Session Descriptions

The Future is Now - Leading for Transformational Change

Growth or Big Short,
What's Next?
General Session

Business is all about risk taking and managing uncertainties. Though the markets are booming, corporate profits are rising and unemployment sits at record lows, recent events have signaled market uncertainty, including in commercial real estate. The stock market
has been volatile after a sustained period of growth. For instance, over the past two years, the DJIA rose to a high of nearly 30,000 only to retract significantly at the end of 2018. Timing, of course, is everything—and we have seen mixed messages from the news media
about what’s next. With the multitude of outlets predicting economic doom and gloom, this session will focus on economic trends facing businesses today and the direction the economy is headed through the eyes of a dynamic expert.


Lessons from Amazon's Headquarters Strategy
General Session

When Amazon decided in 2017 to create a $5 billion second corporate headquarters and the 50,000 jobs associated with it, our General Session speaker, Holly Sullivan, was the person entrusted with leading the team that shaped Amazon's evaluation of the 238 bids received from cities, counties, and states across North America.  In her role as Director of Worldwide Economic Development at Amazon, Holly will share insights on the process and decisions deployed for its multi-headquarters strategy and strengthened regional presences.

The Amazon headquarters strategy begins with its unprecedented success as one of the world’s most innovative companies, stemming from groundbreaking approaches to product distribution and customer engagement and a unique organizational structure.  For its rapidly growing employee-base, Amazon deployed a multi-headquarters approach and competitive location strategy to attract a talented workforce.  This keynote session will provide corporate real estate leaders with insights on economic incentives and regional competition as well as best practice take aways that will be useful to our own organizations as we position our companies for growth and talent attraction.   Ms. Sullivan will engage in a “Q+A” format with Del Boyette, President and CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors.  Del is a past CoreNet Global Board Member as well as frequent guest speaker and moderator at real estate industry programs. 

Visioning the Future
General Session

Futurist Gray Scott is an expert in emerging technologies, techno-philosophy, AI, self-aware machines, space travel, simulation theory and all things futuristic. In this session, he will present leading concepts on futurism, followed by an engaging chat with Peter Miscovich, Executive Management Consultant at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). Gray Scott has appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Forbes, CBS News, VICE Motherboard, Vanity Fair, SYFY Wire, FOX News, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, New York Post, The Star, San Francisco Magazine, IEET and SingularityHub. His recent book The Future of Business explores how the commercial world is being transformed by the complex interplay between social, economic and political shifts, disruptive ideas and bold strategies and breakthroughs in science and technology.

The Art and Science of Repurposing Buildings: Suburban Market Revival
Breakout Session

How do you both embrace and breathe new life into vintage buildings and campuses in our urban and suburban markets? Are our suburban markets alive and ready to move from “just the suburbs” to more integral parts of economic growth rings? Focusing on the right
ingredients for an ecosystem to support regeneration is crucial for the future success of suburban markets, as is embracing grassroots thinking in private and entrepreneurial sectors. Join our panel and hear from key stakeholders involved in innovative transformational
projects bringing energy back to suburbia and repurposed urban buildings to embrace change and workplaces of the future.

Future of Service Delivery
Breakout Session

The landscape of available CRE service offerings and delivery methods is shifting rapidly. Landlords, operators and service providers are evolving to keep pace and stay relevant as corporations—and now more importantly their employees—have expectations that evolve
with the times. Traditionally, technology and CRE services were focused on the needs of the corporation. However, these same services are now being customized for employee needs and expectations. Join us for a dynamic discussion on the Future of Service Delivery and
learn how the employee will be the new driving force behind future technology and service delivery.

The Future Workforce
Breakout Session

Fueled by disruptive technology and the gig economy, people’s approaches to their careers have dramatically changed. The next generation will work for more than 50 years and will be unlikely to stay in one organization or job for very long. Employers must shift from old ideas about careers and discover what is required to make people want to stay or join their organizations. Likewise, individuals must learn how to navigate career change in this new world of work. This session is for organizations and individuals who want to prepare
themselves strategically for the rapidly evolving changes affecting the workplace.

Real Estate Strategies & Collapsing Silos To Bring Transformational Change
Breakout Session

At the recent Drucker Forum of industry leaders, it was suggested “that the choice for leaders of big old bureaucracies is simple and stark:  change or die.”   Can CREs offer a competitive edge by conveying vision and delivering workplace strategies to their organizations?  A panel of seasoned CREs, who are navigating complexities in their Fortune 100 corporations, will offer insights into projects and methods that are supporting transformational change by collapsing silos to spur innovation and create employee experience.  Recent challenges and successes will be shared, as well as approaches you can take to drive transformation in your organization.

Resilient Design: The
Three Lenses - An Essential Conversation
Breakout Session
A resilient community requires humans to embrace their capacity to anticipate, plan and adapt for the future. Real Estate design is pushing beyond conventional planning to include solutions that are adaptable to changing environments. From site selection to buildouts,
three lenses are utilized to evaluate environmental performance, economic development and social inclusion. These changing environments require spaces, buildings and communities to be shock resistant, healthy, adaptable and regenerative. It is no longer an exploratory exercise; it’s an essential conversation that brings new stakeholders to the table with designers, landlords, brokers, and tenants. Discover new ways in which to evaluate your real estate portfolio, taking into consideration business continuity in the face of environmental, economic and social change. Case studies from End-Users and a Developer will share how they are addressing resilient design and adapting spaces to respond to unforeseen challenges.

Shared and Transitional Workplaces: Workplace
as a Service
Breakout Session

This session explores how conversations about coworking spaces, transitional workplaces and amenity-based employee engagement strategies are becoming ubiquitous best practices. End user companies, landlords and other providers of amenity-rich shared work environments are deploying approaches and strategies that challenge long-held real estate conventions. This session considers the nature and scope of these changes, how the flexible workplace translates into real estate strategies and how both landlords and capital markets professionals may adapt to meet new workplace expectations.

Sparking Peak Performance Leaders for Transformational Times
Professional Development Session

In this post bureaucratic era, where market disruptors are changing industries, Peak Performance leaders are needed who can influence and co-create vision and turn stakeholders into powerful outcome-driven coalitions. Be the dynamic change your organization needs to reinvent and transform. Take an authentic view of your organization and your approach in this interactive session and learn to distinguish the factors that make the difference in leading during transformational times. Be inspired by Chris McGoff, a business builder and bestselling author, who guides leaders to leverage culture to maximize professional and organizational potential. Leave this session with tangible lessons to apply immediately.

Ubiquitous Connectivity:
The Pros and Cons of
in the Workplace
Young Leaders Breakfast

New Apps, avatars, and virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are changing how we co-create – actively participate, contribute and engage with others. These new technologies are transforming the tactics used to plan and execute real estate strategies while raising the bar for corporate workplaces and real estate operations. Young Leaders are uniquely positioned to utilize take aways from this session to propel their companies into a tech enabled future. Speakers will describe emerging new technologies and steps necessary to deploy those technologies effectively while considering optimal combinations of digital and human interaction necessary to achieve best in practice results.