WE Hub Mid-Atlantic Summit: Debunking Workplace Myths

WE Hub Mid-Atlantic Summit: Debunking Workplace Myths

Date(s) - 11/12/2019
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Spire, East Vista/VUE Space
750 First Street Northeast
Washington D.C, DC 20002
United States


How often do you hear a pronouncement about workplace design or culture and wonder if it really is true? Some seem counter-intuitive. Others might confirm personal assumptions or experience, but you’re just not sure…

The Mid-Atlantic WE Hub can help you debunk some of the most common myths out there. Join us for a half-day Summit that will give you the answers you seek. Based on constituent polling we have selected three current myths and will gather subject matter experts to discuss how those myths started, why they’re perpetuated, and what the real story is.

Join your WE Hub peers and colleagues from IFMA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapters in sifting the conflicting info and building consensus around issues that affect you every day. With distinct sessions utilizing a variety of interactive formats, we’ll engage in lively conversation and debate about the following three myths:

  • “Open offices are not effective environments.”
  • “You can’t measure productivity.”
  • “People need to be co-located for creativity and innovation to occur. Business outcomes are better when everyone comes to the office because remote employees are less engaged/productive.”

Spire is highly transit-friendly, walkable, and bikeable. Steps from Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet Metro. Onsite parking is available below the building with additional parking available on street level or at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE). Valet parking services are also available by request.


7:30 – 8:15am…Registration and Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30am…Welcome and Introduction
8:30 – 9:30am…Open Office Presentation (IDCEC CEU Accredidation Pending)
9:30 – 9:45am…Break
9:45 – 10:45am…Productivity Panel
10:45 – 11:00am…Break <
11:00 – 12:00pm…Remote Working Debate
12:00 – 1:30pm…Boxed Lunch, Networking & Further Discussion with Panelists

Breakfast & Lunch Provided – Contact Nicole Ventura for any questions: nicole_ventura@hermanmiller.com

Speaker (Open Office Presentation)
Cheryl (Pepmeier) Duvall
Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader at Gensler

Speaker (Open Office Presentation)
Janet Pogue McLaurin
Global Workplace Practice Leader at Gensler

Moderator (Productivity Panel)
Scott Brideau, CDT, LEED AP O and M
Studio Principal at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting