East BayProfessional Development

East Bay Forum Recap

Posted on: September 13, 2017

In recent years, many organizations have been relocating to new locations. As a result, these new neighborhood environments and local communities have been affected tremendously. While this movement creates more jobs and supports the local economy, it has created some challenges both at the local neighborhood community level, as well as in the work environment. How do these changes affect how we design space, with regards to accommodating different needs of a diverse workforce, combining lifestyle, culture, and belief systems? How does this create and/or challenge reinvention and empowerment?


On May 25, the East Bay City Center hosted a conversation around Designing for Empowerment. Firstly, our Keynote Speaker Janice Anderson from Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Diseases kicked us off. Janice was awarded Wardrobe for Opportunity’s Client of the Year for 2017. She captivated us with her inspiring life story. Next, we were fortunate to have Marlene Sironi from Inside Source, Ifasina TaMeicka L. Clear from Young Women’s Freedom Center and Jane C. Greenthal from Gensler join Mark Erickson from Interior Motions to discuss how they spark empowerment through design and the challenges that they face.


Mark Erickson did a wonderful job leading this discussion. I would like to thank The House, who graciously hosted us for the evening. And a very warm appreciation goes out to Sayo Seelenbacher, an Interior Designer at HOK and a member of the East Bay City Center, who worked very hard in the months leading up to the event to put together such a fantastic panel of impressive design professionals. I would also like to thank our Event Sponsor: Salas O’Brien and our Chapter Patrons (listed below) who supported this event. We really cannot put on these events without the support from our sponsors.


Thank you to our Chapter Patrons!

  • Mohawk Group
  • Allsteel
  • Bentley
  • DPR Construction
  • Herman Miller
  • Haworth/Haworth Collection
  • InsideSource
  • Interface
  • One Workplace
  • Pivot
  • RDI
  • Coalesse/Designtex/Steelcase
  • Tandus Centiva
  • Teknion
  • 3M
  • Allermuir
  • Crossville
  • GCI General Contractors
  • Gensler
  • Kimball Office
  • KBM/Hogue
  • OFS Brands
  • Shaw Contract
  • Stone Source
  • Atlas
  • CSG
  • DFM
  • Knoll
  • Mannington Commercial/Amtico
  • Milliken
  • SideMark
  • Staples
  • Todd
  • Siena
  • VCO

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