Meet the WORKTECH17 West Coast Speakers

WORKTECH17 West Coast will attract some of the biggest and brightest names to debate, discuss, and divulge the latest thinking on the future of work.

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Work Design Magazine is proud to sponsor WORKTECH17 West Coast, and we are pleased to be able to offer our readers a discounted rate to attend the conference. WORKTECH speakers are leading international thinkers, industry strategists, and radical visionaries. Join senior professionals from real estate, facilities, HR, technology, executive management, architecture, design, and professional advisers to further your knowledge and share best practices and expertise.

Why You Should Attend:

  • This uniquely-focused event will cover a mix of strategy, technology, and property, to give you a real in-depth understanding of the future of workplace and how this will affect your business.
  • Widespread adoption of new technologies is shaping the corporate workplace. Ensure your business is a leader in your field; discover how to meet and exceed those expectations in the future.
  • Network with high-level peers in a more intimate setting, designed to provide opportunities to meet and speak to everyone.
  • All delegates will be automatically registered as a WORKTECH Academy member, an online global knowledge community. Gain access to thought leadership from the global event series held in 17 cities worldwide. Read a review of the most recent USA event: WORKTECH17 New York.

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Meet the Speakers

Yves Béhar
CEO & Founder, Fuseproject

Yves is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the Creative Co-Founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform, and is Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system.

His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.

Antonia Cardone
Managing Director, Workplace Strategy & Change Management, Cushman & Wakefield

Antonia leads the West Coast workplace strategy practice for Cushman & Wakefield. She brings more than twenty years of experience and a commitment to excellence in thought leadership to her role. Leading Cushman & Wakefield’s specialist workplace strategy team, Antonia creates strategic plans to optimize space utilization and create dynamic, flexible workplace environments and “future-ready” buildings and portfolios.

Rachel Casanova
Managing Director, Connected Space

As Managing Director, Rachel is responsible for developing and implementing R/GA’s award-winning Connected Space practice. She will lead strategy, growth and execution of the practice across R/GA’s network of 19 offices, consulting clients on creative solutions rooted in architecture, engineering, employee behavior and technology to resolve business problems. Rachel will manage a diverse array of projects, including retail, workplace, and cultural projects located in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. With nearly two decades of experience, Rachel previously served as Perkins+Will’s Principal and Director of Workplace, working with renowned companies including KPMG, Thomson Reuters and the United Nations to refine clients’ objectives and respond with tailored solutions to create high-performance workplaces. Prior to that, she led the Workplace Strategy team at Mancini Duffy and worked at Herman Miller as a Design Consultant where she integrated business and design strategies to enhance the workplace user experience through space planning and furniture application.

Paul Chapman
CIO, Box

Paul Chapman serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Box. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s global IT strategy and the IT organization focused on the development and delivery of IT solutions that support the company’s growth and a more agile and productive workforce.

Founded in 2005, Box (NYSE:BOX) is transforming the way people and organizations work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. As the world’s leading enterprise software platform for content collaboration, Box helps businesses of all sizes in every industry securely access and manage their critical information in the cloud.

Prior to Box, Paul was the CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), where he led the IT organization supporting a multi-billion dollar software portfolio. Paul was also responsible for the deployment of HP’s global information management strategy, analytics platforms, master data management, enterprise data standards, and data services. Before joining HP, Paul was VMware’s Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations, and Vice President of Enterprise Applications and has held leadership roles at Affymetrix and Sun Microsystems

Paul has more than 27 years of IT industry experience, with particular expertise in rapid growth companies. He is experienced in all areas of management, including global service delivery, applications development, quality assurance, support, operations, strategy and transformation. He has a track record of accomplishments founded on strong team-building, solid program management disciplines and outside-in thinking.

Paul is a featured speaker and blogger on a variety of business and technology topics, including organizational change, career development, application development, information management, and cloud operations.

Matthew Claudel
Head of Research, Beco

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, urbanism, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a [email protected] Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations’ Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.

Brad Cloepfil
AIA Founding Principal / Lead Designer, Allied Works Architecture

Architect and educator Brad Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in 1994. Over 20 years, he and the firm have received particular acclaim for designing some of the most iconic creative and cultural projects in North America and beyond, and for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction. These projects include: The Seattle Art Museum; Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the recently opened National Music Centre of Canada and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver.

Allied Works has developed significant expertise and innovative approaches to workplace design on ground-breaking projects including: this year’s newly opened “Uniqlo City” in Tokyo, the global creative headquarters for Uniqlo’s parent company, Fast Retailing; Pixar’s signature animation production building in Emeryville, California; and the legendary Wieden+Kennedy World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Anthony Delli Colli
Chief Revenue Officer, Rifiniti Inc.

A successful growth-oriented executive with Enterprise SaaS experience in analytics and machine learning applications across real estate, healthcare, retail, financial services, hospitality, and transportation markets. Anthony has 20+ years of startup and Fortune 500 experience building agile go-to-market and client delivery teams with leading companies such as Accenture, Apple, Bank of America, Boeing, Cisco, General Electrics, Intel, Philips, Salesforce, Wachovia, and World Health Organization.

Anthony is a frequent speaker on consumer healthcare, IoT and digital transformation at conferences and has led industry trade organizations in telecommunications, healthcare, and real estate. He previously worked at Meetinghouse, Elbrys, and Cisco Systems and was responsible for driving sales, business development, and strategic marketing. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Satprit Duggal
VP, Vertical Marketing, Enlighted, Inc.

Satprit is a leading expert in driving sustainable and profitable growth through the right mix of commercial – marketing, innovation and sales – capabilities. In the past few years, he has developed the go-to-market strategies for over a dozen IoT solutions in smart buildings, asset performance management and operations optimization for Commercial Real Estate, Healthcare, Energy, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Aviation and other Verticals.

Garth Fielding
Managing Director, Bisley North America

Garth has been involved in the contract furniture industry since 2001 and successfully leading our team in New York since 2013. Working from Bisley’s offices and showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron district he continues to expand the Bisley brand across North America, working on projects in cities like New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.

Prentiss Hall
Founder & Divisional President, LifeWorks

Prentiss has more than 20 years of management experience in the service industries. The strengths he brings to LifeWorks include strategic assessment and planning, leading and motivating people, operations management, and customer and client relations. He excels at building sales and marketing efforts.

Prentiss’ career includes numerous executive-level positions, including Regional Vice President for Spectrum Health Clubs, Chief Operating Officer for Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen, and several key positions with Taco Bell and Proctor & Gamble. Prentiss was a commissioned officer of the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Berkeley as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer/Navigator. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“LifeWorks is a Strategic Partner that through insights drives innovation and creates impact, to achieve your business outcomes. Custom restaurants beyond delicious, healthy, inspiring food. Inspiring Life at Work – that’s what we do! AND we want to deliver this vision to reality for you.”

Aaron Taylor Harvey
Environments Creative Director, Airbnb

Aaron Is Airbnb Environments Creative Director, working to link culture + facilities into an ongoing meaningful and effective workspace experience. Environments combines design research with the core values of the company to produce a unique physical platform for the production of a non-physical product.

Christopher Kelly
Co-Founder and President, Convene

Chris is the co-founder, president, and chief development officer of Convene, commercial real estate’s first “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with the world’s largest commercial office landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenities into commercial office buildings. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.

The recipient of numerous design awards, Cloepfil has held professorships and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and holds an advanced degree in architectural design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.

Sondra Law
Hospitality Design Director, Gensler

As a Hospitality Studio Design Director in the San Francisco office of Gensler, Sondra oversees multidisciplinary projects across various practice areas, including Hospitality, Retail and Workplace Interiors. She has completed a wide variety of projects from kick-off to opening for clients that include the best chefs and hospitality giants in the world. Her body of work is characterized by her ability to bring to life the unique needs of complex clients and balance them with current trends in the food & beverage industry. She leverages her eclectic skill set and passion for problem solving to create business-savvy solutions, with a millennial focus. Sondra’s recent portfolio includes Virgin Hotels, The Chase Center, an 80,000 SF Food Hall in Mexico City, international hotels and restaurants for Four Seasons, Marriott and Hyatt, as well as headquarters and campus buildings for Symantec, Electronic Arts and Alexandria Real Estate. She has been honored by Interior Design, Hotels, Hospitality Design, Business Week, Metropolis, Industrial Design, Contract, and INTERNI magazines as well as the IIDA and IDSA. A graduate of the Integrated Design Curriculum at Parsons School of Design, Sondra is also a U.S. patent holder, co-working space pioneer, and intellectual property advisor for various clients in the tech, furniture, and product design industry.

Jeremy Myerson
Director, The WORKTECH Academy & Research Professor, Royal College of Art

Jeremy Myerson 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.

Jay Patel
Research Scientist at Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Stanford University

Jay H Patel does research on computational crowdsourcing with Assistant Professor Michael Bernstein in the Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Lab. In 2014, Jay architected and helped build the first version of Foundry, a web platform to bring together paid experts from the crowd to accomplish complex design and engineering projects. He was a co-author on the Best Paper Award received at UIST 2014, a premier technology conference. At present, Jay is helping build out Foundry “2.0” with organization-level capabilities such as workflows that can be modified in real-time, and is coordinating efforts around launching the platform for the world to use. Outside of research, Jay helped build Kite (, a smart workflow tool for networked software organizations to tap on the collective intelligence of programmers around the world. Previously, Jay did research at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and worked on the Google Knowledge Graph.

Shaun Ritchie
CEO & Co-Founder, Teem

Shaun Ritchie is co-founder and CEO of Teem Technologies Inc., the creator of tools that dramatically improve the productivity, efficiency and happiness of organizations by providing the platform to optimize how people, places, and technology work together. Teems initial product, EventBoard has been adopted by 2000 companies worldwide and has become the standard for meeting room management.

Shaun previously ran, a two-time Inc. 500 company, which was twice named one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For. In 2014, Shaun was named one of Utah’s “40 Under 40” by Utah Business Magazine and was a 2012 finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Cathy Schlosberg
Vice President of Innovation, Aramark

Cathy has over 25 years of marketing experience specializing in building brands and innovative growth programs in the food and foodservice industries. She has been with Aramark for 14 years and currently leads consumer innovation and brand management. In this role she oversees product, program and concept innovation for the Aramark enterprise globally across multiple verticals including business and industry, healthcare, education, and others. Most recently she was VP, Marketing and Channel Growth for Aramark’s Education Sector overseeing corporate/field marketing, strategy, insights, programs, and communications for more than 1000 K-12 and Higher Education clients serving 5 million students daily. She served on the Aramark Sustainability Council, led the development of the Healthy for Life wellness platform, and is a leader within the Aramark Women’s Business Resource Network.

Prior to Aramark, Cathy held senior foodservice marketing positions at Kraft General Foods, Campbell’s Soup, and Pierre Foods. She served on the board of Trustees of the National School Boards Foundation, was a member of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Council, and appeared in the HBO documentary: Weight of a Nation. Cathy earned her B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in Professional Studies from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She has three grown sons and lives with her husband in Philadelphia, PA.

Chris Smith
Director of Sales for Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales, Philips Lighting

Chris Smith is the Director of Sales for Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales at Philips Lighting. Chris delivers solutions for global clients so they may achieve their smart building goals with connected lighting technologies and LaaS. In the last several years, Chris has been responsible for leading both hardware and software business development efforts for access control and connected building applications in the commercial real estate, multifamily and single-family verticals for Ingersoll Rand, Allegion and now Philips Lighting.

Alex Spilger
Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex has consulted on over 100 diverse green building projects with high profile clients such as Google,, Skype, GoPro, and the Wharton School of Business among others. His project achievements include one of the first WELL and Fitwel Certification projects at Cushman & Wakefield.

In addition to his project work, Alex is Founder of GreenStep Education and 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 was recently awarded the prestigious WELL Faculty designation for his work developing health & wellness strategies for clients.

Clive Wilkinson
President & Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects

Clive Wilkinson FAIA RIBA IIDA, is an architect and strategist working at the intersection of urban design, architecture and interior design. His large-scale projects for Disney, Google, Macquarie Bank, FIDM, Microsoft and Nokia have established new paradigms for building creative and educational communities. While innovative in its architecture, his design process is primarily focused on the social agenda of buildings. Clive was inducted into the Interior Design ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2005, nominated as a ‘Master of Design’ by Fast Company in 2006, and won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design in 2012. With over 120 design awards to its credit, Clive Wilkinson Architects is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design.

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