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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.

WORKTECH 16 West Coast will draw industry movers and shakers to San Francisco on October 25 to debate and discuss the future of work.

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We’re proud to support WORKTECH 16 West Coast. The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 25 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco; speakers and guests will explore workplace themes including the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology, and innovation.

Read more and register for the event here, and scroll to get to know the all-star lineup of speakers!

Tara Carcillo
President and CEO, The Clearing, Inc.

Tara is the president and CEO of The Clearing. She is a highly accomplished strategy consultant, with expertise in leadership development, communications, whole systems design, enterprise transformation, systems modeling, facilitation, collaboration, and instructional design. Throughout her career, she has led numerous high-stakes engagements in strategy development and execution, change management, conference design and facilitation, method development, strategic communications, and risk analysis. Her clients include the U.S Air Force, World Bank, General Services Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, and the Maryland Career Development Association.

Raymond Chan
Senior Global Manager Workplace Strategy, NVIDIA

Raymond is responsible in his role at NVIDIA for guiding global and domestic projects implementing next gen real estate strategy of enhancing collaboration, improving productivity, attraction, and retention of the brightest talent. Raymond has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and has been reinventing the workplace through integrated technologies and work practices for more than 21 years. His global expertise includes: workplace strategy, architecture, hospitality design, project management. He is currently delivering NVIDIA’s new workplace typology and interior design direction on Endeavor (NVIDIA’s new campus) scheduled to complete November 2017.

Dr. William J. Clancey
Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Dr. Clancey holds a Computer Science Ph.D. from Stanford and a Mathematical Sciences B.A. from Rice. His research has related cognitive and social science in the study of work practices and design of agent systems at the Institute for Research on Learning and as Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing, NASA Ames. He is a Fellow of Assoc. of Psychological Science, Assoc. Advancement of AI, National Academy of Inventors, and American College of Medical Informatics. His work on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers received the AIAA 2014 Aerospace History Literature Award.

Peter Czimback
IT Specialist, Aramark

Peter is a 16-year veteran of Aramark and Director of IT Strategy for Sports, Leisure, Corrections, and Dining with a focus on identifying clients’ business needs and creating insights-based roadmaps connecting technology to business process improvement, stakeholder satisfaction, and revenue. In his current role within Information Technology, Peter leverages his experience in market research and development to identify business needs and the best in breed platforms and innovation that support growth. Prior to his roles in IT, Peter led retail marketing, where he developed and launched industry shaping technology and marketing strategies that creating new revenue streams for clients and improved asset utilization. He has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Penn State University and a M.B.A. from Villanova University.

Simon Davis
VP, Business Development, Serraview

Simon’s role at Serraview centers on providing clients with software to enable the right sizing of portfolios through the use of innovative and disruptive technologies. The aim is to provide significant cost savings with a laser focus on measuring how space is actually used. He has a deep knowledge of systems across the real estate spectrum, having acted as a consultant, business developer, and end user over the course of the past 18 years, working with and supporting large multi-national and Fortune 500 organizations. He has been responsible for a wide range of consulting assignments covering real estate, facilities management, operations and maintenance, capital asset, and project management. He is also very active in the real estate industry, having served as a presenter, writer, and faculty for key industry organizations including IFMA, CoreNet, and Realcomm.

Simon Elliot
Director Business Development, LifeWorks Restaurant Group

Simon is a thought-leader on the future of the workplace and specifically how employee amenities can drive employee convenience, collaboration, create a sense of community and ultimately contribute to high levels of employee engagement. He has worked across a broad range of sectors including government, military, healthcare, education, and business and industry providing onsite service solutions in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. He is currently based in San Francisco and services Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the western United States. A Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, a member of the Future of Work Community, and engaged with non-profits focused on supporting youth through sport and family homelessness through economic hardship.

Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge
Partners, Felderman Keatinge

Felderman Keatinge + Associates are a Los Angeles-based design firm with an international career spanning more than three decades and a catalog of honors deeming the husband and wife duo of Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge as pioneers, industry leaders, and Interiors 2016 Design Legends. Their work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Their trademark “total design concept” is evident in a portfolio encompassing everything from eco-based concepts, commercial, hospitality, and residential interiors; product design including furniture designs and a fabric line to the first ATM, to honeycomb jet interior cabins. Their proficiency lies within their partnership and ability to act as artist and strategist, combined with their capacity to connect with each client individually to create a catered product.

Wayne Hemingway and Gerardine Hemingway
Design Partners, Hemingway Design

Wayne and Gerardine built Red or Dead, a globally-celebrated fashion label with 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: Hemingway Design.

Wayne is a writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator. He also judges international design competitions, including the regeneration of Byker in Newcastle and Salford in Greater Manchester, The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize and Europan. He holds talks on housing, urban design, education and the creative sector. And he gets involved in charity work for the likes of Noise Festival, The Princes Trust (where he was the inaugural Chairman for an initiative to enable disadvantaged young people to work within the fashion industry), Shelter, Oxfam and Crisis.

Gerardine’s handiwork can be seen across the entire architectural and product portfolio, including The Staiths South Bank, a 750 property mass market housing project on Tyneside for Taylor Wimpey Homes, the much publicized Workplace, and IOD at 123, the new wing for the Institute of Directors, and many, many more. In June 2006, Gerardine was awarded a MBE for services to design in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, and has a Doctorate from Plymouth Uni, Lancaster Uni, Stafford and Regents University.

Mark Gribbons
Workplace Studio Design Director and Technology Practice Area Leader, Gensler

In his role at the Houston office of Gensler, Mark oversees projects for some of the firm’s most agile and brand-centric clients across North America. Past projects include headquarters and campus buildings for Amazon, Expedia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Microsoft. His work has been honored by Interior Design Magazine, IIDA, NAIOP, and Contract Magazine. Originally, from Los Angeles, Mark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design. The founding college faculty members such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, and Craig Ellwood placed special emphasis on the connections between architecture, people, and the environment. Mark’s Cal Poly education is the foundation for his work today. This research has been a unique opportunity for Mark to join knowledge leaders from his native Southern California and new Houston hometown to explore the future of our built environment.

Zoe Margarites
Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Delos

Zoe brings with her extensive project management experience and an in-depth knowledge of how the built environment directly impacts human health and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Delos, Zoe was the Director of Sustainability at Edwards & Zuck, a building engineering firm. Before Edwards & Zuck, Zoe worked at NBCUniversal in their Green Is Universal department working to green their facilities portfolio, conducted carbon footprint analysis and spread sustainability awareness to the public through green messaging during their biannual Green Weeks.

Mike Milley
Director of Creative Consulting, BMW Designworks

Mike Milley is the Director of Creative Consulting at the BMW Group’s Designworks studio in Los Angeles. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that’s responsible for bringing the future to life at the intersection of research, strategy, and innovation. Mike oversees programs for The BMW Group, as well as external clients in sectors such as CE, hospitality, aviation, transit, CPG, etc. Prior to joining Designworks, Mike was the founding Director of Samsung’s Global Lifestyle Research Lab, a forward-looking think tank and insight incubator in Silicon Valley. He’s also worked on the men’ team at Nike, and done Brand Vision work for Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

Kevin Mulcahy
Partner, Future Workplace

As a partner of Future Workplace, Kevin researches and frames trends that are reshaping the future of work for clients. Kevin co-leads the “2020 Workplace Network”, which is a curated “best practice” community for heads of learning, talent acquisition, and human resource development who come together in person and virtually to discuss and share what’s impacting the future of learning and working.

During late 2016, Kevin Mulcahy and Jeanne Meister will publish a book with McGraw Hill to help business and HR leaders successfully “anticipate, plan for and navigate the future workplace.” The book clearly outlines the disruptive drivers of a diversifying workforce, shifting attitudes towards working, new technologies reshaping the future workplace and how companies are innovating their HR processes to thrive. Kevin received his BA degree in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MBA in Strategy and Operations from Boston College. He is a dual U.S./Irish citizen that enjoys independent film festivals, local theatre, scuba diving, ethnic food, and international travel. He and his wife Diane live in Boston.

Jeremy Myerson
Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art

Jeremy is an academic researcher, author, and activist in people-centered design and innovation. He has joined Unwired to set up The WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network. He has published several influential books on workplace design and holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. His most recent titles include Time & Motion (2013) and Life of Work (2014). A former journalist and editor on such titles as Design, Creative Review and World Architecture, he founded Design Week magazine in 1986 and later co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, which he directed for 16 years until September 2015. He has advised businesses and governments around the world and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He was recently named by Wired magazine as one of Britain’s 100 most influential people in digital technology.

John Parsons
Director of Facilities, 23andMe

John is the director of facilities at 23andMe. He’s been in facilities for over 25 years, working at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Symantec, and a half dozen startups.

Joyce Polsenberg
Director of Marketing, LifeWorks Restaurant Group

Joyce serves as part of the LifeWorks leadership team where she directs the execution of strategic marketing initiatives and continued evolution of this innovative, premium brand, which creates custom restaurants for best in class organizations. She brings an outstanding and blended background of expertise in hospitality, marketing, sales, and finance, as well as experience building an industry-leading restaurant organization. Previously based out of New York, Joyce led development and marketing initiatives for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an international luxury hotel brand that encompasses more than 530 independent hotels globally. She also led the marketing and business development activities for Leading Hotels of the World and spent several years with Lehman Brothers as a sales associate in their Hedge Fund Financing group. Joyce graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with her Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and International Business. She also completed her Master’s degree at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where she served as class president and completed an internship in San Francisco with OpenTable.

Owen Rogers
Senior Partner, IDEO

Owen works side-by-side with leaders to develop tools and knowledge that will bring core transformational shifts within their organizations. Harnessing his expertise in helping leaders unlock their creative potential, Owen co-founded IDEO’s online school, IDEO U, in 2015. Since joining the company in 1998, Owen has led various core initiatives within IDEO, including starting its first cross-disciplinary studio in Palo Alto bringing together engineering and design, leading the San Francisco studio, and launching the company’s presence in Asia with studios in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Singapore. Working at the cross-section of brand, business and organizational design, Owen brings his expertise to different sectors, such as industrial, media and entertainment, the financial sector, consumer electronics, and consumer products. Owen’s clients include IAG, Pacific Life, HBO, Virgin, Timberland, Comedy Central, Toronto International Airport and AAA NCNU.

He also co-founded CleanWell, an antibacterial cleaning company that was incubated at IDEO, and has served on numerous boards including, Medcan, and Allen Edmonds. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1997 with a master’s degree in industrial design and is a self-taught interaction designer. Owen has two young boys who keep him busy outside of work with baseball coaching, a healthy obsession with cars and their Three Man Jam marmalade business.

Doug Sitzes
Senior Workplace Strategist – West Coast, Haworth

Doug’s 23-year career has taken many paths all focusing on one thing: helping clients discover their best possible solution. A degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois focused on Design Theory is the foundation that allowed him to fluidly support clients at varies project scales. Working at the macro scale, he has focused on the organization level developing corporate build to suit headquarters. At the micro scale, supporting business drivers to design corporate interiors. Today blending the two, he develops workplace strategies that enhance human performance that align organization goals, facility constraints, and human needs.

Bryan Shiles
Partner, WRNS Studio

Bryan’s work is grounded in the phenomenological understanding of place advanced by such authors as Christian Norberg-Schulz and Aldo Rossi, an understanding that looks beyond obvious motifs to the cultural and spatial patterns and events that stoke our memories. Of particular importance is the experience of distance, be it the compression of a San Francisco street or the expanse of the Utah desert. In the studio teaching that he has maintained in parallel with his design practice for over 25 years, Bryan has guided students in the skills of perception and analysis that enable them to deftly situate a project in its unique context.

Bryan’s teaching engagements include design studios at Ohio State, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, and achieved his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Bryan and his family have lived in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Scott Slater
Advisor, Business Transformation Workforce Experience Practice, Cisco

At Cisco, Scott partners with the real estate, HR, and technology teams to help them understand what can be achieved at the intersection of digital technology and business. He helps businesses conceptualize how digital technology can transform and improve the business; quantifies the value of digital technology to an organization’s future and helps companies accelerate their digital business transformation journey. He works with corporate real estate and facilities teams on creating next generation workplaces, helps human resources in creating an engaged-workforce to keep their existing people happy and attract new talent, and partners with organizations on how to address the needs of agile teams and build an agile enterprise in today’s multi-generational workforce.

Pam Smith
Registered Dietician, Health and Wellness Expert

Pam is an internationally known nutritionist and energy coach, radio host, culinary consultant, best-selling author, and the creator of The S.M.A.R.T. Weigh® Strategy. Since 2011, she has had an exclusive, strategic partnership with Aramark’s business dining group for nutrition and wellness initiative, in which she serves up delicious wellness to our corporate clients worldwide, including Boeing, Nike, Citibank, and BNY Mellon. Pam creates healthy menus and recipes for some of America’s best restaurants and was co-creator of Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. She chairs the Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Menu Collaborative and has been the festival host and emcee of the culinary events for all 21 years of Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Pam is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, received her B.S. in Nutrition from Florida State University, and completed her Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics internship and initial culinary training at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She furthered her culinary training at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and advanced professional culinary courses at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Nick Skytland
Data Evangelist, NASA

During his career in the federal government, Nick has pioneered many cutting edge initiatives such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history. He founded NASA’s Open Innovation Program, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts, developed open-source software, implemented numerous White House mandates, including the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, and created new partnerships between government and industry, academia and citizens.

Nick currently serves as NASA’s Data Evangelist and his research focuses on the exploration and application of emerging technology trends to NASA’s mission. He also created and operates one of NASA’s premier coworking spaces, 1958. He’s passionate about creating a space agency that attracts and incentivizes the next generation of technologists to contribute their time and talent to advancing space exploration. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree from the International Space University in space studies and a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Alexander Spilger
Senior Vice President, Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex has worked on over 100 diverse renovation & development projects with high profile clients such as Google, Salesforce, Skype, GoPro, and the Wharton School of Business, among others. His project achievements include the first LEED Platinum Major Renovation project on the west coast, the first LEED CI Platinum project in California and one of the first projects to pursue WELL Certification. As founder of GreenStep Education, Alex has taught over 300 green building workshops across the globe through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Sustainable Building Advisors Program, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to name a few. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley where he teaches a 6-week Green Building Project Management course. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM, USGBC NCC Faculty, a Certified Green Building Professional, a Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.

Jim Taylour
Head of Design & Wellbeing, Orangebox

A chartered Ergonomist with over 20 years of experience of workplace design, Jim has daily experience of the success and failings within the contemporary workplace. His most recent research, “Mobile Generations”, published by Orangebox, explores agile Smartworking and our emerging health and productivity challenges. Jim also created “Wireless Well Working” (WWW), a strategic Orangebox workplace tool, designed to help organizations achieve a successful and beneficial workplace. Through this program, Jim has gained invaluable knowledge and insight of what’s required to realize a successful and dynamic workplace — where employee well-being is center stage. Jim also works on European harmonization of dimensional standards for both office and school furniture and sits on and advises numerous organizations and charities, including the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, in the UK.

Tracy Wymer
VP Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Tracy leads investigative workplace research focused on product applications. His research focuses on the study of the workplace, understanding trends in the emerging workforce, and the ability to translate those needs into specific applications. The approach specializes in discovering links between real estate strategies, theory, and practice. He emphasizes understanding customers’ workplace goals and meeting them through tangible products, services, and information. He is also a member of the Knoll product development team.

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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