WORKTECH16 West Coast - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace












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Tara Carcillo

Tara Carcillo
President and CEO, The Clearing, Inc.

Twitter @TheClearingInc

Ms. Tara Carcillo is the President and CEO of The Clearing. She is a highly accomplished strategy consultant, with expertise in leadership development, communications, whole systems design, enterprise transformation, systems modeling, facilitation, collaboration and instructional design. Throughout her career, Ms. Carcillo has led numerous high-stakes engagements in strategy development and execution, change management, conference design and facilitation, method development, strategic communications, risk analysis. Her clients include the U.S Air Force, World Bank, General Services Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, and the Maryland Career Development Association.

In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Carcillo also served directly in the public and higher-education sectors. As the Director for Strategy Execution at the General Services Administration, Ms. Carcillo was responsible for change strategy, communications strategy and execution, leadership coaching, high stakes meeting design and facilitation, and methods and tools development. She worked closely with the Chief People Officer and the Office of the Administrator. Early in her career, Ms. Carcillo served as the Director of Leadership Development at Washington College, where she specialized in curriculum design, instruction, program development and developing women leaders.

Raymond Chan

Raymond Chan
Sr. Global Manager Workplace Strategy, NVIDIA

Raymond is responsible in his role at NVIDIA as Senior Program Manager Workplace Strategy for guiding global and domestic projects implementing next gen real estate strategy of enhancing collaboration, improving productivity, attraction and retention of the brightest talent.

Raymond has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Raymond has been reinventing the workplace through integrated technologies and work practices for more than 21 years. His global expertise includes: workplace strategy, architecture, hospitality design, project management.

Raymond is currently delivering NVIDIA’s new workplace typology and interior design direction on Endeavor (NVIDIA’s new campus) scheduled to complete November 2017.

Bill Clancey

Dr. William J. Clancey
Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Dr. William J. Clancey (Computer Science Ph.D. Stanford; Mathematical Sciences B.A. Rice) is senior research scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. His research has related cognitive and social science in the study of work practices and design of agent systems at the Institute for Research on Learning and as Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing, NASA Ames. He is a Fellow of Assoc. of Psychological Science, Assoc. Advancement of AI, National Academy of Inventors, and American College of Medical Informatics. Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers received the AIAA 2014 Aerospace History Literature Award.


Peter Czimback
IT Specialist, Aramark

Twitter @Aramark

Peter is a 16-year veteran of Aramark and Director of IT Strategy for Sports, Leisure, Corrections, and Dining with a focus on identifying clients’ business needs and creating insights-based roadmaps connecting technology to business process improvement, stakeholder satisfaction, and revenue.

In his current role within Information Technology, Peter leverages his experience in market research and development to identify business needs and the best in breed platforms and innovation that support growth. Prior to his roles in IT, Peter led retail marketing, where he developed and launched industry shaping technology and marketing strategies that creating new revenue streams for clients and improved asset utilization.

Peter has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Penn State University and a M.B.A. from Villanova University.

simon davis

Simon Davis
VP Development, Serraview

My role at Serraview centers on providing clients with software to enable the right-sizing of portfolios through the use of innovative and disruptive technologies. The aim is to provide significant cost savings with a laser focus on measuring how space is actually used. I have a deep knowledge of systems across the Real Estate spectrum having acted as a consultant, business developer and end user over the course of the past 18 years, working with and supporting large multi-national and Fortune 500 organizations. I have been responsible for a wide range of consulting assignments covering real estate, facilities management, operations and maintenance, capital asset and project management. I am very active in the Real Estate industry, having served as a presenter, writer and faculty for key industry organizations including IFMA, CoreNet and Realcomm

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.

Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge

Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge
Partners, Felderman Keatinge

Twitter @FKAssociates

Felderman Keatinge + Associates are a Los Angeles-based design firm with an international career spanning more than three decades and a catalog of honors deeming the husband and wife duo of Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge as pioneers, industry leaders and Interiors 2016 Design Legends. Their work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Their trademark “total design concept” is evident in a portfolio encompassing everything from eco-based concepts, commercial, hospitality and residential interiors, product design including furniture designs and a fabric line to the first ATM to honeycomb jet interior cabins. Their proficiency lies within their partnership and ability to act as artist and strategist, combined with their capacity to connect with each client individually to create a catered product.

Nancy Keatinge and Stanley Felderman have been asked to teach and lecture internationally in Italy to Japan and at Neocon in Chicago, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, the University of California at Los Angeles and Irvine, as well as the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Woodbury University. Their work has been featured in numerous books and publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Interior Design Magazine and many others.

Their clients include Legendary Pictures, Creative Artists Agency, Core Media Group / 19 Entertainment, Shine America, Paradigm Talent Agency, MTV Networks, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Universal, Samsung Corporation, Sony, Mattel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and Pillsbury Winthrop.

Wayne Hemingway MBE & Gerardine Hemingway MBE

Wayne Hemingway MBE & Gerardine Hemingway MBE
Design Partners, HemingwayDesign

Twitter @HemingwayDesign

Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, built Red or Dead; a globally-celebrated fashion label with 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: HemingwayDesign.

Wayne is a writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator. He also judges international design competitions, including the regeneration of Byker in Newcastle and Salford in Greater Manchester, The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize and Europan. He holds talks on housing, urban design, education and the creative sector. And he gets involved in charity work for the likes of Noise Festival, The Princes Trust (where he was the inaugural Chairman for an initiative to enable disadvantaged young people to work within the fashion industry), Shelter, Oxfam and Crisis.

Gerardine’s handiwork can be seen across the entire architectural and product portfolio, including The Staiths South Bank, a 750 property mass market housing project on Tyneside for Taylor Wimpey Homes, the much publicised Workplace, and IOD at 123, the new wing for the Institute of Directors, and many, many more. In June 2006, Gerardine was awarded a MBE for services to design in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, and has a Doctorate from Plymouth Uni, Lancaster Uni, Stafford and Regents University.

Mark Gribbons

Mark Gribbons
AIA, Design Director, Gensler

As a Workplace Studio Design Director and Technology Practice Area Leader in the Houston office of Gensler, Mark oversees projects for some of the firm’s most agile and brand-centric clients across North America. Past projects include headquarters and campus buildings for Amazon, Expedia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Microsoft. His work has been honored by Interior Design Magazine, IIDA, NAIOP, and Contract Magazine.

Mark, originally from Los Angeles, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design. The founding college faculty members such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, and Craig Ellwood placed special emphasis on the connections between architecture, people, and the environment. Mark’s Cal Poly education is the foundation for his work today. This research has been a unique opportunity for Mark to join knowledge leaders from his native Southern California and new Houston hometown to explore the future of our built environment.

Nicole Kahn

Nicole Kahn
Director, Design for Change, IDEO

Nicole leads the Design for Change Studio in IDEO’s San Francisco location. She works closely with clients and IDEO design teams to build organizations’ innovation capabilities and offers. She leads this work through a deep motivation to understand complex systems and the people within them. Recently, Nicole helped transform an organization to be more digitally savvy and innovative at scale. When she’s out and about, you might hear Nicole talking and teaching and about Creative Leadership, Storytelling, and the Art of Empathy.

Zoe Margarites

Zoe Margarites
Vice President, Delos Solutions and Director of Sustainability

Zoe brings with her extensive project management experience and an in-depth knowledge of how the built environment directly impacts human health and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Delos, Zoe was the Director of Sustainability at Edwards & Zuck, a building engineering firm. Before Edwards & Zuck, Zoe worked at NBCUniversal in their Green Is Universal department working to green their facilities portfolio, conducted carbon footprint analysis and spread sustainability awareness to the public through green messaging during their biannual Green Weeks.

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.

Mike Milley

Mike Milley
Director of Creative Consulting, BMW Designworks

Mike Milley is the Director of Creative Consulting at the BMW Group's Designworks studio in Los Angeles. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that’s responsible for bringing the future to life at the intersection of Research, Strategy, and Innovation. Mike oversees programs for The BMW Group, as well as external clients in sectors such as CE, hospitality, aviation, transit, CPG, etc. Prior to joining Designworks, Mike was the founding Director of Samsung's Global Lifestyle Research Lab, a forward-looking think tank and insight incubator in Silicon Valley. He’s also worked on the Men’s Branded Apparel team at Nike, and done Brand Vision work for Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

Kevin Mulcahy

Kevin Mulcahy
Partner, Future Workplace

As a partner of Future Workplace, Kevin researches and frames trends that are reshaping the future of work for clients. Kevin co-leads the ‘2020 Workplace Network’ a curated ‘best practice’ community for heads of Learning, Talent Acquisition & Human Resource development, who come together in person and virtually, to discuss and share ‘the next best’ practices impacting the future of learning and working.

During late 2016, Kevin Mulcahy and Jeanne Meister will publish a book with McGraw Hill to help business and HR leaders successfully ‘anticipate, plan for and navigate the future workplace’. The book clearly outlines the disruptive drivers of a diversifying workforce, shifting attitudes towards working, new technologies reshaping the future workplace and how companies are innovating their HR processes to thrive.

Kevin received his BA degree in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA in Strategy and Operations from Boston College. He is a dual US/Irish citizen that enjoys independent film festivals, local theatre, scuba diving, ethnic food, and international travel. He and his wife Diane (also an adjunct lecturer at Babson) live in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

John Parsons

John Parsons
Director of Facilities, 23andMe Inc.

John Parsons is the Director of Facilities at 23andMe. He’s been in Facilities over 25 years working at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Symantec and a half dozen start-ups.


Joyce Polsenberg
Director of Marketing, LifeWorks Restaurant Group

Twitter @Aramark

Joyce serves as part of the LifeWorks leadership team where she will direct the execution of strategic marketing initiatives and continued evolution of this innovative, premium brand, which creates custom restaurants for best in class organizations. She brings an outstanding and blended background of expertise in hospitality, marketing, sales and finance, as well as experience building an industry-leading restaurant organization.

Previously based out of New York, Joyce led development and marketing initiatives for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an international luxury hotel brand that encompasses more than 530 independent hotels globally. She also led the marketing and business development activities for Leading Hotels of the World and spent several years with Lehman Brothers as a sales associate in their Hedge Fund Financing group.

Joyce graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with her Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and International Business. She also completed her Master’s degree at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where she served as class president and completed an internship in San Francisco with Open Table.

Doug Sitzes

Doug Sitzes
Senior Workplace Strategist – West Coast, Haworth Workplace Strategies

My 23-year career has taken many paths all focusing on one thing; helping clients discover their best possible solution. A degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois focused on Design Theory is the foundation that allowed me to fluidly support clients at varies project scales. Working at the macro scale, I have focused on the organization level developing corporate build to suit headquarters. At the micro scale, supporting business drivers to design corporate interiors. Today blending the two, I develop workplace strategies that enhance human performance that align organization goals, facility constraints and human needs.

Bryan Shiles

Bryan Shiles
Partner, WRNS Studio

Bryan’s work is grounded in the phenomenological understanding of place advanced by such authors as Christian Norberg-Schulz and Aldo Rossi, an understanding that looks beyond obvious motifs to the cultural and spatial patterns and events that stoke our memories. Of particular importance is the experience of distance, be it the compression of a San Francisco street or the expanse of the Utah desert. In the studio teaching that he has maintained in parallel with his design practice for over 25 years, Bryan has guided students in the skills of perception and analysis that enable them to deftly situate a project in its unique context.

Bryan has transferred the learning experience from the university setting into practice and back again, linking education and practice in the advancement of architectural excellence. WRNS Studio is called “studio” for a reason: through open, in-house critiques and in his role as roving tutor, Bryan leads an ongoing critical discussion about how the firm’s buildings can most powerfully evoke place, while avoiding the trivializing effects of mimicry. The result of Bryan’s critical practice is two-fold: a vigorous culture of education, linking the academy and practice; and a distinguished portfolio of buildings spanning a broad range of programmatic type, fundamentally rooted in mission, place, time, culture and human aspiration.

Bryan’s teaching engagements include design studios at Ohio State, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, and achieved his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Bryan and his family have lived in San Francisco for over 20 years.

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.


Pam Smith
Registered Dietician, Health & Wellness Expert

Pamela Smith, R.D., is an internationally known nutritionist and energy coach, radio host, culinary consultant, best-selling author, and the creator of The S.M.A.R.T. Weigh® Strategy. Since 2011, she has had an exclusive, strategic partnership with Aramark’s business dining group for Nutrition and Wellness Initiatives, in which she serves up delicious wellness to our corporate clients worldwide, including Boeing, Nike, Citibank, and BNY Mellon. Pam creates healthy menus and recipes for some of America’s best restaurants and was co-creator of Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.

She chairs the Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Menu Collaborative and has been the festival host and emcee of the culinary events for all 21 years of Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Pam began her private practice of nutritional counselling in 1980, one of the original private dietetics practices in the U.S. Since then, she has inspired hundreds of thousands through her books, practice, seminars, workshops, radio, and website ( She is the author of 15 published books and many articles and columns for magazines, newspapers, and websites. Her bestselling books include Eat Well-Live Well, Food for Life, The Healthy Living Cookbook, The Energy Edge, The Smart Weigh, and When Your Hormones Go Haywire. Pam hosted the popular television show High on Health for FOX’s The Health Network and her daily feature “Tips for Living Well” airs on 800 radio stations across North America and in seven foreign countries.

Pamela is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, received her B.S. in Nutrition from Florida State University, and completed her Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics internship and initial culinary training at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She furthered her culinary training at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and advanced professional culinary courses at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Nick Skytland

Nick Skytland
Data Evangelist, NASA

During his career in the federal government, Nick has pioneered many cutting edge initiatives such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history. He founded NASA's Open Innovation Program, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts, developed open-source software, implemented numerous White House mandates, including the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, and created new partnerships between government and industry, academia and citizens.

Nick currently serves as NASA’s Data Evangelist and his research focuses on the exploration and application of emerging technology trends to NASA’s mission. He also created and operates one of NASA’s premier co-working spaces, 1958. He’s passionate about creating a space agency that attracts and incentivizes the next generation of technologists to contribute their time and talent to advancing space exploration. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree from the International Space University in space studies and a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Alex Spilger

Alex Spilger
Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex has consulted on over 100 diverse green building projects with high profile clients such as Google,, Skype, GoPro, and the Wharton School of Business among others. His project achievements include one of the first WELL and Fitwel Certification projects at Cushman & Wakefield.

In addition to his project work, Alex is Founder of GreenStep Education and has taught over 300 green building workshops across the globe through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the Stanford Graduate School of Business to name a few. He was recently awarded the prestigious WELL Faculty designation for his work developing health & wellness strategies for clients.

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.

Tracy D. Wymer

Tracy Wymer
Tracy Wymer, VP Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Twitter @neu_insight

Tracy D. Wymer, Vice President Workplace, Knoll, leads investigative workplace research focused on product applications. His research focuses on the study of the workplace, understanding trends in the emerging workforce and the ability to translate those needs into specific applications. The approach specializes in discovering links between real estate strategies, theory, and practice. He emphasizes understanding customers’ workplace goals and meeting them through tangible products, services and information. He is also a member of the Knoll product development team.


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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