepreneur who is committed to bringing building and real estate technology to market.
As CEO of CrowdComfort Eric is revolutionizing organizational communication with employees and customers by leveraging mobile technology and Human Sensor Networks to bring new levels of reach and engagement to business operations and the built environment.
CrowdComfort has been featured in Fast Company, Greentech Media, and Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies.
Previously, Eric developed the Fraunhofer CSE (http://cse.fraunhofer.org/5cc/), a 50,000 Sq. Ft. project in Boston’s Innovation District representing the future of sustainable design and construction.
Eric holds 5 patents covering building, & energy tech.
Working in Technology for over 20 years, Kathy’s been part of the tremendous evolution in this space. With a keen focus on end user experience, Kathy is a champion of a simpler user experience where technology is a key enabler to the worker. Kathy led the IT efforts to drive and support McKesson’s workplace transformation. Kathy and the team at McKesson have built three major hubs in the last 18 months where significant changes have been made to the workplace environment and the services offered. Kathy lives in Colorado with her husband, Kurt.
At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.
Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.
Philip Grossberg is a global citizen and industry visionary, possessing extensive experience as a corporate real estate executive with Fortune 500, multinational companies both as a corporate real estate leader and a service provider (General Motors, Time Warner Cable, Unilever, Avnet, C&W, Staubach, CBRE). He is an expert in real estate services resourcing and partnering, TM, PM, FM, strategic design, and change engagement.
Currently, Philip is on the board of an energy/tech start-up focused on revolutionizing controls data management to optimize utility equipment efficiency, drive down operating costs, drive up reliability, and increase investment property values. Philip has also begun to engage with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). Ask him about it.
Philip is a past president of the Carolina’s Chapter, served on CoreNet’s Global Board, and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ as an active chapter member.
Matt Harrison is a Principal Consultant at Thorogood Associates specializing in unlocking business value with data and analytics. He is a member of the US Management Team and the head of the Global Tableau Data Visualization Practice. At Morgan Stanley, Matt works with Rob Ripp’s team in Corporate Services to collect, understand, and synthesize business objectives around space management, seat supply/demand analysis, and real estate P&L culminating in a suite of dashboards servicing various Corporate Real Estate audiences. Matt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in mathematics and economics.
Rebecca Hatchadorian, is an Associate at Arup with over 10 years of experience as a Sustainability Consultant and is a Board member of USGBC Massachusetts. Rebecca works to optimize environmental and human outcomes in her projects which range from higher education, residences and lab buildings to commercial office and athletics facilities. Her experience has evolved to larger scale City and portfolio capital planning working with Massport, Partners Healthcare, MIT, Cambridge DPW and Carbon Free Boston. She helped the Boston office achieve its WELL Gold and Fitwell 3-Star certifications and robust post-occupancy evaluation. Rebecca has spoken at ABX, NeoCon, IFMA, and Greenbuild.
Active in the real estate industry for over 15 years Tracy’s skills encompass design and construction, leasing & transactions, and workplace operations. With international experience leading corporate real estate teams in the film, fashion and the technology sectors, notably previously at Yahoo! for 7 years and now at Twitter as the Global Head of Real Estate & Workplace where she has been for the last 5 years. From navigating explosive growth and completely revamping Twitters approach to the design of their space – Tracy has transformed the Twitter CRE team from a support function into a respected and strategic business partner.
Innovative thinker and workplace management expert, Glenn Hicks is an account manager at iOFFICE, the leading workforce-centric IWMS software and the only 100% SaaS platform designed for the Digital Workplace. Glenn provides clients with the ability to find the right mix of technology to mesh with their operational processes and business needs.
With more than 16 years of combined audit, CRE, facilities and technology background experience, Glenn has the ability to truly listen and translate business needs into result-oriented solutions with the support of automated technologies. iOFFICE supports more than 2.4M users worldwide and equips C-Suite executives, CRE and facilities leaders with the real-time data and tools they need to plan effectively for the future of their workforce and workplace.
Glenn is a loving husband and father to two beautiful children. With his wife and kids, he loves nothing more than spending time outside and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
Holly has over 20 years of computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) experience. She has a working knowledge of numerous IWMS software applications, as well as various industry standards referenced in space and workplace management. Holly has experience with strategic and tactical occupancy and space planning, move planning and coordination, and the data maintenance and quality assurance in organization reporting and changes. She is focused on occupancy data analysis and reporting together with realistic action plans to help keep up with the pace of change for her clients.
Michael Huaco is responsible for portfolio and asset management of McKesson Corporation’s global real estate assets including the acquisition, construction, and management of more than 26 million square feet. Additionally, he is accountable for implementing industry best practices, strategic planning and processes re-engineering to lower cost and improve quality.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, and management of facilities and construction.
Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.
Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches.
Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program.
On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses.
Brian Jordan is the Director of Sprint Real Estate. Mr. Jordan is responsible for the oversight of facility management for over 2000 buildings with over 20 million square feet of space and has over 25 years combined real-estate experience. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas and is the designated instructor for the Real Estate Technology Class for the CoreNet Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program for which he was recently awarded for being an outstanding instructor. He was also awarded the IAOP Global Excellence Award in 2013 for the Sprint-CBRE Alliance Partnership and the value of innovation created between the two organizations. In addition, he was awarded Corenet’s Industry Excellence Award in 2012 and the Commercial Property Executive (CPE) Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013 for the Alliance Partnership as well.
David is the Americas Real Estate Leader at Ernst & Young. In this role, he is responsible for managing a team of professionals and the firm’s Americas portfolio that includes strategic planning, all real estate, design/construction, project management and leading the “EY@Work” workplace transformation.
David has over 20 years with several companies in the real estate industry including; Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Consulting; Aon Insurance as Global Exec VP-Real estate & Facilities, and Johnson Controls as Global Director, Consulting.
David is currently the Global Chair-Elect for CoreNet Global and will begin serving the 2-year term in March, 2018. David is has earned the MCR.h real estate designation and has served as lead faculty for the last 15 years at CoreNet. David is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University and an adjunct faculty at New York University.
David is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a double major as bachelors in Political Science and Sociology. David is the father of three children and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
David Karpook is a 25-year real estate and technology industry veteran. He has been a customer, vendor, system implementer, trainer and strategist, managing workplace technology projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Planon Corporation in 2015, he served as president and CEO at Bricsnet, an enterprise software provider. He was 2017 Chairman of the Board of Directors at OSCRE International, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate and is past chairman of IFMA’s Real Estate Advisory & Leadership community. He speaks frequently at real estate and facility management industry events.
As Director and Global Workplace Interiors Sector Leader, Sarah has a passion for working with organizations to ensure design positively influences their business outcomes.
During her career, Sarah, has advised and designed for some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. Her clients include companies such as Google, Bloomberg, HSBC, JPMorgan, and Macquarie Group Limited. Sarah’s ongoing work for many of these organizations is testament to her ability to achieve her goal of adding value to her clients.
Having worked throughout Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, Sarah brings a global vision to her client’s projects.
Jesse M. Keenan is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he serves as Area Head of Real Estate and the Built Environment (). Keenan’s principle research focus is on adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing and planning. Keenan has previously advised on matters concerning the built environment for agencies of the U.S. government, governors, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, technology ventures, community enterprises and international NGOs.
Molly brings extensive experience in workplace strategy to improving organizational performance through innovative design. As a licensed architect with a background in management consulting, Molly develops design strategies that uniquely reflect a client's vision, culture and business objectives. She has worked with global Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries from financial services, higher education, technology and consumer products industries, to develop targeted and innovative solutions that optimize their real estate portfolios and workplace environments.
Chris is the co-founder and president of Convene, a “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenties in commercial office buildings. Serving 70% of New York’s Fortune 500, the company has 13 locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC., with locations in Los Angeles and Chicago coming soon. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.
Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Kimmel has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities and high schools He consults widely with corporations, NGOs and public sector organizations on gender equity issues. He was recently called “the world’s most prominent male feminist” in The Guardian newspaper in London.
Alexander Kliment is Eurasia Group's Director of Global Research, Corporates. He leads a team of analysts that examines political risk at the global, country, and sectoral levels in order to assess implications for multinational corporations and institutions. Prior to his current role, Alexander was a Director of Eurasia research, focusing on the political economy, socioeconomic issues and foreign policy of Russia and other post-Soviet states. He also co-founded Eurasia Group's Emerging Markets Strategy practice, which focuses on comparative political and social trends across emerging markets.
Before to joining Eurasia Group, Alexander worked as a journalist for The Financial Times in Washington, DC and São Paulo, Brazil. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, focusing on Russia, and at the Architectural League of New York, where he directed studies of urbanism in developing countries. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Amanda Kross is a Senior Vice President within the Consulting group and is based in the New York office. Amanda leads the Workplace Strategy Practice in the Americas Northeast Region.
Amanda has over 10 years of experience developing integrated space, service, and organizational solutions that improve business operations, employee productivity, and customer experience. By approaching real estate as a business driver, Amanda develops enterprise-wide space strategies that focus on improving employee health, productivity, and engagement while achieving business goals and objectives.
Michael Kruklinski is Head of Siemens Real Estate, Region Americas, overseeing all operations for Siemens Real Estate within the Americas. Siemens Real Estate is a $3.2 billion operation covering the globe. With over 20 years’ experience at Siemens, Kruklinski has held a number of senior positions within the company. Most recently, he served as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Corporate Development for Siemens Corporation USA. In this role, he was responsible for cross-sector strategies, new business opportunities and portfolio management.
Tish Kruse, Principal and Director of Strategy, co-leads IA Interior Architect’s Strategy practice. Her role involves cultivating new business, developing thought leadership, and enhancing the firm’s service offering. Driving a process-oriented and data-centric approach to creating great workplaces, Tish has extensive expertise working with clients to effectively capture their needs, develop their vision, and create strategies that foster flexible and enduring workplaces. She is adept in the areas of change management, master planning, and mobility strategies. A strong proponent of the integration of strategy and design expertise in shaping workplaces, Tish is actively engaged in furthering these synergies at IA.
T.J. is a results driven global leader experienced in developing real estate solutions that support business operations, developing portfolio strategy and facility operating standards.
T.J. has extensive international experience in the integrated delivery of real estate and workplace services.
T.J. is known as a strong communicator with the ability to lead and influence stakeholders at all levels to execute real estate projects.
He is currently working at adidas as the Senior Director of Corporate Real Estate for the Americas.
Christopher LaPata is a Client Leader with BHDP Architecture and Planning. Christopher is continually engaged with corporate leaders, human resource directors, IT and facilities management groups of Fortune 1000 companies helping to develop workplace strategies that leverage the workplace as a tool to drive behavior, facilitate the work process and attain business objectives. As a Prosci certified change practitioner, Chris also works with clients to align the change strategy with the project implementation strategy leading to higher rates of user adoption.
Traditional leases can drive a wedge between landlords and coworking companies, especially if they increase risk during downturns. Katharine Lau, Director of Real Estate for Industrious, a premium coworking and flexible workplace company, will explain how landlords can thrive and mitigate risk in this evolving era by designing smart, innovative deals with the right, responsible partners.
Fortified with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science, Daniel Lee began the first 10 years of his career as an information auditor at Weyerhaeuser and Ernst & Young. Shortly thereafter, he evolved in a financial data systems geek with Microsoft. Spending over 80% of his time in the built environment, he found a natural calling to see how his craft could be applied to the ways physical spaces are managed. Three years ago he joined Microsoft’s Real Estate & Facilities team where he led the building of a central data warehouse to manage his organization’s global portfolio.
Jeff Leitner is an experienced social innovator and expert on engineering social change. He is Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, housed in the world’s largest school of social work. There, he facilitated design and development of the nation’s first doctorate in social innovation.
He is a Fellow at New America, where he partnered with the OECD to develop the first-ever sequencing of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Leitner is founding director of UX for Good, a multi-year initiative to leverage experience design to solve social challenges. There, he has partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education to advance social-emotional learning in public schools and with Aegis Trust to boost the impact of genocide memorials in Africa and Europe.
Leitner was founding director of Insight Labs, which enlisted more than 800 senior strategists, designers and artists to help nearly 50 corporations, institutions and governments in the U.S. and Europe untangle social challenges.
Arnold brings over 48 years of experience in organizational design, workplace and design strategy, design implementation and research resulting in client business driven solutions. A strong believer that design strategy can result in workplace solutions enabling a client’s business performance, he has developed frameworks and methodologies that connect workplace design solutions to a client’s intrinsic organizational design. “The workplace has the potential to serve as a true catalyst for organizational performance and transformation when developed through the right lens.” With an undergraduate degree in design and two graduate degrees in business and organizational design, Arnold has worked with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia spanning diverse industries such as corporate, health care and science. As Principal, Design Strategies at Smith Group JJR, Arnold is responsible for developing firm wide design strategy initiatives that both focus on business case driven design solutions and bringing together firm wide practice areas to provide innovative workplace solutions across market sectors.
As a consultant, trainer, and international public speaker, Don Levonius draws on over 18 years of progressive leadership experience, including 13 years with The Walt Disney Company where he was a senior learning and development leader. Don currently helps organizations develop talent, drive performance, and achieve results. He also facilitates leadership development training for numerous professional associations and writes for the Association of Talent Development, which publishes his articles in over 120 countries. With master’s degrees in human resource development and business & organizational security management, Don’s career passion is to help leaders learn.
Brad is a skilled relationship manager with 20 years of experience in the architectural and design industry. As a Vice President at HOK, Brad manages several global WorkPlace accounts and enhances the overall level of service provided to clients. His professional career has taken him around the world servicing large-scale international clients; fine-tuning his customer focus and work methodology. Brad is a Board Member of the Arts & Education Council in St. Louis, as well as an associate member of the St. Louis chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the leading professional real estate association.
I have always had a passion for making space work better for people. My name is Sharon Loveland and I am the Workplace Strategy Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. I studied Interior Design at the University of Arkansas and began my career space planning for a Herman Miller dealership. I managed Occupancy Planning, Design and Construction for great Northwest companies from Seafirst Bank/BofA to Starbucks' corporate facilities and T-Mobile’s corporate headquarters. My current focus at the Gates foundation is to experiment with place to support behaviors that shape culture and drive impact.
Robert Luchetti is an American architect, industrial designer and educator and the president of Robert Luchetti Associates, a multi-disciplinary design practice including architecture, interior and industrial design and work and learning environment consulting. In 1985, in collaboration with psychologist Professor Philip Stone and while teaching at Harvard, they published "Your Office is Where You Are" in the Harvard Business Review. In this seminal and prescient article they presented their creation and invention of the concept of the “office as activity settings”. This approach is now widely adopted as a foundation for the planning and design of office work environments.
Gillian Maguire is the CBRE program manager for Microsoft RE&F’s Supported Employment program, bringing experience in management and consultant roles at a statewide disability rights organization. She has worked closely with people with disabilities and disability community organization leaders, as well as legal and professional staff. She has created and managed an advocacy team responsible for provision of high quality services; recruited and trained team members; championed continuous quality improvement; launched a federally-mandated program for people with traumatic brain injuries; and managed content on social media and website platforms.
Piyush Malik is a startup executive, entrepreneur, board advisor and business transformation practitioner in the domain of emerging technologies.
Currently as the VP of Strategy & Services at SpringML, a premier partner for Machine Learning and Analytics for Google cloud, he focuses on building data science, AI/ML IoT & analytics solutions for clients. Piyush led the worldwide Big Data & Analytics Center of Excellence within IBM’s digital consulting business till 2016.
He held global leadership roles in data & analytics domain with both IBM & PriceWaterhouseCoppers combined for 18 years while working with several Fortune 500 organizations across multiple industries spanning 4 continents.
As Vice President of Design and Construction, Barry leads Capital One’s entire workplace development program including direct oversight of the new headquarters project in Tysons, Va. When completed, the Tysons project will include: two city blocks, the tallest office building in Washington, DC, a premier Performing Arts Center, a Wegmans grocery, restaurants, parks and residential buildings.
Barry is an accomplished real estate executive experienced in all facets of corporate real estate. He has more than 25 years of experience managing major rezoning cases, large-scale construction projects, national facilities management, and corporate security organizations at Fortune 500 companies. He has demonstrated expertise in managing large real estate organizations with a focus on customer service and operational excellence.
Hakon Mattson is Director of Sustainability for Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies with approximately 55,000 employees and 9 million square feet of CRE across the U.S.
Hakon oversees the development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate sustainability programs. Hakon’s focus is strategically aligning environmental, social and governance programs and embedding sustainability into Anthem’s core business strategy. As a Certified Energy Manager, Hakon has developed aggressive energy and water efficiency programs resulting in millions of dollars in savings. As a WELL AP, Hakon has helped advance Anthem employee health and wellbeing through building design and operations best practices. Hakon is a return Peace Corps volunteer and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Richmond.
Alan McGinty is currently the Senior Director of the Global Workplace Innovation Group for Cisco Systems and is working to design and deliver the “Next Generation Workplace” for Cisco - integrating the physical workspace with advanced technologies and thought leading policies to support a highly evolved global workforce. He is also responsible for global Environmental Safety and Health as well as Energy Management and Sustainability
Alan has over 25 years of global real estate leadership experience working for several multi-national companies leading development activities supporting high-growth portfolios of manufacturing and headquarters facilities around the world.
Mr. McGinty advises Cisco’s global leadership teams in driving concepts forward that will increase Cisco’s ability to attract and retain talent in a rapidly changing world. He uses hard data gained through current research to prove the benefits of portfolio optimization and employee engagement through a workplace environment that provides choice to the new generation of mobile knowledge workers.
Brady provides strategic design to clients by focusing his 30 years of professional experience on thought leadership, research and creative thinking. Brady’s is a Prosci accredited change leader, a CoreNet Global accredited workplace Master of Corporate Real Estate, and a 12 time top faculty teaching the MCR.w. Brady’s work includes writing, presenting, visioning, ideation, data integration and synthesis, and behavioral design. Strong communication skills coupled with an insatiable curiosity drive Brady to create results that have measurable outcomes for people within design. He has passion for learning, idea generation and maximizing all opportunities.
Rex Miller is an international award winning author, keynote, advisor and expert on organizational and team performance. His book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution won the CoreNet Global Innovator award and became a catalyst for the construction industry adopting more collaborative and trust-based strategies. His next book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture addressed workplace disengagement, leading change and won the CoreNet Industry Excellence award. His current project is called thrive@work. It is a three-year research project on the future of workplace health and wellbeing. This book will be released in Q2 of 2018.
Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategy and integrated enterprise solutions for global Fortune 100 organizations.
Management consulting expertise includes enterprise workforce strategies and operational improvement solutions and integrated "digital" workplace transformation solutions.
Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading global organizations focused upon “innovation and complex systems transformation”.
As a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice – Peter has focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation for more than twenty years.
Peter holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused upon Executive Leadership Development, Enterprise Transformation and Human Performance Improvement.
Frank is a Senior Facility Manager at ISS with over 30-years of experience directing large corporate facility projects. Currently, he provides leadership and over-site at the Houston HPE Campus managing the day-to-day facility management operations, vendor and contract management, corporate safety programs, and financial budget management. Frank has overseen several large world-class projects including the new corporate headquarters complex for ExxonMobil in Houston Texas, Westinghouse Electric Co. Headquarters in Pittsburgh PA, Dvintsev Business Center, in Moscow, Russia, 1180 Peachtree, Atlanta Financial Center, and Ravinia Office Complex located in Atlanta, GA along with several other high profile facilities on the West Coast.
Tamar Moy is a Workplace Strategist specializing in design and human experience. She is a Senior Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank and the Director of Workplace Strategy for the New York region. As a practicing strategist for over 20 years, she has collaborated with companies of all sizes and industries to promote the power of place to influence people and enable business performance. After graduating with a degree Design and Environmental Analysis, Tamar’s first job was working with Robert Luchetti in his Cambridge architectural firm helping to research design theory and work with clients to determine their workplace needs.
Ben is widely recognised as one of the leaders in flexible workspace. Ben leads the Solution Development group, focused on building strategies and propositions for customers to drive flexibility and agility into their businesses. He has spent his career advising companies on how their workspace can support the achievement of their business goals. In his role with Instant, Ben is responsible for developing the market proposition, market engagement, and advising how the Instant Group’s extensive market data is leveraged for the benefits of clients.
Michelle Myer is the Vice President of Americas Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. Currently, Michelle is responsible for a portfolio of ~9M RSF in the Americas (comprised of the US, Canada & 9 countries in Latin America) as well as 350 staff members.
Her organization provides property management, space planning, facilities management, site selection, leasing, construction and project management services. In addition to managing more than 200 U.S., Canadian and Latin American locations (encompassing both leased and owned properties), Michelle has participated in over 100 M&A integrations during the last ten years.
Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. She has been a member of Corenet Global since 2000 and has served in many different positions at the Chapter and Global levels, including Chapter President (2004) and Global Board Associate Member (2006).
As Director of the Workplace Practice at SmithGroupJJR, Lise brings over three decades of design and management expertise to shape the firm’s workplace portfolio for corporate headquarters, campus development, workplace interiors and mixed use typologies. Her design philosophy is rooted in the belief that the workplace plays a pivotal role in creating organizational success. Newman also conducts the SmithGroupJJR Workplace Advisory Board, a forum comprised of corporate and institutional real estate executives, workplace strategy leaders, facility directors and human resource professionals to share insights into emerging trends, challenges and opportunities related to creating and maintaining today’s sophisticated workplace environments.
Mike is Director of the Global Workplace Research and Workplace Strategy departments for Haworth. He started his career at BOSTI, a consulting firm that pioneered the use of analytics to show how workspace design affects employee performance. Later, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
He has a BA in cognitive psychology, an M.Arch and PhD in Architecture. Mike has authored 50+ articles, two books on workplace research and design, including Measuring Workplace Performance, and is a co-author of a 2018 book, The Healthy Workplace Nudge. He has consulted with numerous organizations applying analytics to improve workplace strategy.
My research-driven insights reveal opportunities in places organizations, entrepreneurs and executives have been conditioned to ignore. As an expert in organizational commitment and design, I help you to think differently in order to drive true and lasting innovation and client engagement.
I have a passion for translating complex academic ideas into accessible and actionable insights for industries who are looking to engage and inspire a new, modern workforce that has shifted dramatically in recent years. I’ve been a keynote speaker for numerous groups and thousands of people.
I am a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where I also serve as the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab. My research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications. I earned my B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.
Sherri is a partner at Capstan Advisors, a specialized management consulting firm for corporate real estate and facilities management. She brings a strong financial background, objective, unbiased advice, and 30 years of experience to outsourcing engagements, organizational transformations and benchmarking. Her distinguished roster of clients includes corporate real estate and sourcing executives from industry leaders such as American Express, Time Warner, Schlumberger, Morgan Stanley, Kimberly-Clark, Deutsche Bank, S&P, Thomson Reuters, Northern Trust, Duke Energy and Iron Mountain. She is also a Highly-Rated Faculty in CoreNet Global’s MCR program teaching finance courses.
Hugh Peltz is the Senior VP of Procurement and Property Corporate Services for Citizens Bank. His key areas of responsibility include health and safety, environmental sustainability, procurement operations, accounts payable, and vendor management.
Hugh has been involved in the wellness discussion since 2013 when he created the first dedicated Health and Safety function for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the Americas. He led the Prevention through Design effort for Citizens’ new Johnston campus, which won the prestigious Liberty Mutual Vice President Award. Hugh also received the Rhode Island Highway Safety Partner Champion award for his work on distracted driving.
Peltz received his BS in Political Science from the University of Wyoming.
Claire is the Global Leader for the IBM IOT for Buildings. Claire gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 18 years and focus it into IOT for Buildings and Retail, focusing on the user experience and operation of the building. In this role, Claire is also driving IBMs thinking and vision to strategically shape IBMs Building and Retail cognitive (IOT) solutions, which are helping clients to put AI to work!
Keith Perske has spent a career at the intersection where the evolving nature of work collides with the traditional, rigid work environment. Keith leads the Workplace Innovation consulting practice for Colliers international where he helps clients create environments that engage employees, drive culture, promote wellness, enable productivity leading to competitive advantage. Previously, he was the global leader for Workplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson where he lead a team to develop and implement a new set of workplace principles for the company’s 60 mil SF portfolio. He has been a VP at HOK Architects and at Home Savings of America (Chase) and he ran his own workplace consulting practice (now sold). He spent nine years with Sun Microsystems when they built the largest alternative work program on the planet. Keith is a speaker (SXSW, TEDx, CoreNet, IFMA, IAMC, CoREtech), educator (CoreNet Global) and writer on the power of place to make people’s work lives better.
Tido is the Global Head of Real Estate & Finance Operations at Airbnb and is responsible for strategic, employee facing initiatives. The organizations he leads foster the marriage of Airbnb's core values with their tremendous growth around the globe and deliver on the promise of creating the most loved workplace.
His experience in Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Development and as a consultant for the world's largest technology firms laid the foundation for developing workplace strategies which unleash the potential of employee by utilizing the built environment to inspire, empower, and deliver productivity.
Tido is passionate about Airbnb's mission of creating a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and equally passionate about leading teams to develop strategies which are complimentary to business priorities in pursuit of driving value for the Airbnb community.
Allison provides a unique millennial perspective in her role of Interior Designer at EUA. Her fascination with how the built environment transforms culture, inspires innovation and increases energy is her foundation for specializing in workplace design.
Allison spearheads EUA’s Emerging Professional Group in addition to volunteering for local organizations. She is a member of Tempo Milwaukee's Emerging Women Leaders and a graduate of the Future Milwaukee Leadership program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design and minor in Business.
Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown. Mr. Phillips is a driving force behind several nationally recognized adaptive reuse developments, including Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. Mr. Phillips is the Vice Chair of the James Beard Foundation, and sits on the boards of Friends of the High Line and the Real Estate Board of New York.
Scott Phillips is the Director, responsible for Real Estate, Facilities, Project Management, and Workplace Strategy for approximately 2 million square feet of U.S. office portfolio. He recently completed McDonald’s Global and US Headquarters relocation from Oakbrook, IL to a newly developed 500,000 SF office in the West Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. The new HQ features an integration of Activity Based Workspace with some of the latest thinking in Smart Building/IoT technology. Scott is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the School of Architecture where he currently serves as guest lecturer.
Janet is a global leader for Gensler’s workplace practice and leads the Gensler Workplace Index measuring performance and experience for clients. Janet specializes in workplace strategy and innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, Capital One, GSA, Gallup, 3M, and The Coca-Cola Company. Her workplace research and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, NPR, SxSW, and Future of Work. A registered Architect and IIDA Fellow, she has been a CoreNet Global member since 2003, and served as the 2017 Education Chair for the Mid-Atlantic chapter.
Dan Poritzky has been working on the Landlord side of Real Estate in Northern California for almost 20 years. After spending 10 years on the Accounting/Acquisitions/Asset Management side, Mr. Poritzky transitioned to the leasing and tenant relations side.
Dan has worked for large institutions during his career before joining Local Capital Group. Since 2000, Poritzky has worked at Prologis, Hines, MWest Properties, a JV between DivcoWest and TPG.
Dan is excited to open the secret playbook of how Landlords/Developers evaluate single tenant buildings. His method is analytical and transparent and will help Corporate Real Estate leaders make better decisions!
Emily Ransone is Co-Owner and Principal at SideMark, an office furniture dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on the motto: WE MAKE WORK FEEL GOOD. Her philosophy is centered on the human experience of thriving in your work habitat to support the organization's culture thereby driving results. Ms. Ransone engages with customers to challenge conventional thinking about how to leverage the office environment as a strategic tool to achieve business objectives.
Ms. Ransone firmly believes that we can make a difference in our community each day. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, Ms. Ransone has supported organizations including CREW, CoreNet, Lean In Circle and RED with topics such as “How to Handle Challenging Conversations” and “Social Styles in the Workplace”. Leveraging Ms. Ransone’s ability to bring people together, she fosters conversations to drive organizational results for clients, industry partners and the SideMark team.
Rob Ripp is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in Corporate Services. Rob joined the Bank in 2007. He is responsible for Data Management and Business Intelligence analytics and reporting across a global real estate portfolio of 18.9MM square feet.
This includes developing processes for capturing, analyzing and reporting on a variety of data. Key areas of focus include business unit demand forecasting, monthly space allocations and creating and developing an automated global property P&L forecast tool for the 700+ Morgan Stanley locations worldwide.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Rob was with American International Group where he was the principle portfolio and transaction manager for the 3 million square feet of space in the NYC headquarters.
Before joining AIG, Rob was a senior manager in the real estate consulting group of EY. There he provided real estate strategic advisory services to The Bank of New York, KeySpan Energy, Barnes & Noble, Empire State Development Corporation and Battery Park City Authority. Prior to his role at E&Y, Rob was a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank where he managed the bank’s retail branch portfolio.
Rob holds a degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and studied at Parsons School of Design. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Real Estate professionals. He is the Chairman of the not-for profit Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation.
Over her 20 years of experience Tara has developed a design approach that is holistic, interactive, and engaging. Her portfolio hosts a broad spectrum of work, and is particularly strong in corporate workplace interiors. Her endless curiosity and ability to explore unique ideas while solving some of her clients’ toughest challenges has led to her work on some of the today’s largest and most complex real estate, strategy, and design projects.
Tara is an active member of the interior design community. She has taught at the Pratt Institute and the University of Manitoba, and is a regular visiting reviewer at numerous institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the New York School of Interior Design, The New School/Parsons, and Ryerson. She speaks frequently at industry events including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), CoreNet Global, and the Real Deal.
Mike Ross leads the Global Real Estate team at Tableau and is responsible for space planning, real estate, and capital projects.
Tableau’s mission is to help people see and understand data. Tableau products empower people to solve problems by exploring data through powerful, fast, and beautiful visualizations.
Mike’s team is passionate about using data to optimize the performance of Tableau’s real estate assets. They use data “vizes” to develop insights and continuously improve occupant productivity, environmental sustainability, and the lifecycle cost of Tableau’s global workspace portfolio.
Meagan Rossi joined Delos in 2015 with extensive project management experience in the public and private sectors. She consults on wellness architecture and programming integration for developers and corporate tenants.
In her previous role, she worked for the Office of the Mayor of New York City under both Bloomberg and de Blasio, managing efforts to repair buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy and increase storm resiliency throughout the City. Meagan holds a BA from Smith College and an MPA from Columbia University.
Dr. Kurt Roth leads Fraunhofer’s Building Energy Systems research, developing, testing, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. He is co-PI of a project to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage, and another DOE project using communicating thermostats to perform remote home energy audits. Kurt has led many studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies and to characterize building energy consumption. He has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored over sixty ASHRAE Journal articles. Kurt received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, and is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Gabriel Rothblatt holds a BA in Political Philosophy from UVM and was nominated in Florida as a US Congressional Candidate in 2014. Today he currently manages real estate technology and global sustainability projects for United Therapeutics Corporation. Mr. Rothblatt also advises many other projects which intersect his interests in sustainability, governance and the evolving human condition. One such project he advises, Blue-Frontiers, is building sustainable floating islands in special economic zones. As a board member of Humanity+, he advocates for an understanding of how the merging of technology and biology will change how we interact with buildings.
Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.
Teri Sato is the Manager, of Corporate Real Estate for Alaska Airlines and is the Lead for the site acquisition and development of Alaska’s future corporate campus in Sea Tac, Washington. The first Campus building will include the Airline’s integrated operations center, technology support and recruiting divisions. Over the past year she has also been supporting the real estate aspect of integrating two airlines.
Her career began in corporate architecture and design, where she worked for NBBJ in Seattle, Washington. It then took her to Russell Investments, where she expanded her expertise in all aspects of building operations and tenant services including leasing, property management, engineering, incident command, security, design and construction.
In 2010, Teri joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in preparation for their move into the consolidated Seattle campus and led the Global Real Estate & Workplace Services division until 2015. Her work there included international site selection, design and construction, and a myriad of corporate services programs.
Teri is a member of a Masters swim team and volunteers at her home church. Her greatest joys come from her husband Matt, and her adult children Amy and Isaac.
As a Design Director at IA Interior Architects’ Chicago office, Neil has provided successful design solutions for well-established and innovative brands including LinkedIn, Dyson, JLL, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amazon, United Airlines and McDonalds, to name a few. Neil’s designs are a reflection of his longtime advocacy for providing the client with options that align with their goals and needs. His responsiveness and sensitivity to design have earned him the trust and respect of his clients and have helped form flourishing long-term relationships. Neil Schneider studied at the Harrington College of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Interior Design.
Julie Seitz, Global Director, leads the global team responsible for Coca-Cola workplaces around the world to include planning, design, construction, facilities management, amenities, hospitality and branding. Prior to this role, Julie led the renovation of the global headquarters in Atlanta – work which set the stage for this new global organization. Our mission is to elevate our workplace as strategic asset within the enterprise to engage our people, drive business performance, spark innovation, bring our brands to life and support the growth of Coca-Cola worldwide.
Prior to moving into the world of real estate and workplace, Julie spent the bulk of her career in general management roles at IBM and Coca-Cola in sales, brand marketing, supply chain, sports marketing and shared services.
Kevin Shtofman serves as the National Blockchain Lead – US, in the Real Estate practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has over 14 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, accounting, business improvement, and technology services to owners, operators, developers, service providers, and asset managers in the Real Estate industry.
Kevin has been working on Blockchain, Robotics, and Cognitive Automation initiatives for the past two years and has presented to audiences from coast to coast in 21 cities to date, including multiple podcasts and news articles.
Prashant’s research focuses on technology strategy, which in today’s technological landscape, often means the firm’s business strategy.
He brings economic thinking and econometric modeling techniques in his research design to answer business-relevant questions. His research is cross-industry and cross-function in scope.
He is currently focused on technologies related to AI and the Accenture research around Digital Decoupling.
Mr. Simoneaux consults internationally with companies to support the linkage of corporate strategies to workplace development. He has been with Steelcase for 22 years and is a principal with the Steelcase Applied Research & Consulting Group. He is a registered Architect, expert in Organizational Development and works globally as a professional consultant in workplace envisioning, design development, and organizational/cultural change management. He lectures extensively around the world on topics that contribute to continuing education credits for professionals. He is particularly interested in helping organizations in leveraging business strategies to foster innovation and alignment of vision in the work environment.
Veresh Sita leads WeWork’s Enterprise Business, which provides full lifecycle space as a service solutions to enterprise clients. This includes the unique Powered by We offering that runs in the physical space of large enterprise clients. Powered by We includes advisory services, design and build services, operate services, as well as proprietary WeOs technology solutions.
Prior to WeWork, Veresh was based in Dubai as the Chief Digital Officer for Emaar, the largest property developer, hotel operator, and retail mall operator in EMEA. Veresh also served as Chief Information Officer for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, where he was responsible for delivering hassle free customer experiences and using technology to enable the number one, on time airline.
Peter Sloan is a vice president with HOK specializing in workplace strategy and design. As a strategic partner to his clients, Peter strives to bring a business-minded design approach to every project. Throughout his 30+ year career, he has embraced an “inside-out” humanistic design philosophy. This approach has assisted clients and users in identifying their needs and leveraging the built environment to provide flexible solutions focused on long-term value. His experience includes a diverse group of project types, ranging in size from 500 sq. ft. to more than 500,000 sq. ft. for legal, creative, non-profit, and corporate clients. Peter has also played an integral role in the growth of several Kansas City non-profits and is the former president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Smarty is known for helping clients drive costs out of their real estate portfolio while helping them create an engaging experience for the people that use the buildings. He is an industry thought leader in workplace strategies.
Smarty leads the global strategy and direction for retail and workplace IoT offerings in the IBM Watson IoT business unit. He serves clients by defining market strategies, creating innovative offerings, growing delivery capabilities, and helping them drive operational performance goals. Smarty has 25+ years’ experience in the real estate industry covering all industry segments.
Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield where he focuses on the intersection of sustainability, technology and innovation within the Commercial Real Estate sector. He has consulted with technology clients such as Google, Salesforce, Adobe and Genentech among others and was an early adopter of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology.
Stefanie Spurlin has been with Capital One since 2005, spending most of her time in the Workplace Solutions real estate group. She leads the Central Services team within Workplace Solutions. In her current role, Stefanie is accountable for Workplace Experience, Portfolio Strategy, Marketing & Communications, Building Operations, Real Estate Transactions, and Capital One’s Environmental Sustainability Office. She is also responsible for managing the Workplace Solutions external partner relationships. Before joining the real estate group, Stefanie held positions in operations analysis, and project and process management in Capital One Auto Finance.
Prior to joining Capital One, Stefanie worked as a Financial Analyst and Six Sigma Black Belt in the Retail industry.
Stefanie is on the Executive Committee as Vice President of the CoreNet Global Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
She graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and holds her Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation from CoreNet Global.
As OSCRE’s CEO since 2013, Lisa brings over 20 years’ real estate industry experience in strategic planning, operations and finance, property and asset management, and effectively managing change in dynamic environments. She leads corporate strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working with key stakeholders to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards, effective data governance and emerging technologies. She is an evangelist for building effective change leadership skills to address the impact emerging technologies will have on information that drives CRE.
As the Sales Director for the Building Solutions Group, Rusty leads the North American enterprise accounts sales team, helping strategic clients achieve sustainable and efficient building operations with UTC’s broad portfolio of solutions and services. UTC Building Solutions Group is part of United Technologies Corp, provider of high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries, including Carrier air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, Automated Logic controls solutions, Lenel security solutions and Edwards fire systems. Prior to joining UTC, Rusty held sales and marketing leadership roles over a span of 20 years with General Electric, Grainger and Schneider Electric.
Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. The ramifications of this work is both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world and fearlessly empowering millions beyond the finish line, especially through the non-profit “261® Fearless, Inc.”
A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, Amy’s design career spans over 20 years. Amy’s career began in 1996 at ASD|SKY’s Washington, DC office. Amy moved to ASD|SKY's HQ in Atlanta in 1997. In 2000, Amy expanded ASD|SKY's presence opening our first West Coast office in San Francisco and shortly thereafter became a Principal/Vice President at the firm. Today, ASD|SKY California has over 30 employees and locations in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amy is involved in many professional organizations including IIDA and CoreNet; and is active on the Board for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco and leads their Facilities Committee. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband Alex and their children Max and Sofia.
Jenn Taranto ensures the principals of sustainability and wellbeing are incorporated into client projects and everyday work practices throughout the entire Structure Tone Organization and has more than eighteen years’ experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry.
As a founder of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and the former Chair of the Chapter’s Board of Directors she is recognized as a leader in the sustainable built environment. She spoken at Labs21 Conference (I2SL), Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Sustainability Symposium, Living Futures and Greenbuild. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Jim Taylour, is Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox, the design led office furniture manufacturers based in the UK.
Jim trained as a furniture designer and ergonomist has published a number of papers on the relationship between physical and psychological workplace wellbeing and appropriately deployed workspaces and technology Research and innovation around the topics of nomadic and collaborative working . With work being increasingly defined as what we do rather than where we do it, Orangebox R and D continues to explore ways in which innovative design can connect people in a more productive and healthy way.
Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Thurman teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.
Charemon is the Director of the Strategic Business Solutions team for CBRE Global Corporate Services group on the Sprint account. Her charter is to develop, deploy and support innovative performance management practices, aligned with corporate strategies through the use of emerging technologies and process engineering. The goal of her team is to develop and apply world-class business practices that enable optimization of resources and assets in the execution of enterprise strategies. With over 25 years of corporate real estate experience, Ms. Tovar has served in various management roles for commercial office, retail and technical corporate real estate portfolios. She has been responsible for Strategic Planning, Portfolio Optimization, Client Relationship Management, Alternative Workplace Strategies, Performance Management, End to end Service Delivery Management, Organizational Design, Business Process Engineering, and most recently, Technology Strategy. Her work has focused extensively on innovative uses of technology for corporate real estate management, particularly in the area of Innovation and Strategic Planning.
As Director of Strategies and Discipline Lead for IA’s Seattle, Washington office, Jim leads a staff of 9 Seattle-based strategists in developing superior workplace solutions for a broad range of clients.
His role at IA is to work with clients to define environments that function as highly effective, highly flexible business tools.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Jim is a key IA thought leader and “go-to” resource for promoting the influence and effectiveness of strategies and design integration.
Jim is adept at working across internal and external teams to build consensus, evangelize solutions and mobilize resources. His proven ability to blend communications, technical, financial, HR and business skills is key to his success in bringing value to IA’s clients.
Prior to his role at IA, Jim led GSA’s Total Workplace Program in Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska), working on behalf of federal agencies seeking to transform their workplaces to respond to contemporary mission, technology and demographic challenges.
A University of Maryland graduate and licensed architect, Jim's career has included extensive experience in all phases of the real estate lifecycle – planning, programming/design, project delivery, asset management and close down/decommissioning.
He holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate certification from CoreNet Global.
With 20+ years of AEC industry experience in construction management, business development and client strategy, Heather understands her client’s vision and translates it into reality. Heather leads Project Development at EUA’s Workplace Studio, developing Corporate/Industrial business. A recipient of the Women in Construction of the Year citation through Wisconsin Builder and recognized as a 40 Under 40 through the Milwaukee Business Journal, Heather serves on several community boards with an Affiliate membership on the Board of Directors for Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin. Heather holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
John M. Vazquez is Sr. Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer and Head of Global Supply Chain and Global Real Estate. John oversees 30,000 contracts and is responsible for a $50B annual Sourcing managed spend; he is also responsible for over 107M square feet of real estate, 4,700 facilities and 1,700 retail stores in 56 countries. John manages 3,000 real estate and supply chain professionals and oversees an annual budget of $3.5B.
John has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News and was named CoreNet Global’s 2016 Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.
Mike Viskovich is the Vice President of Real Estate, Workplace Solutions & Global Sourcing for Keysight. He has 22 years of experience in high tech, spanning Amdahl, Tandem Computers, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Keysight Technologies. He is a Global Leader with experience in Senior Management roles for the last 16 years and Executive level for last 4 years with last 12 years in the corporate real estate arena. He is experienced in leading teams in: IT, Global Trade, Logistics, Manufacturing, Business Center, Real Estate, Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety. He has also built buildings in Australia, Malaysia and the US, including a tier 3 company data center. His experience includes real estate transactions and new office fit outs in 30 countries globally. He has a Bachelors of Science in Finance and MBA studies at Santa Clara University he also holds a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Yale University MBA program.
Taryn works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on new space and innovation projects. Prior to joining the Foundation, Taryn spent 10 years working with genius. She has pioneered original research on genius, heart, and passion. She has authored six books on strategies of genius (and one book on her two year “walkabout” travels). She is also a speaker and thought leader on genius and human potential. She brings everything she has, including her work with many of the largest companies in the world, to the Gates Foundation, fired up every day to create a planet where everyone thrives.
Ben Waber is recognized worldwide as an expert in people analytics, collaboration, and wearable technology. He is the leader of Humanyze (previously Sociometric Solutions), a behavioral analytics company that uses wearable sensing technology to transform how companies are managed. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD, and he was previously a senior researcher at Harvard Business School. Ben has been featured in Wired, CNN, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and his work was selected for the Harvard Business Review's List of Breakthrough Ideas and the Technology Review's Top 10 Emerging Technologies. His book, People Analytics, is an international bestseller and was released in 2013 by the Financial Times Press.
As the Senior Director of Global Account Operations on the Microsoft account, Holly Warnick is responsible for the management of the operational aspects for the global portfolio including procurement and sourcing, analytics and IT, sustainability and energy, account programs, global facilities service center and the supported employment program. Holly has been involved with the program since its inception. This program works with RE&F vendor partners to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.
Steve Weikal is Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and nearly 1100 alumni of the MIT Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program, in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate.
Steve Founded of MIT Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry that was recently folded into CREtech.
Dr. Howard J. Weinstein is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by Fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Children's Hospital in Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 1996, he returned to the Massachusetts General Hospital as Chief of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program. During the past thirty years, he has spent his time mentoring pediatric hematology and oncology fellows, caring for children with cancer, and has been the principal investigator for many novel clinical trials for children with acute myeloid leukemia, as well as non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma. He is the founder and team captain of the MassGeneral Marathon Team "Fighting Kid's Cancer... One Step at a Time". The team has raised over 12 million dollars to support the Childhood Cancer Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Thought leader with over 30 years of strategy and operations management experience. Held senior-level leadership positions with premier management consulting firms (including Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, and HOK Consulting), with start-up organizations, and with corporations. Focused on assisting Fortune 500 companies in managing their real estate, facilities, and capital projects more efficiently and effectively. Results driven, yet process and system oriented with a distinct competency in assessing complex business situations and developing practical yet creative solutions. Recognized innovator who is often quoted and published in major publications.
Randy Whinnery is VP of Design with Fidelity Investments. As an architect and thought leader, he works collaboratively with consultants, designers, and business partners worldwide to improve the confluence of building design, interior design and workplace strategy. Over the last 12 years he has been a key contributor to Fidelity's growth as an industry leader in workplace solutions, and has helped its business leaders understand the importance of leveraging the workplace to achieve business objectives.
Directly after completing his Marketing studies, Youri entered the Tech Industry. He started his career at a b2b marketing agency, followed by technology leaders such as SAS, Google and Informatica. That’s also where his fascination for data started, and the huge added value enterprises can derive from data-drive decision making. After spending 2 year in Dubai to head up Marketing for Informatica’s rapidly growing Emerging Markets region, Youri decided to move back to Amsterdam and join Lone Rooftop in 2015. At Lone Rooftop, he looks after Global Business Development and Lone Rooftop’s growing partner ecosystem.
Nasim Yalpani is the head of Real Estate, Workplace Services & Physical Security for Dropbox. Ms. Yalpani drives the strategic roadmap for the global real estate portfolio and is responsible for ensuring successful cross-functional execution across various internal teams in order to deliver delightful experiences to all Dropboxers. Previous to her role at Dropbox, Ms. Yalpani led Uber Technologies, Inc.’s global Workplace Strategy & Planning team, where she implementing metrics-driven initiatives for workplace strategy, capital planning, process efficiency, and innovation.
Ming Ying is an undergrad at Harvard studying Economics, Computer Science, and Statistics. Ming’s interests are in quant finance, private equity, and entrepreneurship. In 2018, Ming had the opportunity to intern for Planon, where he was able to combine his interest in technology with market research. During the summer of 2018, Ming will work as a quantitative analyst for Fidelity Asset Management’s Counterparty Research team.
As Head of Innovation at Colliers International, Chris is responsible for leading innovation that will generate increased value to Colliers clients and internal service lines and identifying ways to improve service delivery across all areas of Corporate Solutions. Over the course of his 20 years in consulting, Chris has established a reputation of scale in development, planning and strategy for corporate and institutional clients. His range of experience encompasses the financial services, real estate development and industrial sectors. Throughout the years, Chris has developed expertise in portfolio strategy, footprint optimization, operational consolidation, capital expenditure management and financial forecasting.