Full Schedule

Full Schedule

Wednesday, September 12

8 a.m.- 7 p.m. – Registration Opens

8:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. – Creative Coworking Spaces Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at industry-leading coworking and communal spaces in downtown Austin operated by Industrious, TechSpace, WeWork and Fareground. Get an inside look at their design, amenities and unique positioning. Also learn about each company’s site selection process, the types of tenants they attract and how they build community. Following the tour, the bus will depart Fareground at 12:30 p.m. to return attendees to the conference hotel, or feel free to stay and have lunch on your own after the tour and take the ten minute walk back to the conference hotel.
Ticketed event; $50 fee. Limited to 50 people. >>
Check in at 8:45 a.m. and departure at 9 a.m.

9:30-11:45 a.m. – Asure’s Office of the Future Tour
See how data determines design in the modern workspace with this tour of software company Asure’s cutting-edge corporate headquarters. Watch their workplace utilization and occupant sensors in action, and learn about the solutions that allowed the company to optimize its real estate footprint, cut costs, and create the most efficient and effective office design for its workers’ needs. Explore a unique work environment and the data that informed its concept and design.
Ticketed event; $50 fee. Limited to 50 people. >>
Check in at 9:30 a.m. and departure at 9:45 a.m.

12-2 p.m. –  Lunch on Your Own

1-3 p.m. – Pre-conference Workshop: Secrets to Successful Coworking Partnerships >>
Take advantage of best-in-class industry education from both NAIOP and GWA. Separate registration; $147 fee for members, $197 for nonmembers. 

Casey Godwin, Vice President, Swearingen Realty Group, LLC
Mara Hauser, Founder and CEO, 25N Coworking

3:15-4 p.m. – GWA Annual Business Meeting, GWA members only.

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Networking Round Robin

Get a head-start on networking and relationship-building with people that you want to meet to grow your business.

5-7 p.m. – Exhibits Open

5:30-7 p.m. – Kick-off Reception

Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones in the exhibitor hall.

7 p.m. – Dinner on Your Own >>

We’ll provide a list of local Austin favorites!

Thursday, September 13

8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. – Registration and Exhibits Open

8-9 a.m. – Welcome Breakfast
Fuel up with a fresh breakfast on us! Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the exhibitor hall, schedule coffee dates or sit down and meet someone new.

9-10:15 a.m. – Conference Kick-off, Welcome and Keynote

Antony Slumbers

Keynote: Winning in the New World of CRE with Antony Slumbers >>

A former property developer, entrepreneur and consultant with a restless passion for innovation, Antony Slumbers will discuss the changing nature of work, megatrends in technology, future CRE business models and more.

Welcome Remarks:

Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO, NAIOP
Jamie Russo, Executive Director, Global Workspace Association
Kane Willmott, CEO, iQ Office Suites

10:15-10:45 a.m. – Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

10:45-11:30 a.m. – The Reality and ROI of Flexible Workspace

Up for discussion: Can building owners/operators compete with industry heavyweights like WeWork? How can these owners/operators build, buy or partner to create and manage coworking space?

Benjamin Dyett, Partner, The DecoGroup
Ken Cope, President, REth!nk
Joshua Fine, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Focus Property Group
Daniel Levison, CCIM, SIOR, Principal, Atlanta Investment Properties, Sharedspace, CommissionTrac

10:45-11:30 a.m. – Tips for Transit-oriented Development

Explore the possibilities for creating office properties with valuable connections to community transit.

Donna Shafer, J.D., Managing Director, Cityline Partners
Herb Sih, Managing Partner, Think Big Partners

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Buffet Lunch in Exhibits

12:10-1 p.m. – General Session: Let’s Talk Baseball

It’s the oft-asked question in CRE: “What inning are we in?” Top industry researchers share their data and discuss where we are in the cycle.

Michelle Bodick, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing (Americas), The Instant Group
Scott Homa, Senior Vice President, Director of U.S. Office Research, JLL
Kane Willmott, CEO, iQ Office Suites

1-5:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

1-1:30 p.m. – Conversation Corner

Conversation Corners are facilitated small-group discussions that provide additional education and networking opportunities. Take advantage of these short, focused talks on hot industry topics in a casual setting.

Greg Fuller, President and Chief Operating Officer, Granite Properties, Inc.

1:05-1:50 p.m. – Winning the Enterprise Occupier

How can owners/operators deliver flexible office space for the enterprise users demanding it? Learn how owners can serve these tenants and effectively compete in the exploding coworking market.

Mark Gilbreath, Founder/Skipper, LiquidSpace
Beth Moore, Americas Agile Real Estate Practice Leader, CBRE
Justin Stewart, President and Co-Founder, Industrious
Jerry Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brandywine Realty Trust

1:50-2:20 p.m. – Networking Break

2:20-3:05 p.m. – Flexible Space and WELL Buildings

Get the latest on the WELL Building Standard and learn how it applies to flexible workspace, then hear case studies on how flex office operators have implemented the standard across different credit category areas. Panelists will share their lessons learned and leave you with steps for how to determine whether to pursue the standard for your spaces.

Jamie Russo, Executive Director, Global Workspace Association
Jennifer Easton, Vice President, Marketing, International WELL Building Institute
Lisa Skye Hain, CEO and Cofounder, Primary
Bill Jacobson, Founder and Board Manager, Workbar
Amy King, Cofounder, GoodWork US

2:20-3:05 p.m. – Mythbusters, Coworking Edition

How does flexible space impact parking ratios, building wear and tear, occupancy levels, Internet usage and more? Our panelists deliver the cold, hard facts.to dispute the myths around coworking’s impact on a physical building.

Mike Fransen, Chief Operating Officer, Parkway Realty Services
Emily Line, Vice President, Commercial Services, Realtors Property Resource
Julie Whelan, Head of Occupier Research, CBRE

2:30-3 p.m. – Conversation Corner: Data-driven Decision-making

What data should you collect about how your buildings are used, and how can these insights help create a truly great user experience that will keep your spaces full and customers happy?

Antony Slumbers, FlexOffice 2018 Keynote and former property developer, entrepreneur and consultant

3:05-3:30 p.m. – Networking Break

3:30-4:15 p.m. – The Collision of Hospitality and Workspace

How does the integration of hospitality/amenities into larger class A buildings trickle down to mid-size and smaller buildings? Panelists will share their success stories and best practices so you can learn from their experiences and develop your own approach for incorporating these trends in a meaningful and profitable way.

Kyle Coolbroth, Founder and CEO, Fueled Collective
Gabrielle McMillan, CEO, Equiem
Dhruv Singh, CEO, Savory

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Yoga for Buildings

How flexible can they be? How do you customize for one tenant, but still be able to easily readjust for the next one? Come ready to talk TI and build-out costs and hear about future-proofing buildouts for landlords, operators and occupiers.

Mark Gilbreath, CEO and Founder, LiquidSpace
Bill Dowzer, Principal, BVN
Mike Fransen, Chief Operating Officer, Parkway Realty Services
Karl May, Founder and CEO, Join
John Moyer, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, VARIDESK

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Coliving

Join us for case studies from leading developers of coliving spaces. The group will share their views on the market demand for coliving and how that fits into the future of work/live/play.

Sandy Albert, Director, Real Estate, Common Living Inc.
Chris Bledsoe, CEO & Co-founder, Ollie
Sean Clark, Senior Vice President, AvalonBay Communities

5:15-6:30 p.m. – Happy Hour in the Exhibitor Area

6:30 p.m. – Dinner on Your Own >>

Friday, September 14

8 a.m.-12 p.m. – Registration and Exhibits Open

8-9 a.m. – Breakfast

Join us for breakfast and caffeine to help you gear up for another amazing day of content and connecting.

8:30-9 a.m. – Conversation Corner: Wake up with the WELL Crew

This is your chance to go deep with our top-tier operators from Thursday’s session on the WELL Building Standard in a small-group setting.

Lisa Skye Hain, CEO and Cofounder, Primary
Bill Jacobson, Founder and Board Manager, Workbar
Amy King, Cofounder, GoodWork US

9-10 a.m. – General Session: Building Portfolios as Integrated Ecosystems

Let’s look at how landlords are starting to position their assets to meet the needs of the workforce of today and tomorrow by creating space within their portfolios that can flex with user demand. We’ll hear how building owners are creating flexibility and experimenting with more thoughtful integration and community-building within their offerings. We’ll also talk about the build/buy/partner decision for operating the more flexible/on-demand portions of the portfolio. Experts will share their recommendations on “tenant stacking” methods that allow the building ecosystem to adapt to shifting market conditions.

Austin Flajser, President, Carr Companies
Mark Kennedy, Chief Strategy Office, Coworkatthemall.com
Zach Wade, CEO, MakeOffices

10-10:30 a.m. – Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

10:30-11:15 a.m. – Convert More Tour Attendees into Members!

Are you performing tours of your space, but not converting many of those tour attendees into members? Your sales process may be to blame. Join Cassi Niekamp from Cultivate Advisors as she breaks down a needs-based sales strategy, and shares why you may be missing out on gaining potential new members. Learn how to shift the paradigm to convert more members in less time and give both parties what they need. By focusing on a needs-based sales strategy, you get to the heart of your future member much quicker. You’ll be closing deals left and right!

Cassi Niekamp, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Cultivate Advisors

10:30-11:15 a.m. – Does Design Drive Culture and Productivity?
Get inside the minds of architects who are designing spaces to match the unique needs of today’s workforce. In this session, two architects will interview each other about their current projects, the rationale behind their design choices, the questions critical for understanding the business goals of prospective tenants, and more.

Jerome Chang, Owner/Architect, BLANKSPACES
Todd Runkle, Principal/Managing Director, Gensler