Speakers

   

Sarah K. Abrams, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain, leads a global team responsible for real estate portfolio strategy, transactions, construction, ground-up development and facility management as well as lease administration and REIT Supplemental reporting for a portfolio of 85+ million sf in 45 countries. Previously she was the president of Fidelity Real Estate Company, the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments. Ms. Abrams holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude from Boston University, a JD degree from Cornell Law School and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Abrams is a former president and chairman of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, a past president of CREW Boston, and a past president and current Legacy Council member of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global. She was the winner of the Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year Award from CoreNet Global in October 2013 and the CREW Distinguished Leader Award in September 2015 and is the recipient of six Luminary Awards for excellence in speaking at CoreNet Global Summits.

     
   

Morgan Blackburn, Development Manager, StreetWise Partners, collaborates with the Executive Director and Program Director on strategies surrounding corporate relations, fundraising, marketing, and special events. Streetwise Partners is a nonprofit that harnesses the mentoring resources of the private sector to reduce unemployment within the low-income communities of New York City and Washington, D.C. Previously, Morgan worked as a Development Coordinator at Grace Institute, a non-profit that serves as a tuition-free job training program for unemployed women in New York. Her main tasks included assisting with special events, major gifts solicitation, foundation solicitation, marketing, and expansion of donor community, as well as overseeing all volunteer and corporate relations. Additional work experiences include interning for the Oklahoma State Senate Democrats, the ACLU of Oklahoma, and ACLU National Headquarters in their National Security Program.

     
   

Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future. The Center is a policy organization that shines a light on the key opportunities and challenges facing New York City, with a focus on expanding economic opportunity and growing the city’s economy. During his 18 years at the Center, he has been the architect of the Center’s policy agenda and is responsible for making it one of New York’s most innovative and influential organizations. Jonathan has authored and edited more than four dozen policy reports, including studies about the growth of the city’s tech sector, the increasingly important role of branch libraries, the powerful impact of immigrant entrepreneurs, and the challenges facing New York’s working poor. He co-chaired the Economy and Jobs subcommittee of Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s transition committee, and has served on numerous tasks forces and commissions for Mayor de Blasio, former Mayor Bloomberg, Comptroller Scott Stringer and several other government officials.

 

 

Joseph Brancato, AIA, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler acts as Co-Managing Principal for the company’s Northeast and Latin America Regions. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, for which he sits on the Executive Committee and Finance & Audit Committee and chairs the Global Practice Committee. With vision and focus, Joe has led Gensler into new markets, providing leadership to the architecture, urban planning and interior design studios, and identifying the challenges and potential value proposition of each project. Joe is also active in talent development and mentoring, having shaped Gensler’s gConnect program, which focuses on professional development for next-generation leaders in the firm. Engaged in professional outreach, Joe serves on the Board for the Avenue of the Americas Association and is an active member of AIA, NAIOP, ULI and CoreNet Global. A strong community supporter, he is a co-chair of the Special Events Committee of AHRC and the Event Chair for the St. Francis Food Pantries. Joe holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Maryland.

 
     

Peter Cavanaugh, GE Ecosystem Transformation Leader, General Electric leads a cross-functional, adaptive team. His team develops the physical space in the New Boston HQ aligned to the GE Beliefs and GE’s focus on becoming a premier digital industrial company. Previously, Peter was Senior Leader, Global Crotonville Delivery at GE. In this role Peter spearheaded the integration of the content, experience and environment for the Crotonville experiences worldwide to build skills and to maximize impact on GE Culture. He also led the Global Operations team for Leadership Learning. Peter earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University; a Masters in Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut; and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also earned a Masters and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

     
   

Frank Cuevas, Vice President, Real Estate Strategy & Operations (RESO), IBM Corporation joined the company in November 2015 after a distinguished career in real estate strategy and management. Mr. Cuevas leads the management of IBM’s global real estate portfolio, which encompasses nearly 80 million square feet worldwide including data centers, research labs and office space for some 380,000 employees. Mr. Cuevas has been a guest lecturer and panelist at academic institutions and industry functions throughout the U.S. He holds a B.S. degree in Real Estate from New York University, holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation and is a licensed real estate broker. He participates in numerous industry organizations, most recently chairing the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global. In addition, he participates in numerous philanthropic causes and charitable organizations, including the Boston Children’s Hospital, Capuchin Food Pantries in New York City and Boston’s Animal Rescue League.

     
   

Michael Patrick Davidson, Managing Director, Global Real Estate, Head of the Americas & World Headquarters, JP Morgan Chase and Co. is currently leading the strategy and execution supporting a $200MM annual expense reduction to be completed by the end of 2017. This follows a similar strategy for the Global Investment Bank that delivered a $190MM annual expense reduction in 2013, all through strategic acquisitions, dispositions, optimal location and capital planning and the move of 50K employees annually across the global lines of business. Mr. Davidson is an appointed JPM “Community & Civic Ambassador” and joined the firm in 2010. In 1994, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a Dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Philosophy. Mr. Davidson has earned the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and is preparing to become a LEED Green Accredited Professional. He was named Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year; CoreNet Global NYC Chapter, June 2014.

     
   

Jeremy Doyle, Senior Vice President, Humanyze leads growth for the organization. In this role, he has helped shape the team needed for Humanyze to deliver value and innovation, and to expand in their markets. He has led numerous customers in effort to build People Analytics into their operations; combining Humanyze's products and services, as well as developing internal capabilities to apply organizational science. The result provides a platform to quantify how teams work together, and thereby better support performance and engagement. Jeremy received his MBA and worked on building businesses and new ventures from healthcare to finance, to software. Throughout his career, Jeremy has enjoyed opportunities for coaching and empowering others.

     
   

Deane Edelman, AIA, Vice President, Real Estate & Facilities Operations, Booz Allen Hamilton came to the organization in August, 2016 to lead the real estate and facilities function after a 12-year tenure at General Dynamics. He is responsible for all aspects of the portfolio, which provides office, lab and warehouse support for 23,000 employees in over 150 locations worldwide. Booz Allen Hamilton is a 102-year old management consulting and government contracting firm based in McLean, VA. The company recently began implementation of the NexGen Workplace program, a firm-wide initiative that will transform outdated work environments by adjusting private office/workstation ratios, increasing collaboration spaces and supporting social collisions.

     
   

Daniel Fishbein, SLCR, Director, Global Real Estate, CIT is responsible for strategic real estate planning, transactions management, subleasing, and lease administration for CIT locations worldwide. This includes participation in business unit acquisitions and dispositions. In 2016 Dan consolidated CIT and One West Bank corporate portfolios including real estate operations. At BNY Mellon and The Rubenstein Company Dan drove the performance of over $1 billion of commercial real estate investments as he executed turn around strategies resulting in annualized returns exceeding 12% for most properties. He headed the Real Estate and Facilities functions at The Vanguard Group as the company achieved a six-fold increase in size and transitioned into a newly constructed corporate campus. He began his career at Boston’s Economic Development Industrial Corporation rising to the position of Director, Real Estate and Planning. Projects included the redevelopment of two military bases and industrial developments in Boston’s Southwest Corridor. Having received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dan has been a member of the Zell Lurie Real Estate Center. He received his BA from Boston University. Dan has held leadership roles in CoreNet Global since 1994. He chaired the New York City and Philadelphia Chapters and currently serves on the New York City Board. Dan co-chaired 10 regional Symposiums and served on the global finance and chapter services committees.

    Dr. Helen Fisher is an internationally-renowned neuroscientist and biological anthropologist. She is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. Named a TED All-Star and one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her groundbreaking research has shown how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams andcorporate boards, advertise, innovate, and succeed at work. Dr. Fisher is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of NeuroColor, a revolutionary business consulting and training firm. Her work reveals how to recognize and influence each personality style, increasing the effectiveness of teams and improving our understanding of how individuals collaborate, resolve conflict, sell, innovate, and lead. In ddition to appearing on 20/20, Charlie Rose, and The Colbert Report, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Frontiers in Psychology, and Newsweek, where she examined the leadership styles of Presidential nominees.
     
    Robert Freudenberg, Vice President - Energy & Environmental Programs, RPA leads the organization’s initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Rob works closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA’s economic, transportation, land use, design and community development initiatives. Prior to joining RPA, Rob served as a coastal management fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he focused on policies for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Rob holds a master’s of public administration in environmental science and policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s in environmental biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
     
     

Ester R. Fuchs is Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005. Prof. Fuchs was chair of the Urban Studies Program at Barnard and Columbia Colleges and founding director of the Columbia University Center for Urban Research and Policy. Prof. Fuchs recently received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Queens College; Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Award for Outstanding Teaching; and NYC’s Excellence in Technology Award for Best IT Collaboration among Agencies for Access New York.

     
   

Sarah Gibbons, Northeast Region Leader, CBRE Workplace Practice is based in New York. Her background in human capital consulting provides a talent-driven perspective on workplace strategy. Since joining the Workplace Strategy Group, Sarah has led a variety of projects from short-term strategy work to longer-term portfolio-wide projects, guidelines and workplace program implementations, and both short and long-term change management support. Sarah often partners with colleagues in CBRE’s Brokerage, Global Workplace Solutions, and Project Management groups to ensure clients receive the full advantage of the CBRE platform. Prior to joining CBRE, she was a consultant at Towers Watson, working in a variety of industries and with multiple clients on talent and rewards program development and employee engagement strategy. She now applies this perspective to workplace strategy development, with the belief that a functional workplace is a key part of the employee value proposition. Sarah has a degree in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania.

     
   

David Gilford, Senior Director of Client Strategy, Intersection leads Intersection’s Connected Communities practice, helping municipalities, real estate developers, and public-private partnerships create connected, responsive communities. He guides clients as they envision new experiences, develop comprehensive plans, and implement technology to unlock new sources of revenue, reduce costs, and improve the quality of life in mixed-use environments. Prior to joining Intersection, David held multiple leadership positions with the City of New York, most recently as Vice President for Urban Innovation & Sustainability at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. As a Director of the Center for Economic Transformation, David worked to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation across New York City, including developing UrbanTech NYC to provide real estate, equipment, and pilot opportunities to fast-growing companies addressing urban challenges. Earlier in his career, David worked in strategy and finance at General Electric, McKinsey and the Federal Reserve. He has been recognized nationally among the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development, as well as one of New York State's Top Ten Energy Government Leaders. David holds a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

   

Peter Grant has been a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal for more than 15 years, mostly focusing on commercial real estate. He also has worked as a reporter at The New York Daily News, New York Observer and the Buffalo News.

     
    Robert Hendrick, Senior Director, Global Real Estate, NBCUniversal,  leads the portfolio management and transaction teams responsible for 10+ million SF of space across a wide variety of asset classes.  During his nearly 20-year career, he has specialized in real estate, facilities operations, and corporate services leadership – mostly for high-growth companies in the technology and media sectors.  Prior to NBCUniversal, Robert was head of global real estate and facilities for Tableau Software, where he developed their 6-building urban campus in Seattle, created their first global workplace design guidelines, and established their workplace services team.  Previously he was based in Luxembourg as Amazon’s first head of EMEA real estate and facilities.  He built a regional team of 600+ people, while simultaneously expanding operations in 4 existing countries and 14 new countries, at a growth rate of 30-60% per year.  Earlier in his career, Robert was a consultant and held formative roles at other companies – always focusing on real estate and workplace, geographic expansion, and organization design.  He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in the NYC area with his wife Sarah.
     
     

Christopher D. Horblit was most recently the President and Head of Fidelity Real Estate Company (FREC), a division of Fidelity Investments. He led the organization responsible for providing the full range of corporate real estate strategy and services to Fidelity’s business units both nationally and internationally. In that role, he was responsible for a portfolio of over 11 million square feet including mission-critical data centers and more than 190 Retail Investor Centers. Mr. Horblit holds a BA degree in English from Framingham State University, an MS degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a JD degree from Suffolk Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has been an active member pf CoreNet New England for more than 12 years and has held prominent positions on the chapter board of directors and executive committee. Mr. Horblit is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the New England chapter of CoreNet Global after serving a three-year term. He is also active at the national level having served as Chair of the CoreNet Global Advocacy Committee.

   

Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., Professor, School for the Environment and Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, University of Massachusetts has more than 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone, and infrastructure management, and climate variability and change. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Tufts University. He was a Lead Author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment. He works at scales ranging from local to international. He has been conducting research and consulting on the integrated vulnerability of Boston to climate change and adaptation strategies since 1990. Most recently he co-led the team that developed the consensus climate change projections for Climate Ready Boston in Fall 2015 (Boston Research Advisory Group, BRAG) and is presently leading the assessment of the feasibility of harbor-wide protection strategies for Boston Harbor. He is also helping to lead and develop adaptation strategies for the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) Kresge Grant Project on joint climate and social resilience in East Boston (ClimateCARE). He received his ScB in Engineering from Brown University and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

   

Jeff Lessard, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield’s Strategic Consulting Group. Jeff specializes in the development of headquarters, location, workplace, and regional master plan strategies. During his tenure with Cushman & Wakefield he has been promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. His responsibilities with Strategic Consulting are global in scope, and his project work has spanned multiple industries – insurance, financial services, telecommunications, media, energy, and consumer goods. Until 2007, Mr. Lessard was Project Manager of the Real Estate Executive Board (a business unit of the Corporate Executive Board company), where he led projects on behalf of senior corporate real estate executives.

     
   

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation, where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative, and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the World Economic Forum, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC.

     
   

Timothy Martin, Chief Analytics Officer, NYC Department of Buildings leads a team of analytics and data science professionals providing agency-wide support for research and reporting initiatives, performance management, geographic information systems, and predictive modeling. His background includes over a decade of experience in research science and advanced data analytics in support of initiatives and policies that improve the built and natural environment of New York City. Timothy received an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University. He is an avid data science and data visualization specialist with a keen interest in the ever-changing landscape of development and governance throughout the five boroughs.

     
   

Peter Miscovich, Strategy + Innovation, Managing Director, JLL is an executive management consultant who develops corporate real estate strategies and innovative workplace solutions for global organizations. He is recognized as a global innovation thought leader by Accenture, The Brookings Institute, CERES, CITYAGE, Columbia University, CoreNet Global, MIT, The Conference Board, The Partnership for New York City, The Urban Age Institute, The Urban Land Institute, The Woodrow Wilson Center, The World Economic Forum and WorkTech. He serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board. Previously, Peter was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and Partner in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Leadership Development and Transformational Change programs.

 
     
     

Al Nielsen, Vice President - Corporate Services, AOL, Inc. has nearly 33 years in Corporate Real Estate. At AOL he is responsible for Global Real Estate, Space Planning, Construction, Facility Operations, Mission Critical Operations, Security and Business Services. He joined AOL in1996 serving in a number of capacities in Corporate Services, initially leading the Mission Critical team through years of rapid growth, managing over $300M of data center construction. He has led the Corporate Services team as Vice President since 2006, managing a portfolio of over 2.2 million square feet and 65 locations. Al serves on the following boards: Past President –CoreNet Global - Mid Atlantic Chapter; Director - Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (since 2006); Past Chair - Loudoun School Business Partnership; Past Director - Prince William County Economic Development; and Past Director - Dulles Corridor Rail Association.

     
     

Michael A. Nutter, Former Mayor of Philadelphia. After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown in November 2007 and took office in January 2008. At his inaugural address, Nutter pledged to lower crime, improve educational attainment rates, make Philadelphia the greenest city in America and attract new businesses and residents to the city. He also promised to lead an ethical and transparent government focused on providing high quality, efficient and effective customer service. With the support of an experienced, professional staff, Nutter made significant progress on every pledge. Since leaving public service on January 4, 2016, Former Mayor Nutter has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life. Earlier this year, a series of announcements were made demonstrating his continued commitment to public service and civic engagement. Of note - Columbia University/SIPA announced his appointment as a Professor and CNN news media organization announced that Former Mayor Nutter became a political commentator for the network. Nutter is a life-long Philadelphian, born and raised in West Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been dedicated to public service since his youth.

     
 
  Ed O’Boyle, Global Practice Leader, Gallup is an accomplished marketing professional and consultant who helps organizations around the world align and drive their employee and customer engagement. His expertise in branding, purchasing patterns, and behavioral economics enables a wide range of clients to optimize performance by better understanding and managing the intricacies of human nature. As Gallup’s Global Practice Leader, Ed oversees strategic vision for the company’s Workplace and Marketplace practices. He is responsible for turning ideas into innovation using Gallup’s leading-edge science and discoveries as a guide. He previously served in roles in brand management, strategic planning, and innovation at Diageo, Capital One, and Frito-Lay. Ed earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
     
   

Gerald C. O’Brien (Jerry) is Vice President, Real Estate for Comcast based in Philadelphia, PA. He has 27 years of corporate real estate experience, including 11 years as a tenant representative. He has completed over 17 million square feet of transactions – office, call center, industrial, retail, and data centers. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with degrees from Penn State (BS) and Duke (MBA).

     
   

Peter J. Olson, Global Alliance Director, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is currently the Alliance Director for the Cigna account leading a team of 80 multidisciplinary professionals responsible for managing all aspects of Cigna's real estate portfolio.  Previously Peter was the Global Alliance Director on the Travelers Insurance account.  Prior to joining CBRE, Peter served for 16 years as Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Corporate Services for Webster Bank where he led numerous work place initiatives and transformed the banks Real Estate function in support of Webster’s growth from a saving and loan to a full service commercial bank.  Peter has served on the CT/Westchester Board of CoreNet Global for the past 10 years, is a past Chapter President and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board.  In 2013 Peter was recognized as Real Estate Executive of year for the CT/Westchester Chapter.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Hartford YMCA and is the President Elect for Rebuilding Together Hartford.  Peter is known for building dynamic teams and forging strong relationships.

     
   

Steven Pedigo, Director, The Urban Lab; and Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU. Steven is the director of the NYUSPS Urban Lab, an applied research center examining the intersection of real estate and cities, and a clinical assistant professor of economic development at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate at the School of Professional Studies. As an expert and strategist in urban economic development, regional cooperation and placemaking, Steven has developed intelligence and strategies for an array of cities: New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, and Mexico City. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     
   

Elizabeth Plank is a Senior Editor at Mic and the host of Flip The Script, a Mic weekly video series that confronts social issues. She has created viral campaigns such as #AllMenCan and #WithoutTheWageGapIWould; now with 45,000+ Twitter followers, she has built a loyal and rapidly expanding social following through her online activism in areas such as gender equality, millennial issues and policy analysis.

     

   

Christopher-Ian (“C.I.”) Reichel, Global Director, Experience Design & Strategy, IBM has close to 20 of experience within the interactive industry. He has successfully led projects and delivered solutions in nearly every environment, ranging from lean startups to Madison Avenue design agencies and in-house corporate innovation labs. Prior to joining IBM Interactive Experience, his roles have included Director of Product Development for Viacom/MTVnetworks and Vice President for Design at Credit Suisse. Additionally, he has been the leader on major initiatives for American Express, J.Crew, Citibank, MSNBC, Samsung, and IBM. He brings with him a deep knowledge of digital product strategy; application design; social, content, e-commerce, and digital workspace platform infrastructures; recommendation and reputation systems; and other methods of making complex problems seem simple, intuitive, and natural.

     
   

Melissa Reinke, Global Workplace Experience Leader, GE Global Operations Properties oversees the development of GE’s workplace strategy program, Workplace Connect, and plays a key role in the transformation of GE’s culture. Melissa has extensive experience with organizational change. Most recently, she led GE’s headquarters move from its Fairfield, CT location to its new home in Boston. Her change management program was key in transitioning the GE executive leadership team and corporate organization to a new open egalitarian work environment. Since joining GE in 1990, Melissa has worked at various GE businesses and held key leadership roles in HR and Communications. Melissa is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Business Management. In addition, over the years she has had executive level training in the HR and Facilitation disciplines. Melissa splits her time between Connecticut and Boston.

     

 

Sol Salinas, Managing Director, Accenture Digital – Mobility is a corporate sustainability subject-matter specialist with 25 years of experience in his field. He is the Global Leader of Accenture’s Smart Cities practice and a North America Sustainability Practice Leader. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of a global Smart Cities offering and alliances with global Internet of Things (IoT) providers. He is involved with and often directly oversees the work of multi-disciplinary teams supporting Accenture’s work in cities across North America and throughout the world. Prior to joining Accenture, Sol was Founder and CEO of Blue Dot Environmental Consulting, a minority-owned small business specializing in strategic sustainability consulting. He held executive positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was one of the founders of US EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. Sol holds a joint MA/MBA (minor) from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School of Journalism and Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business, as well as a BS and a BA from George Mason University.

 
     
   

GaganDeep Singh is GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning, Gartner Inc. Gartner is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with associates and clients in 90 countries. Gagan leads the strategy and execution around Gartner’s global locations to enable rapid growth through work environments that enhance employee experience, access top talent, improve efficiency and reduce risk. Prior to joining Gartner, Gagan was Vice President, Real Estate Strategy for the Americas at Goldman Sachs (GS) where he led a team that provided portfolio strategy, workplace strategy, and capital planning for GS Americas offices. He is a published industry thought leader and a top rated CoreNet SLCR faculty. Gagan holds a Master of City Planning from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India..

     
   

Michelle Sipics, Senior Editor of Accenture Technology Vision, Accenture Labs is a strategy and technology executive. Technology Vision is Accentures premiere thought leadership, used to direct the firms R&D investments and guide growth strategies for Accenture and its top-tier clients. In her role, Michelle is passionate about enabling communications and interplay between technical and non-technical teams, giving companies the opportunity to maximize workforce contributions. Prior to joining Accenture, Michelle led content and strategy planning for numerous technical and research organizations. She lives in Philadelphia and holds a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from Drexel University, as well as a MS in Science Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

     
    Russell Unger, Executive Director, Urban Green Council has led the organization since 2007, building and guiding their innovative programs and cementing its place as a national leader in advocacy, education, and research. Under his leadership, Urban Green launched initiatives ranging from GPRO (education for building operators and trades) to research on city carbon trends. He was twice tapped by the City of New York to lead blue ribbon commissions – Building Resiliency Task Force (2013) and Green Codes Task Force (2008-2010) – leading to 60 code revisions or programs in three years. A lawyer by training, previously Russell spent five years on environmental, criminal justice, and fire protection policy as counsel for the New York City Council and Mayor’s Office, drafting and implementing many environmental laws.
     
   

Peter Van Emburgh, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a platform lead for consulting. He advises 40+ global corporate real estate (CRE) outsourcing accounts and is responsible for advising clients and account leaders on industry leading practices, innovation, and management consulting solutions. Previously, Peter served as national practice lead for CBRE Management Consulting. Prior to joining CBRE, Peter served in various management consulting roles with PwC and Deloitte, delivering portfolio and CRE organizational strategies for clients in the Washington, DC area. Peter currently serves as President-Elect for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of CoreNet Global. He is a recognized thought leader and speaker on CRE occupier trends, organizational design, and M&A integration strategies. In 2014, Peter was recognized by CoreNet Global as a Top 36 under 36 young leader to watch in the CRE industry.

     
    Steve Weikal, Head of Industry Relations, MIT Center for Real Estate is responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and nearly 1100 alumni of the MIT Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program, in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate. Steve is the Founder of Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry. He sits on the advisory boards of three real estate technology start-ups. Steve holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) and Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a licensed attorney, a licensed real estate broker and a LEED Accredited Professional.
     
   

Randy Wissel, Vice President - Real Estate Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs has played a key role in the acquisition, due diligence and pre-development/entitlement of the firm’s owned real estate assets globally. He officially joined the firm in 2006 after working, since 1999, as a consultant on the development and occupancy of 30 Hudson Street, New Jersey’s tallest office building. Randy is active with Jersey City and Downtown Manhattan community groups and institutions including Regional Plan Association and New Jersey City University. He also engages with local and state agencies and federal regulators with respect to flood planning, transportation and development efforts. Randy was involved in the Downtown New York Rising effort and currently sits on the CB1 resiliency task force which is helping NYC work through flood protecting options for Downtown. Randy holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College; a Master of City & Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and an MBA from Columbia University.

     
   

Marci Yaffa, HR Business Partner, Strategic Sourcing & Real Estate and Marketing & Communications, The Hartford. Marci joined The Hartford in 2006 and has held HR lead roles for multiple lines of business with a key focus on talent, sourcing, large process improvement and change initiatives. Marci was a key player in the RE transition to CBRE. Prior to joining The Hartford, Marci worked at CIGNA, Aetna and Fleet Bank in both staffing and generalist roles with focus areas including performance and talent management, organizational design and change management. Marci holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She also holds many certifications including Associate Certified Coach, DISC, MBTI, and Prosci Change Management Methodology.