Charlotte Work Design TALK: Meet Our Speakers and Sponsors

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Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.

Join us on November 17 at SecurEdge Networks‘ new coworking space for our first-ever Charlotte Work Design TALK! We’ll be exploring choice in the workplace. Tickets are available here.

Graphic recording by Jim Nuttle.
Graphic recording by Jim Nuttle.

Join us on Thursday, November 17 at SecurEdge Networks‘ new coworking space in Charlotte for our next Work Design TALK! Top workplace experts will address how to help your workforce 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.

In addition to the panel discussion, join us for an exclusive tour of the historic textile building where the TALK will take place, MECA Properties’ Dyestuff project. Be sure to sign up for a tour ticket to take advantage of this opportunity!


Melissa Brown, Associate and Senior Interior Designer, ai Design Group | A Progressive AE Company

Melissa Brown - AIDG/Progressive AE

Melissa is a senior interior designer at ai Design Group, specializing in workplace design and strategy. Drawing on her 18+ years’ industry experience, Melissa’s design approach focuses on understanding her client’s needs — both current and future — to create dynamic workspaces that seamlessly blend function and a company’s unique culture. Every year, she manages hundreds of office projects, large and small, throughout Charlotte. Current projects include Barings’ new, eight story headquarters, the anchor tenant for 300 South Tryon, Charlotte’s new Uptown office tower.

Chris Perri, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions


Chris is a senior managing director and is responsible for leading the CBRE Global Workplace Solutions Client Strategists across North America. Chris’s team provides strategic direction to corporate real estate clients to build effective business cases for change. His team’s responsibilities included recommending strategies related to CRE organization design, enhanced governance, portfolio optimization, workplace strategy, program management, and driving cost savings initiatives. Prior to this role, Chris served as East Division Director within Global Workplace Solutions for two years. There he managed 15 corporate client account teams providing all GWS services for clients headquartered in the Southeast US.

Rob Pressley, President, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA

robert-pressleyRob is CEO of MECA Real Estate Services, LLC and President of MECA’s commercial firm, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he is very active in the brokerage and development of real estate. During his career as a practicing broker, Rob has completed hundreds of transactions in the areas of land, investment, retail, office, and industrial real estate. As a developer, Rob has been involved in the development of a number of land and mixed-use projects in the Charlotte area and has, over the last 20 years, been very involved in MECA’s redevelopment of the South End neighborhood.

Philip Wegner, Founder and CEO, SecurEdge Networks

philip-wegnerPhilip is the founder and CEO of SecurEdge Networks. Prior to founding the company, he saw a need for a company to provide simple, secure, wireless infrastructure that allows users to connect however they want to. He founded SecurEdge Networks in 2006 to be able to address the need of organizations to shift to allowing mobility as the primary way they allow their employees, guests, and critical applications to connect to their network. Today SecurEdge provides solutions to design, deploy, and support secure Wi-Fi platforms all over the world.


Schedule of events

5:00 – 5:30 PM    Exclusive tour of MECA Properties’ Dyestuff project
5:30 PM                 Doors open + networking over refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 PM    Panel discussion + Q&A
7:30 PM                 Evening concludes

Small bites and drinks will be served. RSVP now to snag your seat!

A special thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: AgilQuest, Knoll, ai Design Group | A Progressive AE Company, SecurEdge Networks, CoreNet Carolinas Chapter, and CREW Charlotte.



Interesting in becoming a sponsor? Email [email protected] to find out how!
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.
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