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John T Anderson

John T. Anderson
President and Chief Executive Officer, PeopleCube

John brings to PeopleCube more than 30 years of extensive experience managing the successful start up and turn-around of several software companies. As a featured speaker at numerous events around the world and a frequent author in major trade publications, John is considered a thought leader and innovator who is at the forefront of the workspace management industry.

During his tenure at PeopleCube, John has led the company through four successful acquisitions in six years, piloted a complete transition of the company from Meeting Maker, Inc. to PeopleCube, maintained a customer retention rate of 96%, and converted the business from a license-based to highly-successful subscription-based sales model. Combined with ongoing innovations in alternative workspace, workplace business intelligence, energy management, and real estate management, John has driven significant global expansion of PeopleCube in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a result, PeopleCube has achieved sustained growth of more than 27% annually, making PeopleCube the worldwide leader in the workspace management market.

RElina Bulchandani

Relina Bulchandani
Global Lead, Connected Real Estate Practice

Internet Business Solutions Group
Relina Bulchandani is the global lead in the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Connected Real Estate Practice. She focuses on real estate solutions, technologies, and systems for the real estate sector, helping companies transform the user experience, streamline and design/build processes, and create environmental sustainability.

Bulchandani is currently focusing on 21st century city development and revitalization from a built environment perspective and working with key city stakeholders, architects, urban planners and developers to develop new business models for the connected and networked sustainable city.

Prior to IBSG, Bulchandani was senior vice president of strategic projects at Forest City Enterprises, a publicly traded real estate developer, responsible for enterprise resource planning, enterprise content management, and organizational change management. She created the outsourcing strategy for strategic relationships and reduced total cost of ownership for the CIO and CTO with third-party partners in India. Prior to Forest City, Bulchandani managed client services for Realm Business Solutions, a real estate software company. She was also a senior member of the real estate consulting practice at Ernst & Young for more than 5 years, and has worked extensively with commercial real estate clients in the United States and Australia with a focus on retail.  
Bulchandani has led consulting and systems implementations for more than 17 years, focusing on identifying and implementing operational enhancements, selecting and implementing technology-based solutions, constructing and implementing revised organizational structures, assisting in the merging of one or more separate organizational entities, determining and deploying e-commerce strategies in the marketplace, and conducting organizational reviews on various operational departments.

Bulchandani holds an MSE in technology management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. with a double major in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tim Burke

Tim Burke
Technology and Ergonomics Lead at Herman Miller

As Technology and Ergonomics Lead for Herman Miller’s Thrive Portfolio of products for North America, Tim’s responsibilities include support with strategy and specification for Herman Miller employees, Architecture/Design partners and Dealerships when encountering technologically dense environments. These environments include trading floors, NOC’s, PSAP’s and command & control facilities. Some higher profile recent projects include; the main trading floor of NYSE, RBC Capital Markets new trading floor in NY, Ronin Capital Trading in Chicago, ExxonMobil Workplace of the Future project in Houston, CNN Center main news and broadcast rooms in Atlanta and multiple USAF command & control facilities for drone ops.

Most recently Tim was North American Sales Manager for Colebrook Bosson Saunders Ltd., a global technology support products manufacturer based in London, UK. Herman Miller acquired CBS Products in June 2010.

Prior experience includes 10 years sales, consulting and project management in the Data Center and NOC environments primarily with financial institutions, broadcast media, law enforcement and military customers in the Northeast. Major clients include NBC Universal and McGraw Hill Standard & Poor’s and 10 years sales and project management in the contract office furniture industry.

Joe Connell

Joe Connell
Design Principle, Perkins + Will

Joe Connell is a Design Principal for Interiors in Chicago and sits on the firm wide Design Leadership Forum. He received the Award of Meritorious Achievement, a BS in Interior Design and is an Adjunct Faculty Advisory Board member at Southern Illinois University, his alma mater. He has served on the IIDA Large Firm Round Table and the board of the first IIDA Research Summit. He is a frequent juror and speaker at Columbia College in Chicago, the University of Wisconsin, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He served on the editorial advisory board for Contract magazine and is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the peer-reviewed Journal of Interior Design. An advocate for use of environmental behavior and design research, Connell served on the Technical Review Board for InformeDesign®. Connell’s projects and interviews have been published in Interior Design, Architectural Record, Contract, Effico, Interiors & Sources, Buildings, and officeinsight and his work has received awards from IIDA, ASID and AIA.

Jonathan Cope
Head of Real Estate, Goldman Sachs

Steven Dahlberg

Steven Dahlberg
Vice President of Innovation, Future Workplace

Steven Dahlberg is vice president of innovation for Future Workplace. He has 20 years of experience collaborating with artists, scientists, business people, educators, nonprofit and government professionals, and others to help people develop and apply their creativity personally, in organizations and in communities. Steven teaches "Creativity + Social Change" at the University of Connecticut, and teaches for Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Center and Rhode Island College. He regularly consults, speaks and leads workshops about imagination, creativity and innovation in the workplace. He serves on the board of the National Creativity Network, is co-developing a statewide creativity initiative, and is moderating Imagination Conversations for the Lincoln Center Institute. He co-hosts the Creativity in Play radio show, edits the Applied Imagination blog, and authored the foreword to the book, Education is Everybody's Business. Steven has directed international creativity conferences and managed training and online learning conferences for Training magazine in the United States, Europe and Asia. His articles have appeared in Training magazine, Global Knowledge Review and eLearning Age, and he wrote the white paper on creativity, arts and aging for Americans for the Arts. He's served as an adviser to the Guggenheim and helped toy inventors launch a creativity consulting business. He has worked with Yahoo!, General Mills, UNESCO, PDMA, the Louisiana's Office of the Lt. Governor, 3M, Teachers College at Columbia University, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, among other places around the world. He is completing a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Connecticut.

Matt Dechant

Matt Dechant
Global Lead for IT, IDEO

The global network administrator for IDEO, Matt DeChant is responsible for the security, quality, and reliability of IDEO's connectivity between its offices and the outside world. He also manages the IT department of IDEO's Chicago office and is a member of IDEO's IT leadership group. Before IDEO, Matt worked for eight years at Insight Product Development as the IT manager. Matt has been repairing, installing, configuring, selling, and/or instructing others in the field of information technology since he was 16. He’s just old enough to have worked in the Dark Ages before the Internet. In terms of a formal education, Matt holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and also has many IT-related technical certificates of training. Matt’s other accomplishments include holding the rank of 1st kyu in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and instructing Chicago police officers, along with his Sensei, in the tactical applications of crowd control, weapon retention, and suspect subduing. A huge fan of product design, architecture, and sustainability, Matt’s experience in construction and carpentry has allowed him renovate his 120-year-old house by himself, including building two oak staircases and much of the built-in cabinetry. Matt's newest project is restoring a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback.

David Firth

David Firth
Consultant, author, speaker

David Firth is an organizational development consultant, a business writer, a published author, and a noted conference speaker. He specializes on the subject of human change – how it’s both desired and resisted – and how change can be effectively accomplished in the workplace.

He is intrigued with corporate cultures. Like a business anthropologist, he brings a healthy curiosity to the fascinating forms of engagement between leaders and followers, managers and workers. Through his corporate coaching, he helps companies and teams create amazing visions for what’s possible. He then helps implement the strategies to make the visions real.
His methodologies range from storytelling to more formal processes like Conversations for Change. These proven techniques enable leaders and staff to engage in new behavior with courage, authenticity, and conviction.

His services also include innovative training and executive coaching. In addition, David is a powerful motivational keynote speaker recognized for building fast and effective rapport with audiences at all levels.

He also brings a multi-cultural approach to his business coaching services, having consulted in over 25 countries worldwide. David has literally been all over the map.

David is a graduate of Oxford University with an MA in English Language & Literature.  In the summer of 2008, he also embraced change by moving from the UK with his wife and family to settle in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He has been an organizational development consultant and motivational keynote speaker for more than 20 years.

Cindy Froggatt

Cindy Froggatt

Cindy Froggatt, author of "Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the VIrtual Workplace" (Wiley, 2001), works with NELSON's Strategies team leading portfolio optimization, workplace strategy, and change management projects for clients in the New York metro area.

Bob Gaudreau

Bob Gaudreau

Bob Gaudreau provides The Regus Group network and its clients with extensive expertise in portfolio management, office design, and flexible workplace models. Gaudreau’s tenure with Regus spans more than 15 years, including leadership of Regus’ U.S. operation from 1998-2001.  Prior to joining Regus, Gaudreau served as chief operating officer for James Harvie & Partners, Inc., a U.S. property development and management company specializing in both executive suites and condominium development.

Christopher Honts

Christopher Honts
Central Michigan University

Christopher Honts is a doctoral student and researcher at Central Michigan University. His areas of research include stress and recovery, companion animals in the workplace, workplace incivility, work teams, and personality assessment. In addition to research, he has consulted for various national and multi-national organizations.

Chris Kane

Chris Kane
BBC Head of Corporate Real Estate

Chris Kane joined the BBC in January 2004 as Head of Corporate Real Estate.

Under his leadership the property function has been restructured and re-launched as BBC Workplace.

As Head of Workplace he is responsible for the day to day operation of the BBC Estate plus the development, financing and implementation of the BBC's property transformation strategy.
The BBC's real estate portfolio comprises ~500 properties and 600,000 square metres of space across the UK.

Over the last five years the team has undertaken a raft of major projects totaling c 100,000 square metres such as London’s Broadcasting House Phase 1, a new Scottish headquarters at Pacific Quay and new facilities at Mailbox and White City. Currently the team is delivering two further major projects - Phase 2 for London’s Broadcasting House (40,000 m²) and the new BBC facility at Media City Salford Quays (30,000 m²).

Prior to joining the BBC, he was Vice-President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company Before moving to Disney, Chris Kane was a Partner in Corporate Real Estate Services at Jones Lang Wootton.

Chris Kane graduated from Trinity College Dublin, has an MBA from the Henley Management College, holds a masters in Corporate Real Estate and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Peter Miscovich

Peter Miscovich
Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

Peter Miscovich develops corporate strategies and programs that enhance workplace performance + enable transformational change + support innovation. Comprehensive solutions integrate corporate real estate, technology, human resources, finance, operations, sourcing and corporate strategic planning functions. Previously Peter served as a Partner within the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice focused upon Workplace Transformation.

Global corporate client relationships include the following organizations: Accenture, AIG, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, British Telecom (BT), CISCO, Citigroup, Comcast, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, General Services Administration (GSA), Hewlett Packard, HSBC, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Met Life, Merck, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), QBE Insurance, Time Warner, UBS and Viacom.

Tom Murcott

Tom Murcott
Gale International

Tom Murcott is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Gale International.  In this capacity, he provides strategic oversight for all corporate and project communications programs, including the Songdo International Business District, a 1500 acre city-scale development in Incheon, Korea. Prior to joining the Gale International Songdo Team, Mr. Murcott was a founding partner of Renegade, a New York City-based, integrated marketing services firm. With 25 years of international marketing experience, Mr. Murcott has helped an impressive list of companies create groundbreaking and measurably effective marketing, PR and branding campaigns, including Fortune 500 multinational brands such as Avaya, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Canon, Casio, Citibank, ICICI, HSBC, IBM, Matsushita, Merrill Lynch, Nautica and Nike. Prior to Renegade, Mr. Murcott spent 10 years at Grey Advertising, working on a variety of blue-chip assignments.

Jennifer Magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi
Herman Miller R&D, Advanced Projects

Jennifer Magnolfi’s work at the front-end Herman Miller’s Research & Development has explored the effects of programmability as a driver for future business development and innovation. After joining Herman Miller’s Creative Office Team in 2005, her work was focused in an initiative known as Programmable Environments, the company’s first disruptive innovation outside the commercial furniture market. Her research spans the exploration of new product concepts, emerging technologies, integration practices in built sites, and the development of strategic alliances for corporate research. Her advanced projects have developed partnerships within the corporate office, retail, higher education, health care, movie production, technology and real estate industries. One of her more recent projects was the Design Partnership with Microsoft Inc. for the development and build-out of the Microsoft Envisioning Lab, in Redmond, an executive showcase environment where Microsoft shares its vision for the future of business productivity.

Ms. Magnolfi is the co-author of “Always Building: the Programmable Environment”, published by Herman Miller in 2008. The book articulates the core business and technology drivers, as well as the design principles for guiding exploration into the future of work.

Ms. Magnolfi has spoken on technology and architecture at several conferences, including Web 2.0 Expo, O’Reilly’s E-Tech for Emerging Technologies, the Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, the Global Forum for Business as an agent of World Benefit, Worktech NYC, and others. Her work has been featured in several blogs, in Strategy and Business, and in a live interview on intelligent buildings conducted by Business Week’s Jim Ellis. She has been featured in Fast Company, and was recently selected a one of the emerging innovators across the country to be part of Fast Company’s project: Generation Change.

Prior to joining Herman Miller, Ms. Magnolfi served as technical instructor at the Lund Institute of Technology and as technical advisor to the Star Design Program, in collaboration with Johnson Space Center at NASA. She was a Research Fellow at the Interactive Institute in Sweden, researching networked environments and the Bo01 City of Tomorrow urban development project sponsored by the European Union. Jennifer received a Master Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholar.

Laurance Prusak

Laurence Prusak
Institute for Knowledge Management

Larry Prusak is a researcher and consultant and was the founder and director of the Institute for Knowledge Management. This was a global consortium of member organizations engaged in advancing the practice of knowledge management through action research.

Larry has been studying knowledge and learning in organizations for the past two decades. He has extensive experience, both within the U.S. and internationally, in helping organizations manage their information and knowledge resources. He has worked with several U.S. and overseas government agencies and NGO's, as well as having taught and lectured in many universities. In addition, he has been widely quoted, has published several innovative and influential books, and has given over 200 major speeches.

Daniel Rasmus

Daniel W Rasmus

Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future, is a strategist who helps clients put their future in context. Rasmus uses scenarios to analyze trends in society, technology, economics, the environment, and politics in order to discover implications used to develop and refine products, services and experiences. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future.  Rasmus coordinated the Microsoft® Office Information Worker Board of the Future, an advisory panel composed of college-aged students who share ideas on how to better serve the Millennial Generation as they join the workforce. Rasmus also managed the Center for Information Work, an immersive experience that helped Microsoft's customers experience the future of work first hand.

Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was an analyst with the Giga Information Group, and later Forrester Research Inc. He is the author of over 200 trade journal articles and four books. His latest book, Management by Design, will be published in 2010 by Wiley.

Rasmus attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a certificate in intelligent systems engineering from the University of California at Irvine. He is currently the Visiting Liberal Arts Fellow at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA.

Philip Ross

Philip Ross
CEO Cordless Group & UNWORK

Philip is a consultant, commentator and writer on emerging technology and its impact on work, the workplace and people’s lives.

He has worked with organisations such as Ernst & Young, Allen & Overy, McKinsey & Co, Cushman & Wakefield and Royal Bank of Scotland on future concepts and opportunities for innovation.

Philip has spoken at conferences around the world including the Wall Street Journal Europe CEO Forum on Converging Technologies, in the USA and CoreNet Global Summits in Beijing and Melbourne.

In 1994 he wrote and published The Cordless Office Report and in 1996 launched UNWIRED Ventured Ltd. He has written three global best selling books on the future of work and workplace: The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson) and has contributed to a number of books including the Responsible Workplace and the Corporate Fool.

Philip founded Cordless Consultants in 1994, and is now CEO of Cordless Group.

Robert Wright

Robert Wright
Director Workplace Services, Americas
Global Workplace Services, Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions

Rob has worked with clients on Workplace, Communication and Engagement strategies to support the introduction of alternative workplace solutions that are more effective, efficient and aligned to business needs.

Over the past 24 years, Rob has worked in the design sector with DEGW and the corporate world with Shell International, Citigroup and ABN AMRO Bank.

Rob has received the 2004 - RICS Occupancy Management Award, this award established ABN AMRO’s space measurement and occupancy management process as a leading best practice in the industry. In addition Rob was awarded 2007 - CoreNet Global UK “Real Estate Executive of the Year 2007” for his contribution to workplace strategy.

Nicole Yankelovich

Nicole Yankelovich
CEO, WonderBuilders

Nicole Yankelovich is the Founder and CEO of WonderBuilders, a consulting company specializing in creating highly customized 3D virtual worlds using Open Wonderland. In addition, Nicole is the Executive Director of the non-profit Open Wonderland Foundation and she holds a Visiting Scientist position at the MIT Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. Nicole started the Wonderland project in 2007 as Principal Investigator of the Collaborative Environments research program at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. This open source project, now a community-run effort governed by the Open Wonderland Foundation, is a toolkit for creating 3D virtual worlds for a wide range of training, education, business, and government applications.

Other research projects Nicole directed in her almost 20 years in Sun Labs include Porta-Person, a telepresence device; the Sun Labs Meeting Suite, a suite of tools to augment audio conferences; Awarenex, an instant messaging client with advanced presence features; SharedShell, a multi-user terminal program that works across firewalls; and SpeechActs, an early telephone-based natural-language speech application.

Prior to joining Sun in 1991, Nicole worked on hypertext research at Brown University, helping to pioneer some of the now-familiar concepts embodied in the World Wide Web. Nicole holds seven patents related to interaction design and has published numerous articles and book chapters on virtual worlds, collaborative environments, speech applications, and hypertext.