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


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Bryan Berthold

Bryan is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategies within C&W’s Global Business Consulting practice. Bryan partners with C&W clients and leads the Workplace Strategies 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.

Bernice Boucher

Bernice Boucher
Managing Director, Head of Workplace Strategy, Americas, JLL

Twitter @berniceboucher

With over 18 years of experience in workplace strategy and change management, Bernice currently leads JLL’s Workplace Strategy Practice in the Americas and is a senior leader in the Workplace Solutions practice globally. Her specialty is in helping organizations discover the value of place in a virtual world. She builds workplace strategies that, when closely aligned to business goals, can lead to reduced real estate costs and higher employee productivity, engagement and satisfaction.

Prior to JLL, Bernice served as Director of the New York office of DEGW and as the global practice leader for the financial services sector. She has also served as the workplace strategist for Deutsche Bank in the Americas.

Matthew Claudel

Matthew Claudel
Head of Research, Beco

Twitter @hellobeco

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, urbanism, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.

Bethany Davis Swanson

Bethany Davis Swanson
Workplace Strategy Director (Global), The Boston Consulting Group

Twitter @bethanyds

Bethany Davis Swanson joined The Boston Consulting Group as Global Workplace Strategy Director in January 2012. Her charge is to understand the organization's culture, work patterns, and emerging talent needs, and align the workplace experience to support business performance.

Prior to joining BCG, Bethany held workplace strategy roles at Nokia and at Andersen Worldwide/Arthur Andersen.

Bethany's passion for understanding people and their relationship to the environment started at Cornell University, where she received B.S. in Human-Environment Relations and an M.S. in Facilities Planning and Management.

Pedro Domingos

Pedro Domingos
Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

Twitter @pmddomingos

Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington and the author of The Master Algorithm. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science, and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.

Bill Dowzer

Bill Dowzer
Principal, BVN

Bill Dowzer is a Principal of BVN, an award-winning Australian architectural practice with an international footprint and a global reputation for design leadership and innovation. As an agile design studio with a unique ability to apply ‘translational’ thinking across sectors, BVN’s broad portfolio is testament to the practice’s ability to constantly evolve to suit contemporary needs and expectations. Bill is a leader in workplace design and a champion of BVN’s ‘collective creation’ approach, underpinned by a belief that great workplaces are not about the space alone, but about people and the making of ‘place’.

This is also of great importance in the design of transformative workplace environments for the legal sector, the last bastion of hierarchical spatial divides. BVN have worked with legal firms to disrupt the traditional model and create new models based on collaboration, flexibility and transparency to allow firms to flourish. His presentation will be focussed on these recent experiences in legal workplaces sharing insights and analytics and will be joined on the day by one of his clients as a co-presenter.

Bill is currently leading the start-up of BVN’s New York Studio and has a strong interest in the design and impact of co-working and dynamic workplace environments. At the moment, he is working with Liquidspace on new products incorporating flexible leasing models for new economy businesses as well as the ongoing projects of new workplaces for 2 national legal firms in Canada.

Benjamin Dyett

Benjamin Dyett
Co-founder, Grind LLC

Twitter @benjamindyett

Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work.

So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system but within a strong community. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).

Grind #1 is located at 29th and Park Avenue South in Manhattan; #2 is located at 39th and Broadway in Manhattan; #3 is located 2 N. LaSalle Street in the Loop in Chicago; #4 is located at 140 West Street in Manhattan; and #5 is under construction at 30th & Broadway in Manhattan. Each has 100+ workspaces—from desks you can crank at to couches you can lounge on to conference rooms you can kibitz in—and a lot of really big windows (light is good) …and many other Grind locations are in the works for New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and London.

Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has deep experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet.

Simon Elliot

Simon Elliot
Director Business Development, LifeWorks Restaurant Group

Twitter @CATERForce

Simon J. Elliot is a thought leader on the future of the workplace and specifically how employee amenities can drive employee convenience, collaboration, create a sense of community and ultimately contribute to high levels of employee engagement.

Simon has worked across a broad range of sectors including: Government, Military, Healthcare, Education and Business & Industry providing onsite service solutions in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. Simon is currently based in San Francisco services Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Western United States.

A Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Member of the Future of Work Community and engaged with Non Profits focused on supporting youth through sport and family homelessness through economic hardship.

Randy Fiser

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

Twitter @ASID_CEO

Randy W. Fiser leads the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as chief executive officer, overseeing the strategic planning, financial management, and national operations for the Society’s more than 25,000 members who work across all sectors of residential and commercial interior design. He leads the network of 48 ASID chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada to advance the profession and communicate the impact of interior design on human experience and transforming lives.

Dedicated to advancing community and economic development, Fiser brings a unique point of view about the capacity of design to make a positive impact on health, well-being, and productivity.

Richard Golding

Richard Golding
International Director, Head of Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Richard works within the Global Occupier Services Team (GOS) at Cushman & Wakefield, working with clients across EMEA and Asia Pacific. In addition, he also takes responsibility for all UK & Ireland occupier activity and is Sector Lead for Cushman & Wakefield’s Global TMT group, co-ordinating capabilities, expertise and delivering research and sector trends. Richard sits on both the GOS EMEA and UK & I Executive Committee's and seeks to drive creative, innovative and integrated solutions to current, and future, real estate and operational challenges.

Michael Gresty

Michael Gresty
CEO, Rifiniti, Schneider
Twitter @Rifiniti
Twitter @MichaelGresty

Michael advises corporate and real estate leaders to optimize their real estate portfolios. For over a decade he has been a leader in real estate, high performance building development, and corporate sustainability. He has advised top executives at global companies on the integration of sustainability into company strategy, operations and culture, guided senior real estate leaders on portfolio-wide sustainability, and consulted to developers on multiple green building projects. Michael has extensive experience working with companies such as CapitalOne, Apple, BNY Mellon, Oracle, JP Morgan Asset Management, Gillette, Bekaert, Biogen Idec, SAP, Chubb, Hasbro, Lenovo, TimeWarner, Nationwide, Praxair, Schering-Plough, Gillette, Brown-Forman, PPG Industries, Herman Miller, The World Bank, Sentinel Data Centers, Brookfield Properties, Toyota, USAA Real Estate, RXR Realty, Douglaston Development, and Extell. Michael is a frequent speaker on sustainability and related topics at conferences. He previously worked on large infrastructure and design projects in the USA and France, and on development of civil engineering software in South Africa. Michael received his Architecte DPLG from the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville. He also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town.

Pam Jack

Pam Jack
Senior Partner, Minter Ellison

Pam Jack is a Senior Partner at the leading Australian legal firm Minter Ellison and is the Business Unit Leader of the Projects, Infrastructure and Construction team. Pam has been a practising lawyer for more than 35 years and had previously only worked in conventional office based work places. Pam was a founding member of the Premises Committee for Minter Ellison's recent workplace project completed last year. The firm made the decision in 2014 to relocate from Aurora Place, a prestigious high-rise building by Renzo Piano with magnificent views over the Sydney Opera House and the Botanical Gardens to the top 8 floors of nearby Governor Macquarie Tower, a late 80s building that needed a significant upgrade in amenities and services.

Using the relocation as an opportunity to become more open, agile and collaborative, and providing real connectivity for their people via a winding set of interconnecting stairs over 8 levels, a huge choice in work settings was provided from single size enclosed office spaces to sit to stand open work settings, formal and informal meeting spaces and large teapoint areas on every level.

Daniel B. Johnson

Daniel B. Johnson
Workplace Innovation Lead, Accenture

Twitter @danielbjohnson

Dan is lead of Workplace Innovation for Accenture. He joined Accenture in 1998 with initial responsibilities for supporting and implementing new workplace concepts in Accenture’s North and South American offices. In his current capacity, Dan directs a global team who are responsible to define, implement and provide ongoing analysis for Accenture’s current and emerging workplace, technology and service delivery strategies. His expertise in occupancy and workplace strategies, benchmarking and cultural integration provides a strong base for creating and analyzing strategic planning options.

Most recently Dan and his team have been focusing on creating a progressive new global Workplace Strategy that is closely aligned with their technology strategy and recognizes the changing demands of an Accenture workforce that is already more than 65 percent Generation Y.

Accenture’s real estate portfolio of more than 30 million square feet includes many hundred properties in more than 50 countries.

Chris Kelly

Christopher Kelly
Co-Founder and President, Convene

Twitter @Convene  Twitter @thoughtsonbiz

Chris is the co-founder, president, and chief development officer of Convene, commercial real estate’s first “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with the world’s largest commercial office landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenities into commercial office buildings. 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.

Sarah Liu

Sarah Liu
Co-founder & CEO, Gemini3

Twitter @sarah_liu

Named the 2014 Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year at International Stevie Awards and 2015 Women of Style Finalist; Sarah has led an impressive portfolio career as a branding strategist, senior marketer, author, speaker and entrepreneur. Founded her own business at the age of 24, The Dream Collective develops high calibre young professional woman in business. Simultaneously Sarah has led marketing strategies for the world’s top FMCG and cosmetic companies including Revlon, P&G and Coca-Cola. Sarah’s passion is to see more women in leadership and to transform the way we work.

Randy Fiser

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny
Partner, SITU Studio


Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny is a Founding Partner and Director of Design at SITU Studio. He received his Bachelors of Arch from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Aleksey has served as a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the New York Institute of Technology. He lectures frequently, presenting SITU’s business model.

Melissa Marsh

Melissa Marsh
Leading Workplace Strategy & Occupant Experience at Savills Studley, Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC

Melissa Marsh leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions. Savills Studley is the nation's leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Melissa is Founder and Executive Director of PLASTARC, a workplace innovation and organizational strategy firm helping clients leverage their spaces for optimal experience and performance through the power of social research and design analytics. Melissa brings her passion for the user experience of design to her work, dedicating her career to to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches' to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.

Peter Miscovich

Peter Miscovich
Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, Jones Lang LaSalle

Twitter @peterjmiscovich

Peter Miscovich develops corporate strategies and workplace transformation solutions for global client organizations.

Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board, the CERES Presidents Advisory Board and the Board of the Regional Plan Association (RPA) – leading global organizations focused upon innovation and systems transformation.

As an executive management consultant serving Fortune 100 companies for more than 25 years Peter is recognized as a global innovation thought leader by Accenture, The Brookings Institute, CERES, Columbia University, CORENET Global, The Conference Board, The Partnership for New York City, The Urban Age Institute, The Urban Land Institute and The Woodrow Wilson Center.

As a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Global Advisory practice – Peter earned his Executive Credentials from the MIT Sloan Business School and his Civil Engineering Degrees from the University of Arizona.

Jeremy Myerson

Jeremy Myerson
Director, The WORKTECH Academy & Research Professor, Royal College of Art

Jeremy Myerson is an academic researcher, author and activist in people-centred design and innovation. He has joined Unwired to set up The WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network. He has published several influential books on workplace design and holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. His most recent titles include Time & Motion (2013) and Life of Work (2014). A former journalist and editor on such titles as Design, Creative Review and World Architecture, he founded Design Week magazine in 1986 and later co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, which he directed for 16 years until September 2015. He has advised businesses and governments around the world and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He was recently named by Wired magazine as one of Britain's 100 most influential people in digital technology.

Ben Munn

Ben Munn
Managing Director, Solution Development & Consulting, The Instant Group

Twitter @BenMunn

Ben is widely recognised as one of the leaders in flexible workspace. Ben leads the Solution Development group, focused on building strategies and propositions for customers to drive flexibility and agility into their businesses. He has spent his career advising companies on how their workspace can support the achievement of their business goals. In his role with Instant, Ben is responsible for developing the market proposition, market engagement, and advising how the Instant Group’s extensive market data is leveraged for the benefits of clients.

Philip Ross

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Twitter @Pjnross

Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.

He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.

Jonathan Sheh

Jonathan Sheh
Director of Workplace Experience, Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has been hard at work refining its global workplace strategy, piloting and refining new design standards, and assessing outcomes. Jonathan Sheh profiles new design guidelines for activity-based work including collaborative and personal work environments for a variety of functions and global locations, and what they mean for improved space utilization, functionality, and flexibility. He reports on workplace transformation initiatives around the world and illustrates project results and user satisfaction feedback. He also makes the case that the cost saving proposition for new work environments must be simple to communicate.

Bernice Boucher

Harri Singh
Global Operations – Properties, Shared Services Leader, GE Capital

Harri leads a GE team of approx. 180 who support all aspects of properties for GE’s businesses and regions- Operations/ Facility Management, Capital Projects, Data Management and Real Estate.

Harri is 26 year veteran of GE. He began his GE career on the Financial Management Program (FMP) and then spent four and a half years on GE’s audit staff. Harri then held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in controllership, FP&A and overall finance leadership in GE Capital IT Solutions, GE Real Estate and GE Money. He took an operational role supporting quality and real estate in GE Consumer Finance and then led the property team for GE Capital before taking his current role. He lives in Stamford, CT.

Scott Slater

Scott Slater
Advisor, Business Transformation Workforce Experience Practice, Cisco

Twitter @slaternyc

Scott Slater is an Advisor in Cisco’s Business Transformation Workforce Experience Practice. He partners with Real Estate, Human Resources and Technology teams to help them understand what can be achieved at the intersection of digital technology and business. He helps businesses conceptualize how digital technology can transform and improve the business; quantifies the value of digital technology to an organization’s future and helps companies accelerate their digital business transformation journey.

He works with Corporate Real Estate and Facilities teams on creating next generation workplaces, helps Human Resources teams on creating an engaged-workforce to keep their existing people happy and attract new talent, and partners with organizations on how to address the needs of agile teams and build an agile enterprise in today’s multi-generational workforce.

Jim Taylour

Jim Taylour
Head of Design & Wellbeing, Orangebox

Twitter @OrangeboxUS_Inc

Jim Taylour is Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox. A chartered Ergonomist with over 20 years’ experience of workplace design, Jim has daily experience of the success and failings within the contemporary workplace.

His most recent research 'Mobile Generations' published by Orangebox explores agile Smartworking and our emerging health and productivity challenges. Jim also created `Wireless Well Working' (WWW), a strategic Orangebox workplace tool, designed to help organizations achieve a successful and beneficial workplace. Through this programme Jim has gained invaluable knowledge and insight of what’s required to realize a successful and dynamic workplace - where employee wellbeing is center stage.

Jim also works on European harmonization of dimensional standards for both office and school furniture and sits on and advises numerous organizations and charities, including the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, in the UK.

Cecilia Vigil

Cecilia Vigil
Project Manager & Interior Designer, Spotify USA

Twitter @SpotifyUSA

Cecilia works as Project Manager and Interior Designer within Spotify’s facilities department. She’s been with the company since 2008 and has seen Spotify grow from fewer than 100 employees to more than 1000. Cecilia has led office build-outs and expansions in more than 10 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Sophie Wade

Sophie Wade
Founder & Workforce Innovation Specialist, Flexcel Network

Twitter @FlexcelNetwork

Sophie is the Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network. Sophie is an authority on the wide-ranging Future of Work issues impacting companies and workers’ new demands – such as attracting, engaging and retaining talent, workplace flexibility, Millennial demands and more. Flexcel provides consulting services to corporations to maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption in their transition to the new work environment. Flexcel Network also helps employees and independent workers adapt and start proactively managing their new, latticed corporate or diversified, independent careers.

Sophie has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S., assisting entrepreneurs and major corporations identify, develop and execute strategic initiatives, build teams and ventures and create partnerships. She writes and speaks regularly about the Future of Work issues such as workplace flexibility, Millennial demands and retention, talent management, career development, career transitioning and portfolio careers. Sophie is the 2015-17 President of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has a BA from Oxford University in Oriental Studies (Chinese) and an MBA from INSEAD.


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

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