Philadelphia Work Design TALK: Meet Our Speakers and Sponsors

Join us on Thursday, October 27 at Benjamin’s Desk in Philadelphia for our next Work Design TALK! We’ll be exploring choice in the workplace. Tickets are available here.

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Join us on Thursday, October 27 at the Benjamin’s Desk Rittenhouse Square location in Philadelphia for our next Work Design TALK! Top workplace experts will address how to help your workforce grow accustomed to more choice and identify the best settings for particular tasks, why choice can increase employee well-being and satisfaction, and what the coworking model can teach us about the benefits of choosing work environments that suit their needs.

In addition to the panel discussion, join Adam Glaser, chief design office at Benjamin’s Desk, for a sneak peek of the company’s newest location as they expand their Rittenhouse Square coworking to the historic Sun Oil building at 1608 Walnut Street. Don’t miss the chance to tour this space before it officially opens to the public!

Meet the panelists

Kelly Ennis, Founder and Managing Principal, The Verve Partnership

kelly-ennisWith over 20 years of experience, Kelly leads the vision of The Verve Partnership, aligning business objectives with award-winning design and strategy solutions. She’s accountable for day-to-day project oversight, as well as larger strategic objectives. She has established alliances with leaders in complementary industries, and forms tailored teams of hand picked experts for every project. Prior to founding The Verve Partnership, she worked from coast-to-coast, holding senior design and management roles with global firms. She holds a BFA in Interior Architecture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is a Certified Interior Designer in several jurisdictions.

Adam Glaser, Chief Design Officer, Benjamin’s Desk

adam-glaserAdam oversees the design of all Benjamin’s Desk spaces. He works to activate specific aesthetics and character in order to reinforce the company’s brand and create welcoming, memorable spaces for their members. He is an award-winning architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience. His work encompasses a wide range of projects that focus on the nexus of higher education, next-generation workplaces, and innovation districts. Adam has also served as a resource person for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design – Midwest and has sat on two of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Advisory Boards focused on building design excellence and on the 1% for Art program.

Ann Hoffman, Director of Interior Design Services, Francis Cauffman

ann-hoffmanAnn’s experience spans over 30 years of consulting for corporations in office and facility design. Her focus is on research-based workplace strategy for the professional services industry. Her clients are national and international with projects in the U.S., London, and Bangalore. Her focus has been on pharmaceutical, legal, technology, and consulting entities. Her career includes projects with Merck, Johnson & Johnson, BNY Mellon, Bristol Myer Squibb, Kodak, Wells Fargo, and Biocon Pharma. Her design philosophy is that there is an opportunity in every problem, and every day that you learn something new is a good day.

Kim Hong, Interior Design Director, Granum A/I

kim-hongKim has focused her career on applying creative thought and design to solve client needs, as well as forming environments that engage and inspire occupants through expression of their organization’s unique cultural identity. With over 20 years of professional experience, she has led design for a wide range of prominent clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  She believes that a valid design process must begin by developing an understanding of her clients’ needs, their business philosophy, and their success factors. She is deeply committed to creating environments that tread lightly on the natural environment and serve positive outcomes through creating efficient, healthier, and timeless sustainable design.

Schedule

5:00 – 6:00 PM    Exclusive tour of Benjamin’s Desk at the 1608 Walnut Street location
6:00 – 6:30 PM    Doors open + networking over refreshments
6:30 – 7:30 PM    Panel discussion + Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 PM    More networking

Small bites and drinks will be served. Snag your tickets today!

A special thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: AgilQuest, Knoll, ASI Signage Innovations, the IIDA PA | NJ | DE Chapter, and Benjamin’s Desk.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email michelle.weiss@workdesign.com to find out how!
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