D.C. TALK Preview: Exploring Choice in the Workplace

Join us on Thursday, January 28 at Social Tables for our first Work Design TALK of 2016! We’ll be exploring choice in the workplace. Tickets are available here.

Our D.C. TALK last summer at WeWork Wonder Bread. Photo by Erin Kelleher.

Join us on Thursday, January 28 at Social Tables for our first Work Design TALK of 2016! Top workplace experts will address how to help your workforce (or yourself!) grow accustomed to more choice and identify the best settings for particular tasks, why choice can increase employee well-being and satisfaction, and what the coworking model can teach us about the benefits of choosing work environments that suit their needs.

Meet the panelists

Dan Berger, Founder and CEO, Social Tables

Dan Berger is the Founder and CEO of the D.C.-based event planning software company, Social Tables. Social Tables’ award-winning platform has been used to source, plan and execute over nearly one million meetings and events since 2011. The company has over 3,500 customers in over 150 countries. Dan has been recognized as an industry leader by several industry publications including Successful Meetings. He serves on Convention Industry Council’s APEX committee and on the Philadelphia CVB’s CAB. Prior to Social Tables, Dan was a human capital consultant, ran an association, worked for a member of Congress, and owned a web design firm. Dan has a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Georgetown. He grew up in New York City and lives in D.C.

Don Baptiste, Co-founder and Head, Bloomberg Government

Don Baptiste, the co-founder and head of Bloomberg Government, is an expert on the intersection of business, media, government and innovation. Since the start of his career, Don has leveraged the challenges and opportunities that the Internet and big data have presented for both the public and private sectors. He now leads a business that empowers government affairs and government contracting professionals to make strategic business decisions through insights derived from proprietary analytical tools, data and content. Don holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He resides in Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

Dianne Juba, Workplace Strategist, GSA

Dianne Juba is a workplace strategist and interior designer in the Total Workplace Project Management Office at the GSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to her current position, she was employed in three GSA regional offices including Philadelphia, Chicago, and D.C. She is a frequent speaker on workplace issues challenging the federal government at NeoCon, NeoCon East, and numerous other industry events. She has a BFA in interior design and is NCIDQ certified.

To learn more about Dianne’s work with GSA, check out our new case study and video, “Work is What You Do, Not Where You Are: How GSA’s 1800 F Street Project is Transforming the Government Workplace“, sponsored by AgilQuest.

Diana Horvat, Principal, Perkins+Will

Diana Horvat, a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will, has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years, with a focus on architectural interiors and a specialization in sustainable design. As a hands-on principal, she ensures team focus on the client’s vision and priorities. Diana remains involved throughout the life of a project from site selection and programming through design and project implementation. She has extensive experience in innovative strategic planning for large-scale, fast-track projects and has successfully led programming, strategy, and design efforts for internationally prominent organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, and the GAVI Fund. The World Wildlife Fund project received a Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design from the D.C. Chapter of the AIA and an IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Bronze Award.


6:00-6:45 PM Doors open + Networking over refreshments
6:45-7:45 PM Panel discussion + Q&A
7:45-8:00 PM More networking

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Get tickets now to snag your seat!

A special thank you to our event sponsors, AgilQuest, rand* constructionAllsteel, Turner ConstructionAmerican Office, Herman Miller, OFS BrandsCitizen Creative, GHT Ltd, OEIISwingSpace, and Social Tables!

If you are interested in sponsoring this TALK, or another upcoming TALK, please email [email protected] for sponsorship details.


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