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Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain
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.
Shawn Achor is the best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Master’s from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 16 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.
Francisco Acoba, MCR, SLCR
Principal, Strategy & Transactions, Corporate Real Estate, Ernst & Young
Francisco is a Principal at EY with more than 25 years of global experience providing management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and the world’s largest public sector entities. As co-Lead for the EY Americas CRE Consulting & Technology Practice, Francisco is focused on the development of strategies and initiatives that enable an organization's corporate services, real estate, workplace, and facilities assets to be considered value-added components of business process, as opposed to simply cost structures.
Vice President, Workplace Practice Director, SmithGroup
With over 30 years of experience, Mark Adams leads the Workplace Practice at the integrated design firm, SmithGroup. Mark has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients including Microsoft, American Express, General Motors, GoDaddy, Republic Services, Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo, Chase, Discover Financial Services, Northern Trust, and Balfour Beatty. Mark is well-versed in all aspects of design and has significant experience in leading staff to ensure client objectives are met or exceeded. An award-winning designer, Mark regularly shares his expertise through authoring articles and presenting at conferences such as NeoCon, Tradeline, IFMA, Cornet Global, SIOR among others. He also served as an editor for AIA’s Architects Handbook of Professional Practice.
VP, Global Research and Insights, MillerKnoll
Ryan Anderson serves as Vice President of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll. His team leads MillerKnolls research efforts in partnership with a wide variety of global collaborators and is active in sharing insights gained from that research with organizations across the world. With nearly thirty years of industry experience, Ryan’s work has centered on how the places we inhabit can be better designed and managed to support positive, productive experiences. Ryan hosts MillerKnoll’s Looking Forward podcast on the future of work, regularly speaks at public events about MillerKnoll’s historical and current research, and in addition to writing for Work Design, has been featured in wide variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, Fortune, Bloomberg and beyond
Project Manager, DPR Construction
With over 10 years of experience at DPR Construction, Marshall Andrews has displayed a talent and passion for sustainability. He has helped develop in-house estimating tools to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) for various levels of LEED certification early in the design process, as well as lead educational efforts preparing DPR’s employees to test and receive the LEED AP Certification. His diverse onsite project experience includes sustainable construction for colleges, offices, and data centers. As the Preconstruction and Project Manager for DPR’s New Sacramento Office, Marshall’s early integration was key for successful execution between various design and construction disciplines.
Development Director, Leesman
Kirsty Angerer is passionate about human centric design and has a deep understanding of the interactions among humans and the ecosystems of workplaces. In the last 10 years she has worked Internationally with SME’s and large Fortune 500 organisations to enhance people’s health and optimise performance through developing & implementing ergonomics programs and influencing the design of workplaces. She is also an advisor on the WELL Movement Advisory providing guidance to WELL on how to incorporate design and policy interventions that promote physical activity and movement. Her role as Development Director at Leesman is to equip executives at all levels to make informed, forward-thinking decisions that allow them to mitigate risk, plan for the future, and benefit from great employee workplace experience.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Serendipity Labs, Inc
John Arenas is a ground-breaking innovator in the commercial real estate and hospitality industries. Over the last 25 years, he has successfully launched and led three national outsourced office service brands that anticipated the rapidly changing nature of work and the workplace. John was named by Business Travel News as one of the top 25 Most Influential Executives in travel management, and was recognized by Crains New York Business as a Notable Hispanic Leader in 2022. John earned a Masters in Business Administration at the Steven M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Rutgers University.
Senior Manager, EY
David is a Senior Manager at EY in the CRE Consulting & Technology Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience providing consulting services to Fortune 1000 companies, healthcare, and government clients. He focuses on assisting clients with the development of sustainable portfolio strategies that support the operational and business objectives of the organization, and guides clients on the use of technology to improve building operations, workplace experience, and portfolio management.
Vice President of People & Culture, ManpowerGroup
Kari Atkinson is the Vice President of People & Culture at ManpowerGroup – a leading Fortune 500 company delivering innovative workforce solutions. In her current role, Kari provides P&C leadership to the Manpower business to guide its talent strategy and deliver outcomes. Additionally, Kari leads the total rewards team with a focus on enhancing ManpowerGroup’s rewards to attract and retain top, diverse talent. Prior to ManpowerGroup, Kari held various management roles at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Johnson Controls and United Technologies. Kari holds a master’s degree from Marquette University and a bachelor’s degree from the UW-Whitewater and is a SHRM certified professional.
Regional Head of Corporate Real Estate, Macquarie
Kelcia Azevedo is the Regional Head of Corporate Real Estate for Macquarie Group. In this role, she is responsible for leading all aspects of Corporate Real Estate services, which includes strategy development, real estate transactions, project management and delivery of capital buildout, workplace experience and operations for all Macquarie offices in the Americas, covering over 1m square feet of space. Prior to joining Macquarie in 2019, Kelcia held a variety of management roles at Standard Chartered Bank where she worked for 13 years. She served as Regional Head of Property for Standard Chartered Bank for seven years, overseeing office fit out, building management operations, Safety and Security for the Americas, as well as real estate transactions across the Americas and Europe. Before that, she was the Regional Head of Global Sourcing for Europe and the Americas, where she was responsible for leading procurement and vendor management strategy and delivery across Technology, Corporate Real Estate, and other categories of third-party spend. Before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2008, she worked for American Express Bank as a Global Outsourcing and Supplier Manager. Kelcia is originally from Brazil, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Law and was admitted to the Brazilian Bar for the State of Piaui.
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Principal - National Workplace Leader, AECOM
Kelly Bacon is the Global Practice Lead for People + Places Advisory at AECOM, a strategic practice within AECOM's Buildings + Places Business Line. PPA's services enable clients to capitalize on a vital dynamic driving organizational performance: the relationship between people and the design of place. She has over 22 years of experience in real estate, design, and strategy across a range of market sectors including publishing, media, financial services, not-for-profit, professional services, and federal and local governments. Kelly draws on her training in behavioral research, business, and communication strategy to help clients navigate the complexity of the modern workplace.
Senior Director, Global Head of Real Estate, HERE Technologies
Benjamin Bader is Senior Director and Global Head of Real Estate for HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform. After nearly two decades on the provider side with JLL, working closely with global corporates, he joined the end-user ranks in 2017, overseeing all real estate and facilities management activity for HERE's offices in nearly 50 countries. As the head of the real estate organization for a mid-size company with world-class technology, he is constantly faced with balancing finite resources with dynamically evolving employee needs around the globe, and he is frequently leveraging his 25 years of global, corporate real estate experience. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt designation.
Senior Managing Director, Global Sustainability Solutions, CBRE
Chris Bahr is the Senior Managing Director, Global Sustainability Solutions at CBRE. He is a seasoned global enterprise executive with large company and start-up experience, including over twenty years with IBM's Software Group. Chris is passionate about creating business value and positive transformation for clients. He is committed to the belief that corporate sustainability and diversity initiatives are aligned with improving business performance, outcomes, and shareholder value. Over the course of his career, Chris has demonstrated success in leading new ventures and complex business challenges. He has a long track record of retooling and professionalizing revenue functions and subsequently producing significant growth. Chris has lived and worked with teams in New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Seoul and Chicago. Chris graduated from the University of Vermont and received an MBA from Georgetown University. Outside of work, Chris enjoys life in Chicago with his wife and three college and high school age kids.
Vik Bangia, MCR
CEO, Verum Consulting, LLC
Vik Bangia is the CEO and founder of Verum Consulting, LLC., a Minneapolis-based Corporate Real Estate strategic advisory firm that serves clients worldwide. 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 held senior leadership positions at real estate firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq, Struxicon.com, and CBRE. He served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet, a 10,000+ member professional association for the Corporate Real Estate Industry and the board of his local Minneapolis CoreNet Chapter. He has been involved in all aspects of corporate real estate, including major corporate downsizings, headquarter relocations, land acquisitions and dispositions, environmental remediation, corporate restructurings and turnarounds, lease negotiations of all sizes, M&A support, financial analysis, real estate administration and real estate strategic planning. Vik is a regular speaker at corporate real estate industry events. He also writes regular real estate columns, articles and white papers for various industry publications. He is a multi-year, award winning, top-rated faculty member of CoreNet Global's Executive Development Programs. 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, PhD
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California Berkeley
Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces 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 has taught courses in management, organizational behavior and leadership to graduate and undergraduate students for 34 years. She has 42 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms. She is a nationally recognized expert in management practices and job design. Dr. Banks was recently appointed Director of Outreach for the newly established Total Worker Health Center of Excellence, the California Labor Laboratory, at the University of California San Francisco.
Senior Global Director, Corporate Facilities, Dow
Paul Barbeau joined Dow in May, 2018 as Director, Real Estate Strategy and Facility Development, and moved into his current role in September, 2019. In this role, Paul leads all portfolio strategy, reinvestment planning, project management, and facility operations for Dow’s global office and laboratory assets. He is also the Site Leader for the Willard H. Dow Campus and East End, and serves on Dow’s Employee Experience (EX) Steering Team. Prior to joining Dow, Paul started his career as a minor league baseball executive with the Spokane Indians in 1995 and was named general manager in 1998. Under Paul's leadership, the Indians set all-time attendance records for the franchise for three straight seasons, and in 2000, he was named Northwest League Executive of the Year. Paul led the Michigan Baseball Foundation (MBF) and MBF Enterprises from its founding in 2006. MBF and MBF Enterprises own and operate Dow Diamond, the Great Lakes Loons, and ESPN 100.9FM. Under Paul’s leadership, the Loons franchise was built from the ground up. Nearly three million people attended Loons games over the franchise's first eleven seasons. In addition, Dow Diamond hosted over 1,700 other events, including concerts, trade shows, business meetings and private functions. Since inception, MBF has worked with corporate, philanthropic, and community partners to driver over $100 million of capital investment in downtown Midland. Paul has been a leader in the Great Lakes Bay Region serving on various boards and committees, including the Michigan Baseball Foundation Board of Directors, Greater Midland Community Centers Board of Directors; 1st State Bank Board of Directors; and Downtown Development Authority, City of Midland, Board of Directors. In January 2008, Paul received the Ruby Award from Great Lakes Bay Regional Lifestyle Magazine, an honor recognizing young professionals in the Great Lakes Bay Region. After the 2008 season, Paul was named Midwest League Executive of the Year. A native of the Boston area, Paul earned his bachelor's degree in history and government from Georgetown University and his Master's in Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. In addition, he is an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism. He resides in Midland with his wife, Shauna, their son, Peter, and daughter, Anna.
Managing Partner, Barkley Advisory Group LLC
Mr. Barkley is the Managing Partner for The Barkley Advisory Group, LLC. The staff provides management & technology advisory services and to real estate, workplace and facility management professionals of Global 2000 companies, higher education, healthcare, & government. Services include Strategy Development – governance model, performance management, capital planning, alternative workplace planning, organization visioning & re-design, and process re-engineering. Technology – information systems design, selection, implementation & governance with a focus upon leveraging existing investments in systems and data. Operations –comprehensive cost reduction, capital projects, sustainability, operations & maintenance, and service provider selection & contract negotiation.
Principal, The Clearing
Kelly Barlow builds strategy, process and infrastructure for leaders dealing with workplace change in the hybrid work environment. With more than 14 years of experience supporting change initiatives at large organizations like Department of Justice, Driscoll’s, and the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority, Kelly has built a strong background in strategic communications, facilitation, change management, and stakeholder engagement. She has led significant office consolidation efforts, space usage research, and change communications at scale, and brings a wealth of experience solving complex workplace issues in her role as Principal at The Clearing.
Project Executive, Workplace Design & Delivery, Google LLC
Marcella has a diverse real estate background in development, design, construction, and sustainability, as well as creating inclusive art programming across asset classes. She believes our built environment has a direct impact on our happiness, creativity, and productivity. Marcella holds a B.A., Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.S., Real Estate Development from MIT and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Anoma Baste, MCR
Director - Global Studio & International Client Solutions, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd
Anoma Baste is Director, Global Studio + International Client Solutions and leverages her 21 years of experience in the architecture & design industry, her expertise in workplace strategy and project execution methodologies, and her keen understanding of the business challenges within the APACJ region to translate her clients’ vision into efficient work environments. As a business architect, she is passionate about DE&I, architectural conservation, and sustainable building practices. She is also an educator and a published poet. Anoma describes herself as a creative multi hyphenate, a catalyst and an eternal explorer. For the APAC Summit 2023, she explores what makes leaders and teams transform successful organizations and how strong relationships factor into the whole equation.
Managing Director, Chicago Advisory and Transactions Occupier, CBRE
Josh is the Managing Director of CBRE’s Chicago Advisory and Transactions Occupier offering focused on driving the region’s growth strategy for the leasing and consulting services CBRE delivers to occupiers of office, industrial and retail properties. Josh is also a semi-retired ‘flexpert’ having dabbled in the agile industry for 4 years in both the UK and US leading to the creation of FlexFinders.com – the most comprehensive listing of all US flex-based locations. Josh prides himself of separating fact from fiction which is a full-time job in the flex industry.
Global Head of Industry Transformation, Procore Technologies
Sandra brings over 30 years of experience in the Building and Building Technology industries holding several executive positions including Worldwide Head of Engineering, Construction, and Real Estate at Amazon Web Services, CIO/VP at Kentz/SNC-Lavalin, Global Industry Director of E&C at J.D. Edwards/Oracle, and Hexagon PPM. She has worked with many global E&C, EPC, and Real Estate companies throughout her career, is heavily involved in organizations that lead the way for technology advancement in the building industry, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for ViaTechnik. She's an advocate for women's leadership, was the ConstrucTech Woman of the Year in 2014, and serves as a judge for that award.
SVP Corporate Solutions, The NeuroLeadership Institute
Marshall Bergmann leads the NeuroLeadership Institute’s team of strategic advisors who engage executive teams to develop more effective talent strategies and drive behavioral change across organizations using science. His expertise in the development and implementation of global initiatives across a broad range of industries, transforms the way leaders think and behave to foster talent systems that drive culture, performance, and inclusion.
Bryan Berthold, MCR
Global Lead Workplace Experience, Cushman & Wakefield
Bryan is passionate about creating collaborative, experience-rich workplaces, environments in which people can grow and thrive. As managing director workplace strategy in the Global Business Consulting Group at Cushman & Wakefield, Bryan leads and inspires high-performance teams to optimize a company’s real estate assets and deliver integrated, best-fit solutions that boost employee engagement and maximize productivity while reducing costs. His industry acumen, consistency in producing results, and passion for teaching have earned him widespread recognition as a thought leader around the success measures of the workplace experience.
Workplace Experience Director, NetApp
As a workplace experience and planning leader for more than 25 years, Clarinda engages leadership teams to integrate values, culture, and strategy into workplaces. Focusing towards the on-site experience, she helps teams bridge the ubiquitous connectivity of people and data. She is currently working to enhance employee experience through technology that helps teams perform their best work and have meaningful connections regardless of location.
Manager, Change Leadership, PSPC
Elizabeth Blanchard-Champagne has been sharing her human resources expertise within the Canadian Federal Government for the past 18 years. Her latest challenge is in the field of change leadership management: empowering clients to seek new opportunities within constantly evolving environments, with an agile mindset and resilient management techniques.
Sustainability Analyst, HLW International
Annie Block, LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador, is a Sustainability Analyst at HLW where she helps drive higher standards for sustainability, resilience, and building performance across the built environment. Annie works to incorporate calculable solutions and wellbeing-driven strategies from an array of rating systems and certification programs into projects and has experience with various typologies, globally.
Principal Strategic Product Consultant, Procore Technologies, Inc.
John Bodkin is a Principal Strategic Project Consultant at Procore Technologies. Leaning on his industry experience, he is focused on leading Procore’s Owners vertical clients through business process consultations with intention of driving value realization within the Procore product. Since joining Procore in 2020, John has consulted over 300 clients, supported implementations of over 150 clients, as well as has collaborated with Procore’s product council for feedback on the development of financial management products. Prior to joining Procore, he spent over 8 years in the construction industry both as Owner’s Representative as well as in the field of Architecture. As an Owner’s Representative, John managed over $200MM and over 1M SF of construction projects across multi-family residential, commercial, K-12 & higher education, corporate interior, hospitality, and historical restoration sectors. John has a Bachelor of Architecture and Real Estate Certificate from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Tracy Brower, PhD, MCR.w
Vice President of Workplace Insights, Steelcase
Dr. Tracy Brower is a PhD sociologist studying work-life fulfillment and happiness. She is the author of The Secrets to Happiness at Work and Bring Work to Life. She is the Vice President of Workplace Insights with Steelcase and a contributor to Forbes.com and Fast Company.
Vice President Sales, Locatee
Ronny Bruellhardt is the Vice President of Sales at Locatee. He's been involved in multiple global pilots of Locatee Workplace Analytics and is obsessed with helping users get the most value out of the product. In his opinion, data is the key for workplace leaders to unlock the potential of their real estate portfolio, so they can focus on serving the company's customers as well as their employees.
Vice President, Global Client Strategy, Hines
Burns serves as Vice President, Global Client Strategy. Her focus is bringing global coordination, strategy and innovation to our client relationships in order to solve space and service needs across asset classes. She is also responsible for developing the overarching vision and strategic roadmap to elevate the client experience across product types with a specific focus on our tenants. Joining the firm in 2013, she has served as Director of Marketing and PR for CityCenterDC, Director of Global Project Marketing and Digital Strategy, and project manager and regional business generator on the development side of the business. She was an instrumental player in the region's push into the creative office and life science sectors and has expertise in public space programming and activation.
Executive Managing Director, Newmark
J.D. Byrnes III is an executive managing director in Newmark’s Global Corporate Services (GCS) division. Responsibilities include the management of revenue growth, profitability, client relations, governance, strategic planning, business development, talent growth and client satisfaction. Throughout his 22 years in the real estate industry, he has developed portfolio optimization strategies and ensured client satisfaction and account team performance for major corporate clients around the world.
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Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Advisor, Iron Mountain
Aurora Cammarata is a Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Advisor for Iron Mountain. Aurora has over 30 years of experience in the field of corporate real estate, project management, design and construction. She has spoken at conferences and seminars for organizations like Corenet Global New England Chapter, Architecture Boston Expo, Boston Society of Architects, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Society for Marketing Professional Services and Women's Exchange for Leadership and Living.
Americas Lead, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield
Antonia leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Total Workplace function within its Global Occupier Services business. Based in San Francisco she has been with Cushman & Wakefield since 2013. She addresses her clients’ big questions, especially “how to best support our team members both in the office and when working elsewhere?” This means she understands her client’s business goals and how they impact staff, then translates that into solutions implementable by the real estate team. Antonia creates strategies that create dynamic and flexible workplaces, optimize space utilization, and future-ready workplaces; as well as delivering change management that prompts the behavioral changes required for success on day one. Antonia has delivered projects globally with a focus of experience in North America and Asia Pacific. She is a frequent industry speaker and teacher of workplace strategies in CoreNet’s MCR.w professional development program.
Managing Director, Real Estate Services, Deloitte Services LP (Boston)
Casey Carlson, Managing Director, Workplace Design Center of Excellence, is a human resources executive with over 25 years of experience assisting businesses in the development and execution of human resource strategy with start-up and complex circumstances. As the leader of Workplace Design, Casey is charged with transforming the firm’s workplace with focus on hybrid work, sustainability, and well-being.
James Casey, Jr.
Regional Manager - MMC Real Estate Americas, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC)
Jim Casey is the Senior Director, Marsh McLennan (MMC) Real Estate Services for the Americas Region and Manager of Global Operations. Jim has been with MMC for 39 years. He manages a portfolio consisting of 7.5M square feet in 288 cities in 17 countries. Jim has driven the implementation of Smart Office (agile) in more than 70 offices. Currently, Jim is overseeing the renovation of the MMC Global Headquarter building in NYC, as well as the International Headquarters in London. In his off-time, Jim is a NCAA Football Official. He is a Line Judge in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Regional Director, Accommodation and Portfolio Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada
In his current position as Regional Director for Accommodations and Portfolio Management, at Public Services and Procurement Canada, Nicholas Chan is responsible for the federal office space portfolio in Quebec and ensures that it meets the needs and supports the well-being of more than 22,000 Government of Canada employees in the province. With a background as an architect combined with his experience promoting and implementing GCworkplace, the Canadian Government’s vision for a modern and future-oriented public service, Nicholas is able to use his skills to promote a multidisciplinary and integrated approach for a redefined office environment. Pushed forward by his unbridled curiosity, he is constantly looking for innovative and creative solutions to improve the workplace.
Director, DE&I Experience, Sodexo
Dr. Charity Chandler oversees the DE&I journey of 140,000 employees for Sodexo. Dr. Chandler's expertise includes the economics of DE&I, risk mitigation and retention of LGBTQ+ employees, and inclusive experience design. She holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She also has 20 years of experience leading marketing and project management functions.
Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
DeJeana is a Principal in the Corporate Real Estate practice of Strategy and Transactions. With more than 18 years of experience, DeJeana has helped clients strategize, design and implement workplace programs to reimagine offices that enhance employee experience, optimize space and flexibility, and deliver enterprise workplace and organizational transformation. DeJeana serves as the Workplace Strategy Solution Leader, advising a team to help deliver integrated solutions to clients who are invested in crafting impactful work environments and closing the gap between real estate performance, user experience and future business enablement. DeJeana earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University.
Director of Workplace Experience, McDonald's Corporation
Over the past 20 years, Nina has built a career shaping human experience at the intersection of work and place. As a designer, consultant, and change agent, Nina believes great work is enabled by engaged and empowered employees. In her role as the Director of Corporate Workplace Experience at McDonald’s, Nina works with her team to shape the employee experience and provide people a platform to do their best work
CEO, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd
As Space Matrix Global CEO, Arsh is responsible for spearheading the firm’s growth on a global scale. Arsh’s mission is to elevate Space Matrix to the highest levels and standards of business impact for its clients and partners, and create a world-class workplace for its employees. Under his leadership, Space Matrix has truly become a “Singapore Multinational Corporation” with large business operations in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, India and the USA. Arsh has served on the Board of CoreNet Global’s Singapore Chapter, the Executive Committee of ULI (Urban Land’s Institute) Singapore, and as Co-Chair of the Property Committee for AMCHAM Singapore.
Vikas Chawla, MCR
India Operations Director - Employee & Workplace Solutions, Adobe
Strategic Real Estate professional with over 29 years' experience working with reputable IT, Real Estate, and Hospitality firms. My career has encompassed a broad range of aspects of Corporate Real Estate(CRE) & Facility Management(FM). Building, shaping, and implementing RE&F strategies have been integral parts of my professional career. Many of these efforts led to laurels for the organizations as well as benchmarks for the RE&F industry. Over the course of my career, I have designed and managed the campuses of Top Global Tech companies. I possess the leadership ability to implement or manage almost all the requirements for managing a global business delivery firm, including organization, people, processes, and technology.
Head of Real Estate and Workplace Experience, Toast, Inc.
Beth leads the Global Real Estate and Workplace Experience team at Toast and has an extensive career in corporate real estate, workplace experience and location strategies for multiple Fortune 100 companies. Beth currently sits on the Board of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global and teaches a Master of Corporate Real Estate to help build the next generation of Corporate Real Estate Leaders. Beth is passionate about providing workplaces that encourage the exchange of ideas, promotes our culture, fosters learning & development and supports our customers to enable Toast’s global growth. Beth has led multiple teams in Corporate Real Estate including location and workplace strategy, labor analytics, transactions, planning, project management, and economic development at some of the top financial services companies including: Capital One, Bank of America and Fidelity Investments. She has a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Interior Design and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Sr Services Manager, Microsoft
Esther is responsible for transportation on Microsoft's Puget Sound campus. This includes managing the day-to-day operations of employee commute services including parking, shuttles and busses, carpool, vanpool, bike programs, partnerships with local transit agencies and micro-mobility. She leads innovation and strategy for the future of mobility on campus, including full fleet electrification supporting Microsoft's commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. Esther has worked at Microsoft for 15 years.
Senior Vice President | Global Real Estate Services, Bank of America
A versatile real estate professional with a 20-year track record for devising and executing innovative strategies to maximize revenue and minimize risk. Sarah joined BofA as a regional Portfolio Executive notably delivering the Chicago Bank of America Tower before being promoted to Global Real Estate Operations Executive also supporting BofA’s Hispanic Latino Leadership Council. She previously served as SVP – Solutions Development Director at JLL, creating dynamic solutions for clients seeking greater value in the operating efficiency of their real estate portfolio. Sarah holds a Real Estate Management certificate from SMU and a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University.
Former Director of Executive Recruiting at Google
Ginny is currently the Founder and CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC, her own talent and leadership consulting business. She is also an active keynote speaker, and podcast host of Fifth Dimensional Leadership, a forum for leaders, thinkers and future-makers dedicated to creating the conscious workplace of tomorrow. Ginny was most recently Director, Executive Recruiting at Google from August 2016 until November 2020. In this role, she led the Diversity, Non-tech Recruiting, and the Leadership Internal Mobility teams. Her team of North American recruiters found and hired senior leaders (Directors +) for finance, sales, marketing and other G&A functions across Google. Before Google, Ginny was a Partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm, based in Chicago. For 12 years, she worked in the firm’s Financial Services and Financial Officer Practices, and co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Global Diversity Practice. She left Spencer Stuart to write a book titled Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work, which was published in 2011. The book provides a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies, and strategically navigate their careers. After the book was published, Ginny ran her own executive search and talent management firm for 3 years before becoming a Senior Partner for Executive Search in the U.S. at Knightsbridge, a Canadian human capital solutions firm. Ginny started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent a number of years in the real estate investment management business with Jones Lang LaSalle (“JLL”) and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Her responsibilities included asset management, portfolio management, capital raising and client servicing. She earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. Ginny is the single mother of an adult son, Julian, who works in the entertainment industry.
Senior Manager, Global Workplace Experience Programs, Adobe
As the senior manager of Adobe’s global workplace experience programs, Mirit Cohen is passionate about creating experiences that help people live and work better. Throughout the pandemic and amid its unprecedented impact on how we work, she and her team have kept employees connected to each other and to company culture through a carefully curated array of virtual, hybrid, and in-person experiences. Mirit leads teams of subject matter experts, strategists, designers, chefs, and architects; she herself comes to this work from a background as a chef and creative food entrepreneur, and is continually informed by her masters-level study of the field of psychology.
Global Director, Workplace Strategy & Innovation, The Coca-Cola Company
Carol Ann embraces the perspective that this is "the most exciting time to have the privilege of being in workplace". And, Coca-Cola's long history of fearless innovation was exactly what we needed in this moment. Committed to a Design Thinking approach, her team pushes the boundaries of how best to synthesize Work + Place + Experience + Sustainability. Working with strong global partners ensures we can learn and scale creating compelling employee experiences that lead to positive customer experiences.
Senior Manager, Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft
Based in Redmond Washington, Brian is currently responsible for leading Microsoft’s Real Estate and Strategic Planning, Change Management and Accessibility initiatives across the companies 14m square feet corporate headquarters. In addition, Brian leads the Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities Supported Employment Program. Brian joined Microsoft in 1996 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for and Facility management for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries, Brian also led 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. In 2019 Brian testified at the US Commission for Civil Rights in Washington DC on the abolition of subminimum wage for people with disabilities as he continues to be an ally for people with disabilities.
Energy & Sustainability Services Sales Lead, JLL
Tim brings more than 25 years of experience in energy, sustainability, finance, product development, and customer-facing solutions. For the past several years, Tim has been providing sustainability advice to mid-tier manufacturing companies and large land holders, helping them understand their business exposure to climate risk and navigating their sustainability journeys. Most recently Tim was engaged in the launch of Luma Energy, the new $3B grid operator in Puerto Rico, where he lead several high priority assignments, including the power plant assessment and budgeting process, establishing formalized operations for energy dispatch, grid management, supply contract administration, among other tasks.
SVP, Corporate Real Estate, LPL Financial
Ms. Cotman leads real estate, facilities, and corporate security for LPL Financial, a high-growth Fortune 500 wealth management firm. In addition, she serves on the board of Community Healthcare Trust, a public REIT in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining LPL, Cat led full-service outsourced teams at Cushman & Wakefield, Newmark, and Cresa for clients in Fin Services and other industries. Cat also held various executive roles in real estate at large financial services companies, including Bank of America, Capital One, and Prudential Insurance.
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Commercial Real Estate Team Leader for the Americas, Carrier
Gaston D'Alessandro is Carrier’s Commercial Real Estate Team Leader for the Americas. With 20 years of industry experience both as an occupier and integrator, Gaston specializes in enabling outcomes through digital transformation helping customers improve business strategy by conceptualizing, developing, and deploying best-in-class technology solutions. Prior to Carrier, Gaston held several leadership positions with Fortune 200 organizations including Johnson Controls where he led the digital transformation with their OpenBlue digital ecosystem; Apple where he was responsible for B2B sales, product/software launches, and served on the SaaS steering committee; and led the Miami Design District/SOBE revitalization projects as an Asset Manager.
CEO, Founder, hubli
Ciaran is the founder and CEO of Hubli, he has spent over 20 years building and scaling technology in travel, hospitality and real estate.
Business Transformation & Client Engagement, IBM
With over 20 years’ experience leading corporate real estate organizations of Fortune 500 globally operating companies, Nina is leading IBM’s Global Center of Competency for Building Optimization. Nina helps clients leverage modern technologies to drive optimal asset use and investment and create value in the workplace. She designs unique client solutions using Internet of Things, machine learning, and deep data analytics. Prior to joining IBM, Nina lead the corporate real estate organizations at Southern California Edison and AECOM. Currently, Nina is the President of the Southern California Chapter of CoreNet Global.
Chief Responsibility Officer, CBRE
As Chief Responsibility Officer, Tim Dismond oversees the company’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) efforts. He is a member of CBRE’s Executive Committee, a group of 10 global executives responsible for driving the company’s business worldwide. He also serves on CBRE’s African American Network Group Executive Committee and was named one of the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy, the leading African American business and lifestyle magazine. Previously, Mr. Dismond served as CBRE’s first global Chief Diversity Officer, leading the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy. In February 2021, his scope of responsibilities expanded to include all ESG efforts including DE&I, Environmental Sustainability, Workplace Safety & Wellbeing, Philanthropy and Public/Government Affairs. Mr. Dismond was also the President of the South Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) | Enterprise business. In this role, he oversaw more than 5,000 professionals who deliver real estate and facilities services to occupiers headquartered in nine U.S. states and Latin America and manage a global portfolio of more than 820 million square feet. Earlier in his career with CBRE, Mr. Dismond was Executive Managing Director for the Central Division within GWS, serving client accounts based in the Central U.S. and Canada. He also served as Executive Account Leader for a large financial services client, and Alliance Director for CBRE’s Sprint account, where his team received the Account Excellence award for three consecutive years. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Dismond held several executive positions at Sprint, including Enterprise Operations where he reported directly to the Chairman and CEO of Sprint. Mr. Dismond is a broker and licensed attorney by profession, and practiced law at a large law firm in Kansas City for several years. He has represented many Fortune 500 companies and developers in all aspects of real estate including acquisitions, dispositions, land use planning and zoning, leasing, financing and corporate restructurings.
T. Patrick Donnelly, MCR.h
Principal, BHDP Architecture
As Principal/Client Leader at BHDP, Patrick’s passion is co-creating with teams to integrate strategy, design, and change into places and experiences that inspire people. Nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture and work process improvement to workplace design, he has facilitated research with Rex Miller for two books: Change Your Space, Change Your Culture and The Healthy Workplace Nudge. He served on the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global from 2011-2014 and has been awarded top faculty honors at CoreNet Global Learning since joining the faculty in 2000, and he was inducted into CoreNet’s Distinguished Leaders Circle in 2019. An accomplished teacher, public speaker, and storyteller, Patrick is a visiting lecturer at MIT and has presented at 30+ conferences/workshops.
President, North America, IWG
Jeff has 20+ years of extensive experience in the flexible office industry. He joined IWG in the early days - as their success helped launch the industry- and has held numerous positions within the organization since. Currently, he leads the NA region which is IWG’s largest and fastest growing region. Jeff is often sought out for his keen insight on the industry, having participated in panels at past CoreNet Conferences, Bisnow, Globe Street, and broker events. Jeff has spent 30+ years in multi-unit management, sales, and real estate. Prior to IWG he held senior positions for FedEx Kinko’s and OfficeMax.
Principal and Strategic Director, RWDI and ParticleOne
Justin Downey is a recognized expert in high-performance buildings and certification, and is a strategic director at RWDI and ParticleOne. His deeply informed technical advice steers building designs to new thresholds of performance, sustainability, and resiliency. Whether delivering planning or pathogen response, LEED or WELL certification, energy and/or ventilation analysis, Justin thrives on ambitious projects that respond to today’s environmental realities, including climate change, air quality, and infectious disease risks.
Workplace Technology Director, CBRE
Frances Dwyer is the Digital & Technology Director for CBRE’s Workplace Technology Strategy. In this role she partners with CRE, Design and Workplace Strategy teams to deliver innovative workplaces within CBRE’s Corporate Offices. She has been with CBRE for eight years across different roles. She drives the investigation and evaluation of new technologies to enhance CBRE’s internal employee productivity, collaboration, and user experience. Most recently, Frances was appointed as a leader of one of the Innovation Pods- Metaverse, under the newly established Emerging Technology Council. Here she helps evaluate Metaverse use cases and the potential implications of these technologies across CRE and enterprise businesses.
Founder, CEO, PeopleG2
Chris Dyer is a recognized company culture and remote work expert. Inc Magazine ranked him the #1 Leadership Speaker on Culture. He has two bestselling books The Power of Company Culture and Remote Work, and has been named #5 on the Leadershum Power List, a Top 40 Change Management Guru, a Top 50 Global Thought Leader, and a Top 50 leadership podcast. Chris inspires audiences with insightful candor, engaging humor, offering innovative perspectives on leadership to improve company culture and empower organizations to discover new successes. Countless companies have unlocked productivity, performance, and profits by implementing his 7 Pillar Strategy.
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CEO, Blue Skyre IBE
Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE, LAI, is co-founder and CEO of Blue Skyre IBE, a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Colliers Strategic Partner. Maureen is an internationally recognized real estate industry business leader. Her expertise lies in business process transformation and strategic positioning of large, complex portfolio management, leasing and operations. She has experience in leading, repositioning and doubling the size of three of the leading global real estate facilities outsourcing businesses. She serves as an advisor and board member to global organizations, investors, and real estate technology providers. With more than 25 years of experience, she has deep expertise in providing companies with global real estate advice and services. She was named a 2021 Woman of Influence as a CRE Consultant/Advisor by GlobeSt.com. Before founding Blue Skyre, Maureen was Global Head of Real Estate Operations and Strategic Services for WeWork. She has held global executive roles with JLL, CBRE, and Grubb & Ellis Company. Maureen attended The Business School at City, University of London, where she earned a BSc Joint Honours in Economics & Accounting.
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Nishar Fatema, MCR
Global Workplace Strategy Manager, Workplace Services, ServiceNow
Nishar is a passionate global citizen, an architect, a workplace strategist, and an artist - she has 12 years of experience in the industry with focus on workplace design & strategy. A free-spirited by heart, she has worked and lived in 5 countries (India, German, Iran, Singapore, and US) and has traveled to 51+ to admire the architecture, the people, and cultural. In her current role as a Global Workplace Strategist, her goal is to maximize employee engagement, optimize space and processes, leverage power of technology/AI to improve performance of our services, systems, and real estate portfolio. Additionally, she leads the “Our New World of Work” initiatives for ServiceNow global team along with the technology initiatives. In July 2021, she was recognized by CoreNet NYC as a “Young Leader of the Year” and in 2020 by IFMA as “Fortyunder40”. She has authored a research book and have written several workplace industry-related articles. She currently serves as a board member for the CoreNet global young leader and a vice-chair of the Occupier’s Forum in NYC.
Justin Ferguson, PhD
Lead Strategist, BHDP Architecture
Justin Ferguson joined BHDP as a Lead Strategist after more than two decades of leading projects, researching, and teaching community design and planning. He has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of organizations and non-profits as well as many cities, towns, and neighborhoods across the United States. He has been named an AIA Blueprint for Better Communities Champion and an AIA Design Justice Advocate. He is the former Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University where he also served as the director of the Master of Urban Design (MUD) Program. Dr. Ferguson has shared his insights on community design and place across various mediums including numerous conferences, public events, articles, and his doctoral dissertation.
Director, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield
Based in Chicago, Carly Flapper is a Director in Cushman & Wakefield’s global Total Workplace practice. Carly is deeply experienced in developing workplace, change management, communication and employee engagement initiatives that aid clients in producing positive outcomes for the workforce. Carly works closely with executives, managers, front-line employees, Operations, Facilities, Human Resources, designers and design and construction project teams to coordinate activities that are impactful to the occupants’ change journey. Because of her work, Carly’s clients experience the benefits of productivity improvements, engagement score improvements, and workplace delivery process improvements. Carly has been with C&W since 2014. Before corporate real estate, Carly had a 10-year career in the performing arts, focused on arts administration, acting, directing, teaching, and producing. Her expertise in working with performers in physical space lends a unique perspective to the arena of the workplace and the business of people.
Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Operations, CITI Realty Services
Linda Artiste’ Foggie is a Global Executive, Board Member, Sustainability Thought Leader, and Licensed Architect with 20+ years’ experience. Linda currently serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Operations for Citi. In this capacity, Linda and her team oversee the operations of Citi’s 50M SF global portfolio of occupied real estate across 97 Countries. Her portfolio includes delivery of all of Design & Construction, Facilities Management, Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Workplace Experience, Sustainability, and Governance & Operational Controls. Prior to her role with Citi, Linda served as Executive Vice President, Head of the East USA and Americas Head of Corporate Occupier at Turner & Townsend and served on their Board of Directors. As part of her philanthropic efforts, Linda has served on multiple Boards of both public and nonprofit organizations, including The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), CREW Network, CoreNet Global (NYC Chapter), Cheltenham Borough Council, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, New York Exploring for Boy Scouts of America, Race for MS for National MS Society, and YMCA of Greater NY. Linda was recently named to Commercial Observer’s “Power 100” List for the second consecutive year and was named a NEW Honoree (Nontraditional Employment for Women) in 2022. Recently, she won the Client/End-User of the Year Award from the NYC Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association). The role Linda is most proud to serve in is as a wife and mother to her 2 sons.
Matthew Folsom, MCR
Global Head of Real Estate, Spotify
Matthew Folsom is currently the Global Head of Real Estate at Spotify, a media and technology company specializing in music, podcast, audio book and other audio streaming formats headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Responsible for overseeing the company’s global real estate related activities, Matthew helps provide data driven strategic solutions that support the company’s Work from Anywhere policy in an ever-expanding distributed portfolio. He started his corporate career on the other side of the table with Silverstein Properties, the full-service real estate development, investment, and management firm based in New York.
Laura Fuentes Dominguez
Intelligent & Digital Workplace Senior Manager, Accenture
Laura is a Senior Manager part of Accenture’s Intelligent & Digital Workplace Practice. She leads teams that helps clients design, build and deploy technology-focused, workplace experiences in the built environment using with a human-centered design approach. Laura also has many years of experience in cloud advisory, infrastructure transformation and large-scale end-user technology deployments. This helps shape her views on what is possible, the people impact of large-scale change and technical knowledge required to work with fast-paced, emerging technology area.
Sr Manager, Outbound Product Management – Workplace Service Delivery, ServiceNow
Allison works closely with ServiceNow customers to drive adoption and success of the Workplace Service Delivery product.
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VP of Sales and Marketing, CoStar Real Estate Manager
Dave brings more than 25 years of technology and sales leadership experience to CoStar. He leads a team of sales executives, software engineers and marketing professionals who are dedicated to servicing the market data, analytics and management software needs of tenant real estate and accounting teams.
Vice President and Managing Director Occupier Division, MRI Software
Craig is currently the Vice President and Managing Director of the Occupier division of MRI Software. He leads a global team with operations across APAC, EMEA and North America and is responsible for a suite of products from mid-market to enterprise solutions. From 2013 to 2021, Craig worked for Trimble as the Managing Director of the Real Estate and Workplace Solutions division before leading a divestiture to MRI Software. Prior to Trimble, Craig was the CEO of Manhattan Software. Craig is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bentley University.
Eldar Gizzatov, PhD
Cofounder, CEO, Basking.io
Eldar Gizzatov is a cofounder and CEO of Basking.io, a workplace occupancy analytics platform, since its inception in 2017. Prior to starting Basking, Eldar was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Allianz X, where he was a founder and CEO at FairFleet – the drone services marketplace for real estate and insurance. Before working at Allianz and FairFleet, Eldar was a business development manager at Lendico, a Rocket Internet’s fintech venture. Eldar also has more than 10 years of experience in marketing strategy and business development, having worked at MobileSmith, Autodesk Inc. and Integrated Energy Systems. Eldar earned an MBA from Duke University and a PhD in Political Science from Moscow State University.
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Michael is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate and Location Strategy practice and has over 18 years of real estate transformation and technology experience. Most recently, Michael has led several global clients face the strategic, operational and technological challenges related to digital transformation across enterprise CRE portfolios, focusing primarily on how new technologies are impacting the workplace, real estate and facilities management functions.
Executive Vice President, Centers and Initiatives, Urban Land Institute
Billy Grayson is the Executive Vice President of Centers and Initiatives and the Executive Director of the ULI Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate. As Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability at ULI, Mr. Grayson manages a team leading programs on climate risk and resilience, health and social equity, and decarbonization and climate mitigation. ULI works with members, community leaders, coalition partners, and other key stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment, and to provide our members with the tools and resources they need to cost-effectively drive sustainability into their projects and operations. As the EVP for Centers and Initiatives, Mr. Grayson also oversees ULI’s Housing, Infrastructure, and Real Estate Economics and Capital Markets programs. Mr. Grayson’s previous experience includes leading sustainability and ESG efforts in real estate (Liberty Property Trust), the industrial supply chain (WESCO), and the electronics industry (the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition). He has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a MBA from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and is a LEED AP.
SVP Customer Experience, Industrious
Rachael Gursky is the SVP of Customer Experience at Industrious, a premium workplace-as-a-service provider. She joined the company in its early days and developed the member experience standards Industrious is known for today. Her team is responsible for creating a seamless member experience across the national network and has played an integral role in raising the Industrious Net Promoter Score to the 70s, the highest in the industry. Rachael currently oversees Member Experience Design and Member IT Services but has also led the Facilities, Launch, Product, Digital, and Tenant Experience Management teams. Prior to Industrious, Rachael held strategy and brand management roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and at hotel ownership group RLJ Lodging Trust. A New York City resident and mother to a 1-year-old girl, outside of work she can be found pushing swings in Central Park, playing soccer, or practicing her Italian. Rachael holds a B.S. from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Studio Principal, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Ashley is a Studio Principal at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting leading the Charlotte Workplace Interiors Studio, a team of passionate architects and interior designers. In her 15 years at Little, Ashley has lead design with many of the firm’s largest clients which includes Lowe’s Home Improvement and Truist. Ashley is an advisor for the Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program, and she is currently serving on the CoreNet Carolinas Board as Chapter Leader for Special Events.
Chief Architect, General Services Administration
Chuck Hardy serves as the acting Chief Architect and Chief Workplace Officer of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. He is the agency's lead executive in charge of design and workplace strategy efforts supporting design and construction, real estate services, and procurement. He is responsible for research, innovation, and development in the delivery of innovative workplace solutions for the federal government.
Head of Corporate Properties, Wells Fargo
As Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Properties at Wells Fargo, Richard Henderson is responsible for leading real estate transactions, workplace strategies, property management, construction management, workplace experience, and real estate operations for the company's more than 7,200 locations. Richard has almost 25 years of experience at Wells Fargo, assuming his current role in 2013 after previously serving as the company's Director of Property Management, Construction and Sustainability. Based in Denver, CO, Richard serves on the Wells Fargo Management Committee and is on the board of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator for cleantech startups.
President & CEO, Hickey & Associates
Jason M. Hickey is the President and CEO of Hickey and Associates, the largest independent global site selection, analytics, and incentives advisory firms with offices around the world. In addition to leading the most experienced and dynamic site selection team in the industry, Jason focuses on the implementation of strategic modeling and ‘big data’ analytics for the firm’s most active customers. With a diverse background in the field, Jason utilizes a proactive and proven approach to ensure clients find ultimate success with their project endeavors.
Jan Mark Holzer
Distinguished Engineer, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat, Inc.
Jan Mark Holzer is a Senior Distinguished engineer and member of Red Hat’s CTO office. In his role, Jan helps Red Hat’s large customers adopt new and emerging open-source solutions to solve their business and technology challenges. He has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies, helping them build their next-generation infrastructures and application architecture. Holzer is also the primary interface between customers and Red Hat’s R&D organization and the CTO office. This includes strategic leadership for Red Hat’s Global Executive Briefing Center program. As part of that program, he is a frequent presenter and moderator for strategic customer engagements.
Vice President, Tango
Mr. Houlihan is Tango’s VP of Customer Success and oversees all aspects the customer journey. He has over 25 years of experience in helping organizations become more mobile and realizing the real estate benefits from that mobility. This experience includes designing business processes and software applications for mobility and deploying them with around the world. Mr. Houlihan works with customers to define their objectives and make sure the products and services they receive meet their business strategy needs, which range from measuring and managing their real estate portfolio to implementing alternative workplace strategies such as hoteling. He is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Business, holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and is a CoreNet Global MCR.
Partner, Real Estate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Katherine has 14+ years of experience providing strategic, operational, and regulatory consulting services for global banks, asset managers and retailers. Katherine has assisted clients with developing, structuring, and implementing sustainable strategies to drive revenue growth, operational and system optimization, and address regulatory and business risks.
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An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades. Having studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship, he worked as an architect in the United States, India, and China for several years, leading the Asia practices of two major US international architecture firms before the age of 30. In 2004, Michael founded a major CAD/BIM services company in India backed by Sequoia Capital, which grew to over 500 employees in just four years, disrupting the global architecture profession.
SVP, Global Corporate Real Estate, Royal Bank of Canada
As Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)’s Senior Vice President (SVP), Corporate Real Estate (CRE), Doug Jeoffroy is responsible for delivering innovative and cost effective real estate solutions for RBC’s core business that serves 16 million clients in 36 countries through its 86,000 dedicated employees. Doug provides leadership to the real estate function that manages RBC’s employee and client experience across 2,300 locations and 24 million sq. ft. at an annual cost of $1.7 billion CAD. Doug is an industry award winning real estate leader with deep experience within both client CRE and global Service Provider environments. Before joining RBC, Doug was an Executive Account Director at Cushman Wakefield, responsible for the client delivery of multi-service account relationships across Canada, the US, and Latin American. Throughout his career, Doug has held a number of senior CRE roles within CIBC, Rogers Communication Inc., and Brookfield Johnson Controls. Doug holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Ronen Journo, SLCR
SVP Enterprise & Workplace, Hines Europe Ltd
Ronen is responsible for driving the European management services and operations function across Hines, focusing relentlessly on adding value and elevating our human centric service offering. Ronen joined Hines in 2020 and during his tenure has built Hines’ first management services operational platform across Europe, spanning all asset classes and across 13 countries. Overseeing teams across Europe, Ronen has defined our management service offering and strategy, aligning with key focus areas such as innovation and technology and ESG. He steadfastly supports the firm’s idea that the Hines employee is the company’s greatest asset and has spearheaded the recruitment and scaling the team to support the growth of the platform. Ronen brings substantial experience in the occupier and operational sphere, and has over 25 years of experience in the sector holding roles at WeWork and Cisco previously. He is an expert in global workplace trends, technology and corporate real estate operations and uses this experience to create people-centric, and technology driven workplaces that are fit for the future. In addition to his role at Hines, Ronen will continue to sit on the board of several Proptech businesses, including SpaceOS, Basking Automation and Juce, as well as UK affordable housing provider Network Homes, which creates thriving communities through social housing. Ronen is passionate about supporting education and has been a guest lecture at Oxford University for the past 2 years.
Head of Global Real Estate, Nestle
Dennis is the Head of Global Real Estate for Nestle, whose team oversees transaction management and strategy for a portfolio of over 3,000 commercial, industrial and retail properties. He has over 30 years of experience in real estate, design, project management, and construction management, including 12 years at Nestle. He held previous leadership and management positions at Waterworks, Gap Inc., and The Shaw Group/International Technology (now McDermott International).
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Director-Americas Real Estate, EY
David is currently the Americas Real Estate Leader for EY, based in Chicago, Illinois. His responsibilities included the management and oversight of all global real estate, security & business continuity, projects and facility services. David has been a member of CoreNet Global since 1994, a former Chicago Chapter Chair, previous Global Treasurer, and the former Global Board Chairman. David is also on the faculty of CoreNet Learning and recognized as a luminary faculty and top-rated faculty member for the last 10 years. In addition, David is a member of the National Board of Education and Learning. David graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Political Science. He has continued his education through the Institute of Corporate Real Estate and the CoreNet Executive Development Program, where he has received the Masters of Corporate Real Estate with Honors designation, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Corporate Real Estate Finance, and the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate Certificate. Mr. Kamen is a regular real estate industry speaker and contributing author of articles, as well as, a “Top Rated” faculty member of CoreNet. Additionally, David is on the Board of Roosevelt University, school of Real Estate.
Director, Applied Research, Center for Active Design
Sara Karerat is the Director of Applied Research at the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she leads the organization's translation of public health research into actionable solutions that optimize the built environment for health, both domestically and internationally. During her time with the Center for Active Design, Ms. Karerat has authored several publications on the intersection of health and the built environment, including Healthcare: A Cure for Housing and a series titled Research to Action: Building Health for AllÂ® in the Face of COVID-19. Previously, Ms. Karerat worked as a communications associate with the Partnership for a Healthier America, where she developed strategic campaigns to motivate healthy behavior change among target populations.
Executive Partner - Global Head of Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield
For more than 35 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Head of Total Workplace, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. She serves on the advisory board of delos™, the pioneers of wellness real estate™ and founders of the well building standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.
Manager, Corporate Real Estate, Workplace Strategy (SaT), EY
Katie is a Manager in EY’s Corporate Real Estate practice, with specific focus on Workplace Strategy. She creates value in corporate portfolios by aligning employee needs with larger business objectives to achieve maximum efficiencies ensuring employee satisfaction and cost-effective results. With 6 years of experience Katie leverages her deep workplace strategy and analytical skills to identify opportunities for improvement and alignment to assist in delivering optimized portfolio strategies, ‘future of work’ scenarios, space programming, site selections, and more. Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design degree from the University of Florida. She is currently working on her QPCR and is a very active member of the CoreNet community leading and participating in 3 committees.
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Director of Supplier Diversity in the USA, Turner & Townsend
As the Director of Supplier Diversity at Turner & Townsend, Wayne Lambert leads efforts to enhance the firm’s Supplier Diversity program and expand the supply chain to create contract and capacity building opportunities for diverse businesses, including and not limited to minority, women, disadvantaged, and small businesses. Wayne works with public and private sector clients and provides support to meet utilization targets, amongst other internal and external efforts in area of diversity. He joined the firm from the public-sector, where he had over 15 years of experience in supplier and workforce diversity, spending time in New York City’s (NYC) Mayor’s Office of M/WBE as Deputy Director of Programs, as Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer with the NYC Department of Design & Construction, led M/WBE efforts and supported health equity initiatives at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and served at NYC’s Department of Small Business Services where he connected over 10,000 small businesses to public and private sector opportunities.
Jamie Leary- Erickson
VP, Real Estate, Nokia
Jamie Leary-Erickson is the Head of Global Property Portfolio at Nokia responsible for the location strategy of their largest business group. Her experience includes the creation and implementation of regional strategy, financial management of occupancy expenditures, project management and delivery of workplace services. Ms. Leary holds a BA from Arizona State University and an MBA from San Diego State University – California State University.
Executive Director, Innovation and Insight Advisory, Avison Young
Craig Liebowitz leads Avison Young's AVANT Advisory platform, which designs customized data analytics products that enable occupiers to solve their complex real estate strategies. Craig participates in global thought capital efforts including the Vitality Index, an award-winning report that analyzes return-to-office efforts, how people shop and mobility levels at representative areas of interest. With more than 10 years of commercial real estate experience, Craig is an expert on the economy and real estate markets. He has been quoted in national news publications, served on panel discussions, guest lectured at universities and has been featured on podcasts. Craig holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from Lehigh University and a master's degree in Real Estate from New York University.
Senior Manager RE + LS, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Abby leads Deloitte’s Real Estate and Location Strategy practice. She has over 20 years of real estate consulting experience focused on helping organizations unlock significant enterprise value optimizing real estate portfolios and functions. Her experience spans the real estate life cycle from real estate strategy to operating model and process design to org optimization to real estate technology enablement.
VP, Corporate Real Estate and Workplace, Blackstone
Alexandra is VP of Corporate Real Estate Design & Workplace for Blackstone, a leading global finance firm. Alexandra manages a portfolio of over 25 global locations with footprint in all major financial centers across the globe. With over 17 years of market experience, Alexandra's background is quite diverse and includes transaction management, design, buildout, construction and facilities project management from corporate offices, healthcare facilities, residential facilities to furniture design on a national and global scale. Prior to joining Blackstone, Alexandra delivered successful bodies of work at Lazard and Kroll (previously Duff & Phelps).
As Co-CEO at Locatee, Myriam Locher is focused on helping Locatee grow globally. With over 15 years of experience as a serial tech entrepreneur, she is dedicated to helping deliver the data that is required to make impactful, sustainable and human-centric workplace decisions.
Senior Vice President of Partner Services, Forbes Travel Guide
Jennifer oversees the Partner Services Team, Americas and partner relationships in Canada and Western U.S. Lodge held various roles at Forbes Travel Guide, including facility inspector, trainer, vice president of consulting operations and regional vice president of partner services. Prior to Forbes Travel Guide, Lodge founded The Professional Guest, a performance evaluation company specialized in building repeat hotel business through enhanced guest experience. She also previously worked for Marriott, where she opened new properties throughout Southern California and Arizona and won Marriott's Salesperson of the Year. She earned her degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Michigan State University.
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Principal, IA Interior Architects
Julie helps organizations communicate within their workplaces to convey their messages, share their story, and engage their visitors and employees. She is responsible for defining their desired experience, planning and executing visual design solutions to bring brands to life within the built environment. With 20 years of experience leading teams, Julie is extremely passionate about mentoring the next generation of designers.
Erik Malmstrom is CEO of SafeTraces, a pioneer in sustainability and indoor air quality. SafeTraces provides the first and only indoor air quality verification that actively measures pathogen risk, in partnership with global safety science leader UL. Previously, he held senior roles at the White House, Farmers Business Network, and Cargill, is a co-founder of CrossBoundary - a leading frontier market investment advisor, and is a combat veteran and graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a joint M.B.A. – M.P.P. from Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools.
Gloria Mamwa, MCR, SLCR
Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd
I have a Postgraduate in Project Management from Anglia Ruskin University. I am an Alumni of the Strathmore Business School, Women in Leadership and Women in Executive Leadership League, executive education programs and hold a Diploma in Interior Design from Ashworth College. I attended Northeastern University, Boston, MA, studying Architecture. I also hold a certification in Board Competence issued by the Federation of Kenya Employers and Africa Corporate Governance Advisory Services Ltd. I am an experienced Corporate Real Estate Professional, Interior Designer and Project Manager having been in the industry for over the past 20 years. I am working for one of the leading CRE teams in the globe that has supported my development and widened my sphere of influence and networks. Currently, the Regional Head of Property, Africa and Middle East (AME) and a member of the Property Management Team for Standard Chartered Bank, I oversee property management and operations for the Banks portfolio covering c.3 million sq ft of owned and leased premises. I have held other roles in the bank; In Facilities and Project Management. In these roles, I successfully delivered directly and or through my team, fit outs and refurbishments tailored to the local market while delivering the global brand. I continue to be accountable for asset sales as part of portfolio optimization, and, for the development and delivery a portfolio strategy for the Bank’s portfolio in Africa and Middle East to include Pakistan. Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, I was an Interior Designer and the Associate Director in charge of the Interior Design at Triad Architects Ltd, and delivered projects for leading brands in Kenya, i.e. Safaricom, Barclays Bank, UAP among others. I have held other roles in architecture and interior design, education and hospitality. I have a passion for developing younger women and witness them succeed through mentoring them. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, sports and mountain biking. I also have a deep interest in reading, knitting and cooking.
Global Head of Climate & Carbon Strategy, LaSalle Investment Management
Based in Chicago, Julie leads the firm’s global strategies related to climate resilience and decarbonization. Experience
Julie has been with LaSalle over 25 years, originally joining LaSalle’s client accounting group as a controller, then transitioning to the portfolio management team of the firm’s global fund-of-funds, ultimately managing two funds totaling over $1 billion of investor capital, and finally as portfolio manager in LaSalle’s North American separate accounts business managing over $4 billion of client capital.
Julie chaired LaSalle Americas’ women’s leadership network 2013 through 2017 and remains actively involved.
Prior to joining LaSalle, Julie was a senior financial analyst at JMB Realty.
Sr. Manager - Global Workplace Strategy and Standards, Red Hat Inc.
Bringing experience in workplace design and project management, Ana began her Red Hat journey in 2014 as a space planner supporting global test-fits. She later transitioned into a role co-creating and maintaining the global design guidelines and standards, Work Your Way. Ana now leads the global Workplace Strategy and Standards team, focused on defining what the Future of Work means for Red Hat’s Workplace Strategy and aligning space guidelines and standards to help bring it to life. As the Past-President for the CoreNet Global Carolinas Chapter, she is passionate about learning, connecting with people, and providing inspiring workplaces for Red Hat associates.
Lisa McGregor, MCR.w
Global Lead, Space Strategies, Jacobs
Lisa McGregor leads Jacobs’ Space Strategies team, engaging organizations to redefine the purpose of place in alignment with unique business drivers, vision, and values. Her approach begins with exploring why, how, where and what empowers people to do their best work. Lisa develops solutions that connect people to an ecosystem of virtual and physical work environments that can influence behavior and inspire innovation with common purpose.
Vice President, Director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroup
Greg Mella is a pioneer and recognized expert in sustainable design. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on green design initiatives, including net-positive energy design, rainwater harvesting, and net-zero water design, resilient design, materials transparency, and energy metrics. Greg first gained national attention in 2000 as a visible advocate of sustainable design when he served as SmithGroup’s project architect for the world’s first LEED Platinum building – the Philip Merrill Environmental Center.
Senior Associate, Practice Lead, People + Place Advisory, Boston, AECOM
Oriana is a Practice Lead in AECOM's Boston office with over 30 years of experience planning and programming spaces across sectors. Using concepts from organizational behavior and environmental psychology, Oriana plans spaces that promote streamlined workflows and thriving occupants. With prior experience in electrical engineering and IT, she brings a high-tech perspective to her designs and understands the unique challenges of technical spaces.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Lynn is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, where we she recently joined the organization in support of the culture change agenda. Lynn has over 15 years in healthcare both in the payor and provider space and within public, private, private equity and non-profit organizations. Her passion is around enabling organizations through cultural transformations while focusing and building upon the employee experience.
Senior Director, Digital Technologies, IA Interior Architects
IA’s Senior Director, Design Technologies and Principal Guy Messick has over 30 years of experience as an architect, technologist, and thought leader. Focused on understanding the connections between design and emerging technologies, he guides IA’s adoption and use of innovative technologies across the firm and with clients. As such, Guy is pioneering IA’s Techni (custom technology tools), and IAXR service lines, embracing the metaverse and developing bespoke, branded experiences for companies within Extended Reality (XR).
Brady Mick, MCR.w
Director of Workplace Strategy, EUA
Brady Mick brings more than 30 years of experience in Workplace Strategy, Change Management and Design Thinking. He is known for his effective communication skills coupled with an insatiable curiosity to create measurably effective design solutions for clients across the country. Relentless in his pursuit to understand people, Mick collaborates with his clients to gain insightful data that crystalizes their culture for translation into design, resulting in inspiring and productive environments. Mick's ability to bridge the gap between business drivers and design helps clients imagine future places that will elevate the human experience.
Vice President, Operations, Cerami & Associates, Inc.
Greg is Principal and director of the Chicago office of Cerami. His acoustics work is particularly notable in Chicago where he designed the acoustics for the NU School of Communication, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and headquarters for BP Americas, Exelon, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Additionally, Greg has guided the acoustic & technology designs for some of the world's leading cultural organizations, including The Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, and Writers Theater. His pioneering work on the development of realism within acoustic simulations (auralizations) has earned him a reputation for innovation. Besides being a soundsmith, he is also a sabersmith, building lightsabers with his two sons, also avid Star Wars fans.
David Mirmelli, MCR
Head of CRE EMEA, Fortinet, Fortinet
David Mirmelli, MBA, MCR is a Workplace & Technology Executive with Significant International Experience.
David grew up in the US, holds a Master in Corporate Real Estate, completed his MBA in The Netherlands, and holds dual US/UK nationality. He understands the demands within fast-moving multinational organizations and has significant experience working across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and AsiaPac in Portfolio, Facilities, Technology and Project Management.
David is currently a Board Advisor and Mentor to innovative Property Technology and Analytics provider Basking Automation. He has supported the use of workplace analytics during many years of his career. Also in September, he started a new international Corporate Real Estate Leadership Role with Fortinet, a global cybersecurity solution provider headquartered in California.
David has decades of international corporate real estate experience working with:
- Cognizant as AVP, Corporate Services Asia and Global Leader of EH&S
- BMC as Senior Director, Global Head of Corporate Services
- Thales Group as VP Corporate Real Estate UK and North America
- Johnson Controls as Director Corporate Real Estate EMEA
JLL Consulting, Executive Managing Director, JLL
Peter Miscovich leads JLL’s Strategy + Innovation Consulting practice and he is co-author of “The Workplace You Need Now” by Wiley Publishing – The Best-Selling Business/Operational Book that helps companies navigate The Future of Work. With more than two decades of executive management consulting experience, Peter has pioneered multi-year research efforts focused upon the high-performance workplace including the evolutionary forces shaping “The Future of Work”. Peter is focused upon strategy development and execution of global enterprise workforce and workplace transformation client engagements including Fifty Fortune 100 Corporate Headquarters. Primary areas of expertise include Corporate Real Estate Performance Improvement, Innovative Hybrid Workplace Strategies and Global Real Estate Portfolio Optimization solutions.
NY Director of Workplace, Change Management and Interiors, Jacobs
Covid has ripped the band aid off pre-existing notions about how and where work can be most effective. Andie helps organizations navigate the dynamic landscape with impacts to their people and their real estate, using defensible data points to advise how the shift from “workplace” to a “work platform” can happen. She curates solutions with holistic considerations such as employee behaviors and experience, organizational culture, mobility, and business continuity. Significant clients include J&J, IBM, Wells Fargo, WMATA, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Diageo and others.
Senior Director of Facilities, Google
Brid is a Senior Real Estate leader with broad global experience in supporting her corporation's core mission by optimizing their use and programing of the workspace and place. With experience delivering workspaces across EMEA, Asia, Latam and the US, she has a strong focus on understanding the nuances and cultural elements that determine success in each unique market. Having worked both as a service provider and now as an end user, she is passionate about crafting service delivery solutions that optimize for the future of our industry in a way that enables client / supplier partnerships to thrive and sustain while continuously innovating to respond to the changing needs of her stakeholders. Based in the Bay Area, Brid is responsible for operationalizing 2-3 million sq. ft. of new innovative spaces per annum as Google delivers buildings that are often multi use, and for meeting the targets established by the company's sustainability commitments.
Michelle Myer, MCR.w, SLCR
VP Americas Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle America, Inc.
Michelle Myer is the VP of Americas Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. Michelle is responsible for a portfolio of >~9M RSF consisting of more than 200 offices (owned as well as leased) in the US, Canada & Latin America as well as a team of ~400 internal staff members. Her organization provides site selection, lease negotiations, property management, space planning, facilities management, design & construction, data center operations, and project management services. Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. She has been a member of Corenet Global since 2000 and has served the organization in many roles both at the Chapter and Global levels. She is currently the CoreNet Global Chair Elect; she was previously the CoreNet Global Treasurer from 2017-2019. Michelle holds the following designations: MCR, MCR.w, SLCR, CFM, RPA.
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VP, Lead Business Execution Consultant, Wells Fargo
Ryann began her career as a Management Consultant with Arcadis, specializing in the program management of sustainable and critical infrastructure such as solid waste renewable energy facilities, materials and recycling facilities, and helping public sector clients achieve improved business models. Ryann joined Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group in 2015 where she focuses on the experience employees have in the built environment. Understanding it takes a cross-functional collaboration with Technology, Human Resources, and other business divisions to impact the employee experience in the workplace, Ryann focuses on creating a strategic plan to gather employee feedback and imbed it into the DNA of building design standards and space activation. She understands that culture, programming, and diversity equity and inclusion, all play major roles in how employees feel about the space they work in and how productive they can be in that space. Ryann draws from her design and construction background and blends her empathetic listening ear to bring the voice of the employee to the forefront of designing workplace experiences. Ryann is a native of New Jersey and alumni of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her B.S. in Bio-Environmental Engineering. She currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children and is the Communications Chair for Wells Fargo’s Black & African American Employee Resource Network – Virtual Chapter.
Executive Vice President, Colliers
Michelle joined Colliers in 2014 and serves as a leader within the Corporate Solutions team, specializing in Enterprise Solutions. As the Head of the Enterprise Client Solutions function, Michelle is accomplished in the delivery of complex solutions both in solution design, as well as transaction execution and account management.
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Executive Culture Strategist, Procore for Owners
Lisa O’Brien is a firm believer in the unlimited creative potential in every human being. She has focused her career on executive, leadership, and organizational development fueled by that perspective. Lisa is a McKinsey alumni who has over 20 years of international experience in executive development and organizational change working across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She has mentored upcoming executive coaches from all over the world and is currently a Master Certified Coach candidate with the International Coach Federation. Lisa is also an international keynote speaker and published author. Lisa currently serves as Director, Culture Strategy for Procore Technologies supporting the conversation around culture change in the construction industry. She resides in her home state of Colorado and enjoys nature, painting, photography, and diverse travel.
Casey is a Manager at EY in the CRE Consulting & Technology Practice.? He focuses on the development and implementation of real estate technology, with a particular focus on occupier experience and operational efficiency.? He has developed CRE technology master plans, led large-scale deployments, and design technology procurement methodologies. He has developed technology-related change management programs and operations models for clients with portfolios as large as 26 million SF.
Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Equity, General Services Administration
Andrea M. O'Neal is a presidential appointee of the Biden-Harris Administration serving as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Equity at the U.S. General Services Administration. In this historic first-ever position for the agency, O'Neal brings 20 years of experience championing the advancement of historically and socially marginalized communities with expertise in institutional equity, racial and economic justice, organizational behavior, and cultural change management. Andrea is a recognized thought leader in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) field with a career spanning global Wall Street, social impact, and advisory services for C-Suite executive teams. As a former capital markets investment banker, including four years abroad structuring cross-border IPOs in Europe and Asia, Andrea developed a multicultural business acumen that she leverages to achieve exceptional stakeholder management and metrics-driven results. As a nonprofit leader and public sector official, Andrea has been on the front lines of mission-critical work related to breaking down systemic barriers, closing racial wealth gaps, fostering equitable workplaces, and operationalizing high-performing culturally competent leadership practices. She has served as a research advisory committee member for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Equitable Futures Project, Brown University President’s Leadership Council, and Ambassadors Program for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Business Insider, and in several industry conferences. She hails from Atlanta, GA and Brooklyn, NY; and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Infrastructure & Social-Economic Inclusion Lead, Jacobs
Toyin Ogunfolaju leads Jacobs' Infrastructure and Social-Economic Inclusion practice, delivering creative social-economic solutions by leveraging Public Private Partnership models as the foundation to identify opportunities and practices that promote regenerative social systems. Her expertise in executive leadership, community engagement and operations management advance structural change beyond performative metrics to a culture that embraces DEI.
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Principal, Head of Portfolio Strategy, Newmark
Ash works with clients to optimize portfolio strategy and advance workplace models to reduce costs, improve performance, and enhance attraction and retention of talent. A real estate professional with a strong background in finance and due diligence, Ash is cost-driven and results-oriented. He has underwritten over $5 billion in real estate transactions and created annual savings in excess of $450 million for his clients.
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability Strategy, JLL
Jeffrey serves as a Senior Project Manager, Sustainability Strategy based out of JLL's Chicago office. His responsibilities include providing sustainability and ESG advisory services and a focused approach on green building certifications and health and wellness strategies for both investor and corporate occupier clients. As a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and LEED Accredited Professional, he promotes strategies that improve the built environment at construction and creates plans of action for operational sustainability leading to cost savings and improved tenant satisfaction. Through his team's expert guidance and advisory, JLL is able to inspire organizational change and empower their clients to create more responsible spaces. Notable projects where he has supported his clients is achieving there sustainability goals include the following. LEED OM Gold and 2 Star Fitwel Certifications at the Old Post Office here in Chicago - the largest adaptive resue project in the city. A portfolio wide 100+ building portfoilo submission for WELL Health and Safety. His ability to meet clients where they are has translated into sustainability advisory work across multiple sectors and more than 50 milion square feet of real estate. Before joining JLL, Jeffrey spent 4 years supporting the delivery of real estate investor ESG consulting and GRESB optimization services across more than 140 million square feet of diversified real estate. His expterise led to improved GRESB performance year over year and improved DDQ and reporting results. To facilitate ESG performance solutions and project implementation, Jeffrey has extensive relationships with vendors and technology solutions that support sustainability goals and targets. In addition to his work with JLL, Jeffrey is a member of several industry groups including Urban Land Institute in Chicago and the GRESB Foundation Real Estate Expert Resource Group, supporting the development of GRESB standards and best practices.
Director of Real Estate AI Research & Innovation, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Josh Panknin is the Director of Real Estate AI Research & Innovation in the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Business Analytics and Financial Technology at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). After more than a decade working in the real estate industry, he transitioned to academia where his work is focused on partnering with industry to build advanced technology for complex real estate issues such as CMBS trading, automated valuation, market selection for portfolio allocation, and corporate real estate management.
Director of National Real Estate's Workplace Strategy, PWC
Bryan is a thought leader in workplace strategy & design. He has guided the development of novel solutions to address complex issues faced by a rapidly changing workforce. Bryan leads a cross-functional team applying design thinking to guide PwC leadership to confident real estate decisions & policies rooted in data, with a heavy dose of creativity. He often says, “Our focus is on people & culture optimization which drives policy & compliance.”
Sherri Parman, MCR
Senior Director, Capstan Advisors/Incendium Consulting
Sherri Parman, partner, joined Capstan Advisors (www.capstanadvisors.com) in 2008 after five years at CoreNet Global as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Membership Officer. With more than 30 years of real estate and senior management experience, Sherri works with a team of top corporate real estate advisors to help clients improve the management of their corporate real estate.
Mark Pastrone is COO at SemaConnect, LLC. Mark joined SemaConnect in 2010, just prior to the start of the new mass-market EV industry, and led the market launch of SemaConnect’s EV charging solutions for commercial applications including multifamily, workplace, retail, and fleet. SemaConnect is now part of Blink Charging Company and is a leading developer, producer, and supplier of networked charging solutions worldwide. Mark has experienced the evolution of the EV charging industry from its inception in 2011, through the industry’s early adoption years, to today’s high-growth environment. This experience has included working with organizations throughout the charging ecosystem including EV charging owners, installers and service providers, electric utilities, automakers, and the world’s leading corporations and real estate firms such as CBRE. In doing so, Mark has gained insight into the opportunities and challenges in growing EV infrastructure throughout North America. Prior to SemaConnect, Mark worked in the aerospace industry and led the development of several commercial space ventures at Orbital Sciences Corporation including GeoEye, acquired by Maxar. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Associate Principal, Perkins&Will
Jon Penndorf, FAIA, is an Associate Principal in Perkins&Will’s Washington DC office, managing projects at multiple scales and shaping sustainability approaches to projects across the office. Concentrating on the commercial workplace & higher education markets, he brings focus to the varying lenses of ecology, wellness, and resilience. He serves internally on the firm-wide Innovation Committee and the Living Design Task Force. He is also a member of the Corenet Mid-Atlantic chapter's Education Committee. Jon previously served as representative to the AIA Strategic Council, and as an Advisory Group member for the AIA Committee on the Environment. He is a contributor to the Metropolis Climate Toolkit, relesaed earlier in 2022. Jon has been featured in Metropolis magazine, The Washington Post, Urban Land magazine, The Washington Business Journal, and Architect magazine. He is also adjunct faculty at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning.
Executive Managing Director Client Strategy, Analytics & Transformation, CBRE
Chris Perri is Executive Managing Director Client Strategy, Analytics & Transformation within CBRE’s Occupier businesses. In this appointment, Chris and team partner with CBRE Occupier clients to advance CRE’s strategy, analytics, service delivery, and integration. Chris leads three district functions to support our clients in advancing their mission and objectives: Client Strategy, Business Analytics, and CBRE Institute.
Sr. Vice President, Workplace Advisory
Keith Perske leads Colliers’ Workplace Advisory practice for the Americas where his team helps organizations solve existential business problems using a holistic approach to the workplace. He led Workplace Innovation globally at Johnson & Johnson and has held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, HOK and a large national bank (now Chase). He was a founding partner for the development of Corenet Global’s MCRw program that trains new workplace strategists. He is a frequent speaker (including TEDx and SXSW), lecturer, writer and an award-winning educator focused on how a mindfully built environment can make people’s work lives better, leading to competitive advantage for their employers.
Director, Podcasts & Events, Eptura
Mike Petrusky is host of both the “Workplace Innovator Podcast” & the “Asset Champion Podcast” while serving as Director, Podcasts & Events at Eptura. He is passionate about inspiring leaders to pursue the best strategies for the future of work with an emphasis on seeking opportunities to enhance our human experiences both in and out of the workplace. Mike is a dynamic speaker, podcaster, and seasoned marketer who has gained a unique understanding of CRE, FM and Asset Management trends and challenges by interviewing over 200 industry-leaders.
Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB), Procore for Owners
Miguel Poblete, Manager, DEIB at Procore Technologies focuses on building an equitable world in construction - a world where everyone belongs. Miguel specializes in training and development, leading the global Employee Resource Group ecosystem, and partnering with the Revenue Organization at Procore. His goal is to bring empathy, humor, and energy to every project and training he's involved in.
Janet Pogue McLaurin
Principal, Global Workplace Research Leader, Gensler
Janet Pogue McLaurin is a leader in Gensler’s global work practice areas and research initiatives. She is the Global Workplace Research Leader which is one of the six centers of the Gensler Research Institute. Janet has been instrumental in leading workplace research including the global Workplace Surveys and the WPIx client tool which measures space effectiveness and workplace experience on projects. She is active in developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, GSA, Capital One, Gallup and The Coca-Cola Company. Janet, a Principal at Gensler, has spent almost four decades in both the Denver and Washington, DC offices. A registered Architect, she has served on the Gensler’s Board of Directors for the past two years and currently serves on Gensler’s Practice Area Management Committee for the firm.
Manager, Intelligent Workplace, Accenture LTD
Steven is a Manager in Accenture's Intelligent Workplace Practice where he helps Accenture, and it's clients, design technology-enabled spaces that people love to use and facilities managers love to operate. Prior to joining Accenture, he spent 7 years at Steelcase as a Workplace Consultant.
Dow Account Manager, Newmark
Ed leads the business operations, daily and strategic finance portfolio of 10M SF portfolio, 250 Newmark staff, and an operations budget of $60M, with operations in the North America, LATAM, EMEA & India & APAC. Prior to Newmark, Ed was at CBRE where he was the North and South America Alliance Director on the Deutsch Bank Account. Leading the business operations, finance, and project management, which included critical environments, data centers and trade floors, dining operations, graphics and reproductions centers, 1.6M SF HQ in NY, 600k SF campus in Jacksonville, FL and regional properties in the US and LATAM.
Product Lead, Experience Services, Wellbeing, JLL
Daniel Poulin is the Wellbeing Product Lead for Experience Services in JLL Work Dynamics located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is part of the Experience/Wellbeing product team; enabling and executing JLL’s strategy for the broader product group as it relates to workplace wellness for our clients.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, ArtLifting
Liz Powers is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ArtLifting, a business that champions artists impacted by housing insecurity and disabilities. ArtLifting artists have earned millions through the support of 400 corporate customers and individual supporters spread across 5 continents. Liz has worked in social service and given speeches about social change for the last 15 years. She has given keynotes to crowds of 5,000. She has spoken at TEDx, Lean StartUp Conference, FedEx HQ, Fidelity, and South By Southwest. Liz was selected for Forbes' 30 Under 30 and Boston Globe's Game Changers. Liz has an AB, cum laude, from Harvard College and MSc from the University of Edinburgh.
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General Manager, Abound and Digital Solutions, Carrier
As General Manager for Carrier’s Abound digital platform, Yasir Qureshi accelerates Carrier’s innovation to market for digital solutions and SaaS offerings. A recognized IoT thought leader, Yasi helps enterprises build an IoT vision, strategy and go to market. Yasir has held several leadership roles in IoT including Software AG where he led the IoT and Analytics Business Unit; Stanley Black and Decker’s IoT and Digital Architecture team driving the Digital product offerings; and leading Cisco’s IoT solution portfolio in the service provider segment. Yasir is an active board member at the Georgia Institute of Technology Center of IOT and chairs Service Provider IoT Working Group at the IoT World Forum.
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Operations Lead, Central, Chevron
Kimberly Ramirez is the Real Estate Operations Lead for Mid-Continent Operations for Chevron. She oversees the real estate portfolio in the oil-rich Permian Basin. Ms. Ramirez successfully developed and deployed a framework for infusing DE&I into the occupant within her building portfolio. Ms. Ramirez holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University, Lean Six Sigma White Belt, and is a Certified SAFE 5 Scrum Master.
Director of Channels, Teams Rooms, Microsoft
Monique is an energetic Channel Leader with a history of building long-term growth strategies that empower organizations to achieve and exceed their goals. She joined Microsoft in November of 2020 and is responsible for developing a Hybrid Work strategy to grow Teams Rooms devices for the Americas region. Prior to Microsoft, she spent 10 successful years at Poly building the video conferencing Channel in N. America. As the partner landscape continues to evolve, Monique develops and executes the growth strategy around how we collaborate and do business with the next generation of partners in the collaboration industry as well as growing Teams meetings in the conference room. Monique graduated from UT Arlington with a BA in Marketing and an MBA in International Business and has also been recognized as one of CRN’s Women of the Channel Power 100 Award recipient as well as Commercial Integrator's 40 Influcencers under 40.
VP of Strategic Accounts West Coast, Shaw Industries
Maggie Robinson is the VP of Strategic Accounts for the Corporate segment on the West Coast at Shaw Industries. She has a textile product development and design background and is passionate about innovation and sustainability. She was a vital part of the team that worked to lower the carbon impact of Shaw’s products. She partners with her clients to make sure they are closing the loop by recycling all of their Shaw carpet tile that has been Cradle2Cradle certified for over 20 years.
Alonso Rodríguez Barajas, Sr., MCR
North LATAM Real Estate Manager, PepsiCo, Inc.
Architect with 14 years of professional experience, of which 7 years are in the real estate field, master's degree in real estate development and currently enrolled in the MCR, responsible for the real estate portfolio and projects for the northern part of Latin America within PepsiCo.
Technology Transformation Manager, IBM
Sal Rosato is IBM Global Real Estate’s Workplace Technology Transformation Manager Technology Transformation Manager. In his role, Sal is overseeing the migration from legacy business processes, data silos and customized applications to the latest “out-of-the-box” versions of TRIRIGA, Maximo, enVizi, and Cognos Analytics. This work is being done in partnership with IBM’s Consulting, Chief Information Office, Chief Data Office and Sustainability Software Team to take advantage of IBM breadth of services and applications that are focused on driving enterprise sustainability. Sal has been working in the commercial real estate space for over 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from The University at Albany.
Director of Real Estate Development, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Nia Rubin is passionate about enriching the built environment through thoughtful placemaking, inspiring architecture and sustainable development. Focused on creating a great workplace experience, delivering quality projects, improving operational efficiencies, and value creation, Nia currently oversees an office consolidation and workplace transformation program at Metro, formally known as Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The program involves the relocation of 3,000 personnel from 10 locations to 3 LEED-Gold office buildings distributed throughout the National Capital Region. Prior to Metro, Nia played an instrumental role in several key public-private developments in Washington DC and New York City. While consulting with the U.S. General Services Administration, she oversaw the master plan amendment for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard’s Headquarters at St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, created a zoning eco district and was a principal manager in the FBI's headquarters relocation effort. As Project Director at Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, she developed the vision for a mixed-use development and negotiated development agreements surrounding the Washington Nationals Ballpark. Her private sector experience includes acquisition and predevelopment of office developments in DC for CarrAmerica and construction management in NYC with Lend Lease. Nia holds a Masters degree in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Design with a concentration in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Nia is a member of Lambda Alpha and currently serves on the ULI Sustainability And Resilience Product Council and is a Board Member of CulturalDC. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Women's Leadership Initiative at the Urban Land Institute and is a graduate of the Regional Land Use Leadership Program at the Urban Land Institute.
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Vice President, Tango
With over 25 years industry experience, Brett Sample joined Tango in 2014 and has led the effort to design and create Tango’s cutting-edge Space Management application. Prior to joining Tango, Brett worked for many of the major IWMS, CAFM, and CMMS providers in the market and started SpacePlanFM. At SpacePlanFM Brett provided consulting, implementation, and support to clients in over 40 countries and implemented over 200M Square Feet of Space, Facilities and Lease Management. His areas of expertise include AI/Machine Learning as it relates to Real Estate, strategic planning, space management, process management, employee engagement, facilities management, and lease administration.
Head of Real Estate and Facilities, Otis Worldwide Corporation
Aditi Sant is the Executive Director of Corporate Real Estate at Otis Worldwide Corporation, responsible for the oversight and management of all real estate investments and transactions globally. Her group reports into the global Operations team where majority of the ESG work intersects. Aditi's work influences Otis at a pivotal moment as the company puts future workplace strategy and models in place. She works collaboratively with leadership teams to utilize locations as hubs for the company, promoting collaboration, best practice sharing and fueling innovation. Aditi is also responsible for providing expert guidance relative to market conditions, anticipated real estate costs, and transaction viability to support the business.
Director of WorkPlace, HOK
With 37 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues and an award-winning designer. Kay is Global Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team and sits on HOK’s Board of Directors. In 2020 she was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction. Kay currently serves on the ASID’s Foundation Research Taskforce; George Washington University Advisory Council; the IWBI Mind Advisory Team and the Advisory Boards for I+S and WorkDesign magazines. During her career she has also served on the International Boards of CoreNet Global, AVIXA, IFI - International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects, ASID, IIDA, NCQLP and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design and NVCC. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community and serves as an Executive committee for WE. In 2021 she was selected from her field of peers to provide Congressional Subject Matter Expert Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on “Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19: A View from The Private Sector.” Kay also serves on the GSA Diversity taskforce and is an advisor for the HOK Diversity Advisory Council.
Director of Real Estate Transactions, Analytics & Technology, State Street Corporation
Dustin C. Sarnoski is the Head of Global Realty and the President of SSB Realty, LLC. He is responsible for State Street’s ~ 6M square foot operational real estate portfolio which consists of office space and data centers, and an annual operating P&L in excess of $400M. Additionally, Dustin leads the development and implementation of State Street’s sustainability goals, including Science-Based Targets for carbon reduction, as well as water and waste reduction programs. Dustin serves on several internal executive committees, including State Street’s Executive Corporate Responsibility committee and is an executive sponsor of State Street’s Environmental Sustainability Employee Network. Previously, he served as in-house senior legal counsel at State Street, with responsibility for legal counsel related to State Street’s global real estate footprint. Prior to joining State Street in 2007, Dustin was an Associate Attorney at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, practicing all aspects of real estate law and transactional environmental law. Dustin is a graduate of Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts - Chemistry), and Vermont Law School (Juris Doctor - Environmental Law concentration). He is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar. Dustin currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Senior Portfolio Programs Manager, Hines
As Senior Portfolio Programs Manager, Nekesha focuses on increasing operational efficiencies for JPMorgan Chase, NA. 4.1 MSF of Midtown New York and Washington, D.C. owned and leased corporate real estate. Her innovation, development and management of Environmental Health & Safety, and Sustainability operational programming will align to meet the client ESG goals. In her role she creates standardize procedures within each program to support Hines facilities management and engineering site service delivery teams. Nekesha applies her 20+ years in CRE and strong budget, vendor, and people management skills to drive operational efficiencies and cost savings. Since joining the firm in 2018, Nekesha has been instrumental in launching the Hines for Amazon new office spaces, building successful facilities management teams, partnering with client vendors to continually improve the employee workplace experience, and launching the newly formed IFM Programs department. She is an active member of the OneHines Women’s Network, One Hines Local Ambassador, Black Employee Advancement Network (B.E.A.N.), CoreNet Global - NYC Chapter, 2021 Young Leader of the Year nominee. Mentorship by great CRE leaders has been a part of Nekesha success; her goal is to mentor and advance the diversity of women as senior leaders within corporate real estate.
Project Director, IA Interior Architects
Stephanie Schmitz is a Project Director and Principal at IA Interior Architects, based in the firm’s Denver studio. She has been with the IA for over 18 years and has extensive design and project management expertise. Stephanie is an inspiring and effective leader with ample experience leading accounts, directing multiple projects and project teams concurrently. Her project experience ranges from 5,000-1 million square feet including oversight on all phases of design, operations, and project management, from initiation through completion and move-in.
General Manager, Conrad Hotels
Schofield brings over two decades of hospitality experiences, having held senior roles with Ritz Carlton, Watergate Hotel, and multiple Starwood properties in Washington DC. She is currently the General Manager at Conrad Washington DC. Since arriving, the hotel has been awarded the Forbes Four Star Award and recognized by the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice awards as one of the top hotels in DC. She received a bachelor’s degree in foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia.
Luigi Sciabarrasi, SLCR
Corporate Sr Vice President, Global Real Estate, AECOM
Accomplished and driven real estate executive with extensive experience managing multi-billion-dollar global real estate portfolios to address evolving business needs, leading integrated real estate organization, global transaction management, real estate strategy and workplace transformation requirements, cultivating an environment of constant innovation. During his career, Luigi has negotiated over 5 million square feet of domestic and international transactions and managed the acquisition and development feasibility of over $1.5 billion of investment's including corporate campus projects.
CRE Advisor, Investor & Entrepreneur, Sharp Advisors LLC
Doug Sharp was the Founder and CEO of JLL's Project and Development Services (PDS) business line, with currently more than 6,000 professional project managers in over 50 countries managing over $15B worth of annual capital. Doug was previously a Board Director of CoreNet Global and holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation. He has been a faculty member of CoreNet Global, where he co-lectured on project management and real estate finance.
Managing Director, Client Solution Lead, CBRE
As Managing Director, Laura is responsible for partnering with CBRE brokerage teams to deepen client relationships, guiding cutting-edge Agile solutions and optimizing client portfolios through reliable market intelligence on ever-changing business demands. During her two decades at CBRE, Laura has cultivated a unique flex-market expertise that she brings to the Agile group. Her previous roles have required flexible solutioning and relationship management for a broad set of client types, ranging from brokerage to owners to occupiers and even the flex provider. Prior to her current role, Laura held numerous leadership positions at CBRE’s flexible space solution subsidiary, Hana.
Head of Global Real Estate & Occupancy, TIAA
Scott joined TIAA in November 2016 and currently serves as Sr. Director Global Real Estate, Design and Occupancy. Prior to joining TIAA, Scott served in the healthcare industry (Sr. Director-DaVita Healthcare), the for-profit educational sector (Head of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities – EDMC), and the communications/technology enterprise with Nortel Networks (Director) and Microsoft (SVP-Grubb and Ellis). Scott has been engaged in his community, serving as a deacon and church moderator as well as coaching his son’s sports teams. He has also been President and board member/sr. advisor of the Atlanta chapter of CoreNet Global and is still active in CoreNet Global.
Managing Director – Corporate Services & Sustainability, Global Workplace Lead, Accenture
Lisette Smyrnios leads Global Workplace at Accenture, responsible for how Accenture operates its offices around the globe. In her role, she’s responsible for the strategy around experience, innovation and technology, space management operational processes, the workplace health and safety program and supporting Accenture’s sustainability and inclusion initiatives. These services are fundamental to keeping Accenture’s workplaces operating with excellence and supporting omni-connection, while ensuring accessibility for all. With over 20 years of experience at Accenture, Lisette held many leadership roles in the organization’s corporate functions, focused on operations and commercial management. She has deep experience in procurement, supply chain and contract management. Lisette has a passion for both sustainability and inclusion, and champions Accenture programs supporting people with disabilities to create inclusive workplaces and participates as a proud member of the Latinx community at Accenture.
Director of Decarbonization, CBRE
As the Director of Decarbonization, Sarah provides leadership and support to CBRE’s Fortune 500 clients to accelerate their decarbonization efforts across their real estate portfolios. Prior to her role with CBRE, Sarah was a senior manager of technical services at McKinstry, a 60-year-old organization that designs, builds, operates, and maintains high-performance, energy-efficient buildings to ensure resiliency as well as the comfort, productivity, and safety of the people who occupy them. There she led a team of internal stakeholders to build partnerships and deliver projects focused on executing sustainability, energy and decarbonization performance. Sarah is a practitioner and thought leader with 17 years of valued energy and sustainability expertise who is passionate about solving for the climate crisis. She drives decarbonization, resiliency, occupant health, social equity, and sustainability to assure compliance and management of risk for organizations. Sarah was also a lecturer for the University of Colorado’s Environment and Sustainability School where she also wrote and developed a curriculum, LEED Lab, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED Lab is experiential learning for LEED certification where students gain hands-on experience in the LEED process.
Senior Managing Director, Business Transition & Move Management, CBRE
As a Senior Managing Director with more than 20 years of experience, Eric’s primary role is to oversee and manage CBRE’s Business Transition & Move Management team. Eric leads a team of 50+ professionals in 15 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada that focus on large-scale, complex relocations in both the private and public sectors. His team dissects the hundreds of variables impacting a successful relocation, resulting in projects that are executed on time, within budget, and most importantly, with high customer satisfaction for each employee that relocates.
Workplace Services Manager, Hartford Steam Boiler
Facilities Coordinator/Workplace Strategy Manager accountable for the functional operation of Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut. In which delivers workplace strategy initiatives and capital project management. Presently attending Georgetown University, studying a Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance with a concentration in Globalization Development / Portfolio Management.
Director, Enterprise Property Group, Americas, Johnson Controls, Inc
Based in Glendale, Wisconsin at Johnson Controls operational headquarters, Thad is responsible for all Johnson Controls facilities globally managing Real Estate, Facility Management and Construction Projects. The Johnson Controls real estate footprint includes corporate offices, branch sales and service locations, R&D, Manufacturing, Testing and Distribution facilities 38M s.f. across nearly 1,500 facilities worldwide. Thad’s team aligns the real estate vision with Corporate and Business Unit Leaders to foster the growth and synergies that mesh with their operational strategic plans. Thad joined Johnson Controls in 2005 and has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career at the company.
Executive Director, Development, Distributed Technologies and Mobility, Florida Power & Light
Crystal Stiles is executive director, Development for Distributed Technologies and Mobility (DT&M) at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). In this role, Crystal leads DT&M functions that enhance programs and offerings for customers. Under her leadership, DT&M is expanding FPL EVolution, a growing electric vehicle (EV) network including public charging, residential charging and fleet electrification. Crystal is also responsible for microgrids and emerging technologies. Crystal joined FPL in 2012 and led FPL’s Office of Economic Development. Under her guidance, the economic development team received repeat recognition by national economic development organizations and helped hundreds of companies locate or expand in Florida, resulting in over 30,000 new job opportunities. She also led the 2020 launch of 35 Mules, an innovation hub powered by FPL. 35 Mules provides resources and support to invited startups to grow Florida’s next generation of world-changing companies. She serves on the board of directors for Enterprise Florida and the Aerospace Alliance. She is vice-chair of the Florida delegation of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association and a past chair for the Florida Economic Development Council. Crystal is a graduate of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVII. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in international business from Florida Atlantic University. She volunteers her time as a board member at House of Hope, a nonprofit that addresses hunger and hardship.
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Johnny Taylor, Jr.
President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR trade association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers. A nationally bestselling author, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on matters affecting work. His most recent book is entitled RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval. Taylor has served as chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO).
Director of Employee Experience, Sodexo
Carol is a certified Employee Experience professional (EX) and has a background in Sociology and Organization Behavior. She currently serves as the Director of Employee Experience for Sodexo and is the Diversity and Inclusion Liaison for the Energy and Resources sector. Carol is passionate about creating innovative, strategic, and inclusive workplace experiences. Carol has been a leader in the Sodexo organization for 35 years providing world class food and facility services. She incorporates her experience in both operational and strategic leadership to help create practical, people-centic solutions that will make a difference in how we work as a group and how we evolve toward the workplace of the future.
Design Partner, Little
As Design Partner, Jim (JT) Thompson is responsible for leading a team of professionals to create unparalleled designs that measurably improve the performance of people, organizations and communities. Known as a hands-on design leader and caring educator, Jim has distinguished himself as a thought leader with deep expertise in multiple project types. He has addressed audiences at NeoCon World's Trade Fair, the National AIA Conference and CoreNet's Global Summit.
Managing Director of Thought Leadership, Iron Mountain
Sue Trombley, MLIS, IGP, FAI, is Managing Director of Thought Leadership at Iron Mountain. Trombley led Iron Mountain’s Information Management Consulting group for 10 years managing a team of subject matter experts and running large engagements. She now conducts research to share with the Information Management community at large by hosting webinars, blogging and speaking at association events. She sits on the University of Texas at Austin School of Information Advisory Council, is a past AIIM Board member and is a past ARMA regional advisor and past-president of its Boston Chapter. She is ARMA Fellow #51.
Heather Turner Loth, MCR.w
Practice Leader - Project Development | Principal, EUA
With over 20 years of experience across the A/E/C industry in construction management, pre-development, strategy, and relationship development, Heather is Principal and Practice Leader for Project Development at EUA, an integrated architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. Her passions are connecting people, developing relationships and helping translate her client’s vision into strategies that aligns business goals with their people, place and technology, thereby resulting in elevated business results. Heather is a recipient of the Women in Construction of the Year through Wisconsin Builder, a 40 Under 40 winner and multi-year Power Broker, by Milwaukee Business Journal and a Woman of Distinction by Milwaukee Magazine. Heather is the current Vice-Chair of TEMPO Milwaukee and serves on the Board of Directors for CoreNet-Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Heather is zealous about the workplace culture a believes when you align your career passion with the right culture, magic happens! You can find her social posts with these hashtags: #lovewhereyouwork and #lovewhatyoudo
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Area512 Program Manager, BAE Systems
Kim Unberhagen is a senior program manager with BAE Systems, a global aerospace and defense company. For the past 20 months, she has served as the business lead for the development of and transition into a new, state-of-the art facility in Austin, Texas.
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Peter Van Emburgh
Sr Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate, CBRE
As Global Head of Real Estate for CBRE, Peter leads CBRE’s corporate real estate organization and is responsible for managing the firm’s rapidly-growing 500+ office portfolio spanning over 7M sq. ft. Peter oversees a global team delivering real estate strategy, transactions, lease administration, construction, ground-up development, design, occupancy planning, and facility operations. Peter also leads the firm’s award-winning Workplace360 program, which has transformed over 100 CBRE offices into technology-enabled, agile environments designed to support hybrid work.
Stephen Van Soelen
Senior Director - Strategic Real Estate & Facilities Planning, Eli Lilly & Company
Steve has been involved in real estate for 35 years. He began his career in property management with JMB Properties Company and was later an Asset Manager with a regional developer based in Indianapolis. He was also a commercial broker; and, just prior to joining Lilly was Vice President of a residential home builder leading the Land Development division.
Principal / Senior Interior Designer, HOK
As a Design Principal at HOK, Christine brings creative knowledge and critical thinking to her interior design work. Her projects are as much about beauty as they are about health and wellness— whether a workplace, hotel or hospital, an interior environment should bring happiness and inner calm. Her work has been awarded by AIA and Design & Health, and published in HCD, Interior Design and Metropolis magazines. In 2020 Christine started the development of HOK’s firmwide initiative to track embodied carbon, material health, and sustainable sourcing for all materials on all HOK interior projects.
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WW Head of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services, HP Inc.
Cliff Wagner is the Head of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services for HP Inc. – a company that creates technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere – responsible for over 15 million square feet of real estate across 57 countries supporting 50,000 HP employees creating amazing experiences in places to collaborate, socialize, and be productive. During his nearly 30 years at Hewlett-Packard, Cliff has held numerous leadership positions. Most recently, he served as Head of Customer Support for the Americas region enabling improved satisfaction while driving costs down to best-in-class in the industry supporting the lives of millions of satisfied customers. Cliff has also held senior roles in Finance, Marketing, Sales, General Management of a new product line, Research & Development, and Operations. Cliff led the strategy, development, and introduction of many breakthrough innovations at HP from its first photo printer to direct corporate sales including HP’s global account program where he led sales and operations across all product lines, regions, and functions; a business now generating double digit revenue in the billions. Cliff is a graduate of New Mexico State University, with an MBA from the University of San Francisco. Cliff and his family are based in San Diego, California.
Executive Director & Digital CIO, JLL
Edward (Eddy) Wagoner is chief information officer of digital at JLL Technologies (JLLT), a business division of JLL dedicated to commercial real estate (CRE) technology. In his 25-plus years at JLL, Eddy has played an integral role in new business development and client satisfaction, helping to establish JLL as a strategic partner for corporate occupiers. Prior to his current role at JLLT, Eddy served as JLL's global chief information officer of corporate solutions and chief information officer of the Americas. Eddy is also a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and, before his time at JLL, worked with MetLife, Insignia Financial Group and KPMG. He serves on JLL's Diversity and Governance Council and is a board member of JLL's Women's Business Network's.
Creative Director, Strategy, Downstream
David Waingarten is a Creative Director and Strategist with 20+ years of expertise designing and delivering story-driven experiences for global brands and cultural institutions. David finds and expresses the heart of a project, sets the creative vision, and leads teams to execute at the highest level possible from concept through to delivery. David leads interdisciplinary teams of designers, developers, technologists, architects, fabricators, and integrators to deliver bespoke site-specific interactive environments and installations. At the heart of every project is a desire to place audiences in the center of the story and give them ways to engage, connect, and contribute.
Executive Managing Director, Portfolio Data & Analytics Lead, Newmark
Tim is the co-founder and primary architect of the Newmark advanced analytic platform and leads the global team. A 30-year corporate real estate veteran, Tim has substantial expertise in portfolio strategy and CRE analytics across all business sectors. Tim came to Newmark after serving as Manager of Strategic Facility Planning at Albert Kahn for General Motors. Tim led the global strategy integration for the Strategic Facility Planning Group, where he was responsible for developing a real estate strategy for over 50M SF. Tim was also appointed to GM's various councils to create a dialogue on business strategy, business requirements, and real estate decisions.
Director of Sustainability and Wellness, HLW International LLP
Jonce Walker, LEED AP, CSBA, Fitwel Ambassador, is the Global Director of Sustainability and Wellness at HLW where he oversees the coordination of a holistic, integrated design process â€“â€“ from managing BEYOND, HLW's in-house sustainability, resilience, and building performance consultancy, to reinforcing the firm's pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment, which advocates for carbon-neutral construction in the next 10 years. Utilizing nearly two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, Jonce is responsible for weaving sustainability into each stage of design, working to transcend project goals to maximize value for clients, repair ecology, reduce carbon, and improve end-user health and wellness.
Deborah Whittemore, MCR.w
Sr. Director Strategy & Operations, PepsiCo, Inc.
In her 17 years with PepsiCo, Deb has held various positions within the finance and the corporate real estate organization and recently completed her MCR.w with a concentration of workplace strategies through CoreNet Global. She brings insights to new ways of working and process improvements. Deb is known for her ability to make connections, raise the bar on talent and diversity.
Principal, DC Office Lead, CallisonRTKL
Jodi Williams possesses over two decades of experience in workplace strategy, facility planning, and change management; working extensively with both public and private-sector clients to develop thoughtful strategies and in-depth engagement processes that bring together design, sociology/psychology, and business goals. Jodi strategically helps her clients â€“ including ExxonMobil, Nokia, and Cisco â€“ create workplaces that foster innovation and collaboration, increase employee engagement and retention, reduce occupancy costs and establish a culture to support evolving business needs. She is Prosci Change Management certified, a LEED Accredited Professional with an Interior Design + Construction designation, and is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Director, Turner & Townsend
Mindy Williams-McElearney has over 25 years of experience working in partnership with the real estate, design and construction industries. Her previous work experience at architectural firms and construction management companies, as well as her involvement with CoreNet and IFMA, lends a unique perspective on industry trends and market trajectories. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the CoreNet NYC Chapter as the Chair of Membership. Mindy is also extremely involved in several industry organizations. She is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee for the NYC Chapter and serves on the Global Board of Directors for IFMA, and serves on the Executive Board of the IFMA NYC Chapter.
Manager, Global Energy & Environment, IBM
Brody Wilson is IBM Global Real Estate’s Manager, Global Energy and Environment. He oversees supply and demand side energy management, as well as the environmental sustainability and compliance of IBM’s real estate portfolio and operations. Brody has been working in the building energy and sustainability space for over 17 years. He is a registered mechanical Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado and holds two bachelors degrees from Oberlin College & Conservatory, one in Physics the other in Trumpet Performance.
Chief Commercial Officer, ISS Facility Services
Susan is responsible for the overall strategic positioning of ISS, Americas,. Actively partnering with clients to determine the best approach to solve their most pressing needs, Susan brings more than 25 years of the outsourcing industry and consulting experience from CBRE, Newmark, and WeWork.
Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace, HOK
Gordon Wright, HOK Director of WorkPlace has more than twenty years of experience in the design, consulting and real estate industry, Gordon’s mission is to improve the business performance of HOK’s clients by integrating business vision with sound strategy and consistent execution. Gordon’s expertise is drawn from his leadership of management firms in the design, architecture and real estate industry, along with a significant network of strong relationships with end user clients, service providers and the real estate community.
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Sr. Director, Head of Employee Experience, Thumbtack
Alysia Young, Head of Employee Experience at Thumbtack, oversees the management of Thumbtack's Future of Work program and leads the company's Community, Connection, Events, and Real Estate strategies. She is passionate about building in-person connection in a virtual-first work environment and curating authentic company culture as the foundation for strong employee engagement. Alysia has spent her 17-year career in the Tech and Housing industries, leading a variety of employee-focused functions, including Learning & Development, Feedback, Workplace Strategy, Internal Communications, Corporate Real Estate and Employee Engagement. Alysia resides in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta with her husband, Tyler, and two sons, Nolan (6) and Calvin (4).
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Partner, Talent Transformation, IBM
Mike is the Talent Transformation leader for the Industrial Sector of IBM Consulting. He collaborates with Fortune 500 clients to design and deliver high business impact through compelling people strategies and digitally enabled delivery of enterprise HR services. He has led, and now advises on, large global people transformation initiatives -- from strategy development through implementation -- to accelerate business growth and the employee value proposition. He supports growth at all levels of the organization and is actively involved in setting IBM's own people agenda. Mike holds an MBA in Human Resources & Organizaitonal Design from George Washington University. He is a thought leader on Global HR Business and Technology Transformation.
EVP, Head of Client Experience, Colliers
Chris Zlocki is the Head of Client Experience for Colliers. Chris is focused on ensuring Colliers' Occupier Services clients receive best-in-class solutions that lead to exceptional business results .Chris also oversees Consulting Services including portfolio strategy, supply chain solutions and workforce analytics.
Cees van der Spek
Director Global Corporate Relations, EDGE Projectontwikkeling BV
Cees works with end-users globally to find the right answers to CREMs’ biggest needs. Cees has been with EDGE for 12 years and has been playing an important role to make EDGE the thought-leader for future-ready developments. EDGE has reinvented the modern workplace as a driver for health, sustainability, and innovation. They develop office buildings from the inside to the outside – focusing on our ultimate customer: the user.
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