Workplace Innovation Summits


Full-day conference experiences featuring thought leadership on improving how & where we work.

The workplace is changing. Are you? Well-designed organizations and workplaces translate into higher productivity, happier teams, longer employee retention, and increased revenue. Now, more than ever, innovation is essential to economic success. We’re looking to the future and bringing together some of the most innovative thought leaders in the nation to help us shape the future of the workplace. Attendees will be treated to world class keynote presentations, deep dives into cutting edge project case studies, and the latest trends in workplace innovation!

Great news! Both Workplace Innovation Summits have been accredited by IDCEC for 6 CEUs each!


November 17 • 9:00am – 4:45pm • San Francisco Summit

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Keynote presentations, workshops, and live case study demonstrations — our presenters for the Workplace Innovation Summits will leave you inspired and ready to change your workplace strategy.

San Francisco


Case Studies

This year we’re diving deep into innovative workplace programs with case study presentations involving the multidisciplinary teams — you’ll hear the full story from the project background and challenges, to the design process and impact of the new design.

San Francisco Case Study: Publicis Groupe & Elkus Manfredi Architects

Publicis Groupe, the parent company of iconic marketing communication brands, has embraced a daunting strategic challenge: to make the skills of any employee available to any project. They decided to create a single workspace that could meet this challenge with employees of five distinct brands – DigitasLBi, SapientRazorfish, Sapient Global Networks, Publicis Re:Sources, and Publicis.Sapient, all sharing location, technology, talent, and inspiration.



  • One-Day Event Experience – hear from cross-disciplinary thought leaders through keynotes, workshops, and live case study presentations.
  • Insight Report – an annual report highlighting key insights from our Think Tank, thought leadership network, and events to help facilitate change in the workplace.
  • Experience the latest in Workplace Design – See the latest products and technology in Workplace Innovation
  • Networking with industry leaders
  • Breakfast, Lunch and a Cocktail Party

Who’s Coming

  • Business Leaders
  • Interior Designers
  • Architects
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Corporate Talent Recruiters
  • Workplace Consultants
  • Management Consultants
  • Facilities Management


Think Tank

We’ve gathered an amazing group of workplace innovation thought leaders participating in the Summits, including experts in real estate, business, interior design, architecture, corporate culture, organization design, human resources, talent management, and more.


Key Takeaways from the Workplace Innovation Summit

By Sam Aquillano

On November 3rd, the Center for Workplace Innovation at Design Museum Foundation, held its first annual Workplace Innovation Summit, a major gathering of thought leaders and experts representing over 100 companies from a variety of industries. The event took place at the newly renovated Innovation and Design Building in Boston, and was organized around the intersection of three high-level topics: culture, innovation, and the built environment. Continue reading…

Center for Workplace Innovation launches in Boston, tackling the design of how and where we work

By Justine Hofherr 

Only 35 percent of U.S. managers are engaged at their job, and Sam Aquillano, founder of the Design Museum Foundation, wants to change that. His plan? Inspire leaders to design better work environments with the brand new Center for Workplace Innovation, which launched this week in Boston alongside center partner Jamestown Properties. Continue reading…

Pining for the cubicle? Believe it.

By Katie Johnston

To mangle Robert Frost’s line about good neighbors, do good cubicles make good co-workers? Partitioned offices have long been reviled as symbols of soulless, one-size-fits-all corporate America.They’re the places where Dilbert Nation works. But a funny thing is happening as cubicles disappear from the workplace: People are longing for a space to call their own — even a small, drab one with fabric walls. Continue reading…

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