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WORKTECH 14 New York

Conference Programme

Conference: Thursday 15th May 2014 full day,
Time and Life Building, Midtown Manhattan, New York

09:00 Welcome from Moderators

Cindy Froggatt, Workplace Strategist, Perkins Eastman Strategies
Kate North, VP, Global Development,

09:10 What’s Next in Workplace Strategy Panel Discussion

Chairperson: Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Marilyn Simeone, Director, Global Planning + Design, Citi Corporate Realty Services
Nona Gross,Design & Implementation Strategist for Workplace Strategy, Siemens N America
Plus one
speaker TBC

09:35 LIVING OFFICE: The New Landscape of Work

Chris Hacker,VP Marketing & Design / Creative Director Global Work, Herman Miller, Inc.

At Herman Miller, we are working with the world’s leading thinkers and designers to apply a greater understanding of people—how we think, how we are motivated, and how we create and collaborate—to a new landscape of work. Doing this allows us to see a different approach to how we manage our work, the tools and technologies that enable us, and the places where we come together to do it. With Living Office, we seek a total experience of work that is more natural, more desirable, and ultimately, more rewarding.


10:05 Norm follows Function

Kristine Woolsey, Organization Transformation Specialist, Woolsey Studio

Getting employees aligned in intention and action, is critical to business success. The larger a company gets the more difficult that becomes unless the systems and spaces are designed to work with natural behaviour patterns. This talk will provide an overview of behavioural research and strategic implications for the workplace.

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Defining and Measuring Workplace Experience

Rachel Permuth, National Director, Business and Industry, Sodexo

While we know that one’s experience at work directly contributes to their quality of life, there has been little work done in this field to agree upon a consistent definition of Workplace Experience (WE), let alone how to measure it. Learn about components of WE and current research on the topic.

11:25 The Impact of Office Type on Employee Health and Performance

Aram Seddigh, Psychologist with a complementary education in business administration, PhD-candidate, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm university

The focus of the presentation is on how different type of office designs impact both indicators of self-perceived health and performance and immediate performance on cognitively demanding tasks. The presentation will also focus on what professionals could expect from research and how professionals can use scientific methods during office refurbishment.


11:55 The ROI of Workplace Wellbeing

Kate Lister, President, Global Workplace Analytics

People cost far more than buildings and they can deliver far more than they cost. It’s time we started paying attention to what they need. This session will offer a model for quantifying the impact of work and place on employee wellbeing in terms of engagement, productivity, healthcare costs, and more.

12:20 Lunch Break

13:20 Smart Workplace 2040: Rethinking the World of Work

Marie Puybaraud,Director, Global WorkPlace Innovation, JCI

Executives, take note: failure to invest in our future workplace means a lost opportunity to drive performance. Projecting our vision towards 2040 and imagineering the workplace enables us to anticipate change and an entirely new world of work. Leap ahead with us to explore the future of work in 2040 and rethink "workplace" as we know it today.

13:45 Hierarchies Yielding to Networks

Gerry Taylor, Creative Director, Orangebox

Why the Millennial generation and mobile hand held technology, is forcing the office to migrate away from hieratical, system focused environments, to more diverse and casual network spaces.


14:15 Q&A with Dr. Dana Ardi

Dr. Dana Ardi, author The Fall of the Alphas and Founder Corporate Anthropology Advisors

The new model for business success: replace top-down Alpha management with collaboration, connection, and increased job satisfaction—the Beta model. The Fall of the Alphas explores the sweeping changes taking place in the corporate and social cultures of today's most successful organizations.

14:40 Coffee Break

15:10 Work Disrupted: How the Digital Workforce is Disrupting the Enterprise

Steven Tiell, Strategy & Innovation Executive, Accenture

Workers are bringing their digital lifestyles to the office. Today's workers expect to use applications in their professional lives that rival the experiences they enjoy on their smart phones, including the ability to share data seamlessly between applications. What's more, their expectations for technology to be always on are disrupting the way IT departments operate.

15:35 Quantified Workplace - Panel Discussion

Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Ben Waber, President & CEO, Sociometric Solutions
Matt Lauzon, CEO, Dunwello


16:05 It’s All About The People – Mobile Apps

Discussion with
Brett Martin, Founder, NewCo
Matt Lauzon, CEO, Dunwello

16:35 Workplace Transformation: An Executive Office Imperative?

Andrew Moore, Director, Strategic Accounts, Intel

Andrew’s presentation will look at workplace change parameters: innovation, velocity, openness and accountability. He will discuss new ways of working and connecting and the technological changes underpinning this transformation which are disruptive and profound.

17:00 Moderators closing remarks

Cindy Froggatt, Workplace Strategist, Perkins Eastman Strategies
Kate North, VP, Global Development,

17:15 Conference Close

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