- John T. Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, PeopleCube
- Ryan Anderson, Director of Future Technology, Herman Miller
- Frank Becker, Ph.D, Professor, Cornell University
- Christian A. Bigsby, SVP, Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, GlaxoSmithKline
- Christopher Blackadder, Director of Interior Design, North America, Woods Bagot
- Nigel Cameron, Chairman of Strategic Futures, LLC (Chicago, Illinois)
- Michael-Chappell, Lead, New York Office, DEGW
- John Czarnecki, Editor-in-Chief, Contract Magazine
- Scott Francisco, Founder, Pilot Projects Design Collective
- Cindy Froggatt, Author
- Robert Gaudreau, Global Executive VP Sales, Regus
- Guy Holden, Global Vice President, Global WorkPlace Solutions, Johnson Controls
- Brian David Johnson, Chief Futurist, Intel
- Phil Kirschner, Americas Regional Lead, Smart Working program, Credit Suisse
- Adam Lutz, New York Facilities Manager, Google
- Melissa Marsh, Workplace Strategy, Woods Bagot
- Campbell McKellar, Founder & CEO, Loosecubes
- Tracy McMichael, Senior Manager, Performance Environments, Herman Miller
- Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle
- Patricia Roberts, Executive Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle
- Philip Ross, Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK
- Ellen Sander, Director, Sander Architecten
- Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT
- Erik Veldhoen, CEO, Erik Veldhoen For Change
- Patricia Wadors, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Plantronics
- Mark Wanic, Americas Head of Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield
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.
John holds a B.S. degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.
Director of Future Technology, Herman Miller
Ryan Anderson serves as Director of Future Technology at Herman Miller where his work focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies and the workplace. While there has always been a relationship between the physical work environment and the technological tools of the era, the exponential rate of technological change is creating new challenges for the workplace to remain productive and relevant. These challenges invoke new questions that can help understand the relationships between technology and place, and how together they can provide a better technological experience for people at work. Ryan's career has focused on solutions that advance work and the workplace. He joined Herman Miller with seventeen years of industry experience and an unparalleled passion to address the emerging digital dimensions.
Frank Becker, Ph.D
Professor, Dept. Design & Environmental Analysis
Co-Founder, Cornell Facility Planning & Management Program
Franklin Becker, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. He co-founded Cornell’s Facility Planning and Management Program in 1980, the first university program of its kind in the world; and he founded and is Director of the Cornell International Workplace Studies Program (IWSP). The IWSP, launched in 1989, is internationally recognized for its pioneering research on innovative workplace strategies. Current research focuses on the ways in which different forms of evidence-based design can contribute to improved healthcare quality and patient and staff experience.
Professor Becker has conducted research, lectured, and consulted in England, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and China, as well as the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and has served as the Academic Affairs member of the Board of Directors of The International Facility Management Association, from which he has received the Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Author Award. Professor Becker is the author of seven books, including The Total Workplace: Facilities Management and the Elastic Organization, Workplace By Design: Mapping the High Performance Workscape, and Offices at Work: Uncommon Workspace Strategies that Add Value and Improve Performance. He is a co-author, most recently, of The Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Design. He is currently working on a new book Space Attack! Using Science and Imagination to Transform Hospital Planning and Design.
Christian A. Bigsby
SVP, Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, GlaxoSmithKline
Christian serves as the head of the Real Estate and Facilities organization of GlaxoSmithKline. He is responsible for the operations of all R&D, Corporate, and HQ sites across the US and UK as well as the management of the global Real Estate portfolio.
Christian joined Glaxo Inc in 1992 as a facility planner and has worked over the past 19 years as a designer, facility manager, real estate negotiator, and international real estate manager. He has worked with property consolidation and integration during multiple mergers and is one of the designers and leaders of GSK’s innovative workplace programme: SMART Working.
GlaxoSmithKline is a Pharmaceutical Research and Development company and specializes in the markets of respiratory care, metabolic, vaccines, oncology, anti-infectives, HIV, central nervous system, and consumer products. GSK’s real estate includes 700 properties in 90 countries around the world. They occupy over 40 million square feet.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Director of Interior Design, North America, Woods Bagot
Christopher joined Woods Bagot in 2010 to lead the Interiors group in North America. He has experience focusing on corporate interiors and workplace strategies. His focus has been managing accounts and repeat business in various sectors including technology, banking, finance and multi-brand holding companies. With 12 years of experience based in New York City following 6 years of experience based in Sydney, Christopher’s remit professionally has taken him all over the world to work with clients.
Chairman of Strategic Futures, LLC (Chicago, Illinois)
Chairman of Strategic Futures, LLC (Chicago, Illinois) and President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (Washington, DC), Nigel Cameron has extensive experience leading high-level conversations focused on the future that cross disciplinary lines and bring together participants with diverse opinions and backgrounds. His emphasis is on process, building consensus through framing and reframing issues, welcoming outlier opinions, and pressing for a positive sum outcome that recognizes differences and engages them to build the agenda for the next round.
His unusually wide experience includes serving on U.S delegations to the UN General Assembly and UNESCO; three periods as an executive-in-residence at UBS Wolfsberg (Switzerland); testimony on technology policy and values issues before the U.S House and Senate, the European Parliament, the European Commission's advisory Group on Ethics, the German Bundestag, and the UK Parliament; and co-chairing a nonpartisan panel that advised the UK Conservative Party on emerging technologies and health policy.
Lead, New York Office, DEGW
Michael leads the DEGW New York office. He is responsible for the Pharma sector in North America and several global client account relationships. He has worked on both global strategies and local solutions. His experience is facilitating stakeholder buy-in and helping organizations conceive environments that are an active asset aligned to business objectives. Michael started with DEGW in New York in 2002 and spent 2 years working in our London office. Concentrating in Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, Michael has a background in both research methods and design.
Editor-in-Chief, Contract Magazine
John Czarnecki is the editor in chief of Contract magazine, a 52-year-old magazine covering commercial interiors and architecture. In this role, he oversees the monthly magazine and its awards programs, including the Interiors Awards and the Best of NeoCon Award. Prior to joining Contract in 2011, he was senior acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at the publisher John Wiley & Sons. With Wiley for eight years, John edited and published books written for architects, interior designers, urban planners, and preservation and construction professionals. From 2000 to 2003, John was an associate editor for Architectural Record, then the magazine of the AIA, published by McGraw-Hill and based in New York. As editor of Record’s news section, John directed the magazine’s coverage of the 9/11 disaster for the October 2001 issue, which was one of three finalists for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best news coverage.
John holds Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM). Prior to joining Record, he was an urban designer with Urban Strategies, an urban design firm in Toronto, and also practiced architecture with firms in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.
Brian David Johnson
Chief Futurist, Intel
The future is not set; it is not a fixed destination in time. The future is manufactured every day by the actions of people all over the world. As a futurist, Brian David Johnson believes it is incredibly important that we all become active participants in the future. We must ask ourselves what kind of world do we want to live and work in? Where do we want to go? What should we avoid? What scares us? Science fiction is one way that all of us can share visions of possible futures. In fact, science fiction gives up the language so that we can have a conversation about the future. As we look out to the year 2020, how will technological innovation and global trends shape our lives? Where and when will the lines between science fiction and science fact fall away?
The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called "future casting"—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels.
Founder of Pilot Projects Design Collective
Scott Francisco is the founder of Pilot Projects Design Collective in New York City. He is a designer and practicing cultural theorist and has led workplace strategy services at several large architecture firms in New York City. He uses a systems thinking approach to link culture and infrastructure. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto. His past workplace clients include: US General Services Administration, Google, NNSA, Princeton University, Government of Alberta, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Open Society Institute, Bank Street College, ABC News, Disney, The Gap, Time Warner, GSK, East River Science Park, University at Buffalo SUNY, and the Smithsonian Institution. He teaches Design Research Methods at Parsons the New School for Design and mentors interns from Parsons, Yale, MIT, RISD and several international universities.
Cindy Froggatt, author of "Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace" (Wiley, 2001), is an experienced workplace strategist and change management expert.
Cindy has spent her career helping people align their company’s workplace strategy with its business goals. She is an energetic change agent who is focused on: making it easier for people to do their best work, using the company’s money wisely, and using natural resources responsibly.
Cindy Froggatt is inquisitive and collaborative. Her approach is to gather input from many sources, then analyze and synthesize these perspectives to define solutions that will improve performance. She uses her client engagement skills to refine the program to fit the company’s needs and successfully lead the transition process.
Cindy’s experience as Director of Workplace Effectiveness at Cisco Systems gave her deep understanding of the challenges of large-scale implementation and the importance of effective change management processes. Her years as a consultant have given her broad expertise on the successful, sustainable workplace strategies that have been delivered across a wide range of organizations. Clients have included Ogilvy & Mather, Swiss Re, Wells Fargo, Dow Corning, Morgan Stanley, Mercedes Benz, McGraw-Hill, IMS Health, Bank of America, and IBM.
Froggatt’s book includes examples of how nearly 50 companies have used mobility to enhance productivity. She conducted a survey of more than 500 Autodesk employees to test and refine her model of the relationship between mobile workstyles and workplace choices. The book has been translated into Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese.
Global Executive VP Sales, Regus
Robert Gaudreau provides Regus 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.
Americas Regional Lead, Smart Working program, Credit Suisse
Smart Working focuses on how best to use policies, space and mobile technologies to address changing workplace preferences and reduce occupancy expenses. Smart Working environments allow employees to transition between shared, flexible working zones to meet their needs. Phil is a member of a global project team that collaborates with colleagues from Corporate Real Estate, IT, HR, Legal and Communications, leveraging lessons learned from across regions, to deliver the Smart Working concept. In addition to his regional responsibilities, Phil is creating an internal framework for Smart Working research, and improving standardization of IT solutions for Smart Working.
Phil has worked at Credit Suisse for nearly ten years. Prior to joining the Smart Working team, Phil was a global efficiency manager for professional services and application/software expenses, with one year spent working in London. Before that, Phil managed IT Risk awareness programs and assessment/mitigation projects. Phil has a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
New York Facilities Manager, Google
Since 2007, Adam Lutz has been the New York Facilities manager for Google. He has nearly 15 years of experience in operations and facilities management in the industry, including 10 years at State Farm Insurance. During his time at State Farm, he held various positions, including Data Center Maintenance Supervisor where he was instrumental in developing the advanced systems for management of the most extensive data center in State Farm.
At Google, Adam is responsible for both operations and construction for the New York campus. Google’s New York office has grown from 310,000 sq/ft to more than 800,000 sq/ft during Adam’s five-year tenure. Nearly 200,000 sq/ft of that space being built out in 2011 during 7 different construction projects.
Adam earned a bachelor's degree in 1995 from Willamette University with a BS in Art. He also is a loving husband and father to a beautiful family and …he really loves bacon.
Founder & CEO, Loosecubes
Campbell McKellar is the Founder & CEO of Loosecubes, a global workspace sharing community and resource for today’s workforce. In 2009, while working remotely for a private commercial real estate owner/operator in New York City, Campbell became aware of the growing need for affordable productive workspace for mobile workers. She realized there were a lot of other people just like her— independents, entrepreneurs, and business travelers—freed by technology to work anywhere, but lacking a great place to work.
Campbell founded Loosecubes to connect professionals with spare desks to other professionals who need workspace. Her vision for the company grew out of her personal experience—as a traveler attempting to execute a Skype conference call in a Starbucks, as an independent worker in need of flexible workspace in New York City, and as an entrepreneur who realized that isolation is a business killer (while interaction is a business booster).
Campbell is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a former real estate investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
She is the descendent of a long line of teachers and is always happy to provide others with a little advice (solicited or not).These days, Campbell spends her time at the Loosecubes Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and coworking with other Loosecubers in beautiful work environments around the world.
Senior Manager, Performance Environments, Herman Miller
Tracy’s career includes experience in the government, non-profit, higher education, technology, health care, and service sectors. Tracy has an extensive career providing consulting services to clients including project management, training, business process reengineering and ERP implementations. She has experience working with clients in Fortune 100 organizations and small entrepreneurial businesses. Tracy brings experience leading process improvement lean events in information management for the Department of Defense. She has led multiple ERP implementations which included the application of lean principles to the affected processes. She also teaches undergraduate courses in managerial and cost accounting, financial accounting, and information systems. Tracy’s clients have included: Oracle, United States Air Force, US Department of Defense, Washington Hospital Center, Integris, Whirlpool, and Texas Instruments.
Workplace Strategy, Woods Bagot
Melissa is an expert in workplace strategy and a leader in change management services. She has defined a career in workplace innovation by embedding the added value of real estate strategy within design, architecture and master planning projects around the world. Melissa began her career following the completion of her Masters of Architecture thesis entitled Design for Achieving Strategic Business Objectives, supervised by DEGW founder Frank Duffy and MIT Sloan professor Diane Burton. Working in both Europe and the US, Melissa has been on the forefront of delivering alternative workplace solutions, and has lead virtual teams throughout her career.
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.
Marie Puybaraud, PhD
Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions
Marie is the director of Global WorkPlace Innovation for Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions. Leading the Global WorkPlace Innovation program since 2004, she manages over 10 annual projects that make fundamental contributions to understand the workplace challenges of today and tomorrow, monitors trends, sourcing innovative ideas and concepts, and systems to improve the way we work and collaborate. Marie's findings are shared internally across the global business, and externally to corporate clients, national and international media, and the wider workplace innovation community. Marie obtained her PhD in July 2001 and was awarded the MacFarlane Medal for best doctorate of the year, excellence in research and major contribution to research.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle
Ms. Roberts is Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Strategic Consulting organization, and is based in San Francisco. She is Practice Lead for the Workplace Solutions practice, responsible for client relationships, business development, and product / service development for the practice. Her work focuses on development of work environments that support business goals, improve employee engagement and productivity, support collaboration and innovation, enhance environmental sustainability and fully utilize technology investments, as well as change management to support adoption of new work environments and technologies.
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK
Philip will look at new, emerging technology that is slimming down our workplaces, reducing costs by up to 30% while at the same time providing new types of space that are more aligned to future work styles. He will also show some examples of thin workplaces from around the globe, focusing on innovation in the USA and Europe.
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.
Director, Sander Architecten
This year Sander Architecten has won the Interior Design Award of World Architectural News (WAN Award) with the office for Rabobank Nederland, in category Workspace. The 56.000 m2 office space (Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a singular example of the role that design can play in the cultural changes that an organisation wishes to enact. The interior design encourages creativity and stimulates coöperation. Ellen Sander designed an innovative work environment that offers not only spaces for meeting and interacting with one another but also tranquillity and intimacy.
Ellen W.H. Sander (1960) graduated in architectural engineering from Delft University of Technology in 1988 and started her career at Benthem Crouwel Architecten. In 1990, she set up her own firm, Sander Architecten in Amsterdam, which now employs 12 men and women and works with a tightly-knit network of specialised contractors.
Sander's projects have won several awards. She works in the Netherlands and abroad, and is known for her work on projects such as the revolutionary Media Plaza (Utrecht) and the celebrated Interpolis office (Tilburg/ and Zoetermeer). At this moment she’s about to finish the large transition and renovation project for the Minstry of Defense (the Hague).
Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT
Facebook. Twitter. SecondLife. "Smart" phones. Robotic pets. Robotic lovers. Thirty years ago we asked what we would use computers for. Now the question is what don't we use them for. Now, through technology, we create, navigate, and perform our emotional lives.
Alone Together is the result of MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on interviews with hundreds of children and adults, it describes new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude. Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She has been studying our changing relationships with digital culture for over three decades, charting how mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics are changing our work, families, and identity.
CEO, Erik Veldhoen For Change
Erik Veldhoen is the founding father of New Way of Working, a strategic consultant, speaker and publicist. He has also written various books including The Art of Working (2004, Academic Service). He was the Founder of Veldhoen + Company and the CEO between 1989 - 2009. At the start of the Nineties he was already specialising in developing and introducing new working styles based on an integral relationship between the physical, virtual and mental working environments.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Plantronics
Patricia Wadors serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for leading Plantronics' human resources programs across the company's worldwide offices and facilities.
Prior to joining Plantronics, Wadors spent four years at Yahoo! Inc. in a series of more senior positions. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Wadors led Yahoo!'s HR Business Partner function for the entire global business, including over 14,500 employees in more than 17 locations. Prior to Yahoo!, Wadors served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Align Technologies. Previously she held senior human resource management positions at Applied Materials, Merck Pharmaceutical, Viacom International and Calvin Klein Cosmetics.
Wadors graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College, with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Psychology.
America Head of Occupier Services, Executive Managing Director, Corporate Occupiers & Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Wanic leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas Occupier Services business. He manages the goals, objectives and financial performance of the Occupier Services group across the Americas. Mr. Wanic's primary focus is to grow new and existing occupier clients by leveraging C&W's global platform. Mr. Wanic will collaborate closely with the firm's brokerage professionals, leveraging their deep client relationships and proven ability to execute on behalf of their clients. His unique blend of corporate sales experience and his impressive background in international real estate operations, leveraged by our Global Corporate Occupier & Investor Services group, greatly enhances our selling position. Mr. Wanic has 15 years of commercial real estate experience. Mr. Wanic serves as senior relationship manager on several corporate relationships for Cushman & Wakefield; including Pfizer, United Technologies, Inc., Abbott laboratories, Unilever and General Electric.