RETHINK Office of the Future Summit: Boston

The summit that connects corporate real estate and workplace professionals with
forward-thinking commercial landlords.

About the Event


The producers of the widely popular RETHINK Office series is pleased to announce its latest event RETHINK Office of the Future: Boston on May 9th, 2018.


This is the only event that brings together forward-thinking corporate occupiers (tenants) with progressive landlords to discuss how workplace mobility is changing the office, which office designs increase productivity and how landlords and tenants can partner to create workspaces that appeal to the new employee mindset.


Why Boston? Why Now?


After two sold out events in New York, we are excited to bring this program to one of the nation’s fast-growing job markets.


With Boston’s alchemy of talent and tech, it has become the testing ground for innovative work spaces.

What Makes this Event a Must Attend?


Join Boston’s only one-day event that features both corporate occupiers and landlords together in the spirit of collaboration and innovation


Hear from iconic brands and the talent magnets including GE, Google, Wayfair, Hubspot, Buzzfeed, Tripadvisor on how they are winning the war on talent


Get an inside look at some of the most exciting new office spaces in the country including Boston Landing, The Innovation and Design Building, Bulfinch Crossing and more


Participate in off-the-record roundtables and tackle today’s top workplace issues with your peers


Take part in exclusive site tour of Jamestown’s New Innovation and Design building including a inside look into Reeboks New HQ’s


RETHINK Office of the Future Summit: Boston
The Harvard Club of Boston
374 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Conference Production:

John Ward
(646) 755-3164

Sponsorship & Exhibiting:

Amber Collins
(646) 783-3937


Ashley Goll
(646) 828-7252

Meet the Speakers

Erica Chapman

Vice President of Global Real Estate, Workplace Productivity, Akamai Technologies

Amrit Chaudhuri

CEO & Co-Founder, Mass Innovation Labs

Dan Fishbein

Director - Global Real Estate, CIT

Reed Gilbert

Head of Real Estate & Workplace Services, Wayfair

Julia Goldberg

VP of Real Estate, Facilities & Security, Buzzfeed

Jim Halliday

Managing Director, NB Development Group

Gary Keene

Manager - A/V, Google

Doug Manz

Director – Development, The HYM Investment Group

John Moran

Real Estate Project Executive Lead, East & Central US and Latin America, Google

Ken Papa

Director, Global Real Estate and Facilities, HubSpot

Michael Phillips

President, Jamestown Properties

Melissa Reinke

Workplace Experience Leader, General Electric

Marc Surprenant

Facilities Planning Director, U.S. Corporate Real Estate, John Hancock

Marci Yaffa

Director, HR Busines Partner, The Hartford

Matt Gabree

Sr. Director of Global Office Experience, TripAdvisor

Kathleen Terjesen

Kathleen Terjensen, Head, Global Business Services, Bose

Adam Subber

Adam Subber, Managing Principal, Cresa

SITE TOUR: Boston’s Innovation & Design Building

RETHINK is excited to offer an exclusive site tour to one of Boston’s most exciting new office buildings, The Innovation and Design Building. Don’t miss your opportunity to get exclusive look into what many companies are calling the most exciting office space the city has ever seen!


  • Get a first hand look at why some of the region most innovative companies like Reebok, Autodesk, and Flextronics set up shop there
  • Discover some of the most exciting work amenities all under one roof
  • Transportation provided to the location

The Innovation and Design Building located in Boston’s Seaport District is home to some of the most pioneering and innovative companies in the region including Reebok, Autodesk and Flextronics. Designed to fulfill the workspace needs of today’s talent, see first hand the various aspects that have drawn these companies to lease office space in this building.


Key takeaways:

  • Design aspects that appeal to today’s workforce
  • Which amenities are making the most impact
  • Mixed-use, space activation that’s made this building more than an office


Registration, Networking Breakfast & Exhibit Hall Opens

Never before has the dynamic of work changed so rapidly. As technologies and the needs of employees evolve, workplace occupiers and forward thinking landlords need to come together in order to create an environment that allows a workforce to thrive. As occupiers see the workplace as a beacon to attract and retain top talent, landlords are also learning that traditional office space is no longer going to cut it. How can they these two parties learn from each other on how to truly create the ideal place to work?


• Get the Most from Your Talent: What is the most significant way that the physical environment can positively impact employee effectiveness, engagement, collaboration, and creativity – for all generations?
• One Size Does Not Fit All: What are the biggest lesson learned in implementing real estate/workplace solutions that provide flexibility as well as mobility for multiple types of work and workers?
• The Best of Both Worlds: The costs and benefits of work from anywhere vs. having everyone at the office
• The Tools to Succeed: How can technology effectively make and measure a “productive” workforce?


Adam Subber, Managing Principal, Cresa


As the pressure to attract and retain talent intensifies, companies are turning to amenities and high-end services in their workspaces more than ever to make their offices more attractive to today’s high-demand employees. However, Workplace Strategist are slowly learning that having every amenities does not entirely ensure a productive workforce. So how do you truly measure an amenities ROI? While occupiers figure things out, landlords also need to assess what amenities should be included to attract the most desired tenants.


• Creature Comforts: What amenities will keep your employees in the office?
• Healthy Wealthy and Wise: What office designs create happier and healthy workforces?
• A True ROI: How can you measure a productive amenity?
• Location, Location, Location: Where do employees want to work?
• Getting the Most From Your Asset: What does the landlord need to provide to keep tenants?
• Avoid Pitfalls: What amenities should occupiers avoid?

Technology has always impacted how we work and interact. However, the pace at which it’s redefining work is happening faster than anyone could have realized. How do occupiers and landlords stay up to date on what systems will bring the most efficiency out of their buildings and workforce? How have the advances in technology and remote connectivity affected the tenants need for office space? How are tenants and landlords balancing the value of data gathering with the expectation of privacy? And what systems do employees want to be more productive?


• An Office Pangea: How has the Internet of Things (IoT) been able to assist landlords and tenants in configuring space?
• Size Matters: How the size of your building will impact your ability to implement the security and technology that your company requires
• The Great Balancing Act: How can technology improve collaboration and efficiency while also ensuring privacy and security?
• The Self-Aware Office: How will A.I. change everything?

Creating a people-centric workplace is not easy. When you’re dealing with thousands of employees, multiple business silos, varying work styles and millions of square feet of workspace the task can seem almost impossible. However, companies see the importance of investing in their greatest asset and are developing innovative strategies and change management process that will allow them to implement the right office design on a large scale. What techniques, technologies and design formats are tenants and forward thinking owners using to overcome their biggest challenges?


• The Ultimate Loyalty Program: Creating workplaces that celebrate brand and culture
• How to find the right balance between collaboration and privacy
• Checking in: Success and Failures of “Hoteling” in the office
• The Numbers Don’t Lie: How Data analytics tools will help tenants determine current and future office real estate needs more precisely
• Their Opinion Matters: How employee feedback matters to any future office design strategy?

As companies and employees relocate back to the city, Boston is currently experiencing a new office building boom the likes of which the city has never seen. New, smart and efficient office properties are popping up in exciting new neighborhoods such as the seaport, Cambridge North Point, Bulfinch and Fenway. But what about all the existing product that’s on the market. Boston is flooded with pre-1990 office space. How can landlords and tenants work together to bring the most out these spaces? What are some of the nontraditional tactics landlords are doing to make these offices more desirable to prospective corporate occupiers?


• Out with the Old: What limitations and benefits do owners see in renovation vs new build
• Stand Out in the Crowd: How Can old properties compete vs newly constructed office space?
• Having a Digital Masterplan: How to plan your building around technology and not the other way around?
• Being Flexible: How changing your lease terms can give your space a competitive advantage
• Coexisting Relationship: How working together with Coworking companies maybe the right way to go
• What About Amenities?. How do you accommodate that in renovation project?

Gone are the days where work is merely a coming into the office from 9-5, millennial workers require their work to be more flexible. From freelancers to startup employees, there is o an increase of workers untethered from a physical office who are free to roam the world,’ While these workers aren’t necessarily required to work out of a corporate office, they still need places where they can reliably get their work done. As this form of action becomes adopted by companies, the need for traditional office space becomes less critical. They are now turning to companies like WeWork, Breathier, and Regus to provide an all-in-one workplace solution. While Coworking my offer a quick fix, is it the right future for how will need to work?


• Know Your Nomad – What do your employees want from a flexible workspace?
• Data and Decision Making: How to leverage data that Coworking spaces can provide real-time?
• From the landlord’s perspective. The value of having in Coworking your building as an amenity
• The Cost-Benefit Analysis: Is Coworking a more cost-effective alternative to redesigning your existing office?

Change management has become the new buzzword. To drive innovation and attract and retain top talent, companies are seeking creative workplace solutions that offer a variety of amenities and the latest technology. Of course, open offices also continue to be a popular choice due to the cost savings of a reduced footprint and with rents in the Boston area on the rise, that fuels the movement from traditional workplaces into more open, collaborative spaces. However, while the office of the future is a reality today, many employees are anxious about change, and some aren’t ready to give up their privacy.


• Engage With Your Employees: How to efficiently learn from what employees tell you?
• One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All: How to create an office space with multiple departments and cultures?
• Working Together: How can HR, technology and facilities executives create a successful change management process?


RETHINK Office of the Future Summit: Boston
The Harvard Club of Boston
374 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Conference Production:

John Ward
(646) 755-3164

Sponsorship & Exhibiting:

Amber Collins
(646) 783-3937


Ashley Goll
(646) 828-7252


The sponsors of RETHINK Office not only make this conference possible, but they are among the most forward thinking organizations in the industry.

Interested in sponsoring the next conference? Contact Amber Collins at (646) 783-3937 or

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