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Over three years after its onset, COVID-19 continues to reshape how the world functions. Organizations across the globe must rethink how they function to keep stakeholders happy and engaged. As the future of work evolves, the design, real estate, and risk assessment and insurance sectors are all repurposing old models and innovating for the needs of the present and future. In the city of Chicago, organizations must reconsider how they invest in workspaces and secure their assets. As the Loop evolves to meet our changing needs: How can organizations adapt to keep employees engaged with in-person work? Should companies continue to invest in high-end real estate opportunities? What are the significant risks companies face today as they plan for their future in Chicago? How can companies best meet the needs of today while making secure, sound decisions for their future? How can the central business district be reimagined to innovate the office experience?

Join Exec Club and JLL on March 21, 2023 at Investing in Spaces & Building the Future where industry leaders will discuss innovations happening in the design, real estate, and risk insurance industries.

Members: Complimentary
Member Guests: $75
Non-Members: $150

Opening Session

The changes to work models and business practices brought on by COVID-19 are here to stay. Businesses around the world and in the city of Chicago are adjusting how they operate and design, real estate, and law firms as well as risk and insurance organizations must adapt to meet the new needs of clients, investors, their employees and other stakeholders.

What are the most pertinent business and legal trends in these sectors today? How can organizations adapt to keep employees engaged with in-person work? What do business leaders need to consider as they formulate strategic plans? How can Chicago’s central business district be reimagined to innovate the office experience? How have priorities shifted to meet the expectations and needs of now? What opportunities and challenges does this shift bring to businesses?

Gerald Chiddick

Midwest Regional Executive Distribution & Regional Management, Zurich North America

Todd Heiser

Managing Director, Gensler Chicago

Anastasia Herasimovich

Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Dennis Vicchiarelli

Managing Director of Research and Strategy, JLL

Eleanor Gorski, Moderator

Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Architecture Center

The Future of Corporate Real Estate and Workspaces Breakout Session

The pandemic left office spaces empty for months on end, with many companies still struggling to get employees back in their spaces. This is not without significant financial loss. Organizations are now left scrambling to determine how to get a return on their investment in commercial properties while balancing employee demands for remote and hybrid work models.

Now more than ever, companies must determine if having a physical office space is essential for business operations, company culture, and effective workflows to avoid major losses on real estate investments.

What is the right kind of office space to invest in for the future? What elements of design attract employees back to the office? How do companies ensure they are investing in design that is functional, cost-effective, and meets the expectations of employees? How can organizations assess their need – or lack thereof— for physical office space? Do the pros of investment outweigh potential risks and losses?

Joe Connell

Principal, Chicago, Perkins+Will

Brian Hungerford

Principal, Director of Architecture, OTJ Architects

Mike Lombardo

Managing Broker, Blue Star Properties

Suzet McKinney

Principal, Director of Life Sciences, Sterling Bay

Cheryl Durst, Moderator


Managing Risk in a Changing World Breakout Session

As the pandemic lingers, organizations must face the realities that come with the uncertainty of the future, including the risks that arise with investment in real estate and workplaces.

Office space and real estate investments cannot be fruitful without the right planning and protection. Global recovery and risk mitigation is vital for a continued return to normalcy, and companies must be cognizant of the most pressing risks that come with investing in assets.

How has the approach to risk assessment and asset protection changed in the wake of the pandemic? What can organizations do immediately to protect themselves and their assets? How can companies prioritize the risks they must mitigate? What are current innovations happening in real estate, and how can the new exposures and different risks that they may pose be managed?

Joe Macejak

Managing Director, Marsh

Gerald Chiddick, Moderator

Midwest Regional Executive Distribution & Regional Management, Zurich North America

Closing Session

When it comes to investing in and securing the future of the workplace and commercial real estate, organizations must consider how the ever-changing world affects their strategic planning. Strategic planning must go beyond determining opportunities for growth—companies must also consider how the future of work affects their long-term investment strategy in real estate and workspaces. Moreover, organizations must recognize that their investment in workspaces goes beyond fiscal commitment. Companies must leverage real estate opportunities to foster meaningful growth, promote inclusive and productive workplaces, and attract and retain talent.

How can an organization plan for the future of their workplace in this era of change? What are the key lessons learned through the pandemic? What steps can organizations take to meet the challenges of current and future workplace expectations? How can companies plan for growth while instilling flexibility and resiliency in their strategic plans to be prepared for the unknown?


John Means

Partner & Co-Founder of Real Estate Practice, McKinsey

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