Session Descriptions

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

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

Holly Sullivan is the Director of World Wide Economic Development at Amazon.  When Amazon decided in 2017 to create a $5 billion second corporate headquarters with 50,000 jobs, Holly 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.  

She has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, most recently as President and CEO of the Montgomery Business Development Corporation in Maryland.  She also formerly led economic development organizations in the Nashville region.  Holly received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Tennessee.  She was recently named the 2018 Newsmaker of the Year by the Nashville Business Journal.

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.

Peter Miscovich develops enterprise strategies that support workplace innovation and transformational change. He primarily focuses on how emerging technologies will improve human performance and enhance workplace ecosystems while enabling innovation and creating more sustainable urban centers.

The Art and Science of Repurposing Buildings
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 come back to 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.

Resilient Design: The
Three Lenses
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 build-outs, 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. 

Ubiquitous Connectivity: The Pros and Cons of Digital-Physical Integration 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.  Speakers will discuss how technology can facilitate convening rather than disrupt or inhibit collaboration, interpersonal development in a digital workplace, new modes of learning to attract and retain upcoming young leaders, and contrasts between increasingly tech savvy, mobile CRE workforce and baby boomer generation bosses.