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Breakout Session

Accessibility & Universal Design: The Return-to-Work Game Changer

Date SEPT. 22, 2022
Time 2 – 3:15 PM (CDT)
FeeIncluded in Registration

In this session, Ludmila Praslova, Linsey Smith and Elizabeth Beck will reframe the all-too-frequently asked question, “Why don’t people want to come into the office?” into: “What changes can be made that make people want to return?”

Praslova uses her extensive background as a professor of organizational psychology and as an organizational culture strategist and researcher to create inclusive and equitable workplaces, and will present recent work focused on supporting organizations in creating systems that welcome neurodiversity and disability and where everyone can thrive. Smith will share compelling, actionable insight gained from her work on Cushman & Wakefield’s Total Workplace Experience team, which collects and analyzes Experience per Square Foot™ 2.0 (XSF) data. A proprietary metric for measuring what was once considered unquantifiable, Experience per Square Foot™ has captured more than 6 million data points from 110,000+ workers in 100 companies around the world and sheds light on which employee groups are struggling the most – and why. Armed with those insights, Smith will demonstrate how organizations can optimize their return-to-office strategy and workplace design to drive employee engagement, development, and productivity. Beck will translate these insights into actionable, practical takeaways that can be smoothly integrated into CRE practitioners’ day-to-day operations across all disciplines. Together, Praslova, Smith and Beck will how CRE practitioners how they can leverage universal design to solve current challenges while future-proofing their short- and long-term strategies.

Speaker/Moderator: Elizabeth Beck, Director, Valuation & Advisory at Cushman & Wakefield – Atlanta, Cushman & Wakefield

Elizabeth Beck

Elizabeth Beck is a Director of Valuation & Advisory services at Cushman & Wakefield where she serves clients with both conventional appraisals and purpose-built consulting services. She possesses a robust background in customized research deliverables, annual reporting for REITs, market and feasibility studies of special purpose properties, and is heavily involved with disability justice and neurodiversity inclusion. As a founding member of Cushman & Wakefield's employee resource group for disabled and neurodivergent people and allies, she is committed to the collective liberation of all people from systemic and institutional barriers to their wellbeing both inside and outside of the workplace.


Speaker: Corey Hollemeyer, MA, MS, MA, MBA, PHR, Founder / Principal of Practical Inclusion

Corey Hollemeyer

Corey Hollemeyer, MA, MS, MA, MBA, PHR is the Founder / Principal of Practical Inclusion, a niche DEIB consultancy, specializing in neurodiversity inclusion in Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. She has several certificates and certifications including: Human-Centered Design Practitioner, Organizational Development Coach, and 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Coach among others. She is currently a doctoral student at Antioch University in their Leadership and Change program. She is a late-diagnosed autistic woman with chronic health disabilities and is the mother of two autistic children. She has been advocating for the employment of autistic and otherwise neurodivergent individuals for many years.


Speaker: Linsey Smith, Ph.D., Global Director, Total Workplace Research & Innovation, Cushman & Wakefield

Linsey Smith

Linsey Smith, Ph.D., is a Global Director of Cushman & Wakefield's Total Workplace Research and Innovation team. Her vast experience as a researcher and thought leader in the commercial real estate sector empowers clients to make data-driven decisions about their workplace strategy. Her expertise spans multiple industries including commercial real estate, foodservice, sports and entertainment, healthcare, business and industry, and higher education. In her role, she leverages her proven ability to conceptualize and execute innovative approaches to gathering qualitative and quantitative insight, then translating these insights into pragmatic and profitable business opportunities. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University, where she was a Fellow in Northwestern’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences.

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