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Thought-provoking conversations with influential designers, business leaders and more than a few rule-breakers who are exploring, shaping and changing the ways we live, learn and work.

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Who's the Boss?

Has the pandemic permanently shifted the talent dynamic?

Whether the Great Resignation materializes or not, few doubt that Covid's remote work experience has led to profound and lasting changes in the employer/employee power structure.

Former LinkedIn HR leader Steve Cadigan will share insights from his new book, "Workquake: Embracing the Aftershocks of Covid-19 to Create a Better Model of Working," and why humanity, culture and learning will be what move organizations forward in the future.

Guest

Steve Cadigan
Talent Strategist & Company Culture Expert

Moderator

Carolyn Cirillo
Workplace Research Manager, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, Sept 14

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Zero begins with Z: Generation Z's Quest for a Clean Future

As more and more individuals, communities, and companies turn their focus to the importance of improving the environment, how do we prioritize our commitment to carbon reduction and align a common approach to progress? Uncover the strategies trail blazing organizations are taking to protect the planet for generations to come.

Guests

Michael Shank, PhD
Director of Communications, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Dennis Wilson
Vice President, Sustainability & EHS, Saint-Gobain North America

Moderator

Kimberly Smith, LEED AP
Senior Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, Aug 10

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Urban Flight: The Geographic Recalibration of Work and Life

Mid-sized cities have increased in popularity as new technologies and the rise of work from anywhere have shifted our views on where we live and work. Join us as we explore the impact of this urban migration and rise of new destination cities.

Speakers

Andy Warren
Director of Real Estate Research, PwC

Scott Dobbe, AIA
Executive Director, Omaha by Design

Moderator

Jade Franklin
Director of Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, Jul 13

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Distanced, Not Disconnected: Embracing New Moments to Mentor

Whether it be an organic collaboration, serendipitous socialization or actual "face time"; there is a certain energy when people come together that cannot be replicated in a remote reality.

Join us for a conversation centering around mobile mentoring to discuss strategies for engaging, developing and mentoring employees in a digital-first reality.

Speaker

Veronica Littleton
A&D Manager & Workplace Leader, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, June 8

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Remote Work: How to Thrive When Working Remotely

Join Kylie Roth, Knoll Vice President of Research, for a discussion with author and speaker Alexandra Samuel about her new book Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are. In this Q&A session, Alexandra will reveal simple strategies, habits and tools leaders and employees can use to excel while working remotely.

Alexandra is co-founder of pioneering social media agency Social Signal, she creates digital content and workshops for companies including Google, Discovery and Sprinklr. Her writing on digital productivity appears frequently in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and she is a digital columnist for the CBC.

Speakers

Alexandra Samuel
Co-Founder, Social Signal

Kylie Roth
Vice President, Research, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, May 11

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Powering a Culture of Equity Through Diversity & Inclusion

As we migrate through the pandemic, rethinking norms amidst growing pressures of social unrest, many organizations seek to broaden their talent recruitment initiatives through an inclusive lens. How can we power a company culture of equity through inclusivity and diversity?

Join us as we pose some challenging questions and discuss opportunities to create a more respectful workplace built on empathy and fairness.

Panelists

Mita Mallick
Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta

Megan Lawrence, PhD
Senior Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Jamell G. Mitchell, MBA
NCoE Chief Talent/Strategy Leader, EY

Moderator

Kimberly Smith
Senior Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, Apr 13

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The Future of Design for the Legal Workplace

Join Knoll as we host a panel discussion on the issues, drivers and challenges of designing spaces for the future legal workplace. Through discussion and an in-depth case study, we’ll look at the benefits of hoteling and strategies to design and implement updated environments that support the nuances of the modern law office.

Panelists

Marty Festenstein
Practice Leader, Legal, Nelson Worldwide

Sheri Thome
Attorney at Law, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Moderator

Carolyn Cirillo
Workplace Research Manager, Knoll

Recorded
Tues, Mar 23

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The Thriving Workplace: Crafting a New Narrative for Workplace

Join as we share the Thriving Workplace, our recent research on new ways of workplace thinking and space planning. We’ll present opportunities for organizations to redefine, reshape and improve how we work, where we work and build truly flexible, hybrid office environments that help people thrive.

Speakers

Kylie Roth
Vice President, Research

Tracy Wymer
Vice President, Workplace Strategy

Recorded
Tues, Mar 9

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The Casualization of the Office

After a year of work-from-home, will athleisure become standard in the office? Will the post-pandemic workplace resemble your living room? Hear from a leading social psychologist and an architect on the overall trend toward casualization and how that affects our productivity and performance at work.

Panelists

Barry Richards
Principal & Studio Leader, Rockwell Group

Professor Adam Galinsky
Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

Moderator

Carolyn Cirillo
Workplace Research Manager, Knoll

Recorded
Wed, Feb 24

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Mind, Body and Behavior: Thriving in the New Year

2020 was a challenge to say the least. Work from home, learn from home and stay at home orders forced most of us out of our wellness rituals. As we head into the new year, let’s recalibrate and hear from a diverse panel of wellness experts as they share their insights on how individuals and companies can thrive in the new year.

Panelists

Greg Kunkel
SVP & Co-Founder, Next Jump

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dona Anjali Fasano
Youth Market Director, American Heart Association

Moderator

Jade Franklin
Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, Jan 20

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Trend Forecasting with Nina Bruun

Join Copenhagen-based designer and trend forecaster Nina Bruun as she shares her history, her convictions and reveals some key trends to watch.

Nina has worked with companies such as FilzFelt, Muuto, Allermuir and Menu. In this Q&A session, she will reveal insight and predictions within the fields of color, product-design, graphics and visual brand identity.

Speaker

Nina Bruun
Founder and CEO, Nina Bruun Design Studio

Moderator

Traci Roloff
Co-Founder and VP Marketing, FilzFelt

Recorded
Tuesday, Dec 8

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Life Sciences Today: Growing Under Pressure

Join Knoll as we host a panel discussion on the challenges of an expanding industry under the curtain of Covid-19. The ever-present challenges of growing within zoning regulations, balancing light manufacturing to wet lab deployment in a technology rich environment are made more complex by simply keeping employees safe in advancing science today. Listen as a panel of experts share their experiences.

Panelists

Michele Spangier Hodge
Senior Director, Global Real Estate & Facilities, 10x Genomics

Amy Steigerwalt
Vice President, Human Resources, Orasure

Kathy Weber
EVP of Molecular Solutions & Services, DNA Genotek

Moderator

Tracy Wymer
Vice President, Workplace, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, Nov 17

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The Future of Healthcare Design: How Consumerism and Covid-19 Will Change the Healthcare Environment

The design of the healthcare built environment is experiencing ongoing change, due both to the current Covid-19 crisis and its impacts, but also as the result of the rise of the patient as a consumer. Hear what our live panel of healthcare design leaders predict about these dual impacts on the design of healthcare environments from ambulatory to acute care facilities.

Panelists

Laura Morris, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, Lean Green Belt
Principal and Interior Design Director, Array Architects

George Tingwald, MD, AIA
Director of Medical Planning, Stanford University Medical Center

Franne Stewart, ASID, CHID, IIDA
Director of Health Interiors, Houston Office, HKS

Moderator

Kylie Roth
Vice President, Workplace Research, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, Oct 13

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Access for All: Universal Design in the Age of Diversity

Join scholar Ricardo Gomes, director of the Design Center for Global Needs, School of Design at San Francisco State University, as he shares the Seven Principles of Universal Design, and how we can design more inclusive physical environments that meet the needs of today’s diverse population.

Speaker

Ricardo Gomes
Professor/Director, Design Center for Global Needs, School of Design, San Francisco State University

Moderator

Tracy Wymer
Vice President, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, Sept 8

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Extremely Quiet or Incredibly Loud: Solving for the Sound U/X in the Changing Workplace

Will your office feel like Saturday morning on a Tuesday afternoon? With fewer people, higher partitions, more hard surfaces and lots of signage and hand-sanitizer, the new workplace will not only look different, but will sound different than the 2019 office. Hear from acoustics expert and sound engineer Victoria Cerami on creating an auditory experience that’s right for your organization as you phase back to the office.

Speaker

Victoria Cerami
CEO, Cerami

Moderator

Kimberly Smith
Senior Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, Aug 11

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Finding Extraordinary Inspiration in the Everyday

Barry Richard is known for his multi-faceted design skills. Get a peek inside his ideation process as he talks about his approach to design, what inspires his work and what we can expect from the next generation of designers.

In addition to his work on Rockwell Unscripted for Knoll, Barry’s projects span set design, the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the breakthrough Imagination Playground initiative, Capital One Café prototypes and more.

Speaker

Barry Richards
Principal & Studio Leader, Rockwell Group

Moderator

Barbara Weinreich
Director of Undergraduate Programs, New York School of Interior Design

Recorded
Tuesday, July 14

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The geography of work: How Covid-19 may impact where we live and work

The Covid-19 pandemic sent office workers around the world to work from home. Many left cities and took shelter in less populated areas. Join our live panel of real estate and urban planning experts as they discuss the impact of the coronavirus on urban and suburban corporate real estate and how the pandemic may drive changes in where we spend our time.

Panelists

Benjamin Grant
Urban Design Policy Director, SPUR

Grace Paul
Americas Experience Leader, EY

Tracy Wymer
VP Workplace, Knoll

Moderator

Andrew Farah
CEO, Density

Recorded
Tuesday, June 2

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What’s next for coworking and flexible office space?

COVID-19 has disrupted the world of work across the globe and created many questions about what the post-pandemic workplace will look like. One segment that may emerge in a new light is coworking. Hear predictions from in-the-know founders on future space-as-a-service models and what strategies are being put in place to ensure a healthy workplace and fiscally sound business.

Panelists

Ryan Simonetti
Co-Founder & CEO, Convene

Tim Rowe
CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center

Liz Elam
Founder, GCUC (Global Coworking Unconference Conference) & Partner at the Co.RE Opportunity Fund

Moderator

Kylie Roth
Senior Director of Workplace Research, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, May 26

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The power of being present: How life influences design

Join designer Marc Krusin as he talks about how living from the present moment has influenced his design process....and his life.

Marc Krusin designs spaces and products for clients around the world from his London studio. For Knoll, Krusin has designed the Krusin Chair and Table collection, the Anchor storage system, and Pixel™, a portfolio of performance tables for the entire office with a focus on training and classroom spaces.

Speaker

Marc Krusin
Designer

Recorded
Tuesday, May 19

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The Office Reimagined: What Will Tomorrow’s Workplace Bring?

As workers worldwide contemplate returning to the office, new norms will likely emerge to address employee health and safety. Get up to date with our live panel of leading design thinkers as we explore their thoughts on what the future might hold. Hear experts’ considerations about planning and design, and how the impact of social distancing and work-from-home will re-shape the future of real estate and workplace decisions.

Panelists

Mark Morton
Principal, Gensler

Sharon Johnston
Founder, Partner, Johnston Marklee

Moderator

Benjamin A. Pardo
Executive Vice President, Design, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, May 12

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Keeping the Campus Connected in a Post-pandemic World

The future of higher education lies at the intersection of on-campus and online learning. Learn how these two worlds are converging, how the pandemic is accelerating and decelerating trends reshaping higher education, and how colleges and universities must reimagine their positioning, programs, people, and places as a result.

Speaker

Elliot Felix
Founder & CEO, brightspot

Moderator

Carol Crane
Vice President, Education / Healthcare, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, May 5

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In Pursuit of Workplace Habits and Happiness

Join New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin as she shares simple ways to add a dose of happiness to your day, even in stressful, uncertain times. In this Q&A session, she will reveal her research-based tips on how to be healthier, more productive, organized and creative, and how by changing our habits, we can change our lives.

Gretchen is the author of The Happiness Project; Happier at Home; Better than Before; The Four Tendencies; Outer Order, Inner Calm

Recorded
Tuesday, April 28

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Get by with a little help from your team!

What makes a successful team? Hint: it’s more than great chemistry. Learn the five characteristics of highly effective teams that Google’s “Project Aristotle” research revealed.

Presenters

Kimberly Smith
Senior Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Jade Franklin
Director, Workplace Strategy, Knoll  

Recorded
Tuesday, April 21

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OK Boomer. Move over Millennials. A new generation comes to work.

Generation Z is not just another cohort of Millennials. In this session, we hear their stories, learn about their values and aspirations, and understand how they’re changing the world and why the workplace will never be the same.

Presenters

Kylie Roth
Senior Director, Workplace Research, Knoll

Carolyn Cirillo
Workplace Research Manager, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, April 14

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Distractions: Competing for Your Attention

Distractions are stealing our time, focus and productivity. In this session, we discuss the two primary sources of distractions—People and Objects, explore where those two sources come together and how we can mitigate them within space.

Presenter

Tracy Wymer
Vice President, Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, April 7

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Tips and Tricks for Working and Managing Remotely

Designing and implementing a plan for remote work is both a challenge and an opportunity. Join us for a live panel discussion with leading flexible workplace strategists and researchers to learn how to jumpstart success for you and your team.

Panelists

Cali Williams Yost
Founder and CEO, Flex+Strategy Group

Kate Lister
President, Global Workplace Analytics

Tracy Wymer
Vice President, Workplace Strategy, Knoll


Moderator

Kylie Roth
Senior Director, Workplace Research, Knoll

Recorded
Tuesday, March 31

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