UNITE • Designing for the Gig Economy


July 12, 2018
7/12/18 6:30 pm - 7/12/18 8:30 pm


2018-07-1218:30:00 2018-07-1220:30:00 America/New_York UNITE • Designing for the Gig Economy Onset of the Gig Economy The modern workplace is changing. According to experts, in just two years, half of us could ... 1 Design Center Place, #514, Boston, MA 02110 Design Museum Boston info@designmuseumboston.org

Onset of the Gig Economy

The modern workplace is changing. According to experts, in just two years, half of us could be members of the so-called ‘gig economy’. In the gig economy, companies contract positions to temporary employees rather than create permanent jobs. To some, this change implies greater freedom. For others, the prospect of unstable income coupled with minimal face-to-face contact bodes a potential life of stress and alienation. What will this new world look like? How should we meet its challenges?

The Discussion

Our Summer UNITE panel will tackle the following questions:

  1. When employees are the most valuable resource at most organizations, how are employers reacting to this shift?
  2. What role does design play to tackle these challenges?
  3. How is the gig economy impacting our education system and student expectations?


Join us at KI Furniture, in their brand new showroom, on Thursday, July 12, for an evening of networking, drinks, and discussion of one of the most important changes in the modern workplace. Bring your own questions and contribute to this significant discussion.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; Discussion begins at 7:00 pm.

Moderator & Panelists

Emily Klein UNITE Moderator

Moderator: Emily Klein, Managing Principal, Flexwork Global

Emily has extensive experience in corporate strategy and organization development. She helps companies achieve success by designing strategic workforce initiatives that strengthen mobility across the enterprise, achieve cost avoidance and build high-performance teams. Emily has authored articles and books on the mobile workplace, workforce trends, enterprise collaboration tools, workspace redesign, evolving corporate cultures, and managing complex change.


Pat Petitti Panelist

Panelist: Pat Petitti, Co-Founder & CEO, Catalant

Pat Petitti is the co-founder and CEO of Catalant, the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent on demand. Catalant’s innovative human capital solution matches top business professionals with enterprises to tackle projects flexibly and efficiently. Prior to founding Catalant Patrick was a consultant at negotiation and conflict management consulting firm Vantage partners and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is Boston born and raised.



Victor Vizgaitis Sasaki Associates

Panelist: Victor Vizgaitis, Principal, Sasaki Associates

Victor is a Principal at Sasaki, leading a team of thinkers, disrupters, challengers, and innovators into the unknown in search of a solution only design can find. He’s a problem solver, seeking opportunities to prove the power of place and the impact of space. He and his team strive to make your workplace dreams a reality, no matter how wild and no matter how bold.


Trish FontanillaPanelist: Trish Fontanilla, Community and Customer Experience Consultant

Trish Fontanilla is a Community & Customer Experience Consultant. She previously held roles at various startups in Boston, including Head of Community & Customer Experience at Freight Farms, Global Director of Community at Startup Institute, and VP of Community & Customer Experience at Vsnap. Trish also works on creating Filipino cultural experiences through BOSFilipinos. In her spare time, she volunteers through Boston Cares and serves on the Young Leadership Board of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.


UNITE Panel Series

UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event, all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.


Become a member to attend this event for free • Membership starts at just $5/month