San Francisco Work Design TALK: Meet Our Speakers and Sponsors

Join us on Wednesday, August 17 at Zendesk‘s San Francisco headquarters for our next Work Design TALK! We’ll be exploring choice in the workplace with some of the Bay Area’s top workplace experts. Tickets are available here.

Zendesk's San Francisco HQ and the host venue for our upcoming TALK. Photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of Blitz.
Zendesk’s San Francisco HQ and the host venue for our upcoming TALK. Photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of Blitz.

Technology has enabled mobility in the workplace, and mobility means that employees increasingly have more choice when it comes to deciding where and how to work. Join us at Zendesk‘s cutting-edge San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday, August 17 as we probe leading workplace experts about how more choice, deployed thoughtfully, can enable organizations to better support their current business practices and employees, as well as help to attract and retain new ones.

The discussion will be moderated by our founder, Bob Fox. Click here for tickets. We hope to see you there!

Meet the panelists

Donnette Clarens, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Cornish & Carey

Donnette Clarens

Donnette has spend the past 20 years working in commercial real estate, helping technology companies find space and develop strategic growth plans. She focuses her efforts on the SOMA Market, Mid Market, and the South Financial Market. She has built her real estate practice predicated on client goals, ethics, and long-term relationships. Donnette has had great success in assisting both young venture-backed startup companies as well as established growing technology companies locate space in this competitive Bay Area real estate market. A few of her clients include Zendesk, Uber Technologies, Google, and

Tamar Draper, Director, Global Workplace Experience, Zendesk

Tamar Draper

Tamar’s career in real estate, design, construction, and facilities management draws on a broad range of sectors, including tech, legal, television, government, and non-profit. Prior to her current role at Zendesk, she was the head of global real estate and facilities at Airbnb. She’s also the former president of the International Facility Management Association’s San Francisco chapter, and a board director for the Boys and Girls Club of North San Mateo County. Tamar began her college career in architecture at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and culminated her education with an MBA from San Francisco State.

Melissa Hanley, Principal & CEO, Blitz

Melissa Hanley

Melissa performs many roles at Blitz but, primarily, she designs. When she’s not working on projects for innovative local technology workplaces and global retail, hospitality, and product brands, she spends her days managing operations, brand, and project delivery strategy for the studio. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in architecture, and a minor in city and regional planning. At Blitz, she has been privileged to work with some of the most exciting companies and institutions in the world, including Instacart, Comcast, Microsoft, UC Berkeley (GO BEARS!), Zendesk, and Malwarebytes.

Ainsley (Ains) Hill, Senior Manager, Workplace Operations, AppDynamics

Ains HillAins has always had a passion for design and organization. Raised by an interior designer and a West Point grad, he grew up with extreme cleanliness and aesthetic perfection. His focus for the past 12 years has been on workplace operations, and with that, he brings a unique perspective on the office design and construction process. Ains ran workplace operations and built offices globally for Zendesk until March. He recently joined AppDynamics and is excited to build out their workplace ops team and assist in helping them determine their new workplace brand.


4:30-5:00 PM  Doors open + Networking over refreshments
5:00-6:00 PM  Panel discussion + Q&A
6:00-6:30 PM  More networking

We’ll be serving small bites and drinks (and as such, attendees must be 21+).  Get tickets now to snag a seat!

A special thank you to our event sponsors:

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