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FWA-NJ: Workplace Trends: One Size Does Not Fit All
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FWA-NJ: Workplace Trends: One Size Does Not Fit All


When: Thursday, November 1, 2018
From 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Where: Gensler
10 North Park Place, Suite 400
Morristown, New Jersey  07960
United States

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FWA-NJ: Workplace Trends: One Size Does Not Fit All


Within the office working environment, one size does not fit all in terms of the design and layout of the various functional spaces. Collaboration, productivity, relaxation/rejuvenation, health, natural light, small group/large group interaction, flexibility are some of the factors.

As stated in Gensler’s Dialogue, “In a rapidly changing business climate, the most successful organizations are adapting their workplace strategies to focus on the needs of people.”

Here are the 3 powerful things you’ll learn:

  • Workplace trends that focus on the physical and psychological needs of the people within a work environment for Financial Firms
  • Today’s employee expectations, especially Millennials, e.g., for collaborative work environments
  • Attracting and retaining talent in the context of company culture.



Dana Nalbantian photoDana Nalbantian,  Moderator
(Principal at Gensler’s Morristown office)

Dana Nalbantian, Associate, AIA is a Principal in Gensler’s Morristown office, with over 30 years of experience. She leads a studio of 20 employees, focused on repositioning existing buildings to increase ROI and attract and retain tenants. As a workplace design expert, she has completed more than 20 million square feet for clients including ADP, Connell Foley, and Marcus Partners, to name a few. She has honed a unique cross-disciplinary expertise between architecture and interior design that enables her to bring remarkable cohesiveness to her projects.

Dana was the President for the New Jersey Chapter Board of CoreNet between the years (2014-2016) and is currently Past President and on the Executive Board. She is also an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects and is on the Board of Trustees for NAIOP NJ. She has participated in panel discussions on industry trends, women leadership strategies and mentoring.


MaryAnne Spatola photoMaryAnne Spatola, Panelist

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Solix, Inc.  

Maryanne has over 20 years of extensive experience in the human capital area focused on talent management, executive coaching, strategy, leadership and organization development in financial services, information technology, education and professional services organizations. Her ability to combine academic theory with practical experience enables her to help organizations create innovative solutions with sustainable results. She is on the forefront of the rapidly evolving workplace trends and brings these insights into both her work and the classroom.

Maryanne is passionate about advancing the profession of human resources to become a business enabler and helping human resources professionals, at all levels, build the capabilities required for the new world of work. She accomplishes this by teaching at New York University, speaking at industry conferences, and actively participating on various advisory boards, professional associations and non-profit Boards.

Neil Grassie, Panelist
Global Head of Capital Projects and Head of Corporate Real Estate Services, Americas

Neil Grassie, is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience in Real Estate in a variety of global roles leading financial institutions such as RBS and Bridgewater. Neil has delivered large scale and complex headquarters projects across the world, introduced new ways of working and designed a variety of real estate operating models. He is currently in development with a variety of large scale projects for Barclays, such as Whippany, Houston, San Francisco, Pune, Chennai, Glasgow, London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Dubai.


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:15 pm Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:15 pm Panel Discussion

7:15 - 7:45 pm Networking

$25 FWA Members  | $40 Non-Members  |  Refreshments included 



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Special thanks to Gensler for graciously hosting this event.



This event is organized by the FWA-New Jersey Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc., with special recognition for Monica Griffith of Gensler.


About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 1000 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.


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 Reservations/Cancellations and Payments are required by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.


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