WDM & Leesman TALK Preview – Meet the Speakers and Sponsors

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Emma Weckerling
Emma Weckerling
Emma is the Managing Editor of Work Design Magazine.

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at FOX Architects’ Washington, D.C. office for our next Work Design TALK! We’ve teamed up with Leesman for a presentation on their recent research followed by a lively panel discussion. The event is sold-out but stay tuned for our recap!

Fox Architects’ new office – Image courtesy of Erin Kelleher

If you follow the latest research behind what’s happening with workplace design, chances are you’ve read information compiled by Leesman. We’ve partnered with Leesman to share the latest thinking based on their extensive research portfolio, presented by Eleanor Forster. Join us on Wednesday, April 18 at FOX Architects new office for a compelling presentation followed by a lively discussion (and earn CEU credits as well!).

Leesman’s latest study includes feedback from over 250,000 employees across 2,000 workplaces. Utilizing this database, Leesman experts have identified five key factors that will influence decisions around workplace design and give us a better understanding of how space can enhance workplace performance and employee engagement. The discussion will be moderated by Work Design founder, Bob Fox.

Keynote Speaker

Eleanor Forster, Managing Director, North America, Leesman

Eleanor is the managing director of Leesman North America, the world’s leading independent assessor of workplace effectiveness. Leesman helps organizations understand the relationship between people and place, benchmarking the performance of public and private sector workplace portfolios in over 60 countries so far.


Meet the Panelists

Deane Edelman, AIA, Vice President, Real Estate & Facilities Operations, Booz Allen Hamilton

Deane came to Booz Allen in August 2016 to lead the real estate and facilities function. He is responsible for all aspects of the portfolio, which supports a staff of nearly 26,000 employees, in 128 locations worldwide. Booz Allen recently began implementation of the NexGen Workplace program, a firm-wide initiative that will transform outdated work environments, increasing collaboration spaces and driving social collisions.


Erin Mical, Senior Director, Capital One

Erin is a Senior Director at Capital One and the Regional Lead of Workplace Solutions in the Tysons market. She and her team currently manage over 1 million square feet of office space and will add another 1 million later this year with the completion of the new McLean headquarters tower. Her team is responsible for managing design/construction, facilities, space planning, MAC, amenities such as food service and fitness, business relationships and portfolio strategy. Erin is a board member of the CoreNet Mid-Atlantic chapter and actively involved in the Tysons Partnership.

Stephen Dunn, Director of Workplace, CSRA, Inc.

Steve leads the Workplace team for CSRA, Inc. His team is responsible for, leasing, facilities operations, strategic RE planning, design and construction, fleet, environmental and health & safety, asset management, and IT infrastructure / data centers. CSRA, Inc. has approximately 18,000 employees with nearly 140 leased and owned locations throughout the world. His experience includes residential, commercial base building and interior architecture, program management, strategic real estate planning and commercial construction. He was awarded the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Global – CRE of the year for CoreNet Global

Joseph White, Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management, Herman Miller Inc.

Joseph links Herman Miller’s point of view on work to the process of placemaking and managing the human dynamics that bring those places to life. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and has previously practiced as a Certified Interior Designer in New York City and San Francisco. He has been a member of the IIDA, earned NCIDQ certification, IDEX California certification, and LEED accreditation. His experience includes work for a broad range of clients from tech-world darlings to industry leading giants and regular speaking engagements on advanced planning strategies for the future of work.

Susan Chung, Senior Research Associate, ASID

Susan Chung, Ph.D., focuses on the impact of design research. As senior research associate, she connects design with research to improve human experiences in the interior environment, translates research into applicable design implications, and conducts research projects that create meaningful positive impacts. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Interior Design and Health Environments Research and Design Journal, periodically writes for the ASID ICON Blog, and has presented at various design and research conferences.

Event Schedule:

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.      Meet and mingle with event participants and guests

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.      Introductions & Special Presentation by Herman Miller

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.      Leesman Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.      Tour of Fox Architects office & networking


This intimate event is limited to only 100 guests so reserve your ticket now!


A special thank you to our event sponsors: ASID, Herman MillerFOX Architects, Price Modern, Haworth and SM&W.

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected]!
Emma Weckerling
Emma Weckerling
Emma is the Managing Editor of Work Design Magazine.
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