TimeABC
7:15 AM to 8:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Keynote - Why Facts Don't Change People

Scott McArthur, Sculpture Consulting

9:00 - 9:15 Break
9:15 AM to 10:45 AM

A1 - Let’s Stop Guessing! Exploring Personality Impacts on Distributed Workers, Leaders and Teams

Laura Hambley, Work EvOHlution

B1 - A deep dive into the success of the US Customs & Border Protection's Workplace Program

Trent Frazier, CBP
Madeline Dunsmore, CBP

C1 - Workshop - Diving into the Deep Waters of Change: Focusing on the "How" of Change Management

Cheryl Duvall, Avance, LLC
Jessica Feldmark, Howard County Government

10:45 -  11:00 Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM A2 - Panel - TBA

B2 - The Modern Office Paradigm

Jeff Langdon, Adaptive Office Resources

B3 - Vuja De: The Disruptive Workplace

Dean Strombom, Gensler
Sven Govaars, Gensler

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM General Session - Panel -  The Workplace of the Future
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

A3 - Choice in the workplace

Angela Ramer, HKS
Katherine Davis, HKS
Donna Sharpe, HKS

B3 - The Innovative Corporate Workplace: Incorporating Coworking, Makerspaces and Accelerators

Andrea Foertsch, Disruptive Space

C3 - Transformation through Culture Disruption

Chris McGoff, The Clearing
Tara Carcillo, The Clearing
Kristine Woolsey, The Clearing
Patti Engstrom, The Clearing

4:45 - 5:00 Break
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

A4 - Human Centered Design and the Agile Workplace

Joyce Bromberg, Convene

B4 - GSA Total Workplace - Integrating Technology, People and Place

Bart Bush, U.S. General Services Administration
Charles Hardy, U.S. General Services Administration
Ann Kalayil, U.S. General Services Administration

C4 - Unlocking your Organization DNA

Kay Sargent, Lend Lease

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Networking Reception

AWC 2015 Speakers

  • Andrea Foertsch, Disruptive Space

    Andrea Foertsch

    DISRUPTIVE SPACE

    Ms. Foertsch’s recent work has focused on shared workspaces such as coworking, makerspaces, innovation centers, hackerspaces & accelerators.

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    Angela Ramer

    HKS, INC.

    With a background in anthropology, Angela brings a unique, research and user-centered perspective that highlights the human experience of design.

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    Ann P. Kalayil, Ph.D.

    U.S. General Services Administration

    Ann Kalayil, Regional Administrator of the U.S. GSA’s Great Lakes Region, heads operations that provide Federal agencies in six states with support.

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  • Aron Beninghove, AECOM

    Aron Beninghove

    AECOM

    Mr. Beninghove has spent the past 4 years working on the design & facilities management of two pilot mobile work environment projects for U.S. CBP.

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  • Bart Bush, GSA

    Bart Bush

    U.S. General Services Administration

    William “Bart” Bush is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Client Solutions, Public Buildings Service at U.S. General Services Administration.

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  • Bob Fox, Fox Architects

    Bob Fox

    FOX ARCHITECTS

    Bob founded FOX Architects, which specializes in architecture, interiors & graphics for the commercial office industry.

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  • Charles Hardy, GSA

    Charles G. Hardy

    U.S. General Services Administration

    Charles Hardy serves as the Chief Workplace Officer of the General Services Administration and leads GSA’s Total WorkPlace program.

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  • Cheryl Duvall

    Cheryl Duvall

    AVANCE, LLC

    Cheryl Duvall is founder and President of Avancé, LLC, a consulting firm linking workplace design with organization development.

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  • Chris McGoff, The Clearing

    Chris McGoff

    THE CLEARING, INC

    Chris McGoff, Founder of The Clearing, brings an intriguing set of visuals applicable to culture - how to set it intentionally & how to "hack" it.

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    Dean Strombom

    GENSLER

    With over 33 years of problem solving experience, Dean Strombom is recognized as one of Gensler's foremost workplace performance specialists.

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    Donna Sharpe

    HKS, Inc.

    Donna is a senior project manager who has worked on a wide variety of interior projects in all phases of design and construction.

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  • Emily Klein, Flexwork Global

    Emily Klein

    FLEXWORK GLOBAL

    Emily is a strategy & organization development expert on implementing mobile workforce initiatives, business transformation & building high performing teams.

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    Emily White

    OPTORO

    Emily White is responsible for leading Optoro’s talent and culture function, which strives to revolutionize human resources.

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  • Jeffrey Langdon, AOR

    Jeffrey Langdon

    ADAPTIVE OFFICE RESOURCES

    Jeffrey is an accomplished commercial real estate industry executive and acknowledged thought leader.

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  • Jeremy Deyo

    Jeremy Deyo

    AGILQUEST

    Mr. Deyo helps organizations meet their goals by collecting & analyzing data to produce insights for making strategic business decisions.

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    Jessica Feldmark

    Howard County Government

    Jessica Feldmark is County Council Administrator in Howard County, Maryland, where she previously served as a County Executive's Chief of Staff.

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  • John Vivadelli, AgilQuest

    John Vivadelli

    AgilQuest

    John Vivadelli is a recognized expert in the fields of workplace strategy, real estate measurement and management, and business continuity.

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  • Joyce Bromberg, Convene

    Joyce Bromberg

    CONVENE

    Joyce Bromberg specializes in human-centered design and setting the standard for how employees interact with their work environment.

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  • Kaitlin Seale, CBP

    Kaitlin Seale

    US Customs & Border Protection

    Ms. Seale actively advises project teams for Customs and Border Protection Organizations undergoing mobile transformation.

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    Katherine Davis

    HKS, INC.

    Kate has over 18 years of experience in finding opportunities for enriching the human experience through design.

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    Kay Sargent

    LENDLEASE

    Kay Sargent joined Lend Lease in May of 2014 bringing over 30 years of experience in the interiors industry.

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  • Kristine Woolsey, The Clearing

    Kristine Woolsey

    THE CLEARING, INC

    Kristine Woolsey recently joined The Clearing in to provide workplace and behavioral strategy in support of organizational transformation.

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  • Laura Hambley, Work EvOHlution

    Laura Hambley

    Work EvOHlution

    Dr. Laura Hambley is an experienced consultant and entrepreneur who helped develop and launch Work EvOHlution.

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  • Madeline Dunsmore, Savills Studley

    Madeline Dunsmore

    SAVILLS STUDLEY

    Madeline Dunsmore is Senior Associate at Savills Studley supporting workforce mobility at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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    Naomi Leventhal

    INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

    Dr. Leventhal has 20+ years of experience assisting Federal & corporate clients address issues related to organizational behavior & performance.

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  • Patti Engstrom, The Clearing

    Patti Engstrom

    THE CLEARING, INC

    Patti Engstrom has 15+ years government & management consulting experience, & has helped organizations create alignment & reach their goals.

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  • Scott McArthur, Sculpture Consulting

    Scott McArthur

    SCULPTURE CONSULTING

    Scott offers an unusual mix of experience, having been a research scientist, HR director, business consultant, rock music producer, writer & speaker.

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  • Sergio Perez, CBRE

    Sergio Perez

    CBRE

    As VP of Business Solutions, Sergio provides portfolio analysis & administration, transaction management, site selection, & more across Mexico.

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  • Steve Teubner, FOX Architects

    Steve Teubner

    FOX ARCHITECTS

    Steve Teubner helps organizations transform effectiveness & culture by leading innovative workplace and corporate real estate strategies.

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    Sven Govaars

    GENSLER

    Sven Govaars provides a differential advantage to clients by developing solutions that integrate people, work processes, technology, and place.

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  • Tara Carcillo, The Clearing

    Tara Carcillo

    THE CLEARING, INC

    Tara Carcillo has spent 15+ years designing & advising on enterprise transformation, leadership development, systems & instructional design.

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  • Torrance Houlihan, AgilQuest

    Torrance Houlihan

    AgilQuest

    Torrance helps organizations meet their real estate and AWS objectives & needs.

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    Trent Frazier

    U.S. Customs & Border Protection

    Mr. Frazier is helping transform the way employees work with results-oriented management, mobile technologies & dynamic office designs.

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2015 Session Information

  • Vuja De: The disruptive workplace

    Ever felt like you’ve been here before, but this time it’s very different? Maybe you see what others see, but you have a different understanding? That’s what we call “Vuja De”.

    The ideal workplace strikes a balance between people (HR), place (Facilities) and technology (IT). Today, work styles and expectations of younger generations, and accelerating technological advances are putting pressure on “place” to keep up. The modern day workplace hasn’t changed significantly since Robert Probst introduced the cubicle 50 years ago. We’ve reached a tipping point, where new ways of working are disrupting conventional notions of the work environment. We’re beginning to see vuja de workplaces that look familiar in many respects, but are designed specifically around choice, balance and focus to meet the demands of today’s enlightened worker.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. The value of human capital on the bottom line.
    2. How place and technology work together to improve worker engagement and performance.
    3. Ways to deal with the resistance to change at all levels
    3. Ways to measure the benefits of a new way of working

    Speakers

    Dean Strombom, Gensler
    Sven Govaars, Gensler

  • Diving into the Deep Waters of Change: Focusing on the “How” of Change Management

    -Workshop-

    Today’s agile workplaces require change management programs for ultimate success. Many of us understand the “why” and the “what” of change management, but struggle with the “how” as we seek ways to actually implement a change program.

    Attend this dynamic session and learn how to apply the eight steps of change, similar to those outlined in John Kotter’s books (e.g. Leading Change). A real-life case study will be presented and attendees will organize into small groups as they briefly explore and construct one of the eight steps using the case study as their example. Each group will receive informative packets that will guide them as they dive deeply into their assignment. The two speakers, who were involved in the change program for the case study, will provide assistance to groups as necessary, sharing knowledge and suggestions. Report-outs by the eight groups will enlighten all attendees on how each of the eight steps is interrelated and can be confidently executed.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand 8 steps to leading change
    2. Dive deep into one of the 8 steps and co-create with others on how to apply change management
    3. Construct examples that solve for all 8 steps of change
    4. Apply implications from the Case Study to solve for your unique needs

    Speakers

    Cheryl Duvall, Avance, LLC
    Jessica Feldmark, Howard County Government

  • Unlocking your Corporate DNA

    -Workshop-

    And the Pendulum Swings Back…Collaboration has been one of the most talked about ingredients of the modern workplace. But it is also one of the most over-used and misunderstood concepts as well. We find ourselves in a sea of spaces with no safe harbors. But today many companies are realizing that to create effective work environments we must understand how people truly collaborate, and how businesses should use and harness the power of it. It's essential that we find the right balance between open and closed space, and collaborative and concentrative areas. And the right solution can vary from company to company based on their DNA.

    This interactive workshop teaches attendees how to determine their organization’s unique DNA and arms them with tools to repeat these lessons and techniques back in their own organization. Led by Kay Sargent, the Director of Workplace Strategies for Lend Lease, this workshop overcomes common myths such as “every company has the same needs” and “open, universal plans are always best” and validates ideas like “encouraging movement supports healthier employees” and “industry, demographics and regional all influence design”.

    The Unlocking Your Corporate DNA workshop offers each attendee specific outcomes:

    1. Identify how to determine your current corporate DNA
    2. Define the various forms of collaboration and the various methods of, and ways, we collaborate
    3. Discuss the work styles and activities that are common today we need to provide for in the work environment
    4. Identify what the right mix of space is to create a balanced, productive work environment

    Speaker

    Kay Sargent, LendLease

  • Harnessing Culture and Strategy to Build the Capacity for Change - in Every Transformation

    Workplace initiatives offer leaders a platform to disrupt and transform their organizations – they are crucial change management levers. All too often leaders focus on process, cost-savings, and new technologies, while leaving the power of people and culture unharnessed. Workplace change efforts can create the disruption necessary to transform the culture, modernize work processes, and refocus employees on their mission. Innovative change results arise when leaders lead with strategic intent and focus on outcomes that extend beyond move logistics and cost-savings.

    In this presentation, we offer a framework for fueling cultural transformation that leverages the physical workplace changes to kindle an intentional, systemic organizational disruption powered by an aligned team.

    Speakers

    Chris McGoff, The Clearing
    Tara Carcillo, The Clearing
    Kristine Woolsey, The Clearing
    Patti Engstrom, The Clearing

  • Designing for Choice and Wellbeing in the Workplace

    An increase in workplace autonomy is changing the way we define ‘work’ and ‘workplace.’ As a response to drastic shifts away from silos/cubicles toward more open workspaces, ‘choice’ is a hot topic in workplace design. This is particularly true as choice relates to work flow, employee productivity and satisfaction, as well as wellbeing. But there is a lot of chatter and is there really choice in the workplace? Is there choice in your workplace? How does it impact your employees’ wellbeing?

    The following presentation will highlight case studies of various workplaces, from financial to technology to professional service firms, to support our discussion. We will begin to define the concept of ‘choice’ within workplace design, identify common barriers to offering/perceiving it, provide a sneak peek into some yet-to-be released research on the impact of choice on employees’ sense of wellbeing. The goal is to help you see the value of design with ‘choice’ in mind.

    Some questions this session will help answer:
    1. What is ‘choice’ in the workplace?
    2. How and to what extent do employees perceive ‘choice’ in their workplace?
    3. To what extent can you design for choice?
    4. How can you offer/afford/effectively encourage ‘choice’ to encourage success?
    5. What would/could be hindering choice opportunities and practices for your employees?
    6. What are the costs and values of affording choice in a workplace?

    Speakers

    Angela Ramer, HKS
    Donna Sharpe, HKS
    Kate Davis, HKS

  • Human Centered Design and The Agile Workplace

    The world has changed and continues to do so at an exponential rate. Work has changed and can now be done any time any place. Changed also are the needs and desires of today’s workers who have high expectations of the companies that employ them. Changed work, changed workers but workplaces still caught in the paradigms of the 20th century. What does the 21st Century Workplace look like and how does it function. Many designers approach the problem based on what they think or believe users and stakeholders need. We suggest that great solutions, that respond to process and satisfy unmet need, come from a deep understanding of users best achieved through a Human Centered Design Methodology.

    This presentation relies on active learning and audience participation to illustrate how a Human Centered Design Process can be used in the practice of Interior Design. The session will be highly interactive and the audience will learn how to conduct each of the 5 steps listed below through a set of specially designed exercises.

    1. Understand
    2. Observe
    3. Synthesize
    4. Brainstorm and Prototype
    5. Measure

    The learning outcome is the ability to appreciate the power of Design Thinking, to not settle for me too solutions and to begin to use the learning’s in their day to day activities.

    Speakers

    Joyce Bromberg, Convene

  • The Evolution and Revolution of Work & Place

    - General Session -

    Change is happening faster and faster and the workplace is being disrupted in new and challenging ways. These changes in workplace, culture and workforce can be evolutionary… or they can be revolutionary. How they impact your organization and whether they are revolutionary and painful… or evolutionary and transformative…depend greatly on how well prepared you are. Our four presenters use their unique insight and vision to explain how four distinct workplace areas are changing, what to look out for, and how to best prepare for surviving these disruptions and harnessing the exponential power they promise.

    John Vivadelli, AgilQuest’s CEO and visionary, will uncover the four forces behind the change in place. He will explain the planned, structured nature of evolutionary changes and the turmoil of revolution. Vivadelli will set the stage for preparing to harness evolutionary change rather than being run over by revolutionary change.

    Adaptive Office’s founder, Jeff Langdon, will shed light on the differences emerging between the supply and demand sides of real estate and space. He will define the six new modalities, the new ways space will be procured or sourced, in the new Office 3.0. All organizations who use space are wrestling with these changes, but no one have been given a structure, a strategy for dealing with them. Langdon will illustrate this new paradigm and offer ways to prepare and succeed.

    The environment in which we work, the space that defines the culture of the org, is changing dramatically as well. Bob Fox, founder of FOX Architects, helps us understand how the workplace has exploded beyond the traditional boundaries, how the types and choices have exploded, and how these new choices are affecting what makes some organizations perform and grow at higher, faster rates than anyone has ever seen before.

    These four perspectives are wrapped up with a look at technology and our future workplace by Torrance Houlihan, VP of Product at AgilQuest. He leads us as only a technologist can through the array of things just now showing up in the workplace and those on the immediate horizon. Houlihan will cover the technology we carry with us, that which powers the places we work, and those which make it possible to communicate and collaborate.

    These four perspectives will be woven together in the last segment with a lively discussion between the panel and interaction with the audience.

    Panelists

    Bob Fox, FOX Architects
    Jeff Langdon, Adaptive Office Resources
    John Vivadelli AgilQuest
    Torrance Houlihan, AgilQuest

  • Psychology's Role in Workplace Success: Exploring the Personality Attributes of Distributed Workers, Leaders, and Teams

    Organizations spend considerable effort and resources focusing on space, facilities, policies and IT requirements, but assessing and understanding the human elements in distributed workplaces, including personality attributes, have been largely overlooked. Whether working in a mobile or agile workplace, working from home, or working across geographies, there are key human elements at play that must be understood and supported. Assessing human elements helps organizations make informed choices in helping people to successfully adapt to agile work.

    Three key groups deserve focus within the distributed environment: employees, leaders, and the teams in which they work. Developing awareness around one’s personality fit for working away from the traditional office is an important step in the change management process. Equally important is ensuring leaders have the attributes to manage from a distance, and that their development needs are addressed and supported. Finally, understanding how team effectiveness plays out in a distributed environment is key to ensure productivity, efficiency, and engagement.

    Dr. Laura Hambley is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and expert on the human elements of distributed workplaces. She will share key practical research findings and exciting insights from the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, which has been paving the way to create a solid understanding and assessment of the key attributes for distributed work success.
    Focuses of this interactive session will include:

    • Learning why it's critical to consider personality attributes to effectively transition people to the agile workplace
    • Gaining awareness of personality traits, including your own, that are key to distributed work success
    • Understanding the key leadership attributes and capabilities needed to manage mobile workers
    • Exploring the dynamics of effective distributed teamwork
    • Practical ideas and strategies that can be applied to all shapes and sizes of agile workplaces will be shared

    Speaker

    Dr. Laura Hambley, Work EvOHlution

  • The Innovative Corporate Workplace: Incorporating Coworking, Makerspaces and Accelerators

    Technology and connectivity are changing the world will live in and are fueling the drive and performance of Millennials. Nearly every organization more than five years old is struggling with attracting this new generation of worker and failing to provide the environment where they want to be and perform at their maximum. The traditional workforce, our carefully built workplaces, and even the buildings themselves are lagging behind the fast-paced millennials and the incredible leaps of technology. Coworking sites, makerspaces and accelerators are outperforming yesterday's leaders and creating a wide gap that stymies attraction and retention of talent and also impedes research and development.

    Business and government can, however, compete for top talent and can incorporate elements of these more-innovative workplaces to better engage the worker, the consumer and the public. This presentation will delve into the basic motivations for shared workspace and the anthropology of the Millennial workers.

    Andrea Foertsch of Disruptive Space will share her research and findings from these new workplace types and the traditional organizations who have incorporated these new types of interactive space, stimulating programming, and idea-driven community into their own culture and environment. Andrea will take us past lounge seating and shared space, into the engagement, affinity and catalytic thought that makes these alternative spaces produce results like no other and also explain the unique outcomes from each.

    Speaker

    Andrea Foertsch, Disruptive Space

  • Putting Big Data to Use inside the Workplace: answering questions on utilization, policy compliance, and user adoption

    Our workplaces have to be more flexible, more attractive and accommodate needs faster these days. Luckily, technology has brought us a wealth of data about our space, our resources, and how our workers are choosing and using them. Now making decisions can be based on accurate data and taking action can be quick and confident. What are the questions we can quickly answer today? Where can the data to inform those answers come from? As our needs shift from pure utilization to user adoption, people and choice, what are our options for gathering data and producing information?
    Technology experts and workplace leaders are combining their knowledge and insights in this unique breakout session. They will begin by examining a few examples of typical workplace questions. They will discuss where data to answer these questions might come from and then describe how the data can be transformed into answers and graphics for decision-making. After a few examples, the presentation team will ask the audience for their toughest questions and apply their expertise and ingenuity to provide ideas on how to answers those questions with data from the workplace.

    • Utilization
         o How many seats are we actually using at peak days and times?
         o Which desks are used the most? Which should we repurpose for other use?
         o Do we have enough desks? Enough touchdown spaces? Enough unassigned seats? Or too many?

    • Policies and proper use of resources
         o How many meeting room reservations go unused?
         o Are our larger conference rooms being used for tiny meetings?

    • User adoption
         o Are the workspace choices you’ve deployed well-liked and often-used? Are they attracting and retaining top talent critical to success?
         o Is user adoption improving? Are your people using the spaces and the technology you’ve so carefully built? Are your experiments going well?

    Speakers

    Torrance Houlihan, AgilQuest
    Jeremy Deyo, AgilQuest
    Dean Strombom, Gensler
    Sven Govaars, Gensler

  • GSA Total Workplace - Integrating Technology, People, and Place

    GSA's Total Workplace Initiative is creating a 21st century workplace across the federal government to drive down costs and increase productivity. The integration of technology, people, and place are key in gaining operational excellence at the same time as achieving mission. While many offer multi-pronged strategies, only Total Workplace addresses how to integrate design and technology into mission and how one designs for mission. HHS and healthy workplace are one of the examples the presenters will share.

    By highlighting recent project case studies, the speakers will present how GSA has revolutionized workplace efficiency, what it means for government agencies, and what suppliers, designers and architects needs to know in this exciting program. GSA's Technology Playbook, their plan to develop a robust Digital Strategy, will also be presented to show the importance of full integration: technology, real estate, design, furniture, etc.

    Join this session to learn:

    • What is the current state of technology practice in government workspace
    • What are the opportunities over the next 5 to 10 years
    • How a complete solution avoids the typical complications of many layers of technology

    Speakers

    Ann Kalayil, U.S. General Services Administration
    Bart Bush, U.S. General Services Administration
    Chuck Hardy, U.S. General Services Administration

  • A Deep Dive into the Workplace Solutions Program at US Customs & Border Protection

    The US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency is transforming its workplace to support more mobile work, complying with mandates to reduce real estate and office space, and identifying what makes their people most comfortable and productive. CBP is completing their first two pilots of big workplace change and will share how they planned this transformation, lessons learned along the way, and the path they’ll be following as they move from pilots to broader rollouts.

    During their two successful, initial mobility pilots, CBP both “shrunk their footprint” and consolidated multiple buildings into just one.

    CBP has successfully implemented two mobility pilot projects in the DC area and will share lessons learned on these initiatives as well as plans forward to transform other offices within CBP into a more mobile work environment. Hear about what they did, see the metrics and the results from these two pilots, and learn what they saved, how their people reacted, and the process they developed to repeat this success throughout their agency.

    • Shrinking the footprint and consolidation
    • Metrics on people to desks, square footage reduction, rent reduction, cost avoidance, and savings on office supplies
    • Personal ROI from lower commute times and better work-life balance
    • Using work styles to help guide future projects
    • Developing a repeatable process for other organizations within the agency

    Speakers

    Madeline Dunsmore, Savills Studley
    Kaitlin Seale, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
    Aron Benninghove, AECOM

  • Why Facts Don't Change People

    - Keynote -

    People are the critical element in every type of workplace transformation: getting your people to embrace change, to willingly participate and adopt is tough. When we uses business facts, numbers and rationale to encourage people, we often find those are not enough for success. The reality is people often continue to do things that make no sense, continue to do things that don’t work, and solely rely on technology to overcome these big challenges by itself.

    Using some humor, but still taking a very serious look at the rational model of change, Scott McArthur talks about achieving change, in an agile environment, by balancing both the rational and the personal. This business consultant, HR Director, and former research scientist examines why fact based is not enough to make agile projects a success, gets underneath people's unwillingness to change, and shares how rational thought and critical thinking helps to break down the boundaries between the business world and reality to perform miracles: getting people to embrace and adopt change in the workplace.

    Speaker

    Scott McArthur, Sculpture Consulting

     

  • What a Difference People and Culture Make

    People and culture are emerging as the most-important elements of successful organizations and all entities, whether commercial or government or not-for-profit, are recognizing the need to develop and improve their talent and their overall working environment. This multi-faceted panel explores many dimensions of culture and people, they dig into what is happening inside the rising workplace starts, and even talk about what prospective employees are looking for even before the submit a resume.

    Our panel from large U.S. firms, billion dollar startups, federal government, Latin America, and everywhere in between discuss aspects of:

    • Companies and agencies having to adapt to remain competitive
    • The democratization of workplace culture
    • Aligning everyone to hiring metrics and an “all in this together” culture
    • Maintaining accountability and positivity in a remote, decentralized workplace
    • Investing in people as much as we have in technology
    • Setting the right environment for people, their well-being and the personal relationships that define the best workplaces

    Panelists

    Sergio Perez, CBRE Latin America
    Steve Teubner, FOX Architects
    Naomi Leventhal, Independent Consultant
    Emily White, Optoro
    Emily Klein, Flexwork Global

     

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