As the leader of the tech practice at the global design firm Gensler, Amanda identifies and creates the key drivers impacting the business strategy, design philosophy and future innovations of some of the most sought after brands in the world. Her work spans a diverse range of industries and clients including TED, British Airways, Warner Music Group and Etsy.
As the tech sector has become an increasingly critical player in New York’s economy, Amanda’s passion and perspective has undoubtedly shaped Gensler’s prioritization of technology clients (including the likes of Facebook and Airbnb) who are not just influencing trends, but singlehandedly establishing them.
Most recently, Amanda worked hand-in-hand with Brooklyn-grown Etsy to establish a vision for their global headquarters that included reshaping the plans for the DUMBO Heights redevelopment, the former Watchtower Building, to fit Etsy's program while leveraging the site's industrial architecture. With a 225,000 RSF footprint, this lease marks one of the largest deals in Brooklyn in the last 10 years, anchoring the tech triangle in Brooklyn.
Other collaborations with developers like Heritage Equity and Blackstone have shaped some of the most influential tech leases in the last 5 years.
John is COO/EVP/CTO of Rudin Management Company (RMC). RMC manages over 15 million square feet of commercial and residential space that is owned by the Rudin Family and is the largest privately owned real estate company in NYC. John has been involved in every major project the company has developed over the last 24 years including the redevelopment and creation of the world’s first smart building at 55 Broad Street (1995-1996), the development of the Reuters Building at 3 Times Square (1998-2001), the redevelopment of the former ATT Long Lines Building at 32 Avenue of the Americas (1999-2002), the redevelopment of 130 West 12th Street (2010-2011),
as well as the development of The Greenwich Lane (2006-2016). He is also intimately involved with the Rudin’s latest project, Dock 72, a ground up 675,000 foot office building located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where ground was broken in April of this year. This project is a joint venture with We Work and Boston Properties and will be completed in 2018. He is acknowledged nationally as an industry thought leader in the integration of technology into the built environment and a co-inventor of Nantum OS. He is the acting CEO of Prescriptive Data.
Wendy Heller is the Senior Strategist, responsible for Workplace and Innovation with the My Workplace team at The Coca-Cola Company.
Wendy has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2014 working on both the Atlanta Headquarters Renovation and many Global Workplace Strategy and Design projects across the Coca-Cola Portfolio. Focusing on Associate Engagement and using our strong Brand as a backdrop, The Coca-Cola Company is lucky to have the opportunity to develop productive engaging workplaces for our teams in many locations around the world.
Preceding that, Wendy was a Workplace Consultant and Workplace Designer at Steelcase. Steelcase is the global leader in research and furnishing the work experience in office environments.
Wendy joined Steelcase in 2007, after completing a Master’s Degree in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to her role at Steelcase during that time, Wendy also served as an Adjunct Professor of Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta Campus, specializing in Corporate Interior Design Studios.
Prior to working for Steelcase, Wendy worked as an Interior Designer for the architecture firms of Perkins + Will and Cooper Carry, in Atlanta. Before beginning her career in Design, Wendy received a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from the University of Michigan.
Will Coleman is the CEO of Lucid and founder of Onramp Capital. Lucid is the developer of BuildingOS, a cloud based data and analytics platform for commercial building operations that empowers modern approaches to building efficiency and sustainability.
Will is also an advisor and investor in a range of innovative companies including Honest Buildings, Phylagen, and Spire. Will was previously a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures where he focused on early stage investments across sectors such as energy, buildings, materials, cleantech, and IT. He has also worked with GE, X/seed Capital, the Global Environment Fund, and previously worked on energy policy issues.
Will has been a leader in clean technology innovation for almost 15 years as an investor, entrepreneur and thought leader. He is on the advisory board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the investment advisory board of the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (an $840m fund to stimulate deployment of low carbon transportation technologies), and has testified multiple times before the US Senate and Congress on how to unlock innovation in the sector. Will is also on the board of the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute and the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. He has been actively engaged with the national labs, ARPA-e, MIT, Berkeley, Rice, and on the boards of The Center for Clean Energy Innovation, and the University of Colorado’s early ventures fund.
Will received his AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned a MBA and MS in Energy & Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley Will founded the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) and the Center for Energy & Environmental Innovation (CEEI).
From the building systems to the employees, to advanced analysis of key data points, we are more connected and engaged with our buildings via technology than ever before. Mobile devices and apps that control everything from space utilization to luxury items such as on-demand parking, dry cleaning, and more.
Technology is changing the everyday business for the largest landlord/owners and brokers who buy, sell and lease property. What are these changes and how are they affecting business? What technologies are being adopted and what are they anticipating coming soon?
Our esteemed panel of experts will take you on a tour on what is happening now, what is being developed and how it affects you. Learn about the landscape, what’s being implemented, and what is on the horizon.