The future of work is on everyone’s agenda.

This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from a people, place and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our conference programme will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.


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Tuesday, October 12th

Registration & Pre-Event Networking

Chairperson's Opening Remarks

The New World of Work: Challenges & Emerging Trends

Routes to Revival: What will make the difference in the return to the office?

In this session, Jeremy Myerson, Director of WORKTECH Academy, shares insights from a new global trend report and reviews what workplace strategies are being adopted by companies globally in a bid to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. Who are the resolute returners to the office? And who are the choice champions of a work-from-anywhere model? What are employees telling us? And what are the design values will drive an effective return to the workplace?

Future Cities: Urban Life & Innovation in a Post-Covid World

The fate of cities has been thrown into question in light of the global pandemic as the way we work, live and interact with physical space has changed. This session will explore the role of the city in the new world of work, examining the unique challenges and opportunities for the city of Chicago and addressing key considerations for future urban environments such as sustainability, transportation, social equity and engagement, innovation, suburban networks and more.

Networking Break

The Workplace You Need Now: Shaping Spaces for the Future of Work

As the shift to hybrid work marches inexorably forward, corporate leaders are being faced with unprecedented challenges in navigating “The Future of Work’ to balance evolving Hybrid Work needs while enhancing the value that the physical workplace will deliver for the long-term. In this discussion, JLL leaders together with Capital One CRE Executive Stefanie Spurlin will share insights from “The Workplace You Need Now” – the new publication which delivers an actionable framework for business leaders to plan, invest in and create the personal, responsible & experiential workplaces of the future.

The Future Workplace Ecosystem: Purpose & Place

Expert Panel: Chicago’s Future CRE Landscape

As we look to the future, office and real estate strategies will continue to act as a tool to support existing employees and attract new ones. In this discussion we will address the key considerations corporate leaders must examine when evaluating long and short-term business decisions that will shape the future of work. Local experts will offer different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they face as they adapt their corporate real estate strategies and footprint for a more agile, flexible and employee-centric future.

Networking Break

Fireside Chat: Workplace Disruption

In this discussion, local visionaries Howard Tullman and Todd Heiser explore the paradigm shift of work, sharing their unique perspectives on the implications for office space, amenities, workplace culture, community, collaboration and more.

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Conference Closes


Our speakers are leading international thinkers, industry strategists and radical visionaries. Our speakers come from some of today’s most successful companies as well as a broad range of progressive and influential organisations.

Please contact Samantha Cullum regarding speaking opportunities at this event.


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Supported By

  • Work-Design-Magazine
  • Workplace Evolutionaries
  • WORKTECH-Academy