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Program Overview


April 17, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | Las Vegas, Nev.

This event is designed to bring together leading thinkers, strategists, practitioners and futurists to tackle one of the most perplexing challenges facing HR executives today: What does the workplace of the future look like? When workers can connect from Mumbai to New York, from their living room to the board room, how are we to understand physical space - and get the most out of our workers? What will we need to know about engagement, ecology, anthropology, and architecture as we begin to re-engineer the future office? 

This event will provide you with insights from the world of neuroscience and use real life-examples that will give you a comprehensive way to think about your own organization's future workspace.


Working Beyond the Cube
article by Greg Lindsey from the March 2013 issue of Fast Company

About the Downtown Project
website for the Vegas revitalization program discussed in our session entitled  Innovation in Action: The Downtown Project: Reimagining Las Vegas

This program has been pre-approved for 3 hours of General Recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute.


Architecting the Future Workplace with Neuroscience

How can companies create working environments that foster productivity and innovation? What does it take to create ideal work environments that give employees the right balance of stimulus and space for thinking? Research at the intersection of neuroscience and workplaces tells us a lot about how our brains affect how we work, and can provide answers.  Featuring the ground-breaking research of Dr. David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute, you'll hear how neuroscience can help you to build workspaces that spur productivity, collaboration and creativity.

Dr. David Rock, co-founder, NeuroLeadership Institute, author of Your Brain at Work

David is also the founder and CEO of NeuroLeadership Group, a global consulting firm with operations in 24 countries, helping large organizations operationalize brain research to develop better leaders and managers. David is on the faculty and advisory board of Cimba, an international business school based in Europe, and a guest lecturer at many universities including Oxford University’s Said Business School. He received his professional doctorate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University in 2010.  

Case Studies: Innovative Approaches to the New Workplace

How are companies re-engineering their workplaces to accommodate the new world of work? What strategies are they using to engage employees both in the office and distributed around the world? Companies that want to be successful must consider more than physical spaces; they need solutions that incorporate their technology and people infrastructures; how do you facilitate networking and collaboration over distances that are physical and digital? This panel of senior HR leaders, led by Jeff Pon, CHRO of SHRM, will discuss their unique and creative approaches to re-imagining their own workplaces.  

Moderator: Dr. Jeff Pon, Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer, Society for Human Resource Management

Dr. Pon has co-authored and developed national HR standards with the Corporate Leadership Council, the National Academy of Public Administration, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Previous to SHRM, Dr. Pon was the President and COO of Futures Inc. Dr. Pon served as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U. S. Department of Energy. Dr. Pon earned his Ph.D in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1997.


Innovation in Action: The Downtown Project: Reimagining Las Vegas

From using shipping containers for workspaces, to creating urban gardens, to actively enticing companies to relocate to their downtown, the Downtown Project is architecting an environment that encourages people to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and collaborate, thus sparking innovation. Business leaders who’ve put down their stakes in downtown Las Vegas will give strategic insights into what works, and what doesn’t, in this first-of-its-kind initiative.  This lively panel will focus on the experiences of business leaders who've put down their stakes in downtown Las Vegas and will give HR leaders strategic insights into this innovative initiative.

Moderator: Amy Jo Martin, Founder and CEO of Digital Royalty 

Amy Jo, author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and Sports Business Journal. She and Digital Royalty have been featured in top-tier media outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN SportsCenter, USA Today, MSNBC and Newsweek. Martin also sits on the St. Jude Digital Board of Directors.


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