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Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain
Short Bio: 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 88+ million sf in 56 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.
Dir. RE Mgmt., Scenario & Space Planning, Genentech Inc.
Sara Andersen is Director of Real Estate Management, part of Workplace Effectiveness at Genentech, the organization responsible for ensuring the work environments support desired business outcomes for the business units at Genentech’s South San Francisco site and beyond. Sara’s role at Genentech allows her to exercise her passion for providing healthy, sustainable, financially performing environments which allow people to do their best work. As a Real Estate and Financial services professional with more than 25 years of experience, she has focused on setting overall business strategy for her group, running business units, building relationships and developing cross functional teams. In addition to her work accomplishments, Sara is a proud mother of two and will be joined onstage during the discussion by her son, Dylan (age 12).
Manager, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase AG
Associate Director of Global Partnerships, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Tobin has worked at Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab since 2015 where he facilitates research projects, lab outreach, and travels around the world to share findings and insights from the lab's work. He also creates VR interactives, programs virtual worlds, shoots and edits 360 video, and composes music scores. He sees VR as a powerful tool to help create experiences that encourage us to re-shape the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. His VR pieces have been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival.
Market Development Manager, GoSpotCheck
Annie Atlas is the market director for facilities and commercial real estate at GoSpotCheck the platform that is reimagining how the mobile workforce works. Before leading the facilities management vertical at GoSpotCheck, Annie spent over 10 years in the facility maintenance industry in development roles, including time as market development manager for ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry group, where she was responsible for launching CIMS, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard. She also worked as an account executive for Veritiv, one of the nation’s largest distributors of facility supplies, packaging, and paper products where she managed business in Class A office space, healthcare, manufacturing and higher education. With GoSpotCheck Annie specializes in change enablement using technology to optimize business process, help stakeholders reduce cost to serve, and improve profitability. Annie consults with executive leaders in commercial global real estate, facilities management, and facility services to improve the human experience for the end customer through digital transformation initiatives.
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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.
Content and Activtiy Designer, ESI Design
As a Content and Activity Designer, Katie approaches her role as both strategist and storyteller. Working mostly with corporate clients, Katie begins a project by absorbing all the information she can about a client, and then synthesizes and interprets her learnings to create memorable narratives. She advocates for both story and design, working with the client and ESI Design’s interdisciplinary team to realize engaging, meaningful experiences. Prior to joining ESI Design, Katie worked as a Content Strategist for another leading exhibit design firm, where she developed content for films, interactive experiences, and data visualizations for clients ranging from AT&T to the government of Kuwait.
Research Manager, JLL
David is Manager of Corporate Solutions Research for the Americas at JLL. He advises corporations formulate their real estate and workplace strategies and helps them understand market dynamics across the globe. David provides research on real estate development, economics, and policy conditions covering a variety of sectors, including office, retail, and industrial. Once a beer server in San Diego, David has conducted economic impact analyses of local beer markets and studied craft beer lobbying efforts. He created JLL’s Craft Beer Guidebook to Real Estate, which was cited by The New York Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Columbus Dispatch, and other outlets.
Account Manager, Buildingi
Tracy Barnett, MCR, is a 25+ year corporate real estate industry veteran. The most recent, and rewarding, years of her career she has been responsible for leading national teams delivering Workplace Services. Tracy has been fortunate to work with many notable clients such as Nike, The Coca Cola Company, Capital One, T-Mobile, Micron, FMC, Dell, Oath, Bank of America & Wells Fargo. She has been an active member of CoreNet Global for 10+ years.
CEO, CommonGrounds Workspace
Jacob Bates is the CEO of CommonGrounds. In this role, he is leading the evolution and accelerating the growth of their Workplace-as-a-Service (WaaS) tailored enterprise-grade solutions in human-centric environments for occupiers, investors and owners. Jacob has a passion for the future of work and shaping tomorrow's workplace and leaders. He has 20 years of experience leading global enterprise corporate real estate portfolios, and workplace solutions. He has directly lead portfolios consisting of 5 to 20 million square feet for Nike, Cigna, Unity, and CBRE. Jacob provided the executive leadership for these Fortune 500 multinational companies, providing direction on global real estate operations, location strategies, design, construction, and workplace experience initiatives. Throughout his career, Jacob has directly led the opening and the operations of thousands of locations throughout the US and in more than 70 countries globally. Jacob holds degrees in Business Management & International Finance. At his leisure, Jacob enjoys long-distance running, horseback riding and spending time with his family.
Regional Director, Public Services and Procurement Canada
With a geomatics background in academia and the public and private sectors, Françoys Bernier is currently Regional Director, Corporate Services, Strategic Management and Communications, at Public Services and Procurement Canada. He is the director responsible for the Montreal office transformation project, the first activity based workplace of this size in the government of Canada. Since the transformation in January 2018, the 400 employees, managers and executives have been working in an activity based workplace with no assigned positions. Throughout his career, his focus remains to explore the relationship between space and people.
Melony Bethala, PhD
Senior Research Analyst
Senior Director PMO, VMO and Office Services, Toronto Office of McCarthy Tétrault
Didhiti Bhoumik is a Senior Director at McCarthy Tetrault, she holds integrated leadership responsibility for Corporate Real Estate, Vendor Management Office, Project Management Office, and Conference and Event Services. She led the delivery of three independent multi-million dollar office relocations launching innovative hybrid workplace environment; making McCarthy Tetrault the first law firm in North America to be leading edge in terms of work space and technology adaptation. Didhiti completed Advanced Management Development Program in real estate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and serves in the Board as Corporate Secretary for CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter.
Gavin Bloch, SLCR
Director, Regional Strategic Facilities Planning, Fannie Mae
Over the last few years Fannie Mae has embarked on a journey of change and transformation as it has moved to being a customer-centric organization that embraces lean management principles that we call WOW – a new Way of Working. Gavin, and his team are working on providing physical environments that are aligned with WOW. He is currently working on delivering approximately one million square feet of workplaces that are aligned with WoW in locations around the country. Gavin has over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate and previously was a Principal at Jacobs where he worked internationally with a team that facilitated the development and delivery of new workplaces that support their business goals. Clients included: IKEA, AbbVie and Sanofi. He has worked on projects in cities as diverse as Bucharest, Dubai, Vienna, London and Singapore. Gavin was a finalist for the 2013 CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. He also holds the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors (MCR.h) credentials from CoreNet Global.
Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
President & CEO, Boyette Strategic Advisors
Del is President/CEO of Boyette, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 13 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; led economic development programs for the State of Georgia, and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte. Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for eight years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Global Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet Global's New England Chapter.
Renae Bradshaw, MCR
Vice President Tenant Representation, JLL
Renae Bradshaw is a Vice President for the Office Tenant Representation team at JLL, serving clients locally and globally out of the company’s headquarters in Chicago. Renae’s unique background in architecture and consulting has influenced the solutions-based approach she brings to her clients. As a partner and advisor, she helps her clients locate and create workspaces that inspire, drive productivity, attract and retain top talent, and reduce costs. She also specializes in helping business leaders leverage workplaces to support branding and the employee experience, a critical aspect of real estate decisions. Renae began her career in journalism, learning how to fact-find and weave disparate information into a clear story. Her understanding of business, public relations and marketing kickstarted a career that has spanned consulting C-suites at Accenture to working in corporate interiors. Before her transition to commercial real estate, Renae led the Chicago interiors practice for HOK, one of the world’s most prominent architecture and design firms. Her diverse background and career pivots have overall shaped Renae to be a well-rounded partner, one who is able to offer deep insights into a wide range of clients across all industries. Her ability to bring clarity to chaos and create human-centered strategies has stayed with her throughout her career, which now involves solving for her clients’ business challenges by future proofing their real estate portfolios. Renae received her journalism degree with honors from Texas Tech University and her design degree from Harrington School of Design. When not helping clients, Renae loves spending time with her family. She’s also an avid traveler – and is a passionate supporter of the arts, journalism, and having a “curious mind.”
Mobility Product Owner, Workplace Solutions, Capital One
Alisha Brady manages all things mobile with a huge focus on the @Work Mobile App used by associates, contractors and visitors to Capital One business offices and campuses. She joined Capital One right out of college and hasn’t looked back. Today, she is passionate about building meaningful relationships with her users and ensuring they have the best of what Capital One has to offer at their fingertips.
SVP, Global Real Estate, Salesforce
Steve is Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, responsible for managing all planning and leasing activities for Salesforce’s global office portfolio. Steve acts as a trusted advisor to Salesforce executives, bridging the gap between business unit growth forecasts and office expansion plans. Steve’s responsibilities also include overseeing Real Estate Technology, Occupancy Planning and M&A activities. Steve has been with Salesforce since 2010, spending the first 5+ years in the Finance & Strategy organization. In this capacity Steve oversaw all annual operating budgets for a number of internal business units, including Real Estate, Employee Success (HR), and Commercial Sales. Before joining Salesforce Steve spent 6 years working for Hines, a global real estate investment and development firm, and 3 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers before that. Steve is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California.
Vice President, Warner Media
Joel Brenner joined Warner Media, formerly Time Warner, in 2013 as the VP and Head of Global Project Management. In this role, Joel has led the project team for 30 Hudson Yards, directing all aspects of the 1.4m SF project including paving the way for Warner Media’s successful occupancy, which entailed moving over 4,000 employees completed in May 2019. Joel has also previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Soros Fund Management, Citigroup and Deloitte.
Director of Research, HDR
Director of Research at HDR, Dr. Brittin trained as a public health scientist, and has a design and business background as well. Jeri believes that design can and should be leveraged to achieve outcomes that matter to people and organizations. Jeri’s portfolio focuses on wellness and behavioral outcomes in environments ranging from workplaces to community settings. She maintains an active national and international collaboration network, and engages in national and local service around design and health. Dr. Brittin is compelled to bring science and design together, addressing the inherent tensions, and believing that each has much to offer the other.
Senior Managing Director, CBRE
Christelle Bron is part of the Strategic Consulting Group at CBRE. Ms. Bron brings 20 years of experience as a real estate client service professional to her position. Combining management consulting experience with real estate expertise, she offers a strategic and multidisciplinary approach to solving her corporate clients’ real estate challenges that delivers innovative, actionable and value-added solutions. Over the past 5 years, Christelle and her team - in partnership with prestigious Universities such as Cornell and Columbia - have actively researched, developed and tested unique predictive analytics and robust optimization models, which provide a truly proprietary way to solve for the supply/demand equation.
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Chris Calhoun, MCR
Vice President Real Estate & Workplace Strategy, T Rowe Price Associates
Innovative leader with demonstrated ability to deliver results and transform business operations. A firm believer in celebrating at least all five senses, his passion is to align strategic initiatives with the power of place in order to unleash people’s potential. He is currently at the forefront of that experience at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland where he is part of the Corporate Real Estate & Workplace Services team actively involved in developing transformational change across the Firm. In partnership with Human Resources, Technology, and Brand, the Workplace Services team is Creating Remarkable Experiences to support the Firms strategic plan.
Vice President, Fischer & Company
Trey joined Fischer in 2002 and spent the first 10 years specializing in strategic alliance management and tenant representation services, whereby his client list included the representation of several Fortune 1000 clients. He has since become the product manager for Visual Manager within the Fischer Solutions organization. He is responsible for managing key areas of the company including development schedules, client implementations, budgets, intellectual property, new feature specifications and quality assurance. His expertise includes information analysis, relational database management, reporting, and information distribution
Antonia Cardone, MCR.w
Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Antonia leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Workplace Strategy & Change Management team within its Global Occupier Services business. She addresses her clients’ big questions, especially “our team members are valuable and new ones are hard to find, so how can we best support them in the office?” 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. Her team creates strategies that create dynamic and flexible workplaces, optimize space utilization, and future-ready workplaces. They also deliver change management to prompt the behavioral changes required for success on day one.
Regional Vice President, KDC Real Estate & Investments
Chambers is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of KDC’s Atlanta office including the Dunwoody Master-planned Park Center project and new development projects. He has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate, development, law and banking industries. Prior to joining KDC, Chambers spent two years with Jamestown in Atlanta, GA and nine years with Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) in Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX, developing office, retail and mixed-use projects across the U.S. Prior to joining Cousins, Mr. Chambers was a real estate lawyer in Atlanta with the firms of King & Spalding and Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs
Senior Director, Transaction Manager, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Caitlin joined Cushman & Wakefield (f/k/a DTZ, Cassidy Turley) in January 2015 specializing in Tenant Representation on the Corporate Services team. As a Transaction Manager, Caitlin’s objectives focus on development and implementation of strategies and processes that enable large corporate clients to maximize utility and minimize costs across their real estate portfolios. Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing with minors in Real Estate and Communication Studies.
Urban Space Artist
Candy Chang is an artist who believes our shared spaces can play a vital role in our emotional health and kinship. Through the activation of public spaces around the world, her work examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of public rituals in contemporary wellbeing. A leader in participatory public art, her work lies at the intersection of contemplative practice and the built environment. After studying architecture, design, and urban planning, Chang worked with communities in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Johannesburg, where she created low-barrier participatory public experiments to pursue more inclusive forms of democracy. After struggling with grief and depression, she channeled her emotional questions into her work. Her participatory public art project Before I Die reimagines the ways the walls of our cities can help us grapple with mortality and meaning as a community today. The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever,” and over 5,000 walls have been created in and over 75 countries, including China, Iraq, Argentina, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan. She has continued to pursue new mediums to de-stigmatize discussion of mental health. Her award-winning interactive mural The Atlas of Tomorrow draws upon psychology and the I Ching to transform a building into a device for philosophical reflection. Her most recent work, A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful, collected over 55,000 anxieties and hopes from visitors at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She often collaborates with James A. Reeves on the role of ritual in an age of distraction. Their work can be found at Ritual Fields. She is a recipient of the TED Senior Fellowship, Urban Innovation Fellowship, and Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, and a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, Tate Modern, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is an international speaker on community, creativity, and emotional health, and her TED talk has been viewed over five million times.
Head, Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank Ltd.
Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.
Head of Real Estate and Workplace Experience, Toast, Inc.
Director, Job Development, Best Buddies International
Amber Coffman has worked for Best Buddies International for more than 13 years. She is the Director of Job Development—working directly with employers globally on their D & I initiatives. Ms. Coffman and her team work to transform corporate cultures via trainings, cost effective hiring solutions, and employee engagement opportunities. Personally, Ms. Coffman was appointed by President George W. Bush as the youngest member of the President's Council on Service & Civic Participation. She was named to the lists of "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" and Pepperdine's "40 Under Forty", and received the "National Jefferson Award for Public Service" in 2012.
Senior Manager, Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft
Brian leads Microsoft’s Workplace Employee Engagement, Supported Employment and Change Management Programs which help staff prepare and adapt to new workspaces at corporate headquarters. Brian joined Microsoft as Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for The Global Workplace Strategies Group; defining and driving the ‘Workplace Advantage (WPA)’ program; including Workplace research, knowledge management, change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He was also Area Portfolio Manager for RE&F in Central & Eastern Europe, and Facilities Manager for EMEA where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.
Vice President, Project Management Advisors (PMA)
Matt brings over 15 years of industry experience in real estate development, entitlements, design, construction, and financial analysis. As a main point of contact for various family offices, developers, institutions, and REITS. Matt combines his knowledge of the development process with creative problem-solving to successfully meet client needs. He has delivered projects ranging from ground-up campus developments to complex urban high-rise assignments. Matt holds a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate, from San Diego State University.
SVP, Director of Recruiting, JLL
• A JLL veteran, Jane has been with the firm for 18 years, where she’s held various roles in talent acquisition. She currently leads a team of recruiters responsible for internal and external hiring strategies across the Americas region. She partners closely with senior leadership to anticipate talent needs and bring in top talent that delivers a competitive advantage. Jane considers herself to be a JLL ambassador and is dedicated to creating an atmosphere where everyone can achieve their ambitions.
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Head of Global Corporate Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
Michael Davidson is the Head of the Global Corporate Real Estate Portfolio at JP Morgan Chase and Co. (JPM), encompassing 45 Million square feet (sf) across 456 Locations, supporting ~215K employees, with a $2.7 Billion Annual Operating Plan. Davidson is an appointed JPM “Community & Civic Ambassador” and joined the Firm in 2010. Currently focused on the JP Morgan World Headquarters Strategy & Integrated Workplace Experience in NYC, Davidson leads the development and delivery of JPM’s real estate and location strategy across the Americas, EMEA & Asia, including the technology, design, construction and change management supporting the Firm’s reimagined workplace experience, to attract and retain talent and energize the integration between Real Estate, Technology and HR.
Global Director - Information Systems and Corporate Facilities, The Dow Chemical Company
Manager, Site Selection and Strategic Development, Google
Gary Demasi is responsible for developing overall direction for Google’s global data center location strategy, including managing end-to-end delivery of global data center capacity. Gary manages a global team of specialists in data center site selection, expansion, energy strategy, renewable energy, and negotiations. He is responsible for making strategic recommendations to Google senior leadership regarding both new location decisions as well as strategic expansion. Gary has over twenty years of strategy development experience covering a wide range of industries and operational areas. Gary has personally directed comprehensive location strategy analyses, detailed site selection due diligence, and deal negotiations for several multi-million-dollar technology projects, on four continents, in support of Google-owned data center campuses, as well as extensive contract negotiations with third-party data center vendors. In addition, Gary participated in the founding of “Google Energy, LLC” and under Gary’s management, the team has secured over 3 gigawatts of renewable energy under long-term contracts, globally, making Google the largest corporate buyer of renewables in the world. In 2019, the company announced that for the second year in a row, it purchases as much renewable energy as the company consumes across all of its operations around the world. Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
T. Patrick Donnelly, MCR.h
Client Leader, BHDP Architecture
An expert in the strategic design of the workplace, Patrick is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture and work process improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about improving the efficiency of workplace, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. Clients include Aetna, Fidelity, General Dynamics, GSA, Nationwide, Novartis and P&G. Patrick is MIT visiting lecturer 2016-17, write and speaks on design, applied research, innovation, change and organizational architecture. He served on the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global, 2011-2014 and has been awarded top faculty honors at CoreNet Global Learning consistently since 2000.
Regional Workplace Mangager West Coast Lead, Newmark Knight Frank
Regan Donoghue is a regional workplace manager southwest lead for Newmark Knight Frank's Workplace Strategy and Human Experience team. Regan works directly with partners going through critical decisions that require a deep level of leadership strategy and creating a connection to their culture and employee experience.
Client Solutions Manager, CBRE Corporate Outsourcing Limited
Nathalie has almost a decade’s experience in the Corporate Real Estate sector. In her current role she is at the forefront of client interactions for the project management group. She has firsthand experience of corporate occupiers’ strategic priorities across EMEA and globally. Nathalie works with clients to determine the best operational model to suit their business requirements. She is an active advocate for wellbeing in the workplace and offers workplace yoga sessions to her CBRE colleagues. Nathalie holds an MA in Chinese Studies and an MSc in Marketing. She is fluent in Mandarin and bilingual in Italian and English.
Regional Workplace Manager, Newmark Knight Frank
Ms. Dunsmore is a workplace strategist and change management professional with 6 years’ experience in workplace strategy and over 12 years’ experience in public speaking, stakeholder relations, and communications planning. She is a trusted advisor to her clients and specializes in leading Workplace Intelligence Assessments to build a holistic understanding of her clients’ workplace needs and aspirations. In particular, her work around telework implementation and their impact on managers, the workforce, and space needs, set her apart as a leader in the workplace field.
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Senior Principal, BatesForum
Angie is a Principal at BatesForum and Director of Advisory Services bringing 20 years of leadership and expertise in workplace strategy, facility planning, change management, and design innovation. She focuses on ensuring the built environment supports varying work styles, integrate wellbeing strategies, infuse the latest technological advancements, and balance the needs of businesses with a multi-generational workforce. Angie is a national speaker on todays topic and the influence environments can play in improving employee engagement while positively impacting company objectives. Angie is an immediate past-president of CREW, and a member of ULI, CoreNet Global, and IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries council.
VP of Business Development & Strategy, Comfy
Erica Eaton leads the Business Development & Strategy team at Comfy, a leading workplace experience solution provider. Erica brings her decade's worth of expertise in the buildings technologies industry to shaping Comfy’s go-to-market plan and product roadmap. Her team builds strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across the commercial real estate market and technology partners. Prior to Comfy, Erica spent over eight years with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency business where she led open innovation and managed strategic initiatives to achieve business growth.
Vice President Workplace Solutions, Humana
Currently, Mr. Edwards serves as Vice President and Head of Workplace Solutions for Humana where he reports directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer. He is responsible for enterprise workplace delivery which includes workplace strategy, facilities and construction management, aviation operations, transactions and lease administration, and a number of workplace services to ensure that Humana’s workplace environment is a strategic enabler to supporting the growth of the organization. Mr. Edwards holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from NC State University. He currently serves on several civic and non-profits boards where he lives in Louisville, KY.
Executive Managing Director, CBRE
Karen Ellzey is the Executive Managing Director of Consulting for Global Corporate Services. The team delivers tailored solutions to occupiers of commercial real estate (including corporations, public sector clients, and health care institutions) through a team of consultants and client strategists. Karen brings over 20 years of consulting experience to her role. She specializes in delivering corporate real estate solutions focused on CRE organization design, process design and optimization, portfolio strategy, and occupancy cost solutions to a diverse array of public and private-sector clients. Karen oversees a team of consulting practice areas including Portfolio Optimization, Workplace Strategy, Public Sector Consulting, Labor Analytics, and Economic Incentives. She also leads a team of Global Client Strategists who specialize in meeting the diverse needs of CBRE’s corporate outsourcing clients.
Global Strategy & Planning, Cisco Systems
Greg Enrique is a Senior Client Relationship Manager who is responsible for aligning and translating Cisco’s global business demands into actionable strategies which guide Global Site Strategy and Workplace programs. Greg’s work focuses developing strong cross-functional partnerships with business leadership and scaling innovative solutions for operational excellence within Cisco’s real estate portfolio of 23MM square feet spanning 93 countries.
Corporate Managing Director, Technology Solutions, Savills
Bryan Ezell specializes in managing and deploying Savills client-facing technologies and digital brokerage platform. As co-product manager of Knowledge Cubed, Savills data management, visualization and analytics platform, Bryan is focused on executing a digital transformation of the Savills real estate services platform. Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including the development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services. Bryan is part of a team that won the 2017 CoreNet Global H. Bruce Russel Global Innovator’s award for Savills Knowledge Cubed platform, which was heralded as a game changer for commercial real estate occupiers.
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Associate Director - Global Client Services, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd
A passionate global representative, an architect, a workplace strategist, an artist and a volunteer. I have experience working in five countries - Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and US and have traveled 50+ countries. Backed by a nine year of proven track-record of success in design, workplace and business strategy, and global account management across the borders and driven by a passion to take up the challenging role in every capacity. Deep understanding of workplace design & strategy. Consistently provides unique solutions for global clients. Efficient delivery and honest communication with a technical and business stakeholder alike. Also an author of "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture" and co-author of "MATRA: The measure.
President and CEO, SIREAS, LLC
Ingrid brings more than a decade of major multinational corporate real estate and facilities management expertise to her strategic and operational leadership of SIREAS. She works directly with the real estate and executive leadership of SIREAS’ corporate clients in designing strategic plans to cost-effectively meet their business goals. She oversees and provides ongoing project guidance to SIREAS client engagement teams, and develops the third-party supplier and outsourcing relationships vital to helping manage clients’ portfolios and facilities. As a global real estate strategist and portfolio platform builder, Ingrid brings clients deep expertise in emerging markets, from new region entry to navigating complex matrices of international law and real estate practices. She also provides clients expert guidance on facilities management and workplace transformation, the real estate implications of M&A transactions, contract negotiations and lease administration, construction, and vendor management. Before cofounding SIREAS, Ingrid served as Global Head of Real Estate for health products leader Covidien, There, she partnered with the executive leadership team on value-building real estate strategy, designed and led the real estate organization, developed the portfolio (transactions, lease administration and project management services) and facilities management platform, and oversaw 16 million square feet of leased and owned research, commercial, office and manufacturing facilities globally. She generated more than $75 million in real estate savings for Covidien through strategic consolidations, market intelligence, workplace transformation, and strategic sourcing. In addition, she played a lead role in Covidien’s entry into more than 20 new markets, and managed the real estate component of all M&A activity, including 30-plus acquisitions and the divestiture of Covidien’s pharmaceutical business. She developed real estate partnership networks to execute transactions in more than 140 markets worldwide. Previously, she integrated international real estate strategy with business unit planning internationally for Fortune 100 multinational United Technologies Corporation, whose portfolio encompassed 100 million square feet across more than 5,000 locations.
Executive Chairman, SIREAS, LLC
Michele is a widely recognized corporate real estate authority who brings to her strategic oversight and advisory role at SIREAS more than 25 years of expertise in leveraging real estate portfolios and organizations to generate unprecedented returns on investment and meet corporate business imperatives. She imbues SIREAS executive and client team leaders with her proven approach to helping clients leverage processes, technology and outsourcing/third-party relationship management to achieve more effective portfolio and facilities management. She also advises on big-picture strategic direction for corporate engagements, navigating the global real estate landscape, and tapping into the full range of resources available to enhance SIREAS’ capabilities. Before co-founding SIREAS, Michele was the founder and CEO of Expense Management Solutions (EMS), a strategic and services consulting firm serving over 90 of the world’s largest corporations, and encompassing wide-ranging corporate real estate work globally that generated a 20:1 ROI for industry leaders including Microsoft, Iron Mountain, Ericcson, Dow Chemical and State Street. While with EMS, she created now-industry standard performance-based contracting and risk fee methodology, and won for EMS designation as a "Top Outsourcing Advisor" by The Black Book of Outsourcing. She spun out technology tools she developed at EMS to create Hiperos, LLC, whose groundbreaking cloud-based platform has enabled a host of Global Fortune 2000 companies to extract maximum value from their outsourcing and vendor/supplier relationships. Michele is an investor in, and remains on the board of new Hiperos parent company Opus Global. She began her career in corporate real estate management, including for Liberty Mutual and Aetna Life and Casualty. Michele is a sought-after speaker at universities and professional trade conferences, and has written frequently for industry publications. She is Board Certified in Corporate Real Estate (BCCR) by CoreNet, and is a designated Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP).
Consultant, Workplace People Strategy and Communications
Jane is the former global Accenture Workplace Solutions Business Integration & Strategy Enablement lead. After a long career in communications and change management career, her current focus is on workplace-related user experience strategies and programs. Jane works with service teams to ensure that people who manage spaces are providing excellent experiences to employees and visitors, in line with an organization’s brand. Jane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and lives in Chicago, IL.
Vice President, Wells Fargo
Linda Foggie joined Wells Fargo in 2015 as a VP of Project Management. Among dozens of projects delivered and under management, Linda led the 30 Hudson Yards team in every respect - from negotiation of the development agreement to a successful occupancy a year early. Wells will occupy over 500k SF, housing securities trading and investment banking functions. Previously, Linda was Director of Project Management at CBRE and a practicing architect.
Shelley Frost, MCR
Managing Principal, IA Interior Architects
Kelly Funk, NCIDQ, is the Managing Director of the IA Philadelphia Office. Prior to this role, Kelly was Director of Workplace Strategy for IA’s NY Office. Kelly is a workplace innovation leader who has spoken at international conferences and industry panels including CoreNet Global Summits, SXSW Interactive, IIDEX, NeoCon, and Metropolis Magazine Think Tanks. She has been published in Metropolis Magazine, Architizer, and ArchDaily among others.
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Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Stan has several passions in life ranging from the ever changing world of corporate real estate to his most personal passions of mentoring, coaching, and helping executives in all stages of their career. Stan has had the privilege of working for 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as being an entrepreneur. In 2016 Stan was acknowledged as one of the top 5 Corporate Real Estate Executives w/in CoreNet Global. Currently, Stan works for Wells Fargo and has led their corporate strategic planning area for the last decade. Stan developed a team responsible for disposing of over 27M square feet leading to over $750M in corporate savings. Stan acknowledges being fortunate to work with a skillful team and wishes to have the opportunity to use his gifts of vision, inclusions, collaboration, and maximizing talent.
President, Patrick Henry Community College
Dr. Angeline Godwin became the third president of Patrick Henry Community College on July 1, 2012. Dr. Godwin holds an associate's degree from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida, a bachelor's degree from Troy State University in Alabama, a master's degree in English from The University of Alabama, a master's degree in English Education as well as a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (MI). Before coming to PHCC, Dr. Godwin's community college experience includes being President of Ashland Community and Technical College (KY), Dean of Arts and Sciences at Jackson State Community College (TN), and the Director for the Center for Innovative Technologies at Enterprise State Community College (AL). Her other higher education roles were Vice President of Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a technology developer, a public television executive producer and a writing professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Godwin was the founding CEO and President of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a statewide innovation-based economic development organization in Mississippi [now Innovate Mississippi Inc.] and the creator of its award-winning magazine Pointe Innovation. She also served as the CEO and President of the Area Development Partnership, the economic development and chamber of commerce organization for a multi-county, multi-city region in south Mississippi.
Whitney Gray, PhD
Senior Vice President, Delos Insights, Delos
Dr. Gray brings over a decade of expertise as a global leader in the intersection of health and built environment. At Delos, she leads the Delos Insights team focused on conducting research to support industry adoption of healthy building practices. She led the development of the first case studies focused on the WELL Building Standard, and helped to launch over 100 educational and training sessions related to WELL in over 30 countries, reaching over 15,000 professionals. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University. Dr. Gray received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Corporate Workplace Designer and Project Manager
Lalonna is currently a consultant, serving as a Corporate Workplace Project Manager. In this role, she manages the integration of workplace strategies for a financial institution. Formerly, Lalonna held the role of Sr. Space Planner at Cree, Inc. where she oversaw a team with global responsibilities for interior design, space planning, move management and IWMS. She led the workplace strategies efforts, aligned the corporate interior standards with company branding, managed vendor relationships, and was responsible for the operating budget for the Space Planning team. Lalonna has a diverse background with over 20 years of industry experience in corporate interior design, facility planning and construction project management. Lalonna has strong expertise in leading teams through the planning and design process, the construction process and IWMS implementation. Lalonna also has demonstrated leadership in improving processes by evaluating systems and procedures to develop new methodologies. She has an established track record of building teams to improve efficiencies. Lalonna is an active member of the CoreNet Global Carolinas Chapter and serves on the Membership Committee.
Vice President/Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities, SAP
Matthias Grimm is the Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities (GRF) at SAP SE with authorized signatory. He also serves as Vice President where he has responsibility for close to 400 employees; overseeing a yearly operational budget of close to 700m Euro and investments exceeding 300m Euro every year. His organization has global responsibility for the strategic, tactical and operational business related to Real Estate Management, Facility Management and Data Center Services. Matthias joined SAP in 2002 and was leading the Facility and Real Estate Organization for SAP AG from 2003-2007. In 2007 the Global Real Estate and Facility Management Organization was established under his leadership. Prior to joining SAP Matthias worked as engineer in several companies. Overall, he has more than 20 years professional experience in Real Estate and Facilities. His Master Thesis was promoted in 1994 from the German Engineer Association with a price award. In 2018 he was named “Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year” from CoreNet Global.
Executive Coach, Applied Leadership Coaching, LLC
Tim Gustafson’s coaching philosophy centers around “helping others succeed”. Tim has been certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Tim has effectively managed, coached and led individuals and teams in multiple industries throughout his 30+ year career. His extensive experience has shaped his unique perspective on methodologies for successful leadership. Tim helps to create self-awareness through discovery, experiences, introspection, balance, accountability, goal-setting and developing intentional approaches to life. Tim has been formally coaching for the last 12 years. In 2015, he founded Applied Leadership Coaching and has been coaching full-time since.
Vice President, Sustainability and Wellness, Cushman & Wakefield
Melissa Gutierrez-Sullivan is Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services Sustainability and Wellness Practice, leading the Southern California region while also working with projects nationally and internationally. At Cushman & Wakefield Melissa works with clients on their sustainability and wellness strategic planning, reporting, and management of certification projects across the country. In 2012 Melissa co-founded the Women in Green Networking group – a quarterly networking group in Los Angeles in which female leaders from across the country speak to the local Los Angeles sustainability community.
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Principal, Cooper Carry, Inc.
Bill Halter is Principal and Director of the Office Workplace Studio at COOPER CARRY. He has spent the last 30 years specializing in the design of corporate and commercial office buildings while advancing the conversation around the “mixed-use workplace.” At COOPER CARRY Bill has led the master planning and design teams for the 1.2mm SF mixed-use Midtown Union, the 1.8mm SF Park Center (State Farm’s mixed-use campus), the 240k SF Intergraph headquarters, the 275k SF Mylan Pharmaceutical Global Center, and more. Bill’s clients include MetLife, State Farm, KDC, Highwoods, Seven Oaks, Cousins Properties, JLL, Pope & Land, Hines and Granite.
Executive Director, Perimeter CID
As Executive Director of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, Ann leads the organization’s operations and investments in infrastructure. Previously, Ann was Executive Director of the North Fulton CID and a Senior Program Specialist with the Atlanta Regional Commission. Ann received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University. In April 2015 & 2017, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Ann to the Board for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Ann was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2015 and “40 Under 40” in 2019.
Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer, Fischer
Jon Hardin joined Fischer in 2012 as Chief Technology Officer, and is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of Fischer’s proprietary technology, Visual Manager™ and ManagePath®. Jon plays an integral role in the strategic and operational planning of the information and technology systems for Fischer to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. Leading a growing team of topnotch developers and data analysts, Jon is essential in ensuring that Fischer’s technology continues to be the best real estate solution on the market.
Chief Security Officer
Chief Experience Officer, Hana
Brian is Chief Experience Officer at Hana, where he ensures that the brand values and components are driven through the entire corporate enterprise and across all Hana spaces. Throughout his career he has led marketing teams for iconic brands in transportation, urban lifestyle, consumer services and hospitality. Brian holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in finance from Boston College.
Principal, Asterick Group Design
Susanne Harrington has made a career of creating engaging, content-rich places that encourage people to think and interact. As a design strategist and president of Asterisk Group, she helps businesses, developers, and architects bridge the gap between left- and right-brain thinking to delight audiences, strengthen brands, and get people talking. The child of an architect and a quilter, Susanne grew up understanding the relationship between art and science, and witnessing how design ideas can interact across two- and three-dimensional applications. These early experiences helped to shape her design approach, which seamlessly combines paper, pixels, and places to foster meaningful human engagement. Susanne has an extensive background in the fields of publishing, corporate communication, identity development, experiential design, and wayfinding for complex environments. She recently presented a collection of her firm’s work at the 2019 Society for Experiential Design Global Design Conference in Austin.
Global Director of Design + Build, LinkedIn
I welcome life as a new adventure every day. I am grateful that I get to spend most of my time imagining how to make other people's lives better through the process of design. I love to collaborate with others. I whole heartedly welcome the opportunity to build consensus where there previously was none. I believe in the transformative power of design thinking and the potential it has to improve society. I have been designing, creating and building for as long as I can remember, but I knew I specifically wanted to become an architect at the age of 16 when I designed my first house that was actually built. In order to understand how to become a better designer, I held jobs in multiple construction fields while in high school and college so that I knew what it actually took to build someone else’s ideas. At the age of 29 I started an architecture practice and real estate development firm, which we successfully operated until becoming part of Gensler and opening their office in Raleigh, NC. I was fortunate enough to work on projects across many practice areas ranging from single family residential, to cultural institutions, to large scale mixed use developments, to sports facilities, to university buildings to a wide variety of types of corporate workplace projects and office buildings both small and large. At the same time, I taught design and architecture classes at North Carolina State university as an adjunct faculty member. In 2015 I took a big personal leap to move my family cross country and leave professional practice to begin a career with the amazing team at LinkedIn, leading design and construction for all of their workplace projects globally. When I’m not flying between time zones, I very much appreciate my time at home with my amazing family, coaching their teams and exploring Northern California together. When I find a little time alone, I spend it in my workshop building furniture, prototyping ideas and constructing the ideas that my kids imagine.
Global Head of Real Estate & Workplace, Twitter, Inc
Tracy has been active in all aspects corporate real estate and facilities management for over 15 years – her skills encompass project management, design and construction, leasing & transactions and workplace operations. With international experience leading corporate real estate teams in the film, fashion and the technology sectors, notably previously at Yahoo! for 7 years and now at Twitter as the Global Head of Real Estate. She has been at Twitter for the last 5 years joining them to lead their EMEA and APAC Real Estate & Workplace teams in 2013 moving to San Francisco in 2014 to head up their Design & Construction team during a period of explosive growth which ultimately led to her assuming leadership of their entire global Real Estate & Workplace team in March of 2016. Tracy experience covers the entire gambit of corporate real estate including the design and project management of various types of spaces from sound studios for Ridley Scott whilst at Ascent Media Group, to showroom space for Calvin Klein to award winning innovative and collaborative office spaces for Yahoo! and Twitter. Tracy specializes interweaving company culture within the physical space and raising the profile of corporate real estate teams within the business. Tracy’s philosophy is that of #oneteam meaning that CRE must be seen as part of the business as a trusted and strategic business partner with a seat at the decision making table to be truly effective and impactful.
President, Hickey & Associates. LLC
Jason M. Hickey, President of Hickey and Associates, LLC, a Global Site Selection and Investment Advisory Firm. Through a network of offices in key markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia, H&A represents a diverse set of companies constantly adapting to our global economy. Jason specializes in location selection strategies, alignment of foreign direct investment, public/private partnerships and global workforce trends.
Head of LoB Real Estate Management | SAP Product Engineering, SAP SE
Marco Hofmann is the Head of Line of Business Real Estate, operating out of the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam. Together with his team he drives forward and develops innovation in his field while cooperating closely with customers and partners. Based on the SAP Cloud Platform, the team has released a cloud solution for corporate real estate and compliant lease accounting.
Lisa is a design leader in the transformation and innovation space for global clients across diverse industries. With a background in user experience and an interest in data-informed storytelling, her sweet spot is advancing strategy into reality. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Lisa is a design leader in the transformation and innovation space for global clients across diverse industries. With a background in user experience and an interest in data-informed storytelling, her sweet spot is advancing strategy into reality. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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Client Leader | Architect | Owner, BHDP Architecture
Dominic is an Owner / Client Leader on BHDP’s Workplace Team. Using his project leadership, research, and strategic capabilities, he leads large clients like Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, Iron Mountain and the GSA. He collaborates with various colleges within the University of Cincinnati to research, brainstorm, and innovate on the topic “The Future of Work”. He has recently co-lead an interactive architecture studio to leverage design thinking to create workplaces that are both innovative and functional. He is nationally recognized for crafting places and experiences that inspire people and deliver strategic results.
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Director of Environmental Codes & Standards
Josh is responsible for standard and outside code participation and authority having jurisdiction engagement for UL Environment. In this role he helps develop and track the environmental and public health programs/codes/purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, ASHRAE 189.1, 2012/2015/2018 NAHB National Green Building Standard, Fitwel Advisory Council, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
Corporate Managing Director, Savills
As co-product manager of Knowledge Cubed, Savills customer-facing data visualization and analytics platform, Doug is focused on executing a digital transformation of Savills global real estate services platform. Doug’s background in quantitative analytics, transaction execution, portfolio strategy, location strategy, site selection, workforce planning and business incentives gives him a global perspective across industries allowing him to develop tools that facilitate data-driven decision-making. Doug is part of a team that won the 2017 CoreNet Global H. Bruce Russel Global Innovator’s award for Savills Knowledge Cubed platform, which was heralded as a game changer for commercial real estate occupiers.
Associate Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers
Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.
Deputy Executive Officer, County of San Bernardino
Over the course of his career, Reg Javier has worked at the national, state and local levels. His work history includes over 25 years in agencies such as the State of California Employment Development Department, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Workforce Investment Board, and the Boston based Public Consulting Group where he headed up national and international consulting in Workforce Development, Economic Development and Higher Education. In October of 2016, Reg joined the County of San Bernardino as the Deputy Executive Officer over the Economic Development Agency which houses both Economic Development and Workforce Development.
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David Kamen, MCR.h
Americas Real Estate Services Leader | Business Enablement, EY
David is the Americas Real Estate Leader at Ernst & Young. In this role, he is responsible for managing a team of professionals and the firm’s Americas portfolio that includes strategic planning, all real estate, design/construction, project management and leading the “EY@Work” workplace transformation. David has over 20 years with several companies in the real estate industry including; Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Consulting; Aon Insurance as Global Exec VP-Real estate & Facilities, and Johnson Controls as Global Director, Consulting. David is currently the Global Chair-Elect for CoreNet Global and will begin serving the 2-year term in March, 2018. David is has earned the MCR.h real estate designation and has served as lead faculty for the last 15 years at CoreNet. David is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University and an adjunct faculty at New York University. David is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a double major as bachelors in Political Science and Sociology. David is the father of three children and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Vice President & Co-Founder, Iometrics, Inc
Anita is Vice President and Co-founder of Iometrics, a California-based firm helping global clients create great workplace experiences for over 20 years. With a background in Organizational Psychology, Anita applies survey research and analytic methods to create next-generation workplace strategies and measure the human capital impacts of workplace change. Anita applies her expertise to unlock insights about workplace solutions that will have a positive impact on the employee experience. Anita is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a published author on topics related to the application of innovative approaches to workplace strategy.
Director, Business Development, Cumming Corporation
Making connections between people, ideas and organizations is one of Michelle’s strengths and passions. She brings this to her work as a strategist, facilitator and relationship builder in the commercial real estate industry. Having experienced many different work environments in business development roles, Michelle is a proponent for educating others on how important environment is to employee health, productivity and morale. Michelle Kelly is the Director of Business Development for Cumming Corporation in Seattle and the current past-president of the CoreNet Global Washington Chapter.
Vice Chairman and Cofounder, Convene
Chris Kelly is the co-founder and vice chairman of Convene. Convene designs and services a network of premium places to work, meet, and host inspiring events. Convene has raised $260M in equity funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine. Chris has been individually recognized as CoreNet Global’s 2018 Young Leader of the Year, CoreNet NYC’s 2017 Service Provider of the Year, on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 List, as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist, and the only person to be named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list twice.
Manager, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase
Caroline Kelly leads the Market Insights and Sensemaking team for Steelcase. She focuses on understanding work, worker and workplace through sensing, data analytics and behavioral prototyping. She has published and presented her work in a range of healthcare and environmental design journals and conferences. She has a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a Research Assistant at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and the Human Factors Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Design Principal, JACOBS
As a Design Principal, James specializes in leading Jacobs’ global practice to deliver high performing workplace experiences. Promoting our position on knowledge driven design, James considers all aspects of design, integrating experience, performance data to provide engaging spaces with measurable outcomes. Industry involvement provides participation in thought leadership about design in his participation as a VP on the IIDA International Board of Directors.
President, PNMCF, Partners National Real Estate Group
Kirk Killian is President of Partners National Mission Critical Facilities, and since 1999 has advised corporate clients on hundreds of assignments in selecting and procuring self-operated and colocation data centers worldwide. As one of the first specialist firms focusing on this niche of commercial real estate, PNMCF’s clients include some of the largest banking, insurance, telecom, technology, airline, healthcare, and retail enterprises. PNMCF incorporates telecom network, utility, hazard/risk, engineering, audit/compliance, incentives, managed services, and facility economics into each client’s advisory/brokerage project.
Executive Vice President, Development, Kirco Management Services, Llc
Head of Research, Scoop
Charlie Knuth leads the Commuter Research team at Scoop, the largest carpooling solution in the country, examining how the commute impacts individuals, businesses, and communities across the country. Prior to joining Scoop, Charlie spent over 10 years in the HR Practice at CEB, a subsidiary of Gartner, where he advised Fortune 1000 executives on how to maximize their return on talent and the overall impact of employee programs on business performance. He has spoken at industry conferences across the country, including GreenBiz and MIT. Charlie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration.
VP - Enterprise Property Group, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Head of CGP/US, Siemens Real Estate
Michael Kruklinski is the Head of Real Estate for Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA. In this role, he oversees the company’s entire U.S. real estate portfolio (16’3M sqft) and the global oil & gas, power and industrial markets (35’5M sqft). With over 30 years of experience at Siemens, Kruklinski has held several senior positions within the company. Kruklinski led the creation of the Siemens Industry Sector as well as the Company’s Smart Grid business unit. Kruklinski was also involved in the rollout of Siemens’ flexible office design plan.
Tom Kurtz, IV, MCR
Senior Managing Director, CBRE
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Chris LaPata, MCR
Client Leader - Carolinas, BHDP Architecture
Serving as Client Leader, Chris brings 20+ years of experience in helping clients realize their business objectives through the impact of built environment. A trusted advisor, Chris is passionate about bringing his design-thinking skills and creativity to clients and developing work environments that drive effectiveness. Chris engages corporate leaders, HR directors, IT and facilities design groups of Fortune 500 companies to develop strategies that leverage the workplace to drive behavior, facilitate the work process and attain business objectives. Chris is ProSci certified in Change Management and passionate about developing a plan and helping leaders initiate new behaviors within their organization.
Director, HQ Project Office and Transition Office, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Oscar-winning Director, Producer, Writer, Actor
Spike Lee is an award-winning writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. In 2019 Lee won the first Oscar of his career for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, BlacKkKlansman, which also received nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the “do it yourself” school of independent film. His debut film, the independently produced comedy She’s Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival in 1986. Lee’s 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film. His epic drama Malcolm X, received two Academy Award nominations. Other critical and box office successes have included such films as Red Hook Summer, Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled, and School Daze. He has also published six titles on his filmmaking career and most recently co-authored three children’s books with his wife
Senior Vice President, Global Services, Structure Tone, Inc
As Senior Vice President of Structure Tone’s Global Services, Rob Leon is responsible for the management of top national accounts and international client relationships. Rob also acts as a brand manager by coordinating the market strategy for Global Services and provides steadfast leadership, not only among sectors, but across geographic regions to bring the global strength of Structure Tone together with local experience to each client and project in the US and abroad.
Strategist, LENS Strategy
Amanda is a designer and strategist who works at the intersection of people, process and place. She helps organizations ask aspirational questions about the future of their work, then meet and even exceed those expectations using design thinking, data-driven simulation and hands-on implementation. To date, Amanda has worked with forward-thinking organizations across the healthcare, higher education, construction and financial industries.
Head of Research, CBRE
Spencer Levy is Americas Head of Research for CBRE and a senior member of the company’s global research team. He plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the global research strategy and business plan. An eight-year veteran of CBRE, Mr. Levy had previously served as Executive Managing Director in the company’s Capital Markets division. Mr. Levy oversees the analytical activities of the CBRE research community within the Americas region and is responsible for the management of hundreds of professionals who are focused on producing market-leading insight and interpretative analysis on the latest real estate trends. Mr. Levy supports CBRE executives in their decision-making by providing insight into the impact of market trends related to strategic business planning, and analyst call preparation. He serves as principal external spokesperson on real estate issues in the Americas region and has considerable media experience, providing market commentary for many national television, newspaper and internet outlets.
Shih Hua Liong
REWS Site Lead, Google
Google’s Real Estate & Workplace Services mission is to provide spaces and services that enable Google to thrive. Shih Hua's experience working with top performing companies globally, combined with a background in strategy and consulting, gives her a unique ability to apply creative solutions to business processes. Shih Hua's focus is on strategic programs and services, where she applies service design thinking to the planning and organization of people, programs and the components of a (workplace) service, to improve the interaction and experience of the service and its users. She is particularly experienced in high performance work environments that integrate people, place, process and technology to support and enhance organizational goals and objectives. With Google’s commitment on diversity, equity and inclusion, Google’s facilities have enabled the employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of their facilities staffing resource, in close partnership with JLL and Best Buddies International. Find out more about this important program and the impact it has had on their spaces and services.
PollyAnna brings over 20 years of experience to STG Design and has been an integral part of the interior design department’s growth and development over the years. Her expertise in interior design has included a multitude of clients including those in technology, legal and corporate. As Principal, she is responsible for managing major interior design projects and production activities within the firm.
Chief Product Officer, SpaceIQ
Noam Livnat is the co-founder and Chief Product & Innovation Officer for SpaceIQ, setting the company’s vision and strategy to lead the workplace digital transformation. He’s a successful serial entrepreneur who likes to combine sophisticated technology with compelling and intuitive user and customer experiences. His career includes designing and building complex, high-performance software products for companies including Izio (acquired by Versity), PayPal, and ChooChee (acquired by Deutsche Telecom).
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Since founding stok, Matt Macko has grown a team of passionate leaders in the sustainable real estate industry. Over a decade in, stok is poised to scale due to investments Matt spearheaded in culture, brand, and new services. Matt has developed robust tools to assess the residual value of investments in sustainability and is credited with co-developing new methods for stakeholder engagement. Recently, Matt co-authored “The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings,” a research report published by stok. Today, Matt is focused on driving innovation through new business models, scaling the brand, and attracting exceptional people to the stok family.
Partner, The Layer Group
Neil is a five-time EMMY Award-winning producer, with a wealth of experience creating content for film, television, mobile, augmented and virtual reality audiences. Neil has overseen the production of more than 3,000 television episodes, 2,000 pieces of 360 videos and has created content for Disney, Coca Cola, ESPN, NBC Universal, and Showtime Networks to name a few. A creative thinker with an extraordinary breadth of experience, Neil frequently advises a range of corporations, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative start-ups, helping them realize their ideas in ways that resonate with digitally-native audiences. During his career he has produced and directed award-winning projects starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Burt Reynolds, Jamie Foxx, and Will Ferrell, among others. Since 2015 Neil has been a pioneer in content creation and real estate rights management in the augmented and virtual reality arenas.
Senior Director, Global Real Estate Planning & Design, Nvidia
Jennifer has been working within the global real estate industry for the last 30 years. She has spent half of her career working in architectural firms in SF and NYC creating innovative workplaces for Fortune 100 clients. The other half has been within real estate organizations of top global companies including NVIDIA, Salesforce, Genentech and AIG. She has been responsible for leading the workplace design groups in creating effective and dynamic workplaces, enhancing brand and culture through the built environment, forming strong relationships, developing team members, implementing streamlined processes and establishing thoughtful real estate portfolio plans. Her passions include design, dogs and spending quality time with family, friends and colleagues.
President, Critical Core
Dr. Jane Mather is the Founder and Principal of Critical Core, an analytics and software company that applies advanced analytics to corporate real estate and workplace planning. She is currently working with SpaceIQ to extend Core Planning to the SpaceIQ platform so that planners can use these techniques on their own, making planning faster and easier and leading to smarter, better decisions. Dr. Mather's background combines the technical expertise of a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and many years teaching at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with more than twenty years of practical real estate experience in tenant representation, facilities management, investment strategy and real estate and workplace planning.
Steve McDaniel has 30+ years of experience in planning and design of research and teaching labs across the US and globally. Clients have relied on his command of the complex requirements of R&D environments to develop efficient, flexible laboratory facilities. Steve’s work has won two AIA design awards, and he has served as a reviewer of laboratory construction grant applications for the NIH. He has lectured on flexible lab design concepts and has published articles in R&D Executive, Lab Design and American Laboratory Magazine. Sessions: Whatever It Takes: Pfizer’s St. Louis R&D Facility Uses the Whole Toolbox
Program Manager – Global Infrastructure, Real Estate & Facilities, Center of Exc, Microsoft
As Group Manager for Microsoft Real Estate & Security, Patrick is accountable for all technology applications used by Real Estate & Security to manage Microsoft’s Global Real Estate & Security portfolio consisting of over 35 million square feet and 700 locations in 110 different countries around the world. Under his leadership, Microsoft has developed some ground-breaking CRE technology such as: an industry first fully functioning Data Warehouse; technology for managing building utilization, early adoption of FASB compliance for Lease Administration; mobile capabilities, inventory management and IOT integration for Facilities Management; full lifecycle management of Capital Construction Management, and the new Campus Link Mobile Application Platform.
Lisa McGregor, MCR.w
Director of Planning, Planning Strategist, Jacobs
Lisa leads Jacobs’ global Space Strategy practice, specializing in the delivery of workplace solutions that synthesize business needs, design and new ways of working with strategic real estate planning. Leveraging space use data analytics and benchmarks, Lisa identifies value creation opportunities to deliver innovative workplace experiences with measurable outcomes.
Senior Vice President, CBRE 360
VP, Human Resources, View, Inc.
Disha is an accomplished professional who has embraced change and risk in her career. After receiving her Ph.D. in Material Science with a specialization in polymer science and nanotechnology, she joined View to help bring disruptive innovation to the real estate market. Now, as the first female executive at View, she is bringing her model of the innovation mindset to Human Resources. She is also a contributing author, public speaker, and holds several patents.
Founding Partner, Future Workplace
Jeanne is a workplace visionary and activist driving people to think differently about work, the future workplace and the future workforce. She is a founding Partner of Future Workplace, a HR Advisory and Research firm assisting organizations in re-imagining and re-inventing how they operate in the future workplace.
Managing Director, BatesForum
Tyler Meyr, Principal and award-winning designer with BatesForum,is a leading conceptual thinker with a diverse portfolio including built work in Los Angeles, London, Antwerp, St. Louis, and Istanbul. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University and Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Recent highlights of Tyler’s 20+ years of design leadership in urban design and architecture includes a National AIA Healthcare Award for Mercy Virtual and Pfizer’s R&D Facility.
Brady Mick, MCR.w
Director of Strategic Design, Workplace, SHP
Brady provides strategic design to clients by focusing his 30 years of professional experience on thought leadership, research and creative thinking. Brady’s is a Prosci accredited change leader, a CoreNet Global accredited workplace Master of Corporate Real Estate, and a 12 time top faculty teaching the MCR.w. Brady’s work includes writing, presenting, visioning, ideation, data integration and synthesis, and behavioral design. Strong communication skills coupled with an insatiable curiosity drive Brady to create results that have measurable outcomes for people within design. He has passion for learning, idea generation and maximizing all opportunities.
Principal - Thought Leader, mindSHIFT
Rex Miller is an international award winning author, keynote, advisor and expert on organizational and team performance. His book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution won the CoreNet Global Innovator award and became a catalyst for the construction industry adopting more collaborative and trust-based strategies. His next book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture addressed workplace disengagement, leading change and won the CoreNet Industry Excellence award. His new book,The Healthy Workplace Nudge completes a three-year research project on the future of workplace health and wellbeing. It is scheduled for release by Wiley in April of 2018.
Sharon Miller Trackman, MCR
Director of Marketing, The Americas, WES.net
Sharon Miller Trackman joined WES.net as Director Sales & Marketing in February 2019. She heads up business development for the critical infrastructure specialists, leading team vision and strategic direction on marketing initiatives: authoring educational and thought-provoking articles; event organization and strategic alliances; web enhancements and content creation; managing campaigns reflective of brand awareness and lead generation. Sharon returns to the industry, having previously been an active member in CoreNet during her 9 years with a global real estate technology firm. Ms. Miller is a results-oriented storyteller, bringing her creativity and passion to the Tech Playground as she focuses on customer experience over product sales. She holds her BA from East Stroudsburg University in Liberal Arts and Hospitality Management, Masters class work in Business Management and Marketing from Temple University, and a graduate of the CoreNet MCR program in 2017.
Managing Director, JLL
Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategy and integrated enterprise solutions for global Fortune 100 organizations. ?Management consulting expertise includes enterprise workforce strategies and?operational improvement solutions and integrated "digital" workplace transformation solutions. Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading global organizations focused upon “innovation and complex systems transformation”. As a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice – Peter has focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation for more than twenty years. Peter holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused upon Executive Leadership Development, Enterprise?Transformation?and Human?Performance Improvement.
Executive Vice President & Shareholder, Institutional Business Unit Leader, Clayco, Inc.
Rick Moeckel, LEED AP BD&C, DBIA, is VP & Shareholder and Institutional Business Unit Leader, managing projects in higher ed, life sciences and healthcare for Clayco, a national design-build company. Rick brings 18+ years of experience to the design-build industry. He’s proficient in all aspects of design and construction delivering complicated projects on time, on budget, and a strong advocate for innovative and collaborative project delivery. He holds a degree in Construction Engineering from MOWestern State University. Sessions: Whatever It Takes: Pfizer’s St. Louis R&D Facility Uses the Whole Toolbox
Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD
Chief Catalyst and Founder, The Equity Project LLC
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and corporate organizations.
Michelle Myer, MCR.w, SLCR
VP Americas Real Estate, 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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Senior Vice President, Kilroy Realty Corporationo
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Sara took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB, and under her leadership the company recently committed to becoming the first carbon neutral real estate company in North America by the end of 2020. In 2018, KRC was named a finalist for the CoreNet Sustainable Leadership Award.
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As the founder of Leesman, Tim Oldman sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardised pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. He started his career in 1991 as a designer in the gritty world of transport design and by 2003 moved away from the front line, having developed a greater interest in the business strategy of workplace. In 2006, he joined Swiss furniture giant Vitra as Director of Workplace Strategy, commissioning several milestone research projects. In 2009 he was working as an independent advisor to several leading global organisations, advising leadership teams on the alignment of their workplace strategies. This led to the exploration and development of new models, tools and theories and ultimately to the founding of Leesman in 2010. Leesman is now the leading workplace effectiveness and employee experience database containing almost half a million employee responses worldwide. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand internationally and expanding and contributing to the Leesman Insights think tank side of the business.
Bryon Olsen, MCR.w
Director of Corporate Real Estate, The Americas, Willis Towers Watson
Bryon Olsen leads the Corporate Real Estate team for the Americas – which encompasses real estate strategy, transactions and negotiations as well as workplace strategy, design and construction of office space - for Willis Towers Watson. Bryon has helped develop and drive a comprehensive change to the workplace program within the organization, focusing on both the new workplace designs and the change management program. Bryon holds the designation of Masters of Corporate Real Estate with a specialty in Workplace Strategy and has completed the LEED Accredited Professional credentialing.
Vice President, Project Management Advisors (PMA)
Allison plays a key role in the strategic growth of the office, working closely with firm leadership on all aspects of service delivery, client relations, staff mentoring and development, resource planning, and office operations. Her experience with a wide range of project types, including corporate and commercial office properties, strengthens her leadership of people and project teams.
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President & CEO, National Junior College Athletic Association
NJCAA President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christopher Parker is responsible for leading the country’s second largest athletic association. He oversees all aspects of the association and its 512 member colleges, while working to enhance opportunities for student-athletes. His background includes: coaching Division I baseball; starting the first NJCAA athletic program in the Virginia Community College System – as both A.D. and head baseball coach; serving as Director of Student Life, Dean of Academics, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Patrick Henry Community College; acting as Vice President of Enrollment at Pfeiffer University; and teaching as an adjunct professor at more than seven different institutions nationally.
Sr. Vice President, Workplace Innovation Advisor, Colliers International
Keith Perske, leads of Colliers’ Workplace Advisory practice 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. He is a frequent speaker (including TEDx and SXSW), writer and an award-winning educator on the power of place to craft experiences for employees that are engaging, productive and healthy, leading to competitive advantage.
Janet Pogue McLaurin
Janet is a leader in Gensler’s global workplace practice and research initiatives. She is active in developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, Capital One, GSA, Gallup, 3M, and The Coca-Cola Company. Janet is a sought-after spokesperson and her expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, NPR, SXSW, and Future of Work. A registered architect, Janet was inducted as a Fellow in IIDA in 2017 and was honored as 2019 CoreNet Global “Service Provider Member of the Year” for the Mid-Atlantic chapter.
Benoit Poulin is a Geomatics Adviser at Public Services and Procurement Canada, where Benoit develops GIS solutions, including interactive mapping app, 3D mapping and virtual reality. Benoit has worked with other federal departments and agencies such as, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada and Parks Canada, among other. Benoit helps clients reach their program goals by advising them the right geomatics solution. Benoit is a cycling enthusiast who has traveled everywhere with his bike
As a leader in the Gensler Client Relationship Community, Joan’s mantra is: “Our client’s point of view determines our success”. She identifies business opportunities in key Gensler markets and also services multi-location and multi-project accounts for leading client companies and organizations. Joan is former President of the Northern California CoreNet Global Leadership Council and the first woman recipient of their Corporate Real Estate Service Provider of the Year Award.
VP Learning Operations, CoreNet Global, Inc.
Jan has led the CoreNet Global learning team since August of 2017. She led the search for a new learning management system and has been instrumental in implementing this new technology. For over 12 years, Jan has brought new ideas to the delivery of continuing education to association members around the world.
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Sr. VP Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
Since 1991, David has been volunteering for Best Buddies. The start of a brilliant career began simply with the gift of friendship while David attended the University of South Florida. As a sibling of two individuals with intellectual disabilities, Ken & Kendra Holden, David understands the importance of the Best Buddies mission. As the former VP of Programs & State Development, David helped launch and expand programs to assist countless individuals with intellectual disabilities. After a brief departure, he returned to Best Buddies in 2013 to serve as their first Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations.
Sr. Director, Workplace Solutions, Walgreens
As Senior Director of Workplace Solutions, Amanda has responsibilities for Corporate Campus Facilities, Guest & Team Member Services and Amenity Services. Her team transforms the workplace experience to meet the changing needs of Walgreens team members and guests and promotes a positive workplace culture that encourages teams to do their best work. She has held various roles within Walgreens IT & Property, including leading the transformative program where Walgreens workspace and ways of working evolved to support an open, flexible and collaborative work environment.
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Managing Director, Turner & Townsend
John is responsible for managing and leading Turner & Townsend’s USA operations of nearly 1,000 staff serving the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. John also serves on a number of regional and global operating boards and committees. John has over 35 years of multi-faceted experience across a global portfolio which totals in excess of 100m SF of various facilities types, HQs and infrastructure in multiple sectors. John brings a broad knowledge of varied markets and best practices in strategic planning, as well as program, project, cost and controls management. John holds a degree in Electro/Mechanical Engineering from the Thomas J Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at SUNY Binghamton and is a registered professional engineer.
Global Head of Enterprise Services WeWork | Powered By We, WeWork
Craig Robinson is Global Head of Powered By We at The We Company (WeWork). As a member of the global executive team, he leads WeWork’s fully integrated portfolio solutions for real estate occupiers and owners, including development and project management, design and construction services, and operations. He brings over 20 years of experience leading commercial real estate service and technology businesses within large global public companies as well as mid-cap growth firms. Most recently, Craig was CEO of Global Corporate Services at Newmark Knight Frank (NASDAQ: NMRK) where he led all sales, operations and platform investments for occupier clients. Prior to Newmark, he was President of Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI), U.S. Region, where he was responsible for $1B+ in annual revenue, 5,600 real estate professionals, and 150 offices. He managed all day-to-day aspects of the business including sales and operations for outsourcing services, brokerage, property and facility management, project management, valuations and capital markets. Craig also had responsibility for acquisitions and served on the firm’s global executive operating committee. Over the course of his career, he has held various executive and senior management positions at Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield), CBRE and AIG Investments. Craig also served on the board and executive committee of Cassidy Turley, which sold to TPG in 2015. Craig earned his BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the boards of the Harvard Club of New York, HBS Club of New York and NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate. Craig also serves on the advisory board for StateBook International, a venture-backed real estate technology company.
Director of Sustainable Development
As the Director of Sustainable Development, Colin is responsible for the overall sustainable design leadership of HDR’s Architecture practice. He facilitates sustainable design integration among all departments and business units. He is acutely involved in refining the firm’s design process through the creation of new sustainable tools and processes. Colin provides global sustainable consulting and thought leadership to enhance all of HDR’s core services. Over the past 14 years, Colin has held various design and leadership roles, as well as being actively involved with President Obama’s Export Council Sustainability Committee, the USGBC, AIA COTE, Biomimicry Guild and the International Living Future Institute. He is an active speaker, and he has been recognized on Building Design + Construction magazine’s and Design Futures Council’s “40 Under 40” lists and Engineering News-Record magazine’s “20 Under 40” list.
Peggie Rothe, PhD
Development Director, Leesman
Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.
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Watson IoT Business Development, Manager, IBM Corp
Director, Workplace Strategy, Asurion
Jolene has more than 20 years’ experience in workplace strategy, change management and corporate real estate. She currently leads the Workplace and Occupancy Strategy team at Asurion in Nashville. Jolene has global experience working in a variety of industries at companies such as Red Hat, Humana and Capital One where she developed her passion on the role workplace (and workplace data) plays in accomplishing business goals and ensuring the employee experience is considered in every aspect of real estate decision making.
EVP, CTO and Director of R&D, Teecom
Alex works at the intersection of AEC and technology. At TEECOM, his research examines developments across the technology landscape to understand how emerging trends will impact the way we experience the built environment, how we deliver construction projects, and the design of buildings themselves.
Principal, Goettsch Partners
Scott Seyer is a principal and senior project designer at Goettsch Partners. He has played an integral role in the design of many national and international projects, including some of the firm’s highest profile assignments. Select recent work includes office and headquarters towers in Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Dubai, San Francisco and Taipei. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Seyer received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and his MBA, with a concentration in Real Estate Finance, from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
GaganDeep Singh, SLCR
GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning, Gartner, Inc.
Gagan is GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning at Gartner Inc. He leads the global team responsible for workforce strategy, real estate and facility operations as well as security and safety. Previously Gagan was Vice President, Real Estate Strategy for the Americas at Goldman Sachs where he led a team that provided portfolio strategy, workplace strategy, and capital planning for GS Americas offices. Gagan also has significant management consulting experience as Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operation practice, and leader of HOK Consulting New York. He is a published industry thought leader and top-rated CoreNet SLCR faculty.
Operations Director, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Aliza Skolnik is the Operations Director for ESD’s San Francisco Office where she focuses on strategic leadership, sustainable solutions and healthy environments. She is a registered Professional Engineer as well as a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional, Green Globes Professional and Fitwel Ambassador. She specializes in improving the well-being of the people who occupy the communities, buildings and workplaces ESD designs. She is a proud mother to her first child, Eva, who will be 10 months at the Summit!
Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Director of Bay Area Facilities, Google
As Director of Bay Area Facilities for Google, Darrell had responsibility for delivery of facilities management, critical operations, workplace services project management and employee services for Google’s Bay Area HQ portfolio comprised of 200 buildings and 13M RSF of office and R&D space for the last three years. Shortly after joining Google Darrell and his team architected a hugely successful outsourcing effort (contract value $1 Billion); aggregated 200+ contracts, improved service delivery and implemented effective performance-based contracting. His remit included management of the $250M annual operating expense budget, $350M capital expense budget and accommodating growth of approximately 2M square feet annually. Darrell was recently appointed as Director of Technical Services and Strategy at Google with responsibility for development of strategy, policy and standards for Google’s ground up and TI renovations, developing Google’s Lab Strategy, Smart Buildings Strategy and teaming with the development team to drive facilities management innovations in their ground up construction. Prior to joining Google, Darrell was instrumental in developing and deploying Microsoft’s Smart Building offering globally and was a key member of the Real Estate & Facility leadership team with accountability for the Puget Sound portfolio. His career includes stints at Solectron and Cisco in successively more senior positions. He has a BS in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Smart Buildings from Realcomm for his contributions to the industry and is a past member of IFMA and AFE Board of Directors and is a computerworld laureate.
Senior Vice President / Director of Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield
Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield where he leads the Global Sustainability & Wellness practice. He has consulted on over 100 diverse sustainability projects across the globe with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Akamai, Adobe and the Wharton School of Business to name a few. Alex is WELL Faculty, USGBC Faculty & Fitwel Ambassador and has taught sustainability workshops through organizations such as the USGBC, AIA, Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas Business School among others. He is a proud father of three boys – ages 8, 5, and 2.
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Brandon Tanner, MCR
Senior Managing Director, Account Executive, Cushman & Wakefield
As the Account Executive, Brandon Tanner leads C&W’s service delivery and innovation for Google’s Bay Area facilities portfolio. In his previous roles with Cushman & Wakefield, Brandon was responsible for solution development for the west region, as well as the transition and transformation of a large real estate account for a global Fortune 500 Company. Prior to joining C&W, Brandon co-led Edison Energy Solutions, a corporate startup and subsidiary of Edison International, focused on developing emerging energy solutions for commercial customers. Brandon has also served as an adjunct professor at UC Irvine teaching sustainability courses. He received an undergraduate degree in Facilities Management at Brigham Young University, MBA from Cal State University, and a Masters of Science in Green Building.
Head of Global Knowledge & Innovation Center, Newmark Knight Frank
Rajeev Thakur is a versatile professional with a proven project management record in business location strategy and corporate real estate consulting. As an architect and urban planner by training, with an MBA in real estate and corporate finance, Mr. Thakur is able to work credibly with client sponsors with needs spanning operations expansion, process improvement, real estate portfolio optimization, site selection, supply chain optimization and workplace design. He brings a unique blend of experience and skills in strategy consulting, economic development, building design, site analysis with GIS tools, incentive negotiation and a good understanding of physical infrastructure. With project experience in Europe, Asia, and North America, and an MBA from a top European school, Mr. Thakur brings a global perspective to his work. Prior to joining Newmar Knight Frank, Mr. Thakur served as senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting. His responsibilities included developing location strategy while conducting due diligence and incentive negotiation. Mr. Thakur received his Master of Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and his Master of Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Illinois. He also received his Bachelor of Architecture from SPA Delhi in India.
Dir of Design, Interior Architecture, Little
Known as a thought leader, design principal and caring educator, Jim Thompson has distinguished himself as a researcher, university lecturer, guest critic and mentor. He has addressed audiences at the National AIA Conference, NeoCon, NeoCon East and CoreNet. His perspective has been shared in industry publications like Contract, Interior Design, Building Interiors and Buildings magazine; and his observations were featured in the book Future Office. Jim is a partner at Little, an industry leading architecture and design firm with 400 professionals in five locations across the U.S. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Sr. Principal, Responsible Innovation, Accenture Labs
Steven leads Responsible Innovation at Accenture Labs. This fast-growing practice was born out of insights from five years of stakeholder-intense research in Data Ethics. What has emerged are ways to evolve product development, engineering, and enterprise risk management processes to include ethics in product design, engineering, governance, and performance reviews. This is profoundly important for platform-scale companies. Throughout his career as a strategy and innovation executive, Steven has created impact through business model innovations that position companies to disrupt existing markets and enter new ones. He has worked in public safety, defense, media, telecom, and high-tech sectors for some of the world's largest companies. Steven lives in San Francisco and holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering, Information Systems and an MBA in Sustainable Management.
Head of Scientific Operations, Integrated Laboratory Solutions, CBRE
Mark is responsible for the operational delivery of world-class Scientific Services across the CBRE Integrated Laboratory Solutions client portfolio within EMEA. A strategic, customer-focussed, performance-driven leader with a proven record across Commercial, Operations and Technical environments within the Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostic arenas, Mark champions organisational change using Lean methods to drive operational efficiencies, innovation and business growth/profitability within Service & Support environments. He is motivated by challenging objectives, process improvement and delivering results via the mentoring & motivation of the team.
Jim leads IA design/strategists in delivering highly effective, digitally-amplified workplaces for a broad range of North American and global clients. He works with his clients to develop a deep level of understanding of their business, organization, people and culture. That understanding is used to position informed decisions about the look, feel and performance of future workplaces. With over 35 years of industry experience, Jim is a sought after thought leader and “go-to” resource for promoting the influence and effectiveness of fully integrated physical and digital workplaces. His career covers all phases of the real estate lifecycle – from planning, programming, design, project delivery, asset management and shut down / decommissioning.
Founder, President and CEO, Tango
Pranav has over 18 years of experience with a wide range of clients across retail, restaurants, REITs, healthcare and banking / financial services. Prior to founding Tango in 2008, Pranav helped develop and lead the Retail / Real Estate consulting practices at BearingPoint, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Consulting. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, geospatial analytics, market planning, site selection, design and construction, lease administration and facilities management. He has worked with over 200 retail and restaurant companies across five continents in improving their store development organizations, processes and tools and is the driving force behind Tango’s industry-leading Strategic Store Lifecycle Management solution. He has led several industry benchmarking studies and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He has also taught a full-semester graduate course on Retail Analytics at the Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. Pranav holds an MBA in Strategy and Marketing Research from The University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical / Industrial Engineering. Pranav also completed the Leading Professional Services Firms program at Harvard Business School.
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Founder, CU in the Moment
Chris Ulrich is a body language expert, political consultant, improvisational actor, and personal coach. He is the founder CU in the Moment, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills. Ulrich is a media consultant who can be seen on CNN, Headline News, Good Morning America, Fox Business News, MSNBC, ESPN, Dr. Oz, Washington’s USA Channel 9, and Fox 5 DC where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. In addition to his work at CU in the Moment, Ulrich is also a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. Ulrich trains executives, salespeople, government staffers, lobbyists, and business entrepreneurs to use the new body language to transform their executive presence and effectiveness. He also served as a consultant to Edelman Public Relations as part of its creative content team, leading brainstorming sessions to encourage new ways of thinking for Edelman client accounts. Also, Chris is certified in Movement Pattern Analysis from Columbia College of Chicago. In his spare time, Ulrich regularly performs with Jive Turkey and Nox, improv comedy troupes in Washington,DC. Ulrich studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington. Prior to founding CU in the Moment, Ulrich worked closely with top level government officials for over 18 years. He served as a Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, Issue Director to Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman, Political Analyst at the Embassy of Japan, and as an effectiveness consultant for Energy Secretary Chu.
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Business Applications & Programs Manager, Microsoft
Sonya Verny, MCR
Director of Client Services, IA Interior Architects
Change Management Senior Advisor, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Formerly a Human Resources Manager, France Vigneault is passionate about the development of organizations and the people who make them up. She steered the cultural transition to an Activity Based Workplace for the 400 employees and executives at the Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada in Montreal. She now supports other federal organizations in transforming their workplace to create a modern, high-performance public service that promotes empowerment, innovation, collaboration and inclusion
President, Related Companies
Philippe Visser is President of Related Office Development where he leads the company's US commercial office development efforts. Mr. Visser led the successful execution of 30 Hudson Yards, a 2.6m SF office tower that will be the second tallest in the US. Philippe served as Director of World Trade Center Redevelopment for the PANYNJ and has 20+ years' experience leading large real estate projects at Tishman Speyer, Vornado Realty and Forest City.
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Ben Waber, PhD
Dr. Ben Waber is the CEO and co-founder of Humanyze. He is a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, previously worked as a senior researcher at Harvard Business School, and received his Ph.D. from MIT for his work with Alex“Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics group. Waber’s work has been featured in major media outlets such as Wired, The Economist, and NPR. He has consulted for industry leaders such as LG, McKinsey & Company, and Gartner on technology trends, social networks, and organizational design. His book, People Analytics, was published by the Financial Times Press in 2013.
Susan Wagner, MCR
Senior Director, Real Estate & Facilities International, Microsoft
Susan is a Senior Director in Microsoft’s Real Estate & Security (RE&S) organization, responsible for directing the full life cycle of real estate activities for Microsoft’s International offices and lab portfolios - including strategy, planning, design, build and operations. Her team focuses on enabling Microsoft culture through the environment and services provided, owning the Microsoft experience for employees and customers. Overseeing 12M square feet, across 90+ countries with over 250 buildings. Susan led the development of the Women in Real Estate and Security (WIRE+S) community, an initiative that helps create a globally connected and inclusive community of women in the organization.
Erica Wagner, MCR
Vice President, PepsiCo Global Real Estate, PepsiCo, Inc.
Principal, H. Hendy Associates
Jennifer Walton is a licensed architect, principal and project director at national interior architecture and planning firm H. Hendy Associates where she oversees corporate projects from concept through execution. With nearly 20 years of experience, Jennifer specializes in creating workplace environments that become strategic tools for business success. Her portfolio includes work for Fortune 500 clients and nationally recognized brands such as CoreLogic, Behr Paint, Kawasaki Motors and Olukai, to name a few. She is an award-winning architect, having received several awards for her corporate projects including the 2017 CREW OC Spire Award, Building Renovation/Tenant Improvement and a 2017 REmmy Award, Innovative Project for Kawasaki Motors Corporation.
Creativity Consultant, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity for Disney
As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyones DNA. He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Head of Occupier Research, Americas, CBRE
Julie Whelan is the Head of Occupier Research for the Americas at CBRE. Julie's goals are to identify market trends impacting the occupier primarily in the office and industrial space and to interpret the economic and property markets for CBRE’s clients in the Americas. Julie has over a decade of experience in real estate market analysis and consulting. Prior to joining CBRE, she was the Vice President of Global Realty Services for State Street Corporation. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University.
Design Manager, Fidelity Real Estate Company
Randy Whinnery is VP of Design with Fidelity Investments. As an architect and thought leader, he works collaboratively with consultants, designers, and business partners worldwide to improve the confluence of building design, interior design and workplace strategy. Over the last 13 years he has been a key contributor to Fidelity's growth as an industry leader in workplace solutions and has helped its business leaders understand the importance of leveraging the workplace to achieve business objectives.
Workplace Design & Change Manager, US, GSK
Dr. Whitney is an Environmental Social Psychologist who manages the Workplace Design & Change process for GSK Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, R&D in the US. She leads change management efforts, ensuring the principles of SMART Lab/SMART Working and corresponding workplace guidelines are applied in the design of R&D facilities and ways of working. Teresa also leads WREF R&D’s global spatial performance study efforts, application of lessons learned, and partners with Regional Master Planners on continuous improvement efforts. Dr. Whitney completed her PhD in Psychology and Behavioral Science at The London School of Economics in Feb 2016.
CMO, The Instant Group (Instant Office Ltd)
John is a property marketing expert who has worked with a number of leading brands including Sotheby’s International Realty, Land Securities, Woods Bagot, Brookfield, Instant, Unispace and Knight Frank. He sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards and has presented at the EG Marketing Summit for the past three years. His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector. In the past year, he has acted as a key note speaker at the JP Morgan Real Estate conference, a Corenet UK Workspace Seminar on co-working, chaired a session at Cornet EMEA, MIPIM UK and Worktech London.
Senior Vice President, Fischer
Eric joined Fischer in 2012. He is responsible for maintaining and growing client relationships and overseeing product management for Fischer’s portfolio administration platform, ManagePath. He works closely with the Fischer Account Managers and clients to ensure business data and reporting needs are met. He is the recognized subject matter expert on lease accounting and financial systems integration.
Senior Vice President, Director of WorkPlace, HOK
As Director of HOK’s global WorkPlace group Gordon leads regional, national and global client relationships. With more than 20 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. His responsibilities are national and international in scope providing experience in the special challenges firms face as they extend their global reach.
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Director of Technology, Microsoft
Roberto Yglesias is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. Although Roberto works as a technology professional, he also enjoys technology as a hobby, constantly seeking the latest in innovation across multiple technological fronts. Before joining Microsoft, he was a consultant for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Seattle Art Museum, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Citi among many others. Roberto enjoys sharing his passion for technology and has been sought to speak at industry conferences such as Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference, AIMM, SharePoint Saturday Events and CoreNet Global Chapter Events
CTO and Founder, Modo Labs, Inc.
Andrew Yu is the Founder and CTO for Modo Labs. Born out of MIT, Modo empowers enterprise customers to fast-track their mobile-first strategy by delivering personalized workplace apps help increase user engagement and adoption of enterprise resources. The Modo no-code app building platform makes it easy to create workplace apps that exceed employee expectations.
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General Manager Innovation Center Southern California
Daniel is the General Manager and Global Head of HanaHaus, SAP’s startup workspace cafes located in Palo Alto and Newport Beach. Established in 2015, HanaHaus connects the next generation of innovators to the ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, students and researchers by providing an inspiring, state-of-the-art meeting environment.
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