The submission process for The Next Work Environment Competition is your opportunity to gain global recognition and exposure to top organizations. Entries are welcome from students through retired thinkers. Together with our esteemed group of expert jurors, we look forward to hearing the most innovative ideas for future work environments everywhere.
MEET THE JUDGES
Sharon Klotz has been an exhibit designer and leader in museum education for more than two decades, with key roles at Discovery Place (Charlotte), The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose), Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton), and currently with Smithsonian Institution as part of a team focused on invention and innovation. Sharon’s award-winning museum work has included cross-disciplinary exhibitions for visitors of all ages; online and immersive tech; and innovative events and community gatherings.
Sharon holds a Physics degree from MIT and a certificate in nonprofit Board leadership from BoardSource. She has taught design at all levels, including as an instructor in Museum Studies programs at Seton Hall, Bank Street, and Pratt Institute, where she also led a graduate-level Toy Design Studio. She currently serves on the Design Advocacy Board for University of Kentucky’s School of Design.
I believe that in all the spaces we inhabit and pass through – personal, professional and public spaces – design tells us how to behave, how to interact, and even how to feel. In a very real way, design can shape the very possibilities we perceive, so bringing more innovation and courage to our design options is a form of future-casting.
EVP Global Real Estate
Under Pinkham’s leadership, she’s unveiled ten Salesforce Towers across the globe spanning the company’s headquarters in San Francisco to Indianapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Dublin, London, Tokyo, and Sydney. Bringing her brand influence to the workplace experience, she introduced the Ohana Floor, an open flexible hospitality space located at the top of the company’s Towers. Typically a space for executive offices, Pinkham took a unique approach to designing these floors by opening them up to the community. During the day, the space is available for employees and their guests and on weeknights and weekends, the Ohana Floor is open to non-profits and education groups to host their events at no cost.
A Salesforce veteran of over 19 years, Pinkham was previously responsible for global strategic events. She oversaw a wide range of brand and event experiences, including management of the company’s annual Dreamforce event in San Francisco since its first program in 2003 to Dreamforce 2016, which drew 171,000 registered attendees and 16 million plus online viewers.
Before joining Salesforce, Pinkham held marketing positions at Oracle and Sybase. Pinkham holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Author, Speaker, Principal and Thought Leader
International WELL Building Institute
Rachel Gutter is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.
Rachel came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools. Under her direction, the Center mobilized $275B+ investments in LEED certified educational facilities, deployed over 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries to transform schools on every continent, and published 1,000+ pages of technical guides and original research. At USGBC, her dynamic leadership helped convene international corporations, globally recognized institutions, and government entities to achieve putting every student in a green school within this generation.
In 2016, as IWBI’s Chief Product Officer, Rachel expanded the WELL Building Standard to address all building types, as well as whole districts and communities. Becoming President in 2018, she led the effort to bring a new version of WELL to market, shaped IWBI’s research and education platforms to accelerate market transformation, and developed the WELL Portfolio program and IWBI Membership platform. Rachel leads an incredibly talented team doing business in more than 50 countries that includes market development and salespeople, dedicated coaching contacts, researchers, and subject matter experts who develop and evolve the WELL Building Standard.
A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s game-changing contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in leading industry publications including Fast Company, Metropolis, Grist, and GreenBIZ.
Rachel received the 2012 World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011. Rachel joined the Garrison Institute’s Board of Directors in 2015 and became Co-chair in 2018 with founder, Jonathan Rose. Rachel is a member of Urban Land Institute’s Advisory for health and social equity and the Walgreens CSR Advisory Council.
Rachel is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and has lectured at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the University of Connecticut School of Business, and Tufts University and other institutions.
Head of Global Design and Construction
Co-Founder and CEO
Ryan co-founded Convene in 2009 with the intention of disrupting the commercial real estate industry and transforming the workplace experience by capitalizing on converging trends in real estate, technology, and hospitality. His vision – to infuse hotel-style services into meetings, events and flexible office spaces – has been Convene’s guiding force for the last 11 years, during which they have expanded to 32 locations across the US and UK.
With Ryan at the helm, Convene has raised $410M in funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine. Ryan has been recognized for his transformative achievements on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 list, Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs, was named “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York, and a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® New York Awards.
Ryan, the first in his family to attend college, graduated from Villanova University, where he developed the concepts for and ran several “start-up” companies designed for students. His professional career began as a real estate banking analyst in the global real estate group at Lehman Brothers, where he focused on the structuring and securitization of commercial mortgage-backed securities. Following Lehman Brothers, Ryan joined Gramercy Capital Corp. as a vice president where he was responsible for the restructuring of a billion dollar loan portfolio including $600 million of hospitality related real estate investments.
Ryan is an active supporter of the Urban Land Institute, CoreNet Global, IACC and was selected to be a member of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Small Business Working Group. In addition, he is an active venture investor and advisor to several start-up technology companies and their founders. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, fishing, reading and thinking of the next ‘big idea.’ Ryan and his wife Lisa live in New York with their children Riley and Harley.
Managing Principal, DC Office
Leigh has been interviewed for her work by CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America as well as radio and podcasts hosts everywhere. She is the author of two best-selling books, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line and The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees – and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line. Leigh also regularly writes for a number of magazines and newspapers about how space plays a role in health, wellness, engagement, and performance.
Leigh is currently collaborating with Harvard University’s School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design in New York, and the AIA DC Chapter on Health and Well-being to create new tools to connect like minds and to blur the boundaries across industries in order to advance our improve our well-being at work. She is excited to be on the Advisory Board of a new nonprofit organization, Global Women for Wellbeing.
Director Design and Construction
Shawn represents UA on most community related issues and resides on the board for the BCTB, Baltimore Convention & Tourism.
Shawn is the Director of design for the UA Global Real Estate, over seeing the design, development and execution of office and showrooms space to meet the projected growth of the company. Shawn’s primary role is the daily oversight of all Baltimore real estate design and branding initiatives along with direct engagement with the city Planning Department and the Locust Point Civic Association.
Shawn has over 30 years of design and marketing experience, with expertise in Architecture, Interiors, Retail Branding and Marketing, Tradeshow Design and Fabrication, Signage and Graphics.
Senior Executive Vice President
Ken Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA, ASID, LEED Fellow
Co-Global Design Director for Interiors, Perkins and Will
Co-Founder & President, Humanyze; Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Director of Workplace Strategy
Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA
President, Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects
His practice, Clive Wilkinson Architects, was established in Los Angeles in 1991 and is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design. He has created unique spaces for Disney, Google, Macquarie, Microsoft, Nokia and TBWA\Chiat\Day. In 2005, Clive was inducted into the Interior Design ‘Hall of Fame’. In 2006, he was named as a ‘Master of Design’ by Fast Company and, in 2011, a ‘Pioneer of Design’ by IIDA. His firm’s portfolio of work has been selected as a Finalist for two years running in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum National Design Awards. In 2012, the firm was honored as the Winner for excellence in the category of Interior Design. Clive is a former Board Director of AIA|LA, a member of the GSA National Peer Registry, and has served as a keynote speaker at global media and design conferences. His designs have received over 150 awards to date.
Robert D. Fox, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Chairman & Principal, FOX Architects; Founder, Work Design Magazine
Co-Founder & CEO, Survature; Professor, University of Tennessee
His academic research is in the systems area of data analytics and visualization. Recently, focusing on how to deliver data-intensive analytics and visualization to thin front-ends such as laptop, mobile phone, and Hololens. Jian is also interested in applied research in data science and visual analytics. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, DOI/NPS, Intel, and NASA.