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Sarah Abrams is Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate at Iron Mountain, a Fortune 1000 company. Sarah leads a global real estate team responsible for real estate strategy, transactions, construction and facility management for a portfolio of 85+ million sf in 53 countries.
Prior to Iron Mountain, Sarah was president of the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments, where she led the team responsible for providing all real estate and location strategy services to Fidelity's business units.
Ms. Abrams is the recipient of 7 Luminary Awards for excellence in speaking at CoreNet Global Summits and regularly teaches the Capstone Case as part of CoreNet Global’s MCR designation.
Nadira Akbari is Vice President with Avison Young serving the Bay Area market. Mrs. Akbari brings years of experience in many aspects of Real Estate, specifically in corporate real estate, transaction management, strategic planning, and project management. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mrs. Akbari co-founded a women owned brokerage and advisory firm in Silicon Valley, where she helped grow the company and achieve several industry awards. Nadira also won the 2016 CoreNet Northern California Young Leader of the Year Award for her achievements and contributions to the industry. Mrs. Akbari specializes in Tenant Representation for clients from all fields including Corporate Clients, Tech-Startup, Pre-Post IPO companies, and Professional Services Firms.
Eric Allon is a Partner in the real estate department of Bernkopf Goodman LLP. Eric’s principal practice areas are real estate and business law, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing, the acquisition, management and sale of properties, financing transactions, and commercial loan workouts. His clients include commercial landlords, tenants of retail, warehouse and office space, private and institutional lenders, hotel and restaurant operators, fiduciaries, brokers, and lawyers. Eric’s clients often credit his responsiveness and business acumen with maximizing their business opportunities and minimizing their financial and legal risks.
Alex is a global Client Solutions executive in CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business, and has held leadership positions in the Americas and EMEA. He collaborates with CBRE’s global clients by understanding their objectives and challenges, and developing bespoke solutions to align with those needs. Alex positions himself at the forefront of innovation in the real estate outsourcing sector, and has been instrumental in defining how CBRE’s global corporate clients address complex real estate issues through a consultative and solutions-oriented approach. He is currently based in San Francisco, after relocating from London in 2015.
Stuart Appley is the Technology Solutions Leader for the West Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group, where he is responsible for providing executive technology oversight, innovation and consulting to current and potential clients across the region. Stuart was previously the Chief Information & Technology Officer at Shorenstein Realty Services, a leading national Commercial Real Estate Investment and Operating company. At Shorenstein, Stuart led the transformation of the company’s technology environment into an innovative organization, championing and leading new digital engagement opportunities. He’s a frequent speaker on innovation and he serves on several advisory boards for emerging technology companies, industry organizations, and VC’s.
John P. Arenas is a ground-breaking innovator in the commercial real estate and hospitality industries. Over the last 20 years, he has successfully launched three national workplace-as-a-service brands in response to the rapidly changing nature of work itself. For John, anticipating and serving the needs of an increasingly mobile and digitally connected workforce that desires a better quality of life has been at the core of each of his successes.
In 1996 he founded Stratis Business Centers, which operated a network of shared workplaces in 11 states including Connecticut. In 2001 Stratis was acquired by Regus, the largest global provider of shared workplaces. John became President and GM of their Americas division, where he took the helm in the face of the economic crisis that began in 2001. John led the company through a formal restructuring that resulted in an 11x share price increase. He left Regus to launch Worktopia, with the idea of liberating workers by allowing them to book workspace, meeting rooms, and even group hotel room-blocks on demand. The platform connected the workforce with 86,000 hotels, airport clubs, and conference centers, and was licensed to companies that include American Express Business and Travelocity.
After selling Worktopia, John founded Serendipity Labs Coworking in 2011, combining real estate and hospitality as an upscale shared workplace experience. His vision of designing inspiring workplaces imbued with vibrancy while still meeting high corporate standards can be seen in the success of Serendipity Labs network.
Started career as owner’s project manager for Commonwealth of Massachusetts working on many large construction and renovation projects
Spent approximately 15 years as a service provider with Johnson Controls, EMCOR Facilities Services, and DTZ (Cushman Wakefield).
Held positions in operations from account manager up through VP of National Accounts. I also had several non-operations roles such business development and corporate governance
Currently at Millipore Sigma as the Head of Real Estate and Property Services
Head up all U.S. real estate and distribution and warehouse needs in the rest of world and all property services for the company in Massachusetts and St. Louis, the companies two largest concentration of buildings
Overall responsible for building the new 350,000 sq. ft. technology and biotech center located in Burlington, MA.
Jason is currently on the management team of KBA and advisory board of Visual Lease, helping oversee business and corporate development, new product ideation, account management, audit solution strategy, contracting and IP matters, as well as channel partnership enablement. Prior to joining KBA, Mr. Aster graduated from the University of Virginia School of law and practiced in a “Big Law” corporate department as well as a litigation consultant to a boutique Wall Street firm.
Sanjiv Awasthi is the Vice President, Global Real Estate, where he leads the global real estate team to support Cigna's seven million square feet global real estate portfolio.
Sanjiv is responsible for all global real estate functions from strategy to implementation. The focus of the team is to connect business and real estate strategies to optimize Cigna's real estate portfolio across the globe.
Prior to working at Cigna, Sanjiv has held senior real estate management positions at Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Warner Bros and Time Inc.
Sanjiv received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from MIT and Masters of Business Administration from U of California, Berkeley.
Kelly has 18 years’ experience helping clients and teams navigate complexity as they seek to create better workplaces. She uses her training in behavioral research methods, sociology, communication strategy and business to facilitate the adjustment to new ways of working. Her education combined with diverse project experience, as workplace strategist and corporate end user, enables her to provide a broad societal context for working environments.
Vik is the founder and managing principal of Verum Consulting, LLC. He has a 25 year background in corporate real estate, real estate outsourcing best practices, strategic planning and workflow and process improvement. Vik led the corporate real estate function at Fortune 500 firms Unocal Corporation and Ameriprise Financial and has also held senior leadership positions at real estate service provider firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq, Struxicon.com, and CBRE. He also served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet. Vik has an MBA from Pepperdine University in California as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds the CoreNet Global, Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) professional designation.
Cristina Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley, where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she teaches MBA and undergraduate students in management. She combined her work as an academic with 40 years of consulting experience including the founding two firms to address the need for radical change in the way people experience work and workplaces. Dr. Banks is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and of the American Psychological Association.
Yetta Banks is an architect and Vice President of Design and Construction at global media conglomerate Viacom, where she has been curating the design and construction of spaces, whether on camera or off, for nearly two decades. In this role, she assumes all leadership responsibilities for workplace strategies, project management and design and construction activities across all Viacom properties.
She is also a designer who has a passion for giving back. As a board member for Housing Works, a designer for its fundraiser, Design on a Dime and a designer for DIFFA’s Picnic by Design, Banks believes that design can be a powerful platform to help those in need.
John F. Barros has served as Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Chief of Economic Development since 2014, and brings with him a passion for sustainable community development while fostering economic inclusion and equity for all Bostonians. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Barros served 13 years as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), the largest urban community land trust in the country. He successfully led neighborhood revitalization efforts, focusing on community wealth creation, and producing permanent affordable housing. Mr. Barros has also held positions at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, providing insurance for initial public offerings for dot-com startups, including Priceline.com. Mr. Barros earned a Master of Public Policy from Tufts University and a B.A in Economics and African/African-American Studies from Dartmouth College.
Robin Bass works in the Real Estate and Workplace Services group at Google. Her team is responsible for delivering health and sustainability outcomes for Google's global real estate portfolio (over 70 offices in 40 countries). Prior to joining Google, Robin worked for over 15 years in design and architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on sustainability. Aside from raising 2 boys, her latest passion is the Circular Economy. She is leading Google's partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as it relates to circularity in the built environment.
Slade Bedford is the Senior Manager for Global Facilities within the Global Facilities, Events, & Travel Team (GFET) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His experience spans manufacturing, aerospace, small business ownership, real estate, and facilities. In his current role, he oversees the extraordinary experience that employees and guests receive while working for and visiting the Gates Foundation.
Lauren Della Bella, LEED AP, has been with SHP for more than 30 years. Since joining the firm, she has undertaken a variety of roles blending her planning and marketing expertise. She currently serves as SHP’s president, the first woman to hold that position in the firm’s 100+ year history.
With her entire career dedicated to the AEC industry, Lauren’s achievements on SHP’s behalf have been extensive. She spearheaded the development of SHP’s nationally recognized engagement process and was instrumental in the formation of the 9 Billion Schools movement and co-author of the book 9 Billion Schools: Why the World Needs Personalized, Lifelong Learning for All. Under her leadership, the firm has become viewed as an authority on learning across a lifetime, from early childhood education to workplace design and beyond.
Lauren’s day to day activities include leading the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives, guiding the strategic vision, developing and maintaining excellent client relationships and creating an innovative, rewarding work environment across the entire organization.
Lauren’s passion for design, education and planning is evidenced in her industry and community leadership roles. She currently serves as president of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, sits on the board of the Design Futures Council, serves on the Cincinnati CEO Roundtable, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Previously, she has held a variety of board positions spanning civic, religious, educational and recreational organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Ethan Bernstein is the Edward W. Conard Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. He teaches the second-year MBA course in Managing Human Capital, the HBX Live Developing Yourself as a Leader course, and various executive education programs. Professor Bernstein’s research investigates the impact of workplace transparency—the observability of employee activities, routines, behaviors, output, and/or performance—on productivity, with implications for leadership, collaboration, organization design, and new forms of organizing.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Bernstein spent a half-decade at The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto and Tokyo. Tapped by Elizabeth Warren to join the implementation team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he spent nearly two years in executive positions, including Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy Assistant Director of Mortgage Markets, at the newest United States federal agency. Professor Bernstein earned his doctorate in management at Harvard, where he also received a JD/MBA degree. He also holds an AB in Economics from Amherst College.
Mr. Berthold is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategy & Change Management within C&W’s Strategic Consulting practice. This practice includes all aspects of developing integrated experiences for clients and employees. Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience with solutions that drive culture and integrate people, place and technology.
Workplace Strategy focus is unique in its breadth. While many have focused on discrete segments of workplace, Workplace Strategy includes cultural alignment, client and employee experience, workplace strategy, technology strategy, sustainable designs, health & wellness strategies, change management, and service strategy.
The practice leverages best practice research, systems, design thinking, and key partnerships across Cushman & Wakefield and the entire industry. Workplace Strategy brings clients to the forefront of new ways of working and building compelling client and workplace experiences that increase value, improve the bottom line and accelerate a client’s progress toward their strategic objectives. Workplace Strategy serves as client catalyst within the Global Consulting Group, helping to drive change, create compelling experiences.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Berthold was SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he rolled out their first Alternative Workplace program and co-working space. He began his 20+ year career as an architect, and is an industry leader in workplace strategy, change management and the alignment of business and real estate strategies.
Mr. Berthold was the 2014 CoreNet Global Corporate Executive of the Year for Atlanta and is a Top Faculty-rated instructor for CoreNet Global. He has been active in workplace strategies with SunTrust Bank, Altisource, TD Financial Group, Washington Mutual, Capital One and Fleet Boston Financial. At Capital One, Bryan led the award winning, Future of Work alternative workplace strategy program that garnered the CoreNet Global, Global Innovator’s Award; Great Places to Work, Best Practices award; Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility 4 times; and Working Woman’s Best Place to Work.
Christian leads the Real Estate and Facilities organization, known as Workplace Resources, at Cisco. Cisco works to connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld-enabled hospitals.
In his 25 years with in the real estate industry, Christian has worked as an interior designer, a facility manager, and a real estate director. Over the past 15 years, he has helped transform the way people interact within the work environment and how they think of “the office” and “the lab.” Looking to the future, Christian and his team are constantly innovating to define the next generation of workplaces to drive the company’s real estate and services into a true competitive advantage in the retention and pursuit of talent.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Cornell University.
Michael Billing is a Managing Director at JLL and serves as the firm’s Global Lease Accounting Lead. He is a Certified Public Accountant responsible for all activities related to lease accounting, including education, process and technology implementation, and client strategy development and execution. He has held numerous accounting and finance leadership roles such as Director of Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting Manager and Infrastructure Controller. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael helps CRE teams with lease accounting, global real estate portfolio strategy, asset financial structuring, occupancy strategy, headquarters relocation and real estate governance. Michael has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran.
Amy Blankson is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she co-founded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for others. Amy has since focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in artificial intelligence. Amy is a regular contributor for Forbes and author The Future of Happiness.
Cedar Blazek is a fellow in the Building Technologies Office of DOE, working with commercial partners to reduce energy use and promote high impact energy-saving technologies within the Better Buildings Initiative. Through the Green Lease Leaders program, Cedar works with tenants and landlords to reduce barriers for energy efficiency in leased space. Prior to her work with the DOE, Cedar performed energy audits for both commercial and residential properties in western Massachusetts.
Michele Boggs oversees the Business Development team at the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF). Her team focuses both on business retention and attraction of new companies to the San Antonino market. Since 2007, Michele has secured 39 company relocation or expansions in the San Antonio region, creating over 11,000 jobs for San Antonians. Prior to joining SAEDF, Michele worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where she was a contributing author and researcher on multiple statewide economic studies. Michele holds a Master of Arts Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University.
Seeing the substantial monies companies are spending on architectural interior assets and finishes, Corporate Care develops cost effective long term care programs versus reactive cleanings and costly premature replacement. As the client base grew and experienced M&A expansion, the need for a single source national service provider became imperative. With 12 regional offices and an integrated alliance partner network, Corporate Care annually services in excess of 500 Million square feet in over 50,000 buildings across the nation.
Del is President/CEO of Boyette, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 13 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; led economic development programs for the State of Georgia, and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte.
Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for eight years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Global Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet Global's New England Chapter.
Jim Boyle is CEO & Founder of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. where he leads full-time teams of diverse experts assisting world-leading corporations, real estate owners, and federal agencies in their move to greater sustainability. He has led in developing SR Inc’s confidential, industry specific, annual management assessment and recommendation process for more sustainable operations and real estate that is compatible with major public standards globally. Mr. Boyle also led in the creation of SR Inc’s Renewable Energy Procurement Services (REPS), which advises Fortune 100 and fast-growing technology companies in the development of national and international Renewable Energy Strategies for procurement of on and off-site advanced energy solutions. SR Inc has assisted more than 75 Fortune 500 firms on a multiple-year basis over the last 10 years to become the leader in Sustainability Program assistance
Ms. Brady is Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group located in Orlando, FL where she brings over twenty six years of diverse project and real estate management experience including corporate office, higher education, government, industrial, historic preservation and retail projects. Ms. Brady's excellent analytic and critical thinking skills, in combination with her passion to deliver strategic operational results and cost efficiencies provides Jones Lang LaSalle's clients with a valuable and effective partnership.
Ms. Brady is responsible for Jones Lang LaSalle's Project Development Services business for the state of Florida. One of her most recent major projects was managing the 225,000 SF build-to-suit Financial Services Center for Verizon in Lake Mary, FL.
Erica Brett is a design researcher with the SUPERSPACE team at Woods Bagot. She develops applications for spatial analysis and data visualization and uses them to draw insights and make data-driven design recommendations. She has also created bespoke computer applications for parametric model manipulation/ fabrication and browser-based scripting environments, and she has experience in generative design and user-centered design research.
Erica has also used her scripting experience to create and advise on generative parametric designs and automating workflows. Her particular interests are in user-centered design, environmental design research methods, and virtual environments.
Christelle Bron is part of the Strategic Consulting Group at CBRE. Ms. Bron brings 20 years of experience as a real estate client service professional to her position. Combining management consulting experience with real estate expertise, she offers a strategic and multidisciplinary approach to solving her corporate clients’ real estate challenges that delivers innovative, actionable and value-added solutions.
Over the past 5 years, Christelle and her team - in partnership with prestigious Universities such as Cornell and Columbia - have actively researched, developed and tested unique predictive analytics and robust optimization models, which provide a truly proprietary way to solve for the supply/demand equation.
Dr. Tracy Brower is a Principal with the Applied Research + Consulting group for Steelcase and the author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. Tracy has worked with many of the Fortune 500, as well as educational and health-care organizations. She is a three-time recipient of the CoreNet Global Luminary Award and recipient of the UofH Real Estate Innovation Award. In addition to her PhD and MM, Tracy holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate. Tracy’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CoreNet Global Leader Magazine, Real Estate Review Journal, Fortune.com, Forbes.com, Inc. Magazine, and more.
Mike Brucato serves as the Advisory and Transaction Services Client Solutions Director for the Americas GWS Northeast Division. In this role, Michael is Responsible for client outcomes, growth and operational excellence. He has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies centralizing and streamlining the real estate function.
Previously, Mike was Vice President for CBRE/New England responsible for the development and execution of portfolio optimization strategies focusing on the alignment of business objectives with operational efficiencies and cost-savings opportunities.
Prior to joining CBRE/New England, Mike spent four years with another real estate services firm in Account Management and Strategic Consulting roles utilizing technology solutions to provide advisory and analytical services to a variety of corporate clients across a broad array of industries and asset types.
Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 25 years of media and communications experience, expertise, and leadership, Brunner is sought by high-profile individuals and organizations to build meaningful reputations within their markets. Prior to launching Brunner Communications, Brunner served as both a main news anchor for the #1 rated 6pm newscast on WCVB, NewsCenter 5 and covered countless breaking news stories. She conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with prominent figures, ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders, including President Barack Obama. Recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished journalists, Brunner’s distinguished approach of educating and communicating information to viewers has yielded countless industry awards and earned her a devoted following.
Khari Buck leads Workplace Transformations for CBRE on behalf of her client, McKesson Corporation. Ms. Buck is responsible for Occupancy Planning, Workplace Strategy, Change Management, and Communications. She currently driving new workplace adoption at 3 major hubs in Dallas, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; and McKesson HQ in San Francisco.
Before joining the McKesson account in 2015, Ms. Buck was a Portfolio Strategy Manager on CBRE’s MUFG Union Bank account.
Mrs. Buck holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Finance & Construction Management from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Real Estate Investment & Consulting from Cornell University.
Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code on a mission to show compassion through computation. She uses art and research to investigate the social impact of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze, algorithmic bias that can worsen social inequalities. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered evaluation techniques for face classification algorithms which is leading to increased transparency in the use of this technology. She chairs the IEEE working group creating the first international standards for facial analysis technology. She serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the European Union to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to make technology more beneficial for humanity. Her Gender Shades research which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial gender classification has been covered in over 230 articles in 37 countries by media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, NPR, BBC World Service, and the Daily Show.
Joy is an international speaker having shared her work at venues including the White House, The Vatican, WIRED Live UK, SXSWedu, Aspen Ideas Festival, and FundForum. Her TED Talk on bias in AI has been viewed nearly 1 million times.
Joy produces media that makes daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause. Her short film, The Coded Gaze: Unmasking Algorithmic Bias, debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar. She holds two master’s degrees from Oxford University and MIT and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is now pursuing a PhD at MIT.
Tarana Burke, best known as the founder of the 'me too' Movement, shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral awakening for women's rights, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.
The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.
#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.
A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana works under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement which is housed at Brooklyn based Girls for Gender Equity where she serves as Senior Director. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma
As a Project Manager at the award-winning architecture and interior design firm, Perkins+Will, Sarah Busch is supremely knowledgeable about current and past industry trends. She is thoroughly familiar with the intersection of the design profession and related professions. She is well respected across the interior design industry, and is equally avid as either student or mentor. Sarah has worked across a variety of fields throughout her career, from business development to project management to design. Her poise, flexibility, and good sense carry her through many unpredictable situations. She serves as an exemplary representative of both our firm and our profession.
Brent is an inspiring, award winning designer who has transformed his client’s companies, strengthening their corporate cultures through experiential design. He considers space and form at many scales while understanding the importance of interior environments that are human-centric. He has a keen ability to embed himself in his client’s needs and develops tailored design responses that positively influence their business drivers and employee engagement. Since joining Perkins+Will, Brent has focused on integrating both architectural and interior design to create solutions that cross boundaries, and encourage emotional connections with space.
Kristine Carter is a Project Manager in CBRE's Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) division on the Iron Mountain account. She is based in Southern California and manages project delivery on multi-story racking systems, fire protection, security, IT, tenant improvements and HVAC systems for a 16.5 million square feet portfolio across 18 states.
Kristine joined CBRE in 2013 as a Project Coordinator supporting several project managers and business lines across 29 states where she provided support to the project management team, had oversight on complex project documentation preparation, reporting and project technology tools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is a 2015 graduate of the CoreNet New England chapter’s Young Leader Leadership Development Program.
Derek Chanler-Berat is a Managing Director within Advisory & Transaction Services | Occupier at CBRE. With a unique blend of experience in management consulting and real estate, Derek helps companies optimize their real estate occupancy to meet the dynamic needs of their business.
Derek is at the forefront of agility research, working on developing and deploying next-generation tools and techniques, including: statistical forecasting for headcount / demand; footprint and flexibility optimization; lease options pricing and co-working.
Derek has advised numerous Fortune 500 firms across many industries and has a track record of developing creative solutions and delivering superior outcomes.
Erica Chapman is the Vice President of Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity at Akamai. Chapman is responsible for leading the team charged with the ongoing development of Akamai's world-class facilities, as well as the strategy and planning of opening new office space. Today, Akamai has 57 offices across five continents and continues to grow rapidly. Over the course of her career, Erica has been instrumental in helping a number of leading enterprises expand their real estate and global facilities.
Dr. Andrea Chegut is a Research Scientist at MIT that uncovers innovation in the built environment. She is the Co-Founder and Director of the Real Estate Innovation Lab which is an inter-disciplinary team that identifies built environment innovative products, processes and technologies and their financial and economic impact. Andrea is also a Co-Founder and the Head of Research for DesignX, an entrepreneurial accelerator for new student and faculty ventures from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning that focuses on design, cities and the built environment. In addition to research, Andrea teaches classes on innovation, corporate finance and entrepreneurship at MIT. Andrea did her PhD in financial economics and has worked at the intersection of innovation, urban economics and real estate for over a decade. Prior to her work at MIT, Andrea had a career in securities asset pricing and worked in Europe on developing asset pricing models for commercial real estate, green buildings and digital infrastructure.
Anthony Cho is Senior Vice President, Client Service Delivery & Professional Services at BGIS. By focusing on innovations that lead to portfolio performance excellence and operating cost effectiveness, Anthony has proven results in managing, operating and delivering integrated real estate services to corporate, retail and infrastructure portfolios. His experience with $1B+ in complex design, construction programs and projects of all scale and building types has allowed Anthony to develop specialized and advanced knowledge in asset management, facility performance, program and project management, design management, building science, construction contracts, procurement and administration.
Previous to his current role, Anthony was North American Account Director at BGIS for a major North American financial institution. Prior to joining BGIS, Anthony was Operations Leader with Stantec Architecture.
Anthony holds a BArch, and BES Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and was awarded with CoreNet Global’s ‘Professional Excellence Award’ in 2016.
Christina Clark is a Managing Principal of Cresa’s Global Portfolio Solutions group. With over fifteen years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, she started her career in the architecture and design field. Christina exclusively represents tenants on their headquarter and satellite office locations. As a strategic adviser to her clients, Christina is committed to aligning their business initiatives and culture with effective real estate solutions to maximize economic and functional flexibility.
Karen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink UX. Today Karen is primarily focused on Blink’s culture and employees, communicating the company vision, and setting the company growth strategy. Through her work at Blink, Karen was a winner of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award and she was a finalist for Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015. Blink made Forbes Magazine’s Best Small Companies list for 2016 and has won Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Magazine’s Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, The Women President’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women Led Companies Worldwide award in 2014, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Karen began a Ph.D. program in Values Driven Leadership at the Benedictine University in 2015.
Martha has been with Microsoft since 1997, leading workplace transformation. Before that she was a commercial interior designer at architecture firms in Seattle. Martha manages design for Microsoft, as well as video and photography production, and the Inclusive Workplace program. She is a writer and photographer. Martha grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended University of Oregon. In 2011, Martha was bestowed with the Business Leaders in Design award from IIDA.
John Cleveland is currently the President and a founder of the Innovation Network for Communities, a new national non-profit whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. He has worked for over 30 years in human, social and natural capital formation strategies, sustainable development, green building design, organizational learning, socially responsible businesses, school reform, and economic development.
He also serves as the part time Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a high level CEO group in Boston that supports the implementation of the Boston Climate Action Plan.
Between 1999 and 2006, he served as Vice President of IRN, Inc., a strategic planning and market intelligence firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. IRN provides strategic planning, market research, automotive forecasting and merger and acquisition due diligence for mid-sized manufacturing companies. Prior to joining IRN, he worked as a private consultant; as director of Continuous Improvement for Grand Rapids Community College; and as director of the State of Michigan’s industrial extension service.
John has written extensively on a broad range of subjects, including systems theory; learning theory; organizational change; sustainable development; innovation; continuous improvement; and world class manufacturing strategy. Many of these documents can be accessed through the archives on the INC web site at www.in4c.net.
He currently serves on several boards, including the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago; I-GO (car sharing company); Sacoma International (metal forming); CK Technologies (large injection molding); Tamworth Wireless (rural wireless broadband) and Midstate Security (integrated security company).
Stef is a financial services specialist with extensive, global, experience across a number of human resources areas. Her eleven years of consulting experience covers US, Australian, Middle Eastern and European markets, within which Stef has consulted across all aspects of the HR value chain and advised the world’s leading financial services companies on various elements of HR transformation. Stef joined the US firm in October 2014, after having been a Senior Manager within the Australian firm’s People & Change practice. Prior to this, Stef spent five years consulting for Watson Wyatt Worldwide/Willis Towers Watson in London, Dubai and Sydney in the Talent & Rewards practice.
Based in Redmond, Wa. Brian is responsible for Operationalizing Microsoft’s ‘Workplace Advantage’ (WPA) Program; defining and integrating the implementation of WPA across several multidisciplinary CRE groups (including Capital Projects, Occupancy Planning, Change Management and Integrated Facilities Management & Services) in Microsoft’s 14m sqft regional portfolio.
Brian joined Microsoft 1995 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for The Global Workplace Strategies Group; defining and driving the ‘Workplace Advantage (WPA)’ program; including Workplace research, knowledge management, change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He was also Area Portfolio Manager for RE&F in Central & Eastern Europe, and Facilities Manager for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.
George Conti is the Vice President of Global Real Estate at Iron Mountain Global Real Estate (GRE).
An experienced global executive with a diverse background in corporate real estate, finance, strategic planning, executive communication and management, George is currently responsible for leading a team of 21 employees in various functions covering 50+ countries around the world.
Because of his group’s geographical diverseness, George considers his main priority to be supporting and managing his team with a focus on individual and overall team development and performance. George has been a mentor and a mentee for the past 10 years and is an active participant in the CoreNet mentor match program.
As a member of a leading brokerage team and Principal of Avison Young, Steve represents corporate clients based out of New England seeking local, national and international commercial real estate needs. With over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, he serves as the “single point of contact” for his clients and provides them with a full range of services, including strategic site selection, lease negotiations, and opinion of value assessments.
Steve’s expertise in the commercial real estate industry grew with over 13 years at Grubb & Ellis, where he was consistently named to Grubb & Ellis’ Circle of Excellence. Steve was additionally appointed to Grubb & Ellis’ President’ Council, the company’s premier symbol of achievement recognizing commitment to service excellence, teamwork and the advancement of the company and the real estate industry.
Ben Cordani is Director of Human Resources for the Surface Mining & Technology Division of Caterpillar Inc. In this capacity, Ben leads a global team to attract, develop, support and engage more than 6,000 professionals in delivering the highest value surface mining equipment and technology to customers around the world. Ben has spent his career in Human Resources, Public Relations, Governmental Relations and Strategy Development at Caterpillar, having worked in Peoria, Illinois, Beijing, China, and Washington, DC.
Ben has a Mass Communications degree from Illinois State University, is a Freidrich-Naumann Fellowship recipient and is enrolled in the Mining Practitioner Program at South Dakota School of Mines. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Sun Corridor Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, focused on regional economic development, and serves on the Board of Next Door in Milwaukee, engaged in early childhood and family development within the city.
Sean Corriveau is a workplace transformation leader for Ford Motor Company. With a degree from the University of Michigan, he is responsible for designing and delivering new workplace environments that support the company’s vision. Sean works with the skill teams to gather a working level knowledge of current practices to identify workplace strategies to implement.
The diverse work performed at Ford Motor Company provides a unique challenge for workplace strategies to be created for local and global applications. Working through a range of workplace typologies, Sean has executed strategies for lab based environments, to technical collaboration centers.
As a change leader for new workplace, Sean works closely with the skill teams to educate and inform how the new strategies enhance their workplace wellbeing. While the workplace is ever changing, Sean studies and measures workplace behavior and culture for the company, ensuring the strategies are performing.
Kathleen has spent her thirty-year career at Nokia (and its associated acquisitions) converting cutting edge technologies into real solutions to real problems for real people. The Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are the latest technologies being shaped into an Occupant-Oriented Smart Building strategy for Nokia’s CRE organization. Her expertise in technology is balanced with her management skills and is reflected in a breadth of professional certifications (PMP, PgMP, TOGAF, ITIL, CBAP).
Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society. Kate’s work has explored economic issues in intellectual property systems and increasingly looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues. She runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future.
Simon is an 18 year veteran of the Real Estate Technology industry. Simon specializes in helping clients leverage solutions to meet both the clients tactical and strategic needs. Simon is President of the CoreNet Global Arizona Chapter and serves as Faculty on the CoreNet Global Masters of Corporate Real Estate, specializing in both CRE Technology and Workplace Strategy. Simon is also part of the IFMA Technology Community, serving as Events Chair.
Simon earned his law degree from the University of Southampton, UK and a Master’s degree in Business and Information Technology from the University of Salford, UK.
Caitlin DeClercq earned a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Caitlin is a Core Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at UC Berkeley, where she is leading a study to identify workplace design features that promote positive psychological states in employees. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Caitlin worked as a college health educator and earned an M.S. in an interdisciplinary program, Health Professions Education, at the University of Rochester. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, edited books, and professional journals.
Mike coordinated the JLL team responsible for smart building strategies at McDonald’s corporate HQ project. This included working through a structured process to prioritize program goals, identify strategies, select appropriate technologies and oversee program implementation over an 18-month engagement. He draws on nearly thirty years’ experience in the commercial building industry, including various leadership roles with global, market-leading brands. He has unique smart building expertise having been involved in the definition and mainstream adoption of building system standards and technologies; and deployment of integrated building systems. Mike is a frequent speaker on the state, regional and national level.
With over 20 years’ experience leading corporate real estate organizations of Fortune 500 globally operating companies, Nina is leading IBM’s Global Center of Competency for Building Optimization. Nina helps clients leverage modern technologies to drive optimal asset use and investment and create value in the workplace. She designs unique client solutions using Internet of Things, machine learning, and deep data analytics. Prior to joining IBM, Nina lead the corporate real estate organizations at Southern California Edison and AECOM. Currently, Nina is the President of the Southern California Chapter of CoreNet Global.
Pooja Devendran is the Co-founder & CEO of Novolux, a new Boston-based tech company that is connecting humanity through digital smart windows. Through Novolux, she focuses on making the architecturally challenged spaces where we live, learn, heal and work healthier through light and a connection to the outdoors. Her passionfor integrating science and technology started as a student at MIT and has translated to two decades of experience in disrupting healthcare design and innovation at top hospitals in Boston and New York City.
Steven has over 20 years of experience in Global Real Estate Strategy, Workplace Strategy, Real Estate Transaction, Finance and Operational Analysis. Steven is currently working for Netscout Systems as Head of Real Estate and Facilities. Netscout Systems assures digital business services against disruptions in availability, performance, and security. Steven has previously worked with Iron Mountain and Fresenius Medical Care. Steven is currently the Executive Vice President for the New England Chapter of CoreNet. He was distinguished with the 2012 Corenet Global New England’s Chapter Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year award.
An expert in the strategic design of the workplace, Patrick is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture and work process improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about improving the efficiency of workplace, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. Clients include Aetna, Fidelity, General Dynamics, GSA, Nationwide, Novartis and P&G. Patrick is MIT visiting lecturer 2016-17, write and speaks on design, applied research, innovation, change and organizational architecture. He served on the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global, 2011-2014 and has been awarded top faculty honors at CoreNet Global Learning consistently since 2000.
Regan works for the Newmark Knight Frank Global Strategy team leading the Southwest Region. Their team works alongside the brokers in each location to help guide clients looking to solve the major challenges brought by changes in Workforce, Workplace, & Technology.
Regan spends the other half of her time consulting for Uber’s PAI Team (Programs, Analysis, & Innovation). She supports the “Uber@Work” Initiative to help enhance the employee experience in the work environment for their future HQ project and global real estate initiatives.
Pegeen has been working in the Life Science industry for over 20 years in a variety of senior roles in global marketing, communications and project management. For the past 3 years she has dedicated her career at MilliporeSigma to enhancing the customer experience through construction projects related to a global network of customer-facing laboratories known as the M Lab™ Collaboration Centers. Pegeen has a passion for a collaborative approach to projects ensuring stakeholder inclusion and participation for a shared ownership effect. The North American M Lab™ Collaboration Center is the heart of the MilliporeSigma Life Science Center in Burlington, MA, the subject of today’s session.
As the Manager – Workplace Strategy I am responsible for understanding how people work at TD. I collaborate closely with each line of business as well as our Technology and Human Resources groups to come up with innovative real estate solutions that enable our employees to be more productive, satisfied, and efficient. I started my career as a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young and hold a Masters of Human Resources & Industrial Relations (MIRHR) from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Economics & Law from the University of Waterloo. In my free time I love to play sports and spend time with family.
John is MD of Instant in the UK & EMEA, a business providing companies with flexible office solutions and advice through our Serviced, Managed and Enterprise services.
Previously John was at JLL where he held various senior roles in London, Warsaw/CEE, and Paris over an 18-year period.
Mary Lee Duff is a Principal and Director of Workplace Strategies for IA Interior Architects in San Francisco. Mary Lee has over 25 years of experience working with clients to develop comprehensive workplace solutions that require a sensitivity to each client’s culture, brand, and work processes. Bringing best practices, a proven methodology, and an inquisitive point of view, Mary Lee works with the design team to align the workplace planning and design to support and improve business.
Dusty is the Senior Vice President and co-leader of JLL’s new Digital Advisory practice housed in Technology Solutions. His industry experience and expertise not only enable him to lead this growing practice, but to cultivate and enhance value and operational efficiencies for JLL customers. Dusty brings a broad array of CRE experience and many years of cross functional practice in the areas of portfolio strategy and facilities technology.
Dusty is known for his industry thought leadership around CRE & Workplace technologies and is a current host for CoreNet Global’s ‘What’s Next’ podcast series. Dusty is also a regular media contributor and speaker for various organizations such as IAOP, IFMA, SHRM, CoreNet Global (LEADER Magazine) and Bloomberg Businessweek. His token 'Connected Places: Technology’s Impact on Where and How We Work' has been presented via numerous international webinars and witnessed by live audiences in Salt Lake City, Chicago, London (UK) and most recently as a guest lecturer at the Frederik Meijer Honors College at GVSU.
An accomplished workplace professional who has operated in both client and contractor environments across all the disciplines of facilities management, strategic workplace planning, real estate and major relocation/build projects. Currently working within Unilever running their North America workplace operations as part of our global shared services function. During my career I have led global FM sourcing projects, delivered a broad range of supporting IT services and have been part of our strategic agile workplace strategy from its inception.
Ms. Dunsmore is a workplace strategist and change management professional with 6 years’ experience in workplace strategy and over 12 years’ experience in public speaking, stakeholder relations, and communications planning. She is a trusted advisor to her clients and specializes in leading Workplace Intelligence Assessments to build a holistic understanding of her clients’ workplace needs and aspirations. In particular, her work around telework implementation and their impact on managers, the workforce, and space needs, set her apart as a leader in the workplace field.
Angie is a Principal at BatesForum and Director of Advisory Services bringing 20 years of leadership and expertise in workplace strategy, facility planning, change management, and design innovation. She focuses on ensuring the built environment supports varying work styles, integrate wellbeing strategies, infuse the latest technological advancements, and balance the needs of businesses with a multi-generational workforce. Angie is a national speaker on todays topic and the influence environments can play in improving employee engagement while positively impacting company objectives. Angie is an immediate past-president of CREW, and a member of ULI, CoreNet Global, and IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries council.
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.
Led planning, design, interior construction, and move management on a ground up 420,000 square foot corporate campus in Rhode Island. Key activities included the development of a robust communication & change management program, employee engagement initiatives, facility consolidation involving 4,000+ moves, and rollout of progressive design standards to support an increasingly agile workforce.
In Stewart’s results-driven career, he has led or helped grow technology-driven software companies from start-ups to established enterprise solution providers. With over 25 years’ experience working with innovative technologies, his long-time expertise in mobile software technologies has included taking platform-based solutions such as MEAP and MCAP into the mainstream. Under his leadership, Modo has quickly evolved into the industry-leading mobile-first employee engagement and digital transformation company.
Steve Ernst is an industry veteran in the commercial real estate arena with more than 34 years of experience and has been with the Cushman & Wakefield organization and legacy companies for 24 years. He serves in a leadership role in the company’s Global Occupier Services group’s Tampa-based team, which orchestrates national accounts with top-flight companies such as Aetna, Voya, Citizens Bank, PNC Bank, PwC, iHeartMedia, Stanley Black & Decker, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Citi, Newell Brands, and The Hanover Insurance Group. Steve’s focus as an Executive Director is on Transaction Management, Portfolio Strategy, team building and client relations. In addition to performing client transaction management services, he leads a team of transaction managers and financial analysts for oversight quality control and training. Steve’s background as a former owner-developer and landlord makes him unique when representing space occupiers.
Bryan Ezell provides clients with technology solutions to support their real estate strategy and needs. Bryan specializes in developing resources that fully leverage technology and support enhanced real estate decision making. His proficiency in business intelligence gives clients the information and knowledge they need to make strategic choices related to their real estate portfolios. Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services, and implementation support for integrated workplace management system (IWMS) platforms. Bryan’s business intelligence experience includes leading the development of interactive dashboards, reports and planning tools. Bryan has also created data warehouse environments, bringing together disparate data sources to allow for large amounts of data to be quickly analyzed and become actionable. Savills Studley’s KnowledgeCubed platform is Bryan’s current focus, which delivers relevant and actionable insights via a bespoke technology toolkit uniquely focused on tenants.
Andrew Farah is cofounder and CEO of Density, a people count platform and workplace analytics company. He lives in San Francisco CA with his wife, Dori and their English Shepherd, Indiana.
Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations – and tap the promise – of a new generation. Forbes Magazine has twice named him one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy, a contest he has gone on to judge. New York Magazine has named him “activist of the year.” Esquire magazine recently named him the man of his year of birth. He has received numerous human rights awards, including Refugees International's McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people”. His speeches on the struggles of young people he's worked with around the world as well as his own childhood growing up amidst a high-profile Hollywood scandal have been selected among NPR's “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post's top ten speeches of the year. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronts the Today Show's “#Undercovered” series, combining traditional reporting with innovative crowd-sourced story selection. He has also anchored an MSNBC cable news program, Ronan Farrow Daily. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States' first special adviser for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has also served as spokesperson for youth at UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola, and the Darfur region of Sudan, and appeared as an expert witness before the US Congressional human rights caucus. Farrow is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the forthcoming Pandora's Box: How America Creates Its Own Enemies from Penguin Press.
A passionate global representative, architect, workplace design strategist, artist, and a volunteer - Nishar is part of the core-cell Space Matrix global team. She has work experience in five countries: Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and the US, and has traveled to more than 45. Her career is backed by an eight-year proven track record in workplace design and business strategy. Nishar manages global clients of North America for design and execution in APAC. Deep understanding of the workplace design & build is her key asset. She provides unique solutions for global clients challenged with setting offices in APAC, providing efficient delivery and honest communication with technical and business stakeholders alike.
Nishar is also an author of the research piece "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture" and contributor to a book on vernacular housing of North India called "MATRA: The measure".
Dr. Blair Feltmate is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. Previous positions held by Mr. Feltmate include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. Blair has written textbooks on environmental science, banking and sustainable development and is generally interviewed by the media between 100 and 150 times annually. He is involved in the creation of several national climate adaptation Standards involving the National Research Council, Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association; and, he is Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation.
Dan is responsible for state and local government affairs for Philips, developing and executing strategies to maximize the company’s relationships with state and local governments as policymakers, regulators and customers. He works closely with Philips business units to support their initiatives and raise the profile of Philips within the states. He also partners extensively with Philips business, real estate and tax colleagues to scope, negotiate and obtain state and local incentives for company expansions and relocations throughout the U.S. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan has lived in the Washington, DC, area for more than 25 years.
Ms. Fisher is an accomplished real estate professional with Capital One’s Workplace Solutions, leading their Workplace Experience team. She has over 15 years of guiding and managing programs including retail operation transitions, facility service integrations, service process re-engineering, and technology adoption at Fortune 500 companies. She has a keen eye for understanding the human element of the workplace and developing strategies that are customer focused.
Ms. Fisher’s team is responsible for multiple facets of associate experience in the workplace, including Associate Services, Sustainability, Marketing + Communications, and Digital Workplace. She is accountable for delivering an immersive and seamless experience to Capital One associates across the service and technology platforms.
Matt is an energy consultant at DNV GL, providing planning and technical advice to support clean energy, climate and green building strategy development in the built environment. DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company, where Matt’s team drives opportunities to enhance the energy value chain, including renewables and energy efficiency, while creating healthier and safer communities in the face of risks associated with climate change and energy use. He recently was responsible for the local Boston office move – downsizing from an aging office complex to a compact, employee-focused, energy efficient space in a Transit Oriented Development.
Joann E. Flaminio has been a member of the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, since 1993, and has served on its Board of Governors since 1996. In January 2011, she became the 23rd President of the Boston Athletic Association, and the first woman to ever lead the 130-year-old athletic organization. She was at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and helped shape its positive response to the tragedy, widely lauded both locally and nationally.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and Suffolk University Law School. She was employed at Fidelity Investments for seventeen years in Workplace Investing.
Eleanor is MD North America for Leesman. Coming on board in 2016 to launch Leesman in the US, Eleanor is responsible for the strategic development of the Leesman brand in North America, establishing the company’s first office in NYC. Eleanor has a long-standing interest in people and space, how they influence and interact with each other and how we can better understand our human needs in the built environment.
Before joining Leesman, Eleanor ran her own business for 12 years. Initially launching an art and design consultancy and then a contemporary art gallery representing British based artists, before returning to work as a private and corporate art consultant. She collaborated with artists, collectors, gallerists, architects, and designers for private and corporate clients. Alongside her work as a gallerist and publisher, Eleanor created and implemented interior design schemes, both corporate and private.
Julie works with leading corporations to develop workplace and engagement strategies that effectively prepare employees for working in new ways while reducing disruption to productivity. She helps clients support their business objectives by aligning human behavior and place attributes to create an engaging employee experience. Julie is an active member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community within the International Facility Management Association.
Matt joined TripAdvisor in October of 2014 to lead the office operations and facilities function. Since then, Matt has transformed the group into OfficeX, a hospitality-inspired office experience model, designed to help TripAdvisor attract and retain the best talent in tech. OfficeX oversees the design, construction, and operation of TripAdvisor’s ~700k square foot real estate portfolio. Matt’s group reports into the Chief People Officer where they work alongside Human Resources professionals to support more than 3500 employees in 40 offices around the world. Before TripAdvisor Matt spent 20 years in operational roles, most recently within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel company and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Mirela brings over two decades of experience in corporate real estate to her role as Founder and President of MBG Consulting, Inc. Her financial and consulting background, executive management expertise, and real estate savvy have elevated MBG Consulting to its position as a leading authority for lease administration. In her role as President, Mirela leads the firm in delivering elevated lifecycle lease portfolio management including lease administration, auditing, abstracting, accounting, and compliance for domestic and global real estate portfolios. To learn more about Mirela and MBG Consulting, visit www.mbgconsulting.com.
EarL G. Geertgens is the Founder, President and CEO of FreeAxez, LLC. He launched FreeAxez in 2001 after seeing an opportunity to introduce a revolutionary alternative to traditional raised access flooring into the North American market. An entrepreneur by nature with 20 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate development and general construction, Earl has built FreeAxez into the leading provider of whole building adaptive cabling and power distribution systems. The FreeAxez team has leveraged 25 years of product development and customer solution experience to build the Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ brands into the most recognizable in North America.
Mr. Dmitri Gerchikov is the Senior Vice President of loT and Analytics. He is responsible for strategy and implementation of the Internet of Things (IOT) and Business Intelligence (BI) for Technology Solutions. His extensive expertise enables JLL to better advise and deliver services to clients ranging in size and complexity from Fortune 100 to a local municipality.
Dmitri joined JLL in December of 2016, bringing more than 20 years of experience in workplace management and CRE/workplace technology, consultative services and portfolio management. His business and industry knowledge comes from building complex, multidisciplinary, service based teams that provide extensive workplace management services and from leading a variety of IWMS implementations for over 150+ million square feet of office space
Tara Gibney joined Cushman & Wakefield in the summer of 2015 with nearly 20 years of HR experience. Ms. Gibney has worked extensively with Global and Americas platforms during a critical integration and building a post-merger framework for leading talent practices in the industry. Tara spent 10 years of her career with JLL where she led their global Hotels HR platform, drove global executive succession planning and supporting their Americas corporate outsourcing business. Tara has extensive knowledge and leadership experience including her roles building a strong foundation of expertise at an executive search firm and an international education organization.
Stan has several passions in life ranging from the ever changing world of corporate real estate to his most personal passions of mentoring, coaching, and helping executives in all stages of their career. Stan has had the privilege of working for 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as being an entrepreneur. In 2016 Stan was acknowledged as one of the top 5 Corporate Real Estate Executives w/in CoreNet Global.
Currently, Stan works for Wells Fargo and has led their corporate strategic planning area for the last decade. Stan developed a team responsible for disposing of over 27M square feet leading to over $750M in corporate savings. Stan acknowledges being fortunate to work with a skillful team and wishes to have the opportunity to use his gifts of vision, inclusions, collaboration, and maximizing talent.
Karen R. Gill is the Vice President of Global Workplace Strategy and the Change Management Program Manager for Fidelity Investment’s, headquartered in Boston, Ma.
Karen embraces an entrepreneurial spirit and focuses on creating and prototyping new ways to solve for the optimization of the real estate portfolio while at the same time focusing on the creative process, the associate experience, and demonstrating value through innovation in the workplace. She is quick to state; “Successful workplace strategies need to suit each organization’s business objectives, exemplifying the purpose of the associate and the culture of the organization”. Previously Karen led the worldwide strategy and transformational change program for Hewlett Packard/HPEKaren also worked as a workplace transformation change consultant servicing many Fortune 5 – 500 companies, Architects and Designers; lead product launch teams for technology and furniture lines; and taught technology integration to K-University students.
Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award.
Lauri changes the way organizations think about work and place. She works with executives to “future-cast”, challenging them to redefine the purpose of bringing people together at work.
Lauri advises the world’s most influential industry leaders including, ExxonMobil, Hines, HP, Chevron, and Sonos, developing strategies to break through the Innovation Barrier and position their organizations for the future. Her Business, Workplace, Engagement, and Design Strategies have been transforming business for 30 years.
Lauri believes thoughtful placemaking connects people and inspires organizations to thrive. She is the ultimate optimist about the opportunity of automation to free humans to focus on work that matters.
Eric is an entrepreneur who is committed to bringing building and real estate technology to market.
As CEO of CrowdComfort Eric is revolutionizing organizational communication with employees and customers by leveraging mobile technology and Human Sensor Networks to bring new levels of reach and engagement to business operations and the built environment.
CrowdComfort has been featured in Fast Company, Greentech Media, and Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies.
Previously, Eric developed the Fraunhofer CSE (http://cse.fraunhofer.org/5cc/), a 50,000 Sq. Ft. project in Boston’s Innovation District representing the future of sustainable design and construction.
Eric holds 5 patents covering building, & energy tech.
Working in Technology for over 20 years, Kathy’s been part of the tremendous evolution in this space. With a keen focus on end user experience, Kathy is a champion of a simpler user experience where technology is a key enabler to the worker. Kathy led the IT efforts to drive and support McKesson’s workplace transformation. Kathy and the team at McKesson have built three major hubs in the last 18 months where significant changes have been made to the workplace environment and the services offered. Kathy lives in Colorado with her husband, Kurt.
Philip Grossberg is a global citizen and industry visionary, possessing extensive experience as a corporate real estate executive with Fortune 500, multinational companies both as a corporate real estate leader and a service provider (General Motors, Time Warner Cable, Unilever, Avnet, C&W, Staubach, CBRE). He is an expert in real estate services resourcing and partnering, TM, PM, FM, strategic design, and change engagement.
Currently, Philip is on the board of an energy/tech start-up focused on revolutionizing controls data management to optimize utility equipment efficiency, drive down operating costs, drive up reliability, and increase investment property values. Philip has also begun to engage with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). Ask him about it.
Philip is a past president of the Carolina’s Chapter, served on CoreNet’s Global Board, and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ as an active chapter member.
Fred Guelen is the President of North American Operations for Planon Corporation, a global real estate and facilities management software company. He brings more than 25 years of legal, financial, entrepreneurial and management experience. Prior to joining Planon, Fred was one of the founding partners of the international law firm Buren van Velzen Guelen (BVVG). He has extensive knowledge and experience managing complex (cross border) mergers & acquisitions, private equities, restructuring and financing projects. Fred Guelen studied law at the University of Leiden and the University of Amsterdam.
Sarah Hagan, Ph.D. is the Research Manager of the People Analytics team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation using data and behavioral psychology to understand employees and make work better. She works across BMGF to bring data to people practices and ensure they're making the best decisions about employees. Before that, she worked at Redfin and Nordstrom conducting research and designing employee programs to improve culture, leadership, and work environment. Prior to industry, Sarah spent a decade in academia researching personality and human behavior, and has a bunch of publications that she's pretty sure have only been read by her mom.
Matt Harrison is a Principal Consultant at Thorogood Associates specializing in unlocking business value with data and analytics. He is a member of the US Management Team and the head of the Global Tableau Data Visualization Practice. At Morgan Stanley, Matt works with Rob Ripp’s team in Corporate Services to collect, understand, and synthesize business objectives around space management, seat supply/demand analysis, and real estate P&L culminating in a suite of dashboards servicing various Corporate Real Estate audiences. Matt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in mathematics and economics.
Rebecca Hatchadorian, is an Associate at Arup with over 10 years of experience as a Sustainability Consultant and is a Board member of USGBC Massachusetts. Rebecca works to optimize environmental and human outcomes in her projects which range from higher education, residences and lab buildings to commercial office and athletics facilities. Her experience has evolved to larger scale City and portfolio capital planning working with Massport, Partners Healthcare, MIT, Cambridge DPW and Carbon Free Boston. She helped the Boston office achieve its WELL Gold and Fitwell 3-Star certifications and robust post-occupancy evaluation. Rebecca has spoken at ABX, NeoCon, IFMA, and Greenbuild.
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.
Active in the real estate industry for over 15 years Tracy’s skills encompass design and construction, leasing & transactions, and workplace operations. With international experience leading corporate real estate teams in the film, fashion and the technology sectors, notably previously at Yahoo! for 7 years and now at Twitter as the Global Head of Real Estate & Workplace where she has been for the last 5 years. From navigating explosive growth and completely revamping Twitters approach to the design of their space – Tracy has transformed the Twitter CRE team from a support function into a respected and strategic business partner.
In her role of Director of Innovation & Sustainability at TD, Jackie is focused on connecting the benefits of sustainability, lifecycle thinking, and innovation to deliver quantifiable value to the TD organization. Jackie oversees the real estate environmental strategy of the Bank from Maine to Florida and across Canada deepening TD’s green building strategy and institutionalizing the Bank’s green building practices to bring meaningful impact to the organization. In addition, Jackie leads the innovation strategy for Enterprise Real Estate including the group's IDEAS Program which delivers continuous improvement and innovation for design, construction, and operations of retail and corporate facilities.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science in architectural design, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a LEED Fellow, WELL AP, founding board member of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, IDEO U Coaching Fellow, serves on the USGBC Programs Working Group and is on the Advisory Council for Zoo New England.
Innovative thinker and workplace management expert, Glenn Hicks is an account manager at iOFFICE, the leading workforce-centric IWMS software and the only 100% SaaS platform designed for the Digital Workplace. Glenn provides clients with the ability to find the right mix of technology to mesh with their operational processes and business needs.
With more than 16 years of combined audit, CRE, facilities and technology background experience, Glenn has the ability to truly listen and translate business needs into result-oriented solutions with the support of automated technologies. iOFFICE supports more than 2.4M users worldwide and equips C-Suite executives, CRE and facilities leaders with the real-time data and tools they need to plan effectively for the future of their workforce and workplace.
Glenn is a loving husband and father to two beautiful children. With his wife and kids, he loves nothing more than spending time outside and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
Holly has over 20 years of computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) experience. She has a working knowledge of numerous IWMS software applications, as well as various industry standards referenced in space and workplace management. Holly has experience with strategic and tactical occupancy and space planning, move planning and coordination, and the data maintenance and quality assurance in organization reporting and changes. She is focused on occupancy data analysis and reporting together with realistic action plans to help keep up with the pace of change for her clients.
Michael Huaco is responsible for portfolio and asset management of McKesson Corporation’s global real estate assets including the acquisition, construction, and management of more than 26 million square feet. Additionally, he is accountable for implementing industry best practices, strategic planning and processes re-engineering to lower cost and improve quality.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, and management of facilities and construction.
Michael Huber is Head of Asset & Property Management, steering the operational asset and property management for Siemens Real Estate within the Americas.
With over 33 years of experience at Siemens, Huber has held a number of senior positions within the company. Most recently, he served as Head of Global Portfolio Management for Siemens AG based in Munich, Germany. Prior to that role, Michael managed and directed the real estate operations in countries with Siemens representation in the Middle East, Africa, the Russian Commonwealth, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy and Greece.
Prior to joining Siemens, Huber worked as a Project Manager at Obermeyer Planen & Beraten, one of Germany`s largest independent engineering consultancies.
Michael Huber holds a Degree in Engineering with a specialization in Electrical Engineering.
Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.
Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches.
Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program.
On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses.
Nancy Johnson Sanquist is VP of Global Strategic Marketing for Planon. She is an IFMA Fellow and AIA Associate and is currently 2nd Vice Chair for the IFMA Foundation where she is one of the founders of both the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) and the Workplace Evolutionary Community. She also serves on the Board of the IFMA Real Estate Advisory Council. Nancy has been in the real estate and facility management technology business for three decades and has spoken at industry conferences all over the world. She is a well-known author, including two IFMA Foundation books, Work on the Move (2014) and Work on the Move 2 (2016).
David is the Americas Real Estate Leader at Ernst & Young. In this role, he is responsible for managing a team of professionals and the firm’s Americas portfolio that includes strategic planning, all real estate, design/construction, project management and leading the “EY@Work” workplace transformation.
David has over 20 years with several companies in the real estate industry including; Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Consulting; Aon Insurance as Global Exec VP-Real estate & Facilities, and Johnson Controls as Global Director, Consulting.
David is currently the Global Chair-Elect for CoreNet Global and will begin serving the 2-year term in March, 2018. David is has earned the MCR.h real estate designation and has served as lead faculty for the last 15 years at CoreNet. David is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University and an adjunct faculty at New York University.
David is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a double major as bachelors in Political Science and Sociology. David is the father of three children and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
David Karpook is a 25-year real estate and technology industry veteran. He has been a customer, vendor, system implementer, trainer and strategist, managing workplace technology projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Planon Corporation in 2015, he served as president and CEO at Bricsnet, an enterprise software provider. He was 2017 Chairman of the Board of Directors at OSCRE International, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate and is past chairman of IFMA’s Real Estate Advisory & Leadership community. He speaks frequently at real estate and facility management industry events.
Jesse M. Keenan is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he serves as Area Head of Real Estate and the Built Environment (). Keenan’s principle research focus is on adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing and planning. Keenan has previously advised on matters concerning the built environment for agencies of the U.S. government, governors, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, technology ventures, community enterprises and international NGOs.
Molly brings extensive experience in workplace strategy to improving organizational performance through innovative design. As a licensed architect with a background in management consulting, Molly develops design strategies that uniquely reflect a client's vision, culture and business objectives. She has worked with global Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries from financial services, higher education, technology and consumer products industries, to develop targeted and innovative solutions that optimize their real estate portfolios and workplace environments.
Chris is the co-founder and president of Convene, a “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenties in commercial office buildings. Serving 70% of New York’s Fortune 500, the company has 13 locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC., with locations in Los Angeles and Chicago coming soon. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.
Suresh is the CEO of Saltmine, the world’s first Design Cloud focused on enabling enterprises to build interior office space on-time, on-budget with happy occupants. Suresh was born and raised in Silicon Valley, where he has 20+ years of experience. Before Saltmine, he was Chief Revenue Officer at AdRoll, where he led all revenue functions and helped scale the business into one of the largest independent ad tech companies in the world with $100M+ in net revenue.
Previously, he spent six years at Google where he was Director of New Advertiser Sales for North America and earlier led the business development efforts for Google’s local advertising channel team.
Prior to Google, Suresh spent several years with SAP, Siebel Systems and Yodlee. He started his career in investment banking at Jefferies Broadview. Outside of work, Suresh and his wife Anamika own Kasa Indian Eatery, a fast casual Indian concept. He holds a dual BA in Economics and Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Jamie has spent the past 10 years in corporate real estate within high growth tech companies. Having started his career as an engineer, his view on the world of real estate has always had a basis to technology. In previous roles he has had technology as a component of his real estate organizations. Providing a workplace that embraces technology in a simplistic and easy to use way has been essential in his roles. He is looking forward to leveraging big data to make better design decisions and workplaces experiences for Rapid7.
Daniel Kindbergh is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Brookfield Properties, where he is responsible for the Property Operations of Brookfield’s Northeast Office Portfolio. Previously, he was responsible for Brookfield’s U.S. Office Portfolio and oversaw Property Operations during Brookfield’s growth to one of the largest Office Owners in the U. S. Daniel oversaw the restoration of Brookfield Place in NY after September 11 and the recovery of the firm’s Houston assets after Hurricane Ike and the NY assets after Hurricane Sandy. Mr. Kindbergh brings over 35 years of diverse operational experience to his role including emergency planning, disaster planning and business continuity.
Lynn Kious is in Newmark Knight Frank’s downtown Los Angeles office with more than 25 years of experience in corporate and commercial real estate as an executive on both the client side and service provider side of Real Estate with several Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Kious focuses on developing occupancy strategies and transaction solutions for international and national corporations.
Lynn’s prior experience was as head of Global Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company and First Interstate Bank. She was also Senior Managing Director with CBRE, Trammell Crow and Johnson Controls responsible for client accounts and business development.
Alexander Kliment is Eurasia Group's Director of Global Research, Corporates. He leads a team of analysts that examines political risk at the global, country, and sectoral levels in order to assess implications for multinational corporations and institutions. Prior to his current role, Alexander was a Director of Eurasia research, focusing on the political economy, socioeconomic issues and foreign policy of Russia and other post-Soviet states. He also co-founded Eurasia Group's Emerging Markets Strategy practice, which focuses on comparative political and social trends across emerging markets.
Before to joining Eurasia Group, Alexander worked as a journalist for The Financial Times in Washington, DC and São Paulo, Brazil. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, focusing on Russia, and at the Architectural League of New York, where he directed studies of urbanism in developing countries. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Amanda Kross is a Senior Vice President within the Consulting group and is based in the New York office. Amanda leads the Workplace Strategy Practice in the Americas Northeast Region.
Amanda has over 10 years of experience developing integrated space, service, and organizational solutions that improve business operations, employee productivity, and customer experience. By approaching real estate as a business driver, Amanda develops enterprise-wide space strategies that focus on improving employee health, productivity, and engagement while achieving business goals and objectives.
Tish Kruse, Principal and Director of Strategy, co-leads IA Interior Architect’s Strategy practice. Her role involves cultivating new business, developing thought leadership, and enhancing the firm’s service offering. Driving a process-oriented and data-centric approach to creating great workplaces, Tish has extensive expertise working with clients to effectively capture their needs, develop their vision, and create strategies that foster flexible and enduring workplaces. She is adept in the areas of change management, master planning, and mobility strategies. A strong proponent of the integration of strategy and design expertise in shaping workplaces, Tish is actively engaged in furthering these synergies at IA.
Jeri Kuck is the Workplace Experience Change Leader for GE Global Operations where her focus is on transforming workplace and improving Employee Experience. Her 20-year career spans a variety of GE Businesses, functions and global regions. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Prosci Change Management Practitioner, the theme across each role is building acceptance for change. Originally from Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, she is a life-long Wildcat fan. She now lives in Cincinnati where she is on the Board of the local CoreNet Global Chapter. She enjoys traveling, story-telling, great wines and good books.
Jan-Hein Lakeman (1980) is the Executive Managing Director of EDGE Technologies USA. In 2016 he spearheaded EDGE’s first deal in the US – the retrofit of the 325,000 sqf Unilever North American Headquarters.
Jan-Hein has been with the company over for over 13 years, serving in various commercial roles and international management positions during his employment with the company. Prior to his US role, Lakeman was a member of the Dutch management team.
Currently, he’s building a team that endeavours to push positive, social and environmental change in the US by marshalling innovation, technology and sustainable building practices with constant care for the environment. He received a BSc. in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, is married, has a daughter and son, and enjoys running marathons.
T.J. is a results driven global leader experienced in developing real estate solutions that support business operations, developing portfolio strategy and facility operating standards.
T.J. has extensive international experience in the integrated delivery of real estate and workplace services.
T.J. is known as a strong communicator with the ability to lead and influence stakeholders at all levels to execute real estate projects.
He is currently working at adidas as the Senior Director of Corporate Real Estate for the Americas.
Christopher LaPata is a Client Leader with BHDP Architecture and Planning. Mr. LaPata is continually engaged with corporate leaders, human resource directors, IT and facilities management groups of Fortune 1000 companies helping to develop workplace strategies that leverage the workplace as a tool to drive behavior, facilitate the work process and attain business objectives. As a Prosci certified change practitioner, Mr. LaPata also works with clients to align the change strategy with the project implementation strategy leading to higher rates of user adoption.
Jenny Larios Berlin is the COO and Co-founder of Optimus Ride Inc. — a newly created and fundedstartup in Boston, MA developing self-driving technologies that enable safe, sustainable, andequitable mobility access.
Katharine Lau is the Senior Director of Real Estate at Industrious. She is tasked with growing the network of Industrious locations, developing strategic landlord relationships, and transitioning the business to a new partnership model. Prior to joining Industrious, she held positions at Equinox, L&L Holding Company and PGIM Real Estate (previously Prudential Real Estate Investors). Katharine graduated from New York University with a BS in Hotel and Tourism Management and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Apex for Youth Associate Board.
Fortified with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science, Daniel Lee began the first 10 years of his career as an information auditor at Weyerhaeuser and Ernst & Young. Shortly thereafter, he evolved in a financial data systems geek with Microsoft. Spending over 80% of his time in the built environment, he found a natural calling to see how his craft could be applied to the ways physical spaces are managed. Three years ago he joined Microsoft’s Real Estate & Facilities team where he led the building of a central data warehouse to manage his organization’s global portfolio.
Jeff Leitner is an experienced social innovator and expert on engineering social change. He is Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, housed in the world’s largest school of social work. There, he facilitated design and development of the nation’s first doctorate in social innovation.
He is a Fellow at New America, where he partnered with the OECD to develop the first-ever sequencing of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Leitner is founding director of UX for Good, a multi-year initiative to leverage experience design to solve social challenges. There, he has partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education to advance social-emotional learning in public schools and with Aegis Trust to boost the impact of genocide memorials in Africa and Europe.
Leitner was founding director of Insight Labs, which enlisted more than 800 senior strategists, designers and artists to help nearly 50 corporations, institutions and governments in the U.S. and Europe untangle social challenges.
Arnold brings over 48 years of experience in organizational design, workplace and design strategy, design implementation and research resulting in client business driven solutions. A strong believer that design strategy can result in workplace solutions enabling a client’s business performance, he has developed frameworks and methodologies that connect workplace design solutions to a client’s intrinsic organizational design. “The workplace has the potential to serve as a true catalyst for organizational performance and transformation when developed through the right lens.” With an undergraduate degree in design and two graduate degrees in business and organizational design, Arnold has worked with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia spanning diverse industries such as corporate, health care and science. As Principal, Design Strategies at Smith Group JJR, Arnold is responsible for developing firm wide design strategy initiatives that both focus on business case driven design solutions and bringing together firm wide practice areas to provide innovative workplace solutions across market sectors.
As a consultant, trainer, and international public speaker, Don Levonius draws on over 18 years of progressive leadership experience, including 13 years with The Walt Disney Company where he was a senior learning and development leader. Don currently helps organizations develop talent, drive performance, and achieve results. He also facilitates leadership development training for numerous professional associations and writes for the Association of Talent Development, which publishes his articles in over 120 countries. With master’s degrees in human resource development and business & organizational security management, Don’s career passion is to help leaders learn.
Brad is a skilled relationship manager with 20 years of experience in the architectural and design industry. As a Vice President at HOK, Brad manages several global WorkPlace accounts and enhances the overall level of service provided to clients. His professional career has taken him around the world servicing large-scale international clients; fine-tuning his customer focus and work methodology. Brad is a Board Member of the Arts & Education Council in St. Louis, as well as an associate member of the St. Louis chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the leading professional real estate association.
I have always had a passion for making space work better for people. My name is Sharon Loveland and I am the Workplace Strategy Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. I studied Interior Design at the University of Arkansas and began my career space planning for a Herman Miller dealership. I managed Occupancy Planning, Design and Construction for great Northwest companies from Seafirst Bank/BofA to Starbucks' corporate facilities and T-Mobile’s corporate headquarters. My current focus at the Gates foundation is to experiment with place to support behaviors that shape culture and drive impact.
As APAC Regional Workplace Leader for LinkedIn, Tondy Lubis, CFM, LEED AP, focuses on creating workplaces that translate the company's vision, mission and business objectives. His interest and research is on coping with individual differences in the workplace strategy, design and operation, believing that workplace should be able to accommodate everyone's needs, not to generalize everyone and to design/operate workplace as if everyone is the same.
Robert Luchetti is an American architect, industrial designer and educator and the president of Robert Luchetti Associates, a multi-disciplinary design practice including architecture, interior and industrial design and work and learning environment consulting. In 1985, in collaboration with psychologist Professor Philip Stone and while teaching at Harvard, they published "Your Office is Where You Are" in the Harvard Business Review. In this seminal and prescient article they presented their creation and invention of the concept of the “office as activity settings”. This approach is now widely adopted as a foundation for the planning and design of office work environments.
Christina leads Rapid7’s people initiatives, with focus on recruiting stellar talent, building and inspiring corporate culture, and “scaling with soul.” Prior to Rapid7, Christina was the owner of People Innovations, a consulting firm focused on innovative people strategies for start-ups and high growth companies. Christina also served as CPO at @stake and VP of People Strategy at Sapient Corporation. At both, she was responsible for building the people-focused side of the company and corporate due diligence, acquisitions, and integrations. Christina has been featured in several articles and is a frequent speaker on her visionary approach and for her disdain for old-school “human resources.”
Since founding stok, a real estate advisory firm focused on helping mission-driven organizations realize the financial benefit from strategic investments in high performance buildings, Matt has grown a team of passionate leaders in the sustainable real estate industry. Over a decade in, Matt and the stok team are poised to scale their impact due to investments Matt spearheaded in culture, brand, and new services. Today, Matt is focused on driving innovation through new business models, scaling the brand, and attracting exceptional people to the family he and the team are building at stok.
Gillian Maguire is the CBRE program manager for Microsoft RE&F’s Supported Employment program, bringing experience in management and consultant roles at a statewide disability rights organization. She has worked closely with people with disabilities and disability community organization leaders, as well as legal and professional staff. She has created and managed an advocacy team responsible for provision of high quality services; recruited and trained team members; championed continuous quality improvement; launched a federally-mandated program for people with traumatic brain injuries; and managed content on social media and website platforms.
Piyush Malik is a startup executive, entrepreneur, board advisor and business transformation practitioner in the domain of emerging technologies.
Currently as the VP of Strategy & Services at SpringML, a premier partner for Machine Learning and Analytics for Google cloud, he focuses on building data science, AI/ML IoT & analytics solutions for clients. Piyush led the worldwide Big Data & Analytics Center of Excellence within IBM’s digital consulting business till 2016.
He held global leadership roles in data & analytics domain with both IBM & PriceWaterhouseCoppers combined for 18 years while working with several Fortune 500 organizations across multiple industries spanning 4 continents.
As Vice President of Design and Construction, Barry leads Capital One’s entire workplace development program including direct oversight of the new headquarters project in Tysons, Va. When completed, the Tysons project will include: two city blocks, the tallest office building in Washington, DC, a premier Performing Arts Center, a Wegmans grocery, restaurants, parks and residential buildings.
Barry is an accomplished real estate executive experienced in all facets of corporate real estate. He has more than 25 years of experience managing major rezoning cases, large-scale construction projects, national facilities management, and corporate security organizations at Fortune 500 companies. He has demonstrated expertise in managing large real estate organizations with a focus on customer service and operational excellence.
Seth Martindale is a Senior Managing Director in the CB Richard Ellis Consulting practice. He has extensive experience in real estate strategic planning and has worked with both private and public sector clients. Mr. Martindale currently helps clients by developing practical and economical portfolio solutions through implementing site location strategies & portfolio optimization plans.
Hakon Mattson is Director of Sustainability for Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies with approximately 55,000 employees and 9 million square feet of CRE across the U.S.
Hakon oversees the development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate sustainability programs. Hakon’s focus is strategically aligning environmental, social and governance programs and embedding sustainability into Anthem’s core business strategy. As a Certified Energy Manager, Hakon has developed aggressive energy and water efficiency programs resulting in millions of dollars in savings. As a WELL AP, Hakon has helped advance Anthem employee health and wellbeing through building design and operations best practices. Hakon is a return Peace Corps volunteer and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Richmond.
Karen McClellan is the Director of Real Estate for Schneider Electric. She has been in this position for over 15 years and has led the team through several acquisitions and changes within the Schneider portfolio. Schneider Electric has over 300 properties in North America and is focused on improving the employee experience and optimizing the portfolio by deploying the Workplace of the Future at all sites. The Schneider North America portfolio includes sales and service locations, R&D facilities, manufacturing sites, distribution centers and large office sites with an annual cost of over $146M. Karen has her undergraduate degree from Miami University and her MBA from the University of Dayton.
Alan McGinty is currently the Senior Director of the Global Workplace Innovation Group for Cisco Systems and is working to design and deliver the “Next Generation Workplace” for Cisco - integrating the physical workspace with advanced technologies and thought leading policies to support a highly evolved global workforce. He is also responsible for global Environmental Safety and Health as well as Energy Management and Sustainability
Alan has over 25 years of global real estate leadership experience working for several multi-national companies leading development activities supporting high-growth portfolios of manufacturing and headquarters facilities around the world.
Mr. McGinty advises Cisco’s global leadership teams in driving concepts forward that will increase Cisco’s ability to attract and retain talent in a rapidly changing world. He uses hard data gained through current research to prove the benefits of portfolio optimization and employee engagement through a workplace environment that provides choice to the new generation of mobile knowledge workers.
John is a Partner in the Washington, DC, office of McKinsey & Company and leads the North American real estate practice area. He advises real estate services firms, occupiers, developers, AEC firms, and technology providers as well as city, state, and federal agencies supporting strategy and transformation programs as well as major real estate program and project delivery. John also serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Parliament of Mayors.
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Erin gives voice to Interface’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with its aggressive sustainability vision established more than 20 years ago. Today, Interface has evolved its thinking to go beyond doing less harm to creating positive impacts, not just for Interface and the flooring industry, but for the world at large.
Erin led the company to unveil a new mission in 2016 – Climate Take Back, tackling the single biggest threat facing humanity: global climate change. This mission is focused on creating a path for Interface and others to reverse global warming, not just reduce carbon emissions. As CSO, Erin leads a global team that provides technical assistance and support to this audacious goal and the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team also develop industry‐leading approaches to measurement, driving transparency and innovation in the field of
sustainability, while also capturing successes as the company nears its Mission Zero targets in 2020.
Suzanne Mehta is Chief Experience Officer for Cushman & Wakefield and currently leads the design and operationalization of the firm’s Experience and Service Excellence program for Global Occupier Services. This encompasses establishing a vision and strategy for enhancing user experience in support of employee engagement, retention, and productivity across client accounts. Prior to this role, Suzanne created and launched new brands, products, and services for industry-leading global organizations in retail and hospitality, including Hyatt, L’Oreal, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble.
As an Architect, Technologist & Thought Leader, Guy focuses on understanding the connections between design and emerging technologies. Trained in the arts, design, and fine woodworking, Guy finds architecture to be the profession that best unites these disciplines. Upon the adoption of digital technologies in his design practice in 1989, capturing relevant information from the edge environment, and making it available for AEC processes is Guy’s passion.
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.
Nicole Miller serves as the managing director of Biomimicry 3.8, a certified BCorp and social enterprise dedicated to help change-makers transform the world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Nicole’s background in Corporate Sustainability and global supply chain development supports her work to bring biological intelligence-based innovation solutions to a wide range of global clients dedicated to innovation and sustainability. As managing director she also drives internal strategy and strategic partnerships. Nicole has a unique grasp of how to position great science to drive commercial practice--and ultimately market transformation.
Rex Miller is an international award winning author, keynote, advisor and expert on organizational and team performance. His book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution won the CoreNet Global Innovator award and became a catalyst for the construction industry adopting more collaborative and trust-based strategies. His next book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture addressed workplace disengagement, leading change and won the CoreNet Industry Excellence award. His current project is called thrive@work. It is a three-year research project on the future of workplace health and wellbeing. This book will be released in Q2 of 2018.
Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategy and integrated enterprise solutions for global Fortune 100 organizations.
Management consulting expertise includes enterprise workforce strategies and operational improvement solutions and integrated "digital" workplace transformation solutions.
Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading global organizations focused upon “innovation and complex systems transformation”.
As a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice – Peter has focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation for more than twenty years.
Peter holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused upon Executive Leadership Development, Enterprise Transformation and Human Performance Improvement.
Facility Management professional with over 30-years of experience directing large corporate facility projects. Currently, Frank provides regional leadership and over-site of integrated facility management services for Hewlett Packard Enterprises for sites across the United States. Frank has overseen several large world-class projects including the ExxonMobil’s 8-million sqft headquarters in Houston Texas, Westinghouse Electric Co. Headquarters in Pittsburgh,1180 Peachtree & Atlanta Financial Center in Atlanta, GA along with several high profile facilities on the West Coast.
Laura Morris is a principal for Interiors and Planning + Strategies in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. With more than 20 years in the design and real estate profession, Laura has worked on both sides of the client table, managing and designing projects for small and large corporate and government clients, as well as working on the client side in project management and strategic portfolio planning.
As a former real estate manager for MCI and Sprint, Laura understands how large corporate real estate organizations function. She has worked with prominent clients to help them maximize their real estate portfolio and develop a workplace strategy to support business goals. She has extensive experience with programming, planning, workplace strategy, design, project management, and project delivery.
Tamar Moy is a Workplace Strategist specializing in design and human experience. She is a Senior Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank and the Director of Workplace Strategy for the New York region. As a practicing strategist for over 20 years, she has collaborated with companies of all sizes and industries to promote the power of place to influence people and enable business performance. After graduating with a degree Design and Environmental Analysis, Tamar’s first job was working with Robert Luchetti in his Cambridge architectural firm helping to research design theory and work with clients to determine their workplace needs.
Michelle Myer is the Vice President of Americas Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. Currently, Michelle is responsible for a portfolio of ~9M RSF in the Americas (comprised of the US, Canada & 9 countries in Latin America) as well as 350 staff members.
Her organization provides property management, space planning, facilities management, site selection, leasing, construction and project management services. In addition to managing more than 200 U.S., Canadian and Latin American locations (encompassing both leased and owned properties), Michelle has participated in over 100 M&A integrations during the last ten years.
Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. She has been a member of Corenet Global since 2000 and has served in many different positions at the Chapter and Global levels, including Chapter President (2004) and Global Board Associate Member (2006).
As Director of the Workplace Practice at SmithGroupJJR, Lise brings over three decades of design and management expertise to shape the firm’s workplace portfolio for corporate headquarters, campus development, workplace interiors and mixed use typologies. Her design philosophy is rooted in the belief that the workplace plays a pivotal role in creating organizational success. Newman also conducts the SmithGroupJJR Workplace Advisory Board, a forum comprised of corporate and institutional real estate executives, workplace strategy leaders, facility directors and human resource professionals to share insights into emerging trends, challenges and opportunities related to creating and maintaining today’s sophisticated workplace environments.
Daniel O’Bannon is a Sr. Director of Property Management and Facilities Operations at HCSC/Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he manages a 6M square foot portfolio across five states. This includes the management of hard and soft FM services; food service: sustainability and outsourced property management. The primary focus is to optimize the operation and facilitate continuous improvement initiatives.
Before starting with HCSC/BCBS, Daniel spent five years with CBRE on the AMEX account managing Facilities Management and Space Planning for the Americas. He also successfully worked in business development management capacity marketing facilities and project management services with Johnson Controls.
Daniel enjoys swimming, inline skating and dancing when time permits.
Mike is Director of the Global Workplace Research and Workplace Strategy departments for Haworth. He started his career at BOSTI, a consulting firm that pioneered the use of analytics to show how workspace design affects employee performance. Later, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
He has a BA in cognitive psychology, an M.Arch and PhD in Architecture. Mike has authored 50+ articles, two books on workplace research and design, including Measuring Workplace Performance, and is a co-author of a 2018 book, The Healthy Workplace Nudge. He has consulted with numerous organizations applying analytics to improve workplace strategy.
My research-driven insights reveal opportunities in places organizations, entrepreneurs and executives have been conditioned to ignore. As an expert in organizational commitment and design, I help you to think differently in order to drive true and lasting innovation and client engagement.
I have a passion for translating complex academic ideas into accessible and actionable insights for industries who are looking to engage and inspire a new, modern workforce that has shifted dramatically in recent years. I’ve been a keynote speaker for numerous groups and thousands of people.
I am a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where I also serve as the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab. My research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications. I earned my B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.
Sherri is a partner at Capstan Advisors, a specialized management consulting firm for corporate real estate and facilities management. She brings a strong financial background, objective, unbiased advice, and 30 years of experience to outsourcing engagements, organizational transformations and benchmarking. Her distinguished roster of clients includes corporate real estate and sourcing executives from industry leaders such as American Express, Time Warner, Schlumberger, Morgan Stanley, Kimberly-Clark, Deutsche Bank, S&P, Thomson Reuters, Northern Trust, Duke Energy and Iron Mountain. She is also a Highly-Rated Faculty in CoreNet Global’s MCR program teaching finance courses.
Hugh Peltz is the Senior VP of Procurement and Property Corporate Services for Citizens Bank. His key areas of responsibility include health and safety, environmental sustainability, procurement operations, accounts payable, and vendor management.
Hugh has been involved in the wellness discussion since 2013 when he created the first dedicated Health and Safety function for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the Americas. He led the Prevention through Design effort for Citizens’ new Johnston campus, which won the prestigious Liberty Mutual Vice President Award. Hugh also received the Rhode Island Highway Safety Partner Champion award for his work on distracted driving.
Peltz received his BS in Political Science from the University of Wyoming.
Jon Penndorf is a Senior Associate in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC, managing projects at multiple scales as well as shaping sustainability approaches to projects across the office. Concentrating on the commercial market, he brings focus to the varying lenses of ecology, wellness, and resilience. In addition, he recently contributed to the award-winning Climate Ready DC plan which created a resilience roadmap for the District of Columbia. Jon has been a featured author on sustainability and resilience in The Washington Post, Urban Land magazine, and National Geographic online. He is also an active regional and national leader for the American Institute of Architects.
Claire is the Global Leader for the IBM IOT for Buildings. Claire gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 18 years and focus it into IOT for Buildings and Retail, focusing on the user experience and operation of the building. In this role, Claire is also driving IBMs thinking and vision to strategically shape IBMs Building and Retail cognitive (IOT) solutions, which are helping clients to put AI to work!
Christopher Perri is a Senior Managing Director responsible for leading the CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Sales and Client Solutions platform for the Americas. He oversees GWS Americas sales operations, solution development, commercial management, growth strategy, and industry sector sales teams. In addition, he leads the management consulting division strategist team who bring industry leading context and guidance to CRE leaders related to organization design, business analytics, portfolio optimization, workplace strategy, program management, and cost savings initiatives. Chris is also the executive sponsor for the GWS MBA Summer Associate program which recruits at fourteen business schools in North America. He has responsibility for CBRE’s Industry Sector Initiative, designed to enhance our go-to-market and internal platform to support eight industry sectors served by our primary occupier lines of business.
Keith Perske has spent a career at the intersection where the evolving nature of work collides with the traditional, rigid work environment. Keith leads the Workplace Innovation consulting practice for Colliers international where he helps clients create environments that engage employees, drive culture, promote wellness, enable productivity leading to competitive advantage. Previously, he was the global leader for Workplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson where he lead a team to develop and implement a new set of workplace principles for the company’s 60 mil SF portfolio. He has been a VP at HOK Architects and at Home Savings of America (Chase) and he ran his own workplace consulting practice (now sold). He spent nine years with Sun Microsystems when they built the largest alternative work program on the planet. Keith is a speaker (SXSW, TEDx, CoreNet, IFMA, IAMC, CoREtech), educator (CoreNet Global) and writer on the power of place to make people’s work lives better.
Tido is the Global Head of Real Estate & Finance Operations at Airbnb and is responsible for strategic, employee facing initiatives. The organizations he leads foster the marriage of Airbnb's core values with their tremendous growth around the globe and deliver on the promise of creating the most loved workplace.
His experience in Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Development and as a consultant for the world's largest technology firms laid the foundation for developing workplace strategies which unleash the potential of employee by utilizing the built environment to inspire, empower, and deliver productivity.
Tido is passionate about Airbnb's mission of creating a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and equally passionate about leading teams to develop strategies which are complimentary to business priorities in pursuit of driving value for the Airbnb community.
Allison provides a unique millennial perspective in her role of Interior Designer at EUA. Her fascination with how the built environment transforms culture, inspires innovation and increases energy is her foundation for specializing in workplace design.
Allison spearheads EUA’s Emerging Professional Group in addition to volunteering for local organizations. She is a member of Tempo Milwaukee's Emerging Women Leaders and a graduate of the Future Milwaukee Leadership program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design and minor in Business.
Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown. Mr. Phillips is a driving force behind several nationally recognized adaptive reuse developments, including Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. Mr. Phillips is the Vice Chair of the James Beard Foundation, and sits on the boards of Friends of the High Line and the Real Estate Board of New York.
Scott Phillips is the Director, responsible for Real Estate, Facilities, Project Management, and Workplace Strategy for approximately 2 million square feet of U.S. office portfolio. He recently completed McDonald’s Global and US Headquarters relocation from Oakbrook, IL to a newly developed 500,000 SF office in the West Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. The new HQ features an integration of Activity Based Workspace with some of the latest thinking in Smart Building/IoT technology. Scott is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the School of Architecture where he currently serves as guest lecturer.
Janet is a global leader for Gensler’s workplace practice and leads the Gensler Workplace Index measuring performance and experience for clients. Janet specializes in workplace strategy and innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, Capital One, GSA, Gallup, 3M, and The Coca-Cola Company. Her workplace research and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, NPR, SxSW, and Future of Work. A registered Architect and IIDA Fellow, she has been a CoreNet Global member since 2003, and served as the 2017 Education Chair for the Mid-Atlantic chapter.
Darlene Pope serves as Senior Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services and leads the Smart Building Program for JLL. She has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology and smart building solutions, along with a passion for making a positive impact on building operations and management. Prior to joining JLL, Ms. Pope was the founder and CEO of CoR Advisors® a smart building consulting firm and leading educator to the real estate industry for the integration of technology into real estate management and operations, acquired by JLL. Ms. Pope also founded and heads the annual Building Energy Summit®, a national forum to educate building owners and operators on energy efficient technologies and solutions. She is a nationally recognized author and speaker on intelligent buildings, energy management, green buildings, sustainability, in-building wireless solutions and other real estate technologies.
Dan Poritzky has been working on the Landlord side of Real Estate in Northern California for almost 20 years. After spending 10 years on the Accounting/Acquisitions/Asset Management side, Mr. Poritzky transitioned to the leasing and tenant relations side.
Dan has worked for large institutions during his career before joining Local Capital Group. Since 2000, Poritzky has worked at Prologis, Hines, MWest Properties, a JV between DivcoWest and TPG.
Dan is excited to open the secret playbook of how Landlords/Developers evaluate single tenant buildings. His method is analytical and transparent and will help Corporate Real Estate leaders make better decisions!
As Executive Vice President & Life Science Market lead, Mr. Powers is responsible for leveraging his twenty years of life science industry experience to provide best-in-class real estate services. Mr. Powers specializes in representing tenants, landlords and investors in the leasing and sale of research, development and manufacturing space throughout the region, implementing real estate strategies for organizations and entrepreneurs.
Prior to JLL, Mr. Powers spent 20 years developing real estate strategies for life science organizations, both as the in-house client role and as a service provider. Most recently, Mr. Powers was Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure Operations & Strategy Program Manager in Merck Millipore’s Biosciences Division; he was responsible for their global real estate portfolio of six million square feet across 41 locations globally. He led the company’s real estate strategy and transaction management for the North America. Mr. Powers has worked in the life science
industry his entire career; early on he worked for venerated biotech pillars of Genzyme and Genetics Institute, later on for pharmaceutical giant Wyeth prior to founding Chimera Management & Research Institute.
I have been a real estate professional with Microsoft for 7+ years and have worked as a professional in commercial real estate for over 18 years. I am experienced in forecast and budget management, supervising facility and project teams, training staff and contractors, lease negotiation, contracts management, workplace design, development and construction. I work with my internal clients leadership and company to develop and present strategic plans for long range real estate decisions, office renovations, and dispositions.
Emily Ransone is Co-Owner and Principal at SideMark, an office furniture dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on the motto: WE MAKE WORK FEEL GOOD. Her philosophy is centered on the human experience of thriving in your work habitat to support the organization's culture thereby driving results. Ms. Ransone engages with customers to challenge conventional thinking about how to leverage the office environment as a strategic tool to achieve business objectives.
Ms. Ransone firmly believes that we can make a difference in our community each day. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, Ms. Ransone has supported organizations including CREW, CoreNet, Lean In Circle and RED with topics such as “How to Handle Challenging Conversations” and “Social Styles in the Workplace”. Leveraging Ms. Ransone’s ability to bring people together, she fosters conversations to drive organizational results for clients, industry partners and the SideMark team.
A confluence of career chapters including brand strategy, event design, hospitality/food service and most recently talent and culture development bring Lakshmi to her next chapter as Director of Workplace Connection at WeWork. Formerly the Director of Event Design at Match (.com), Lakshmi is focused on the role that connection practices play in building the foundation for community, which is often an exercise in exploring what we might lose as we advance.
Don Ricker is a workplace transformation and change leader in Gensler’s Detroit office. As a client interface he is responsible for advising and consulting on local and global workplace strategy. Don works with clients through the lenses of change management, workplace strategy and design.
As a project lead for complex, large scale project types, Don translates the alignment of organizations performance criteria and real estate goals into measurable facility planning and scalable design strategies.
With 20 years of experience, Don has lead major projects for headquarters and R&D campuses in the higher education, professional services, financial services and engineering industries. Notable clients include DeVry Education Group, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Caterpillar and Ford.
Rob Ripp is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in Corporate Services. Rob joined the Bank in 2007. He is responsible for Data Management and Business Intelligence analytics and reporting across a global real estate portfolio of 18.9MM square feet.
This includes developing processes for capturing, analyzing and reporting on a variety of data. Key areas of focus include business unit demand forecasting, monthly space allocations and creating and developing an automated global property P&L forecast tool for the 700+ Morgan Stanley locations worldwide.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Rob was with American International Group where he was the principle portfolio and transaction manager for the 3 million square feet of space in the NYC headquarters.
Before joining AIG, Rob was a senior manager in the real estate consulting group of EY. There he provided real estate strategic advisory services to The Bank of New York, KeySpan Energy, Barnes & Noble, Empire State Development Corporation and Battery Park City Authority. Prior to his role at E&Y, Rob was a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank where he managed the bank’s retail branch portfolio.
Rob holds a degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and studied at Parsons School of Design. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Real Estate professionals. He is the Chairman of the not-for profit Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation.
Luke holds a Master of Architecture & an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is passionate about design, technology, and business as they relate to the quality of life in our world, and he has spent the last several years working on large scale projects where these three overlap.
Before Saltmine, Luke worked for Gensler NYC managing global workplace strategy for a Fortune 20 company. He was an integral member to the team that evolved many aspects of global real estate from campus masterplans to design guidelines to progressive on-site digital solutions.
Luke lives and works in New York City, where he is an avid runner and bicyclist.
Over her 20 years of experience Tara has developed a design approach that is holistic, interactive, and engaging. Her portfolio hosts a broad spectrum of work, and is particularly strong in corporate workplace interiors. Her endless curiosity and ability to explore unique ideas while solving some of her clients’ toughest challenges has led to her work on some of the today’s largest and most complex real estate, strategy, and design projects.
Tara is an active member of the interior design community. She has taught at the Pratt Institute and the University of Manitoba, and is a regular visiting reviewer at numerous institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the New York School of Interior Design, The New School/Parsons, and Ryerson. She speaks frequently at industry events including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), CoreNet Global, and the Real Deal.
Mike Ross leads the Global Real Estate team at Tableau and is responsible for space planning, real estate, and capital projects.
Tableau’s mission is to help people see and understand data. Tableau products empower people to solve problems by exploring data through powerful, fast, and beautiful visualizations.
Mike’s team is passionate about using data to optimize the performance of Tableau’s real estate assets. They use data “vizes” to develop insights and continuously improve occupant productivity, environmental sustainability, and the lifecycle cost of Tableau’s global workspace portfolio.
Meagan Rossi joined Delos in 2015 with extensive project management experience in the public and private sectors. She consults on wellness architecture and programming integration for developers and corporate tenants.
In her previous role, she worked for the Office of the Mayor of New York City under both Bloomberg and de Blasio, managing efforts to repair buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy and increase storm resiliency throughout the City. Meagan holds a BA from Smith College and an MPA from Columbia University.
Dr. Kurt Roth leads Fraunhofer’s Building Energy Systems research, developing, testing, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. He is co-PI of a project to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage, and another DOE project using communicating thermostats to perform remote home energy audits. Kurt has led many studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies and to characterize building energy consumption. He has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored over sixty ASHRAE Journal articles. Kurt received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, and is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Gabriel Rothblatt holds a BA in Political Philosophy from UVM and was nominated in Florida as a US Congressional Candidate in 2014. Today he currently manages real estate technology and global sustainability projects for United Therapeutics Corporation. Mr. Rothblatt also advises many other projects which intersect his interests in sustainability, governance and the evolving human condition. One such project he advises, Blue-Frontiers, is building sustainable floating islands in special economic zones. As a board member of Humanity+, he advocates for an understanding of how the merging of technology and biology will change how we interact with buildings.
Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.
Teri Sato is the Manager, of Corporate Real Estate for Alaska Airlines and is the Lead for the site acquisition and development of Alaska’s future corporate campus in Sea Tac, Washington. The first Campus building will include the Airline’s integrated operations center, technology support and recruiting divisions. Over the past year she has also been supporting the real estate aspect of integrating two airlines.
Her career began in corporate architecture and design, where she worked for NBBJ in Seattle, Washington. It then took her to Russell Investments, where she expanded her expertise in all aspects of building operations and tenant services including leasing, property management, engineering, incident command, security, design and construction.
In 2010, Teri joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in preparation for their move into the consolidated Seattle campus and led the Global Real Estate & Workplace Services division until 2015. Her work there included international site selection, design and construction, and a myriad of corporate services programs.
Teri is a member of a Masters swim team and volunteers at her home church. Her greatest joys come from her husband Matt, and her adult children Amy and Isaac.
Sherri Savage is a Partner at IBM and serves as the firm’s North America Real Estate and Facilities Digital Transformation Leader. She responsible for activities related to real estate technologies, including process and technology implementation, and client strategy development and execution. She has held numerous real estate and technology leadership roles such as SVP Global Technology Consulting, SVP Product Development and Implementation and Region Director of Asset Services. With more than 20 years of experience, Sherri helps CRE teams with right sizing their technology footprint, global real estate portfolio emerging technology strategy, data analytics and real estate data governance.
Marta Schantz is the Senior Vice President for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute. She brings deep experience in the real estate sustainability market to lead and collaborate across organizations and stakeholders to achieve program goals and successes. Marta has strengths in project management and market analysis, concentrated in both qualitative and quantitative energy and policy analysis. She has deep experience in sustainability, energy efficiency, and large-scale program management. Marta is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering with a minor in Science Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As a Design Director at IA Interior Architects’ Chicago office, Neil has provided successful design solutions for well-established and innovative brands including LinkedIn, Dyson, JLL, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amazon, United Airlines and McDonalds, to name a few. Neil’s designs are a reflection of his longtime advocacy for providing the client with options that align with their goals and needs. His responsiveness and sensitivity to design have earned him the trust and respect of his clients and have helped form flourishing long-term relationships. Neil Schneider studied at the Harrington College of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Interior Design.
Brian Schwagerl, Esq. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development at the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate where he serves as the Industry Engagement Liaison for Schack and Interim Coordinator of the Undergraduate Division.
Brian is an attorney with over two decades of experience working on land use, leasing, acquisition and disposition of property issues. He has worked as a senior corporate real estate executive in charge of design and construction projects at NBCUniversal and Hearst developing iconic global corporate headquarters for both firms. For NBC Universal he moved the Tonight Show back to New York City and renovated the landmark 30 Rockefeller Plaza with a new lobby, studios and offices. At Hearst, he consolidated their extensive New York real estate portfolio into a new signature skyscraper, Hearst Tower, the first building to rise in the Manhattan skyline post 9-11. The building won numerous real estate awards including the best-run facility in America and the first green office tower in New York City. He is considered an expert in sustainable design and construction and lectures frequently on the "office of the future" as well as property technology.
Brian earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany and a JD from St. John's University School of Law. He also earned a certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Schack Institute of Real Estate. His many industry association memberships include the Global Association of Corporate Real Estate (CoreNet), the International Association of Facilities Managers (IFMA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Julie Seitz, Global Director, leads the global team responsible for Coca-Cola workplaces around the world to include planning, design, construction, facilities management, amenities, hospitality and branding. Prior to this role, Julie led the renovation of the global headquarters in Atlanta – work which set the stage for this new global organization. Our mission is to elevate our workplace as strategic asset within the enterprise to engage our people, drive business performance, spark innovation, bring our brands to life and support the growth of Coca-Cola worldwide.
Prior to moving into the world of real estate and workplace, Julie spent the bulk of her career in general management roles at IBM and Coca-Cola in sales, brand marketing, supply chain, sports marketing and shared services.
Kevin Shtofman serves as the National Blockchain Lead – US, in the Real Estate practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has over 14 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, accounting, business improvement, and technology services to owners, operators, developers, service providers, and asset managers in the Real Estate industry.
Kevin has been working on Blockchain, Robotics, and Cognitive Automation initiatives for the past two years and has presented to audiences from coast to coast in 21 cities to date, including multiple podcasts and news articles.
Prashant’s research focuses on technology strategy, which in today’s technological landscape, often means the firm’s business strategy.
He brings economic thinking and econometric modeling techniques in his research design to answer business-relevant questions. His research is cross-industry and cross-function in scope.
He is currently focused on technologies related to AI and the Accenture research around Digital Decoupling.
Mr. Simoneaux consults internationally with companies to support the linkage of corporate aspirations to workplace development. His work includes Toyotas Americas Corporate Headquarters’ move to Dallas, the GE 10,000 employee move from Puxi to Pudong in Singapore, PriceWaterhouseCooper Headquarter consolidation in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, Lend Lease moved him to Australia for 2 years to lead the Sydney Barangaroo change management initiative for their largest APAC project.
He is a Registered Architect (RA), an expert in Organizational Development and has worked globally as a professional consultant in workplace envisioning, design development, and organizational/cultural change management.
Veresh Sita leads WeWork’s Enterprise Business, which provides full lifecycle space as a service solutions to enterprise clients. This includes the unique Powered by We offering that runs in the physical space of large enterprise clients. Powered by We includes advisory services, design and build services, operate services, as well as proprietary WeOs technology solutions.
Prior to WeWork, Veresh was based in Dubai as the Chief Digital Officer for Emaar, the largest property developer, hotel operator, and retail mall operator in EMEA. Veresh also served as Chief Information Officer for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, where he was responsible for delivering hassle free customer experiences and using technology to enable the number one, on time airline.
Peter Sloan is a vice president with HOK specializing in workplace strategy and design. As a strategic partner to his clients, Peter strives to bring a business-minded design approach to every project. Throughout his 30+ year career, he has embraced an “inside-out” humanistic design philosophy. This approach has assisted clients and users in identifying their needs and leveraging the built environment to provide flexible solutions focused on long-term value. His experience includes a diverse group of project types, ranging in size from 500 sq. ft. to more than 500,000 sq. ft. for legal, creative, non-profit, and corporate clients. Peter has also played an integral role in the growth of several Kansas City non-profits and is the former president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield where he focuses on the intersection of sustainability, technology and innovation within the Commercial Real Estate sector. He has consulted with technology clients such as Google, Salesforce, Adobe and Genentech among others and was an early adopter of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology.
Stefanie Spurlin has been with Capital One since 2005, spending most of her time in the Workplace Solutions real estate group. She leads the Central Services team within Workplace Solutions. In her current role, Stefanie is accountable for Workplace Experience, Portfolio Strategy, Marketing & Communications, Building Operations, Real Estate Transactions, and Capital One’s Environmental Sustainability Office. She is also responsible for managing the Workplace Solutions external partner relationships. Before joining the real estate group, Stefanie held positions in operations analysis, and project and process management in Capital One Auto Finance.
Prior to joining Capital One, Stefanie worked as a Financial Analyst and Six Sigma Black Belt in the Retail industry.
Stefanie is on the Executive Committee as Vice President of the CoreNet Global Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
She graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and holds her Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation from CoreNet Global.
As OSCRE’s CEO since 2013, Lisa brings over 20 years’ real estate industry experience in strategic planning, operations and finance, property and asset management, and effectively managing change in dynamic environments. She leads corporate strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working with key stakeholders to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards, effective data governance and emerging technologies. She is an evangelist for building effective change leadership skills to address the impact emerging technologies will have on information that drives CRE.
As the Sales Director for the Building Solutions Group, Rusty leads the North American enterprise accounts sales team, helping strategic clients achieve sustainable and efficient building operations with UTC’s broad portfolio of solutions and services. UTC Building Solutions Group is part of United Technologies Corp, provider of high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries, including Carrier air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, Automated Logic controls solutions, Lenel security solutions and Edwards fire systems. Prior to joining UTC, Rusty held sales and marketing leadership roles over a span of 20 years with General Electric, Grainger and Schneider Electric.
Peter is a Director within UT Realty and has oversight responsibilities for the numerous functions of CRE including lease administration, transaction and project management with a focus on The Americas. UT Realty provides real estate support to all of UTC’s operating units and involve relationships with several suppliers. Prior to joining UTC, Peter worked in commercial brokerage for a family owned agency followed by an onsite role as a transaction manager with Cushman & Wakefield. Peter is a CCIM and holds a B.A. in Economics from UCONN and is currently pursuing his MBA from University of Hartford.
Ramesh Sugavanam heads the Global IT infrastructure and operations at Bose with over 20 years of extensive diverse experience. Ramesh has held several leadership roles in Applications and Infrastructure solution delivery at Bose with varying scope & responsibilities.
Alicia Sundberg is a high-energy executive who takes a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex business problems. She is a big picture thinker, known for her ability to build strong teams and design and implement innovative solutions and systems. Her experience in finance, business strategy, brokerage, operations, real estate, and financial services coupled with her ability to communicate vision and the plan for execution motivates her clients and associates to exceed their goals and objectives.
Currently, she is Head of Fidelity Real Estate Company (FREC), a unit of Fidelity Investments. Alicia leads the organization responsible for providing the full range of corporate real estate strategy and services to Fidelity’s business units both nationally and internationally. She oversees a real estate portfolio and strategy of 11 million square feet including mission-critical data centers and more than 190 retail Investor Centers. Additionally, she oversees campus and data center operations, project design and delivery, the art curator, and campus amenities from food and beverage to the campus fitness centers. She unites her team under the vision to provide places and create spaces that encourage associates, business, and customers to thrive.
Alicia has been with Fidelity for 23 years and has held several roles including Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Vice President of Client Service and Support and Vice President of Finance for Operations and Service Group. Prior to being appointed to Head of Fidelity Real Estate in March 2016, she led the Domestic Operations and Strategic Solutions Division, and was responsible for laying the foundation for the operations and service center of the future in Settlements, Stock Loan, Buy-ins, and Security Master/Pricing, while piloting new technology and new ways of working. Before Fidelity, Alicia specialized in strategy and financial decision making at Citibank and Bank Leumi.
Alicia sits on the advisory board of Fidelity’s Women’s Leadership Group and the governance board for the Wall Street Women’s Alliance (WSWA), both of which give her the experience and skills needed to build diverse teams and equip them with the tools to be ambassadors of change. She is also an active member of Advancing Women Executives - an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy.
Alicia holds an MBA in International Finance from Hofstra University and a BS from Boston University, with a double major in Finance and International Business.
Tom Swift is responsible for Steelcase’s Global Real Estate transactions. The portfolio includes office, showroom and manufacturing facilities at 160 locations in 27 countries. Tom brings a unique perspective in his approach to real estate, coming from a finance and sourcing background at Steelcase. Beginning his career in Accounting, Tom supported Operations, Sales/Marketing as well as Product Development. Tom then transitioned to Indirect Procurement, where he supported Health & Welfare Benefits, Travel, and Facilities & Real Estate.
Tom is a graduate of Grand Valley State University-Seidman School of Business. Tom is married to Sally, has three children and resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. The ramifications of this work is both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world and fearlessly empowering millions beyond the finish line, especially through the non-profit “261® Fearless, Inc.”
A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, Amy’s design career spans over 20 years. Amy’s career began in 1996 at ASD|SKY’s Washington, DC office. Amy moved to ASD|SKY's HQ in Atlanta in 1997. In 2000, Amy expanded ASD|SKY's presence opening our first West Coast office in San Francisco and shortly thereafter became a Principal/Vice President at the firm. Today, ASD|SKY California has over 30 employees and locations in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amy is involved in many professional organizations including IIDA and CoreNet; and is active on the Board for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco and leads their Facilities Committee. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband Alex and their children Max and Sofia.
Jenn Taranto ensures the principals of sustainability and wellbeing are incorporated into client projects and everyday work practices throughout the entire Structure Tone Organization and has more than eighteen years’ experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry.
As a founder of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and the former Chair of the Chapter’s Board of Directors she is recognized as a leader in the sustainable built environment. She spoken at Labs21 Conference (I2SL), Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Sustainability Symposium, Living Futures and Greenbuild. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Jim Taylour, is Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox, the design led office furniture manufacturers based in the UK.
Jim trained as a furniture designer and ergonomist has published a number of papers on the relationship between physical and psychological workplace wellbeing and appropriately deployed workspaces and technology Research and innovation around the topics of nomadic and collaborative working . With work being increasingly defined as what we do rather than where we do it, Orangebox R and D continues to explore ways in which innovative design can connect people in a more productive and healthy way.
Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Thurman teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.
Annette Tippeconnie currently serves as the Sr. Director of Global Programs, Strategic Partnerships & Technology for Nike Workplace Design + Connectivity (WD+C). The workplace of the future must address the dynamic pace of technology, human networks and the competitive business landscape.
In this key role, Annette influences and supports the development of global business strategies across the functions of real estate, workplace design and workplace services. Partnering with Nike executive business leadership she utilizes industry research and experience design to enable disruptive innovation in the development of global strategies.
Driving innovative collaboration partnership models that provide nimble proactive approaches, Annette helps teams to optimize their operations and elevate their consumer experience. This collaborative approach is the foundation that accelerates progress towards Nike’s strategic business objectives in this competitive business landscape.
As Director of Strategies and Discipline Lead for IA’s Seattle, Washington office, Jim leads a staff of 9 Seattle-based strategists in developing superior workplace solutions for a broad range of clients.
His role at IA is to work with clients to define environments that function as highly effective, highly flexible business tools.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Jim is a key IA thought leader and “go-to” resource for promoting the influence and effectiveness of strategies and design integration.
Jim is adept at working across internal and external teams to build consensus, evangelize solutions and mobilize resources. His proven ability to blend communications, technical, financial, HR and business skills is key to his success in bringing value to IA’s clients.
Prior to his role at IA, Jim led GSA’s Total Workplace Program in Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska), working on behalf of federal agencies seeking to transform their workplaces to respond to contemporary mission, technology and demographic challenges.
A University of Maryland graduate and licensed architect, Jim's career has included extensive experience in all phases of the real estate lifecycle – planning, programming/design, project delivery, asset management and close down/decommissioning.
He holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate certification from CoreNet Global.
With 20+ years of AEC industry experience in construction management, business development and client strategy, Heather understands her client’s vision and translates it into reality. Heather leads Project Development at EUA’s Workplace Studio, developing Corporate/Industrial business. A recipient of the Women in Construction of the Year citation through Wisconsin Builder and recognized as a 40 Under 40 through the Milwaukee Business Journal, Heather serves on several community boards with an Affiliate membership on the Board of Directors for Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin. Heather holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Taylor van Dam is workplace strategist with a passion for bringing creative and integrated design solutions to clients that align with business needs and create compelling experiences. She is a thought leader and part of the Experience per SF™ innovation team and helps client’s position workplace recommendations that matter. Taylor is an experienced Interior Designer and her strategic workplace and human behavior expertise helps clients anticipate and mitigate risks associated with new workplace strategies. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky is Birkman Certified and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner.
As Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities Planning for Eli Lilly and Company, Steve leads a team that is responsible for managing global real estate transactions as well as providing site & facility (lab and office) planning leadership and support to the various Lilly business units and sites. During Steve’s nearly 15 years in this position, Lilly real estate strategies have encompassed numerous projects and transactions and have expanded to provide equal focus to both domestic and international activities.
Steve received a B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in 1995. His activities in the real estate arena include CORENET where he has been a member since 2003; BOMA where he has been involved since 2003 as both a member and Board Member. Over the years, Steve has served on various other Indianapolis Boards and has been recognized in Who’s Who in Indianapolis Real Estate.
Reetika Vijay is the managing director for IA Interior Architects’ Boston office. She brings 23 years of experience playing a leading role in strategic planning, managing, designing, administering and negotiating a wide variety of project types. As managing director, Reetika oversees the operations of the office and works to craft strategic solutions that support IA’s business goals and objectives for the Northeastern Region. With her rapidly growing team, she has led the creation of dynamic, experiential office spaces for organizations such as Sonos, Asics, Dunkin Brands, Wayfair, State Street, Amazon, and Rapid 7, to name a few.
Mike Viskovich is the Vice President of Real Estate, Workplace Solutions & Global Sourcing for Keysight. He has 22 years of experience in high tech, spanning Amdahl, Tandem Computers, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Keysight Technologies. He is a Global Leader with experience in Senior Management roles for the last 16 years and Executive level for last 4 years with last 12 years in the corporate real estate arena. He is experienced in leading teams in: IT, Global Trade, Logistics, Manufacturing, Business Center, Real Estate, Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety. He has also built buildings in Australia, Malaysia and the US, including a tier 3 company data center. His experience includes real estate transactions and new office fit outs in 30 countries globally. He has a Bachelors of Science in Finance and MBA studies at Santa Clara University he also holds a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Yale University MBA program.
Arlyn is Gensler’s global leader for Design Purpose, working across all offices to ensure that Gensler project work incorporates a deep understanding of client objectives and that the design process integrates these key drivers. A former firmwide leader for Corporate Campuses as well as Consulting Practice Areas, Arlyn provides strategic vision for companies’ real estate portfolios, organizational culture, and workplace environments. Her clients span a range of ‘innovation economy’ sectors including Tech, Consumer Goods, and Media. With a tailored and multidisciplinary approach, Arlyn has delivered game-changing insights to top Fortune 500 clients looking to enhance business performance and advance their overall mission. Arlyn holds a degree from Cornell University.
Catherine is an Executive Director in EY’s Construction and Real Estate Advisory Services Group where she leads the Corporate Real Estate Practice. She also leads EY’s Locations Advisory Services in the Americas
She has more than 20 years of real estate knowledge. Her experience at EY has focused on project management, strategic planning, portfolio and location strategy, real estate technology solutions and real estate and facilities sourcing and organizational design.
Ben Waber is recognized worldwide as an expert in people analytics, collaboration, and wearable technology. He is the leader of Humanyze (previously Sociometric Solutions), a behavioral analytics company that uses wearable sensing technology to transform how companies are managed. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD, and he was previously a senior researcher at Harvard Business School. Ben has been featured in Wired, CNN, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and his work was selected for the Harvard Business Review's List of Breakthrough Ideas and the Technology Review's Top 10 Emerging Technologies. His book, People Analytics, is an international bestseller and was released in 2013 by the Financial Times Press.
Linda Wagener has over 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, consultation, teaching and research. She is an expert in the areas of organizational culture, leadership, and team dynamics. In this capacity she brings a focus on enhanced relational communication and strength based personality dynamics. Linda is committed to building resilient work cultures that enhance employee engagement and productivity.
A Minnesota native, Linda received her doctorate in psychology at Clark University. Linda’s work on reslience has been published in various scholarly journals. A licensed psychologist, Linda is a member of the American Psychological Association.
One of Linda’s commitments is to provide training and counseling on resiience and trauma to international aid workers who are living and working in fragile and hostile contexts. Linda enjoys travel, popular culture, movies, books, skiing and hiking. Linda is executive producer of the documentary, “Once There Was a War,” which examines the capacity of young people to flourish in Bosnia, Central Asia, and Iraq.
As the Senior Director of Global Account Operations on the Microsoft account, Holly Warnick is responsible for the management of the operational aspects for the global portfolio including procurement and sourcing, analytics and IT, sustainability and energy, account programs, global facilities service center and the supported employment program. Holly has been involved with the program since its inception. This program works with RE&F vendor partners to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.
Gregg Wassmansdorf is a management consulting specializing in corporate real estate and location strategy. He consults across all functional areas of the corporate enterprise to address challenges related to business location strategy, supply chain realignment, facility portfolio and footprint optimization, site selection, economic incentives, workplace strategy, property transaction execution, and capital project implementation. His experience spans the asset mix found within large companies. Mr. Wassmansdorf is a U.S. and Canadian citizen, a LEED accredited professional in sustainability, a regular contributor to fDi Magazine, and a member of the Site Selectors Guild.
Steve Weikal is Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and nearly 1100 alumni of the MIT Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program, in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate.
Steve Founded of MIT Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry that was recently folded into CREtech.
Seth is Managing Director, Integrated Portfolio Services (IPS), JLL. He leads strategy and transformation across JLL’s IPS service lines in the Americas. IPS service lines include transaction management, lease administration, business intelligence, workplace strategy, occupancy planning, and consulting.
Prior to his current role Seth held leadership positions in multiple business units of JLL in both the U.S. and Europe. He has advised numerous government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations on their real estate strategies, designed complex public private partnerships, and developed portfolio management programs for large portfolios of privatized housing assets.
Dr. Howard J. Weinstein is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by Fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Children's Hospital in Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 1996, he returned to the Massachusetts General Hospital as Chief of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program. During the past thirty years, he has spent his time mentoring pediatric hematology and oncology fellows, caring for children with cancer, and has been the principal investigator for many novel clinical trials for children with acute myeloid leukemia, as well as non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma. He is the founder and team captain of the MassGeneral Marathon Team "Fighting Kid's Cancer... One Step at a Time". The team has raised over 12 million dollars to support the Childhood Cancer Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Thought leader with over 30 years of strategy and operations management experience. Held senior-level leadership positions with premier management consulting firms (including Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, and HOK Consulting), with start-up organizations, and with corporations. Focused on assisting Fortune 500 companies in managing their real estate, facilities, and capital projects more efficiently and effectively. Results driven, yet process and system oriented with a distinct competency in assessing complex business situations and developing practical yet creative solutions. Recognized innovator who is often quoted and published in major publications.
Randy Whinnery is VP of Design with Fidelity Investments. As an architect and thought leader, he works collaboratively with consultants, designers, and business partners worldwide to improve the confluence of building design, interior design and workplace strategy. Over the last 12 years he has been a key contributor to Fidelity's growth as an industry leader in workplace solutions, and has helped its business leaders understand the importance of leveraging the workplace to achieve business objectives.
Mitchell Wickland is Cushman & Wakefield’s (C&W’s) CIO for the Global Occupier Services (GOS) practice. Mitch brings more than 20 years of experience designing and executing tailored technology solutions for commercial real estate organizations. He has in-depth familiarity with industry relevant technology product and service providers. Mitch holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Directly after completing his Marketing studies, Youri entered the Tech Industry. He started his career at a b2b marketing agency, followed by technology leaders such as SAS, Google and Informatica. That’s also where his fascination for data started, and the huge added value enterprises can derive from data-drive decision making. After spending 2 year in Dubai to head up Marketing for Informatica’s rapidly growing Emerging Markets region, Youri decided to move back to Amsterdam and join Lone Rooftop in 2015. At Lone Rooftop, he looks after Global Business Development and Lone Rooftop’s growing partner ecosystem.
Larry is a leading member of the Client Solutions team for the West Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business. In this role, he drives CBRE’s GWS business growth by leveraging his experience as an end user to design custom solutions for corporate real estate and facilities teams. Focusing primarily on large-scale initiatives, he is particularly adept at engaging with CRE leaders to understand and align with their objectives. Based in San Francisco, Larry has 20 years of experience, during which time he has led every major function within the CRE umbrella—Strategic Portfolio Planning, Transaction Management, Project Management, Facilities and Workplace Services, Space Planning and Alternative Workplace Solutions, M&A, Lease Administration, and CRE Technology.
Terry Wood is Vice President, Real Estate at Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers, with an annual operating revenue in excess of $70 Billion. Kaiser Permanente has more than 12 Million members and is growing.
Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente pioneered the integrated delivery model, which, through a partnership between the health plan, hospitals and Permanente medical groups, delivers high quality care to its members.
Terry is responsible for executing real estate services for Kaiser Permanente’s over 70 million square foot real estate portfolio, including more than 1,000 facilities, with a replacement value of over $32 Billion. He is accountable for developing industry leading tools, implementing strategy, and establishing industry best practices for all key functions within the Real Estate Division.
Terry has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, facilities management and construction.
Paul is the Design Principal for HOK’s San Francisco studio and is responsible for some of the firm’s most environmentally innovative and imaginative buildings. He is a recognized industry leader, whose work has focused on being a design catalyst for helping people rethink the relationship between themselves and their environments. Paul has taught design at the University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; and the Savannah College of Art & Design. He lectures around the world on environmental and design issues for organizations including AIA, USGBC, SCUP, ILFI, ULI and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His signature design approach has garnered many prestigious awards, including National AIA Top Ten COTE Awards, National, Regional and Local AIA, IIDA & Planning Design Excellence Awards, has been widely published and exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
Pay is an accomplished CRE advisor and seasoned executive with 20+ years of industry and consulting experience, managing internal and outsourced teams with meaningful P&L impact. She is results oriented with a track record in portfolio/workplace strategies, M&A, program management, cost management/reduction, vendor/outsourcing advisory, process/operations optimization and technology implementation.
Prior to founding SARITY Advisors, Pay was the SVP, Head of North American Corporate Real Estate CRM for TD Bank Group. Previously, she was the Americas Region Head for American Express’ Real Estate and Global Head of its Bluework Program.
Pay’s deep consulting experience spans over 10+ years of Management Consulting with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, where she advised Fortune 1000 clients across Strategy, Operations, Infrastructure, Shared Services and Technology challenges. She also served internally for both Deloitte and Andersen, leading portfolio strategy for Deloitte US and India, as well as workplace strategy globally for Andersen.
Pay is a frequent speaker in industry events and actively contributes to CoreNet at Global and Local levels - Senior Advisor to the NYC Chapter of CoreNet Global and taught MCR Workplace, Technology and Performance Management courses. Pay holds a Bachelor in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell and lives in Princeton NJ.
Nasim Yalpani is the head of Real Estate, Workplace Services & Physical Security for Dropbox. Ms. Yalpani drives the strategic roadmap for the global real estate portfolio and is responsible for ensuring successful cross-functional execution across various internal teams in order to deliver delightful experiences to all Dropboxers. Previous to her role at Dropbox, Ms. Yalpani led Uber Technologies, Inc.’s global Workplace Strategy & Planning team, where she implementing metrics-driven initiatives for workplace strategy, capital planning, process efficiency, and innovation.
Ming Ying is an undergrad at Harvard studying Economics, Computer Science, and Statistics. Ming’s interests are in quant finance, private equity, and entrepreneurship. In 2018, Ming had the opportunity to intern for Planon, where he was able to combine his interest in technology with market research. During the summer of 2018, Ming will work as a quantitative analyst for Fidelity Asset Management’s Counterparty Research team.
Steven Zatta possesses a unique combination of strategic business skills, academic analytical capabilities, and intellectual curiosity. As consulting director of CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD’S Global Business Consulting group, he helps clients achieve their business objectives through the design and delivery of best-fit office solutions that align with their financial, operational, and workforce needs. His range of expertise encompasses corporate real estate (CRE), organizational strategy and staff development, performance management, workplace design, headquarters strategy, location planning, and regional master plan strategies.
As Head of Innovation at Colliers International, Chris is responsible for leading innovation that will generate increased value to Colliers clients and internal service lines and identifying ways to improve service delivery across all areas of Corporate Solutions. Over the course of his 20 years in consulting, Chris has established a reputation of scale in development, planning and strategy for corporate and institutional clients. His range of experience encompasses the financial services, real estate development and industrial sectors. Throughout the years, Chris has developed expertise in portfolio strategy, footprint optimization, operational consolidation, capital expenditure management and financial forecasting.