Seattle TALK Preview: Exploring Choice in the Workplace

Join us on Thursday, February 25 at Coterie Worklounge for our first Work Design TALK in Seattle! We’ll be exploring choice in the workplace. Tickets are available here.

Image courtesy of Coterie Worklounge.

Join us on Thursday, February 25 at Coterie Worklounge for our first Work Design TALK in Seattle! 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

Brian Collins, Workplace Advantage Operations Manager, Microsoft

Brian is responsible for operationalizing Microsoft’s Workplace Advantage (WPA) program. In this position, he’s responsible for defining and integrating the implementation of WPA across several multidisciplinary RE&F groups, including Capital Projects, Occupancy Planning, Space Programming, Design Guidelines, Change Management, and Integrated Facilities Management & Services in Microsoft’s 14 million square foot Puget Sound portfolio. Brian joined Microsoft 1995 as the facilities manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with the company he was responsible for the Global Workplace Strategies Group, defining and driving WPA, including workplace research, knowledge management, and change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He lives in Redmond, Wash. is the president elect of the Washington State Chapter of CoreNet Global.

Bryan Croeni, Director, B+H Architects

Bryan is a director in B+H Architects’ Seattle office, the firm’s first U.S. office. He is also co-founder of B+H Advance Strategy, also based in Seattle, the firm’s global hub for consulting services. He leads workplace strategy collaborations with a diverse client set, including Microsoft, Boeing, AstraZeneca, GE Canada, AT Kearney, the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, and the SRG Partnership for the new Knight Cancer Research Building at OHSU in Portland. In over 35 years of practice, his focus has gradually migrated from “bricks and mortar” considerations to human factors as the primary drivers of project and organizational outcomes. He has served on the Boards of the Haven Foundation, the Bay Area Bioscience Center, and Hollywood Heritage, and he’s also taught graduate level design courses at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Carol Reifsnyder, Senior Manager, Workplace Strategies, T-Mobile

Carol Reifsnyder HS

Carol is a workplace strategist for T-Mobile US supporting offices and call centers. She has been with T-Mobile for three years, focusing her attention on shifting the culture to embrace new work settings and attitudes around workplace. Currently, she is developing the Workplace Transformation Program, which is aimed at creating new environments for better engagement and collaboration. Recent accomplishments include a dramatic shift at the corporate headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. where over 3,000 employees moved from a traditional planning model to an agile landscape with sit/stand desks.

Su-Zette Sparks, Co-Founder, Coterie Worklounge

Su-Zette is the co-founder of Coterie Worklounge, the host venue for this TALK. Coterie Worklounge offers its members the benefits of a private club as well as access to flexible work and meeting spaces with premium business services. Su-Zette has over 15 years of experience in change management and has held senior roles responsible for design and implementation of large scale ($1M+) change initiatives for startups, financial services, architecture, and retail distribution companies. As a “Future of Work” consultant, she created results oriented frameworks to meet the demands of increasing change and flexibility in the workplace. Su-Zette is a highly trusted partner and mentor on the impact of design and change on human behavior in the organizational context.


3:45 PM           VIP tours begin (limited number of spots, pre-registration required)
4:00-5:00 PM Networking over refreshments + meet and greet with panelists
5:00-6:00 PM Panel discussion + Q&A
6:00-6:30 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, Knoll, CoreNet Washington, and Coterie Worklounge!

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

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