WORKTECH16 New York - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace


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“I have been attending the NY WORKTECH conferences regularly for four years and I find them to be an excellent array of presentations and discussions about design, technology, real estate, futurism and sociology relating to the workplace. The presenters are always well prepared and thought provoking and the audience is rich with expertise and insights. I always make new and valuable contacts at WORKTECH and come away feeling enthused and excited about developing and implementing new ways to improve the work environment. I highly recommend this conference to everyone interested in the evolution of how we work.”

Paul Tackowiak, Architect, Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb

Masterclasses: Friday 27th May 20169.30am – 14.00
Rise New York, 43 W.23rd Street, Flatiron, Manhattan

WORKTECH16 New York Masterclasses will give delegates the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the Future of Work discussion, perfectly complementing the Conference day. Global speakers will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces, people, change and engagement on a more detailed level, allowing further debate and knowledge sharing.

View last year’s programme here

Masterclasses Agenda

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Registration
  • 9.30 – 9.35 Chairman’s Welcome
  • 9.35 – 10.35 Session 1
  • 10.35 – 11.05 Group Discussion led by Jeremy Myerson
  • 11.05 – 11.35 Session 2
  • 11.35 – 11.55 Coffee Break
  • 11.55 – 12.25 Session 3
  • 12.25 – 12.55 Session 4
  • 12.55 – 13.25 Group Discussion led by Jeremy Myerson
  • 13.25 – 13.30 Chairman’s close
  • 13.30 – 14.00 Refreshments & Networking
  • 14.00 Masterclasses close

Sessions include:

Next Generation of Coworking

Melissa Marsh, Founder, PLASTARC

With the shift from little business to big business coworking appears to be shaping the real estate market itself, not just the physical spaces of start-up organizations. Coworking spaces now have the power to change what landlords and developers are asking for and providing.

Corporate Coworking; the New Paradigm of Workplace Strategy

Benjamin Dyett, Co-founder, Grind LLC

Benjamin will explore how the concept of Community is bringing big businesses into the coworking revolution to create a new paradigm of workplace strategy.

Health and Wellness in the Workplace Through Design

Randy Fiser, CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

As we spend 93 percent of our time indoors, our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. Physical and mental health issues such as, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stress, can all be positively influenced by the choices we make when designing our workplace. Using research to evaluate organizational behavior and LEED and WELL Building standards to design ASID’s new office, explore the principles to creating a healthy work environment and the protocols and culture needed to achieve wellness.

Measuring Workplace Collaboration to Drive Value

Michael Gresty, CEO, Rifiniti Inc

Employee collaboration is often seen a leading indicator of innovation and productivity, key drivers of business value. More collaboration should equal value creation. But how do businesses ensure that collaboration is producing the right outcomes, and increasing employee productivity, engagement and retention? This session will includes case studies on how leading companies are using technology to optimize the workplace through measurement and big data analytics.

“This doesn’t look like a law firm”: Why Graduates Decide to Come to Work for Minter Ellison

Pam Jack, Senior Partner & Head of Property, Minter Ellison
Bill Dowzer, Principal, BVN

Pam Jack, a Senior Partner at the leading Australian legal firm Minter Ellison and the Business Unit Leader of the Projects, Infrastructure and Construction team together with Bill Dowzer, Principal of BVN will host this masterclass. The session will dive further into the analysis and insights on this special workplace project which is the first legal environment that empowers staff to work in a hybrid workplace by giving them the choice of various open and enclosed worksettings. Pam and Bill will not only be sharing their thoughts on how the relocation was an opportunity to become more open, agile and collaborative but also analyse and discuss the post occupancy data on how the new workplace is continually supporting the firm and providing success in ways that were not initially envisaged: for example a significant uptake on their recruitment of graduates since their move into their new premises last year that has been seen as a real disrupter in the current legal market.

Topics for Group Discussion Include:

  • From Cubicles to Co-working
  • From Design for Appearance to Design for Experience
  • From Home Office to Office as Home
  • From Control to Curation
  • From Fast to Slow
  • From Facilities to Hospitality
  • From Male to Female
  • From Consultation to Co-design
  • From Metrics to Mission
  • From Nine-to-Five to Vibe


Our market-leading WORKTECH conferences are “unmissable” events for senior corporate workplace professionals.

  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
  • The events cater to the educational needs of the top Global 1000 companies, relating to their global corporate real estate portfolios
  • The attendees want to learn about how they can help drive efficiencies in their workplaces and drive the productivity of their workforces
  • WORKTECH provides a vehicle to build your business relationships with these decision makers, develop senior contacts and enhance your credibility with key prospects by alignment with the event

Please contact Isabel Dewhurst-Marks for more information on commercial partnerships or speaking opportunities by emailing

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