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When: Friday, July 11, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, July 11, 2014
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Workplaces of the Future
Guests: Thomas Lockwood, Robert Peck, Sharon Benjamin 

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CEOs want workplace design that fosters innovation, but what does that mean? Can open space for collaboration and closed spaces for concentration be successfully combined? More people want to work at home, but they want amenities of home when they go to work. And what happens to their space then they’re away? Is the personal work station going the way of the typewriter? These guests know the issues and the trends.

Robert Peck is Southeast Region Director of Consulting for Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. He is a nationally recognized advocate for high quality public architecture; He has worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and as Commissioner of the U.S, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service, he helped launch the Design Excellence Program, returning the federal government to what he termed its lost practice of building buildings "worthy of the American people.” He has also worked for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House, and the Federal Communications Commission. He was chief of staff to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In the private sector, Bob has been a land use and real estate lawyer. In nonprofit work he has been president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and vice president for public affairs for the American Institute of Architects. He served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He has won the Henry Hope Reed Award from the Driehaus Foundation and the University of Notre Dame, and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

Thomas Lockwood is an international expert in design leadership and integrating design and innovation into business. He holds a rare PhD in design management, and is a passionate advocate for the value of design to the triple bottom line by improving economic social and environmental well being. Lockwood is the co-editor of four books: The Handbook of Design Management (2011), Design Thinking (2010), Corporate Creativity (2008) and Building Design Strategy (2007). He's beenavisiting professor at Pratt Institute inNew York. He is founding partner of Lockwood Resource LLC,, an international recruiting firm specializing in design, innovation and leadership. He’s been president of the Design Management Institute and Editor-in-chief of the DMI Review and Journal. He’s directed design and brand management at Sun Microsystems and Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London and has led or addressed design workshops in the countries around the world.

Sharon Benjamin, PhD is principal of Alchemy, a Washington D.C. based management consulting practice. She consults with multi-lateral, NGO and healthcare organizations. An adjunct at NYU, she teaches the leadership capstone course for MPA students. Her work supports leaders seeking to effect profound transformation -- within themselves and their organizations, pioneering innovative methods such as Positive Deviance. Her previous positions have included Vice President for Marketing for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington,D.C. and Director for Major Gifts for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She earned her doctorate in organizational behavior from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati where she has co-taught three leadership seminars. She has been active in the non-profit community, serving as Treasurer of the Board Earthworks, Chair of the Board of Directors of, and a member of Oceana's Board of Governors.

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