Workplace Innovation Summit

Join us for our annual Workplace Innovation Summit in the Northeast. Learn strategies for leading effective themes that are well-designed, engaging, and inclusive.

The Boston 2020 Workplace Innovation Summit explores leadership through the design thinking lens. Leaders and emerging leaders, in all industries, understand the importance of empowerment and inclusivity – so how can we design a better work environment for both our leaders and our team members? At this hands-on Summit, you will learn more about the critical qualities a leader should possess, how to hone those skills on an individual and organizational level, how to use design thinking to effectively shape your teams, and you will receive tools and content to share and educate others.

Let’s shape the future of the workplace, together. Early Bird tickets on sale now.

Learn more about our Center for Workplace Innovation


Nov 13 • 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Innovation and Design Building

19 Drydock Ave, Boston


Peter Cavanaugh
Ecosystem Transformation Leader, GE

Bryan Koop
Executive Vice President, Boston Properties

David Delmar Senties
Founder & Executive Director, Resilient Coders

Leigh Stringer
Managing Principal, EYP

Yulkendy Valdez
Co-Founder & CEO, Forefront

Victor Vizgaitis
Principal, Sasaki

Check back soon
for this year’s speakers!

Sponsored By

At the Summit I found my people – smart, committed people making things happen; a community.”

Janet Swaysland, Engagement Strategist, Bluefire Partners

Of all the workplace conferences I attend, this has been the best.”

Kerri McShea, Senior Strategist, HOK

I was on such a high from the event throughout the whole weekend. I’m so glad to be a part of this movement.”

Alfred Byun, Workplace Strategist, Gensler

Become a member to save $30-$50 on your Workplace Innovation Summit tickets — membership starts at just $5/month.


Business Leadership • 22%

Interior Design • 18%

Real Estate • 15%

Architecture • 14%

Workplace Strategy • 12%

Technology • 11%

Other • 5%

Academic • 3%

Title Address Description
19 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02110
19 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA


  • The Innovation and Design Building
  • 19 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA
  • We strongly encourage public transportation, as parking is limited at The Innovation and Design Building. The Silverline 2 bus stops at various points along Drydock Ave. 
  • Handicap parking is available right outside the front entrance. Please let us know if you need specific assistance in your arrival and we will accommodate you.

What To Expect

9:00-10:00am • Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitors

When you arrive check-in registration, then get some food and a drink and connect with other attendees. It’s a great time to network and meet new people while checking out the workplace innovation exhibitors.

9:00am-12:00pm • Speaking Program

Industry experts will present radical strategies, revolutionary case studies, and interactive workshops.

12:00-1:00pm • Interactive Lunch with Demonstrations

The audience will enjoy demonstrations from top technological, interiors, and resource exhibitors.

1:00-4:00pm • Speaking Program Continues

More presentations, workshops, and lightning presentations.

4:00pm • Networking Reception

Finish the day with drinks and snacks while mingling with your fellow Summit-goers.

Our annual Workplace Innovation Summits are the signature events of the Center for Workplace Innovation. Professionals across the workplace industry attend and connect including professionals in business, tech, design, HR, operations, facilities, education, and more. They hear from global thought leaders on what’s next in workplace innovation and leave with strategies they can implement in their own work.

2019 Summit recap

The 2019 event marked the 5th annual Workplace Innovation Summit. This year’s theme of “Transformational Technology” examined the pervasive technology that surrounds us in the workplace, how that technology is transforming the way we work, and impacting us as humans in the workforce.

While thought leaders led presentations from the stage, we learned about what it means to design and integrate accessible technology into our workplaces. Collectively, we stretched our thinking, explored new ideas, and stimulated conversation. The summit created a platform for those eager to explore the possibilities of integrating technology within their workplace, as well as those eager to simply find happiness in their work.

You don’t need to be a workplace experience expert to engage and enjoy this annual event. The Workplace Innovation Summit presented realistic and attainable solutions to improve the quality of workplace technology, ranging from natural light to virtual reality, from digital body language to the accessibility of remote work.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, partners, and volunteers for creating such a memorable and impactful experience for our guests attending the Workplace Innovation Summit. We can’t wait for next year’s Summit for more discussion and collaboration on this important topic.

Join us for the 2020 Workplace Summit on November 13, 2020, at the Innovation and Design Building — early-bird tickets are already available, reserve your spot!

Download the 2019 Summit Agenda