January 22, 2020 | Convene at 530 5th Avenue, New York, NY
January 23 - 24, 2020 | Convene at 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY



8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast Bites, Coffee, Tea


9:00 am - 12:00 pm Increasing Technology-Enabled Collaboration Through Workplace Strategy
Michelle Caldwell - North America Digital Workplace Transformation Lead, Avanade
Ruven Gotz - Workplace Experience LEad, Avanade
Increasing Technology-Enabled Collaboration W
Through Workplace Strategy
Collaboration is the workplace and corporate real estate buzzword that most have yet to master through technology implementation. It in necessary in today’s competitive environment to leverage the right technology in order to deliver a more personalized work environment.
• Implementing a digital workplace strategy to promote increased revenue.
• New digital workplace approaches to drive innovation.
• Speeding up business cycles and increasing productivity to drive competitive advantage.

Michelle Caldwell

North America Digital Workplace Transformation Lead


Ruven Gotz

Workplace Experience LEad

Future Offices University

9:00 am - 10:00 am Building a Successful Global Real Estate Team
Don Watson - Vice President Global Workplace and Enterprise Services, Merck
Blurring the lines between management, construction, and portfolio analysis can be quite overwhelming. Understand how to establish objectives for tailoring your real estate goals as well as your corporate real estate team.
• Advancing in the opening, constructing, relocating and remodeling of corporate real estate.
• Enabling world class colleague experience and protecting workplace experience, cost and space performance goals.
• Comprehending, analyzing, and solving for business issues with stakeholder requirements.

Don Watson

Vice President Global Workplace and Enterprise Services

Future Offices University

10:00 am - 11:00 am Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Actions needed for C-Suite Approval
Who is Your ‘Chief of Real Estate’? Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Actions needed for C-Suite Approval
Corporate real estate teams continue to face increasing demands to deliver superior results for their enterprises, the C-Suite, and usually most importantly the office of the Chief Financial Officer.
• This session will focus on the myriad of ways CRE intersects with the C-Suite.
• How CRE teams can effectively elevate their level of support.
• How CFOs and executives can optimize their relationship and the real estate portfolio.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCH


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Corporate Real Estate Deep Dive: Managing the Life Cycle of Property
Jimmy Groh - Head of Global Workplace and Real Estate, Collibra
Gone are the days when the real estate function was seen as an overhead. Technology and flexible workspace leases are changing strategies and driving a transformation of corporate real estate.
• Re-negotiating leases and thinking about what your portfolio should look like in five years’ time.
• Understanding demand for more office space from a location standpoint.
• Responding to an upward trend in vacancy.

Jimmy Groh

Head of Global Workplace and Real Estate

Future Offices University

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Facilities Operations 2.0
Larry Charlip - VP, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate, Take-Two Interactive
The corporate real estate landscape is drastically changing given the uptake in flexible workspace and even the fear of an economic downturn. Real Estate and Facilities executives need to sharpen their strategies around prospective spaces and site location.
• Leasing vs. owning company properties and where to position your portfolio.
• Site location, building design, and acquisition strategies.
• Managing the day to day operations of enterprise facilities.

Larry Charlip

VP, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate
Take-Two Interactive

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Coffee, Tea, and Refreshment Break


2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Enhancing Building Operations By Bringing Together Facilities and Project Management Under One Roof
Larry Charlip - VP, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate, Take-Two Interactive
The global facility management market is expected to be valued at well over $40 billion by 2020, with the expectation to grow to $59.3 billion by 2023.
• Ditching the traditional approach to property management through a combination of real estate and facility tactics.
• Enhancing operations of corporate facilities including maintenance, utilities, and energy management.
• Managing the procurement of all utilities, distribution systems, and equipment.

Larry Charlip

VP, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate
Take-Two Interactive

Future Offices University

2:15 pm - 4:00 pm Taking the Next Step as a Workplace Design Executive
Taking the Next Step as a Workplace Design Executive
Rising enterprise expense combined with increased competition has made attracting and retaining employees more important than ever before.
• How to design your workplace for successful branding, staff engagement, job satisfaction.
• Designing your physical space for well-being, and productivity.
• Factors to take into consideration when controlling change management.

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Building Belonging: Designing Inclusive Workplace Experiences

Michelle Samura - Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Chapman University
How can a spatial approach to understanding workplace experiences strengthen your company’s climate? How might your workplace more effectively facilitate belonging? And how
can diverse voices and perspectives of key stakeholders inform these efforts? The purpose of the “Building Belonging” workshop is to engage participants around these questions and
explore how a spatial approach to examining belonging and inclusion in the workplace can help decision makers better understand and address the needs of diverse stakeholders.

Key Takeaways
Workshop participants will gain interdisciplinary insights and an understanding of research-based approaches that emphasize diverse personnel perspectives in order to more
effectively design and support inclusive workplaces. As a result of participating in this session, attendees will be able to identify possible design elements in their respective
workplace settings to enhance belonging.

Michelle Samura

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Chapman University


It’s our goal to create a workplace that is inclusive and reflects the diversity of the cities we serve—where everyone can be their authentic self, and where that authenticity is celebrated as a strength. By creating an environment where people from every background can thrive, we’ll make Uber a better company—for our employees and our customers.

Location: New Office To Be Announced!

AJ Greulich

Head of Workplace and Real Estate, US & Canada Geo Lead


4:30 pm - 5:15 pm CONVENE SITE TOUR
When you walk through the doors at Convene’s 530 5th Avenue location, you’ll feel like you’ve turned left into Business Class. Whether you’re planning to meet your most important industry colleagues, or moving your whole company here, we’ve got you covered. If business is family, consider this home. Just a few blocks from Grand Central and Bryant Park, this is our next-generation workplace in Midtown Manhattan. With over 116,000 square feet of beautifully appointed amenities spanning four floors, you’ll tap into a multitude of private office spaces, coworking desks, and on-demand meeting and event spaces for up to 72 people. Members also enjoy a fitness center by Hydra Studios, a primary care office by Eden Health, an in-house barista, curated in-building community programming, and farm-to-table culinary offerings from our Executive Chef. You’ll forget you’re at work.

Location: 530 5th Avenue


4:30 pm - 5:15 pm SPACES SITE TOUR
New York is rightfully known as the city that never sleeps, and it’s the perfect place for entrepreneurs and professionals alike who want to bring their business forward. A bustling city of workshops, warehouses and skyscrapers, it’s now time for professionals to discover a new work environment that offers so much more than just a place to work. With workplaces to focus, nooks to huddle in with your team, booths to hold private calls and space to meet likeminded others, your workday will never be the same. Our world-renowned NYC locations offer energizing spaces with plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in refined culture. With direct access to leading transportation, you can easily connect to the city’s most important hubs.

Location: To Be Announced


4:30 pm - 5:15 pm BCG at 10 HUDSON YARDS | SITE TOUR
Michael Advani - Facility Services Manager, BCG

Michael Advani

Facility Services Manager