San Francisco Forums

Date: May 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allsteel Showroom

4 Maritime Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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San Francisco wraps up the 2018 IIDA Northern California Forums series on Wellness with the
San Francisco City Center hosting a final discussion. Join our esteemed panelists as they bring varying points of view on the definition of wellness and debate what it means to create an environment for holistic well-being and our role as designers.


Lisa Bottom
Vice President, Principal, Corporate Market Sector Leader, Buildings + Places

As a leader in Workplace design, Lisa leverages her extensive experience, broad project history, and network of resources in supporting her clients to achieve their goals. Her role as senior principal supports communication among the teams and achievement of the client’s goals.

Lisa has over 3 million square feet of space planning experience. She brings the best design and delivery practices to her projects, incorporating a high level of exibility and technology in response to evolving business practices and integration of ever changing technology. In 2014, Lisa was tapped to be a founding Leader of the Not-for-Profit Practice Area for Gensler. Ms. Bottom was named one of the “Most In uential Women in Bay Area Business” by the SF Business Times in 2011. She appeared as the Keynote Speaker for the Extendance IT/Workplace conference in 2014 held in Zurich, Switzerland, and more recently as a Speaker at the SpArc Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.


Mara Baum
Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader

Mara Baum AIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, is a Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader with HOK, where she co-leads HOK’s global health and wellbeing practice. Mara brings nearly two decades of experience in architecture, building science, urban planning, research, teaching and green building certification. A thought leader in design for health and wellbeing, she brings her clients insight into achieving healthier, happier and more productive building occupants and community members, while also achieving financial, environmental, and other goals. A WELL Faculty member and Fitwel Ambassador with teaching experience in both academia and industry, Mara brings high quality education and mentorship in all aspects of health and wellness certifications. She also holds the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) credential, enabling her to leverage research methods and outcomes to inform building design, operations and maintenance.

Mara holds a Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She is online faculty for Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Institute, where she teaches “Green Building and Health” and “Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities.”

Christina Banks
Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces

Once in college, Cristina realized workplaces could be a much better place for people. She attended graduate school in organizational psychology to understand how to change organizations so that jobs could be both economically and personally fulfilling. She continued to pursue an academic career researching organizations first at the University of Texas and then at UC Berkeley. At the same time, she began a consulting practice to understand how business really worked—how organizations made their money, what they cared about, how well they functioned, and how people fit into the picture of business success. For 40 years she watched and learned, questioned and pushed, and eventually saw the path forward. In 2013, she and a colleague created the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces. A research-oriented think tank at Berkeley tasked to aggregate all known science about health and well-being across disciplines and then create a new vision for organizations where employees enjoy their worklife, perform their best work, and build their health and well-being. Cristina leads an extensive array of highly talented researchers and practitioners in activities that fulfill the Center’s mission: collecting state-of-the-art knowledge across disciplines, convening experts to share their knowledge and “cross-pollinate,” conducting cutting-edge research projects, and advising business leaders and the public where improvements in health and well-being are necessary and can be implemented.

Becky Laden
Sr. Global Workplace Innovation Program Development Manager

Becky is accountable for driving innovations across Symantec’s globally diverse workplaces. Becky’s passion is to research and implement innovations that support workplace strategies related to amenities, specializing in unique employee programs around space, food, fitness and to create a great workplace. She looks at market industry trends, focused employee data, and company strategy to bridge gaps into cohesive solutions. With more than 17 years of experience in strategic planning and management of corporate real estate and capital projects, Becky’s forward way of thinking has helped lead to new, innovative spaces that push the envelope. She is an active participant and speaker at industry related events and has participated and overseen several award-winning projects.

Mark Strauss
Senior Strategic Advisor
International WELL Building Institute (IWBI/WELL)
Previous President/Publisher, Interior Design Magazine and Media

Mark Strauss is the visionary who drove the success of Interior Design Magazine and Media for more than twenty years. As our world was “re-designed” top to bottom, ID became the dominant voice and inspiration for professional interior design and architecture around the globe. With intimate knowledge of how design impacts people and organizations, he has the mission to firmly tie the power of great design to Evidence Based Human Well-Being. In this regard he serves as Senior Strategic Advisor to IWBI/WELL Building, already in twenty-eight countries and at the forefront of transforming real estate. Mark is a sought out speaker within and outside the design and real estate communities.

Mark sits on the Board of CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and has also served in advisory roles for USGBC and BIFMA, and is an honorary member of the IIDA, the International Interior Design Association.

Eligible for 1.5 CEU Credits

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