CoreNet Global Virtual Summit: October 26-27, 2020

The Power of RE

REasoning, REsilience & REsponsibility 

Defining moments come along once or twice in a generation. Leaders, like you face a myriad of important and difficult decisions. You are REsponsibly balancing health, safety, and financial implications. Through quick and resourceful actions you’re determining how your enterprise emerges from the current crisis. Rethinking the future of real estate with thoughtful REasoning is the power of RE to move beyond adaptation to building REsilience.

What to Expect:

Attendees will enter the CoreNet Global Virtual Summit interactive environment and maneuver between virtual rooms featuring Learning Experiences, discussion forums, demos, exhibits and lifestyle activities including a yoga class.

Chat in real-time in a virtual event space designed for connecting with attendees, presenters, and exhibitors.

Curated content provides corporate real estate professionals with the knowledge needed to move forward in today’s world.

All sessions are recorded, so attendees can access them when they want.


Times noted on Agenda are local Atlanta, EDT.


Monday, 26 October

Time Title Type Location
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Morning Yoga Networking Virtual
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Coffee Break Networking Virtual
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Welcome - State of the Association Virtual
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Economic Outlook Series - Part 1
  COVID-19. The unexpected happened. The pandemic brought broad segments of the economy to a halt and is causing an unprecedented global economic slowdown.

Speakers: K.C. Conway, Chief Economist, CCIM Institute
Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist, Global Head of Research, Cushman & Wakefield

Topics: Geopolitics, Market Conditions, Portfolio Management

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM The Corporate Real Estate Transformation Agenda in the Wake of COVID-19 Virtual
  This is an unprecedented period of crisis, transformation, and change. COVID-19 is impacting industries, corporations and communities, as well as our personal and professional lives.

Speakers: Karen Ellzey, Executive Managing Director, CBRE
Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins University | Bloomberg School of Public Health

Topics: Corporate Real Estate, Wellness

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break Virtual
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Exhibit Hall Virtual - Exhibit Hall
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Tech Demo - In the Future Workplace, We Will Prioritize People Over Place
  The drop in workplace use triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a universal inquiry into the future of the office.

Speakers: Brian Haines, VP of Strategy, FM:Systems

Topics: Data Analytics, Workplace

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Education Sessions/Roundtable Discussions Virtual
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Prioritizing Humanity – Examining Racism Today
  Achieving racial equity in the workplace is one of the most important issues that companies will tackle in the coming decade.

Speakers: Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD, Chief Catalyst and Founder, The Equity Project LLC

Topics: Change Management, Diversity & Inclusion

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Awards & Recognition Program Virtual - Awards Program
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Education Sessions Virtual
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Virtual Coffee and Tea Networking
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM How to Manage a Construction Site During COVID-19 Virtual
  Oracle Industries Innovation Lab (a simulated worksite for testing and exploring cutting-edge technologies) was expanding and was an actual construction worksite, full of workers, equipment, and materials.

Speakers: Burcin Kaplanoglu, PhD, Executive Director, Innovation Officer, Oracle Construction and Engineering

Topics: Construction, Innovation

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Planning for the Next Black Swan Event
  It’s not a matter of if, but when, the next unpredictable event will hit. And of course, what it will be.

Speakers: Julia Cooper, Vice President, HOK
Kay Sargent, MCR.w, Senior Principal - Director of WorkPlace, HOK

Topics: Risk Management, Workplace Design

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Redefining the Purpose of the Office: Verizon’s Hospitality Mindset
  Now that the workplace extends to our homes, when we choose to come together, the purpose is for meaningful experiences that support the basic human need for connection.

Speakers: Sonya Dufner, Principal, Gensler
John Vazquez, SVP Global Real Estate, Verizon Communications Inc.

Topics: Talent, Workplace, Workplace Design

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Climate Change and the Built Environment
  Climate change and its effects on the environment has important implications for the construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

Speakers: Paul Kirshen, PhD, Professor and Director of the Stone Living Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Topics: Risk Management, Sustainability

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Organizational Health During a Pandemic: The Importance of a Strong Real Estate and HR Partnership Virtual
  The role of Corporate Real Estate is continually evolving to align more with what were previously considered to be HR metrics like attrition and engagement.

Speakers: Ben Waber, PhD, President & Co-Founder, Humanyze

Topics: Partnering, Talent, Workplace Culture

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Virtual Happy Hour Networking Virtual

Tuesday, 27 October

Time Title Type Location
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Mindfulness Virtual
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Coffee Break Networking Virtual
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Welcome and Sponsor Thank You - Day 2 Virtual
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Buildings, Health, and Human Performance: Driving Research into Practice
  The health and wellbeing of the workplace is a top priority. Take a deeper dive into the interconnections between buildings and health during this timely case study from the Harvard University.

Speakers: Joseph Allen, PhD, Assistant Professor; Director, Healthy Buildings Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Heather Henriksen, Managing Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University Sustainability

Topics: Change Management, Sustainability, Wellness

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM C-Suite Perspective: From Pandemic to Performance Virtual
  Now more than ever, the convergence of place, people, process and technology is drawing leaders from across every organization into workplace and real estate decisions.

Speakers: Bill Knightly, Chief Executive, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Topics: Strategy and Leadership

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch Break Networking Virtual
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Having Difficult Conversations
  Uncomfortable and difficult conversations about racism are taking place in businesses and organizations worldwide.

Speakers: Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Northern Trust
Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD, Chief Catalyst and Founder, The Equity Project LLC
T. Dallas Smith, President & CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company, LLC

Topics: Change Management, Diversity & Inclusion

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Squeezing the Middle: The Profound Impact of Occupational Change in the United States Virtual
  Patterns of real estate use, which have been stable for decades, are rapidly changing. This has had significant implications on today’s workforce and as trends evolve will shape the workforce of tomorrow.

Speakers: Richard Barkham, PhD, Global Head of Research | Head of Americas Research | Global Chief Economist, CBRE

Topics: Emerging Trends, Employee/Professional Development, Talent

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon! Virtual
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Exhibit Hall Virtual - Exhibit Hall
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Tech Demo - Coming Soon!
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Economic Outlook Series - Part 2
  COVID-19. The unexpected happened. The pandemic brought broad segments of the economy to a halt and is causing an unprecedented global economic slowdown.

Speakers: Robert Hess, Vice Chairman, Consulting, Newmark Knight Frank

Topics: Geopolitics, Market Conditions, Portfolio Management

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Education Sessions Virtual
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM The Subtle Art of Understanding Gen Z and Millennials
  Much has been said about how Gen Z represents a new kind of generation: digital natives drastically different even from Millennials. Are they really any different?

Speakers: Cristina Banks, PhD, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California, Berkeley
Taylor Hick, Associate, CBRE
Ray Milora, Director, Workplace Experience, Cisco
Stefanie Spurlin, Vice President, Workplace Solutions, Capital One

Topics: Communication Effectiveness, Workplace

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Closing Remarks, Polling Results Virtual
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Mixologist and Closing Reception Networking Virtual

*Agenda is subject to change

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