Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, June 14th

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens (Register anytime throughout the day)
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. General Session
9:30 a.m. Networking & Refreshment Break
9:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:05 a.m. Networking & Refreshment Break
11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:45 p.m. Luncheon
2:00 p.m. Closing General Session
3:15 p.m. Closing Reception


8:30 a.m.          General Session | Mandell Theater

Shaping Spaces for the Future of Work

This general session bridges the Empowered Workforce and the Great Real Estate Inversion with a framework for how to plan, invest in, and create effective digital/physical hybrid workplaces that are defining the world of work.  Workplace pilot programs will eventually scale to meet these new workforce demands and ensure greater workplace flexibility.  

For this General Session, Peter Miscovich, Managing Director of Strategy and Innovation will interview senior heads of corporate real estate and leading analytics and design experts.

9:30 a.m.          Networking & Refreshment Break | Korman Quad

9:50 a.m.          Breakout Sessions | Room Locations Noted Below

1. How Talent will Shape the New Corporate Real Estate Portfolio: Redefining The CRE Role | Mandell Theater

Corporate Occupiers are applying innovative location-agnostic talent strategies to meet evolving distributed talent and workforce demands, impacting long-term real estate needs.  Future corporate real estate portfolio optimization and “workplace ecosystem” solutions are being driven by the need to attract, recruit, and retain talent and support a diverse and flexible workforce. The workplace needs to be a destination that people want to come back to and prepared to support new ways of working that inspire a positive work culture for long-term innovation and growth. This fireside discussion with a senior corporate real estate and a human resource leader will consider the impacts of these changes including the changed role of corporate real estate and the need to build cross-functional partnerships with internal leadership.

2. Operationalizing Your Commitments to Supplier Diversity in Real Estate, Facilities & Corporate Services | PISB 120 Auditorium

Supplier Diversity is an important tool for corporate real estate and procurement leaders to operationalize socially responsible and economically impactful commitments. As a sector, the challenges of enacting on initiatives, getting organized around the goals and metrics is not easy, especially in a virtual setup. Supplier Diversity is more than a set of key performance indicators but is a cost-effective way of working with localized and diverse partners to enhance the way corporate real estate drives business outcomes. Hear from our experts on how to create a roadmap for operationalizing supplier diversity across the portfolio of real estate and facilities services spend. Topics of exploration include: 

  1. Potential paths to achieve supplier diversity, new ways of working with partners to accomplish targets and commitments   

  2. Complexity of operationalizing, pitfalls and lessons learned  

  3. Managing risks in working with diverse suppliers   

  4. Supplier Diversity's role in helping with supply chain issues  

A panel of senior corporate real estate leaders will share insights on how their companies have crafted supplier diversity initiatives, the role CRE’s play, and lessons learned.

3. Impact of Climate Changes on Tenant Location and Real Estate Capital Markets Strategies | LeBow 031 Auditorium

Speakers will examine this topic from a corporate real estate tactical perspective with macro real estate markets implications.  This includes regulatory changes to be incorporated into location planning, occupier measures to assess building resiliency, and incorporation of ESG into corporate location strategies.  

This panel includes corporate and landlord speakers whose companies have led the way in adopting ESG centric strategies which reduce climate risk, an environmental consultant who advises companies on climate related risk assessments, and an infrastructure subject matter expert.

11:05 a.m.           Networking & Refreshment Break | Korman Quad 

11:30 a.m.          Breakout Sessions | Room Locations Noted Below

4. The Flight to Quality: Corporate Occupier Mass Migration | LeBow 031 Auditorium
The panel consisting of senior corporate real estate leaders and landlords will consider elements of workplace planning, design, and strategy required to make an office which is both a desirable destination for employees and a productive place for businesses.  Corporate Occupiers are seeking high-quality buildings in high-quality locations that will provide exceptional opportunities for Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Smart Building Technology Infrastructure strategies with exceptional tenant services and employee amenities.  As companies change their criteria for selection of corporate locations, these strategic decisions have implications for real estate office markets.

5.Urban Preparedness for Public Health Risks | PISB 120 Auditorium 

Public health policies are in the foreground of measures required to retain urban vibrance.  Speakers will assess ‘best practices’ and how these measures impact life and work in cities and suburbs.  These measures are critically important for employers as they gage the risks and benefits of locations in systemically important metros such as those in our Eastern region. Many companies seek to align with or ‘go beyond’ public policy measures including comprehensive health and wellness strategies for employee well-being. 

Panelists and moderator are distinguished faculty members at New York University, Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania recognized for their subject matter expertise spanning from real estate to economics to epidemiology to public policies supportive of vibrant cities.

6. New Visions: Projects for a Hybrid Workforce | Mandell Theater
New real estate projects are strategically designed and located to address the search for talent, and work force retention objectives achieved by creating a meaningful workplace ‘destination’.  This panel of speakers include corporate end users who have dynamically adopted recent Amazon, Verizon, and Organon projects to align with employee expectations in the workplace including hybrid and remote work.  Speakers include a leading workplace planning consultant and a global director of workplace research.

2:00 p.m.             Closing General Session | Mandell Theater
The Great Real Estate Inversion

Preconceived ideas about the real estate market are being upended on a multitude of fronts.  The real estate industry sector is undergoing tremendous disruption with converging trends that were already set in motion pre-pandemic and then were further accelerated by the pandemic.  New real estate industry sub-sectors in greater demand include Logistics, Industrial, Life Sciences and Medical Space, Experiential Retail, and Suburban Coworking resulting in building ‘conversions’ to support this new demand. Future of real estate forecasts consider economic, social, and workforce drivers of the Great Inversion.   

This General Session features Wharton School affiliated economist Peter Linneman, whose publications include “Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities” and the Linneman Letter quarterly report.  Peter will interview a noteworthy panel which includes a leading real estate investor, a life sciences developer, a corporate real estate leader, and the director of the Real Estate Program at Temple University Fox School of Business.

3:15 p.m.             Closing Reception | Perelman Plaza