Speaker Series: “Office Culture – Step Outside the Cubicle”

Speaker Series: “Office Culture – Step Outside the Cubicle”
Event on 2015-04-10 12:00:00

Office culture, that ambiguous little catchall buzz phrase, has only recently become in-vogue with business.  Creating a successful office culture launches a productive, positive environment that compels employees to jump in to a passion for work, the heart to see projects to fruition, and the desire to become a pivotal piece of a company’s continued growth and success. Join us for a dynamic, interactive panel – we've brought in some terrific exemplars and leaders to share what works and what doesn't. Bring your team and share in the story telling!

The Panel 
Kelly Ennis, Managing Principal, The Verve Partnership
Kelly Ennis has been involved in the fundamental evolution of corporate interiors in a varying degree of project types over the past twenty years. With a full understanding of translating identity, business strategy and culture into interior spaces, her expertise is in nailing early on how these three points impact the workplace-from a planning and design standpoint. Her experience gives her the opportunity to translate extensively, the future of work, current and changing workplace trends and how those trends affect employee engagement, businesses and the environment.In 2009, as the sole and founding principal of The Verve Partnership, Kelly has self-funded and grown a design firm of one to a thriving firm of 12 in just five years. This has been done with grit, determination, amazing team members and amazing clients such as Penn Mutual Life Insurance, Under Armour, and MECU Bank, to name a few. Kelly is involved in many industry and non-industry associations where she has chaired committees, led round-table panels, rode over 1,000 miles benefiting Moveable Feast and created an event benefiting, via a scholarship fund, students of Interior Design and Architecture. She is a certified/licensed interior designer in many jurisdictions and holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Chris Mechanic, co-founder/CEO and Arsham Mirshah, co-founder and Technical Director, WebMechanix 
WebMechanix is a full service internet marketing agency that is dedicated to delivering snowballing ROI, wth a team of employees that includes innovators, technologists, and trail blazers who all share a passion for dreaming big in an industry that changes faster than underwear. Thier competencies span across all areas of internet marketing, including Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Conversion Optimization, Email Marketing, Automation, and more. With an emphasis on transparent reporting and client education, they deliver powerful results that will make your web presence grow. 

Steve Polo, Managing Partner. OPX Global
Steve is the Managing Partner at OPX, a design consultancy in Washington, DC. A recognized thought leader, speaker, panelist and educator, he has pioneered a new way of looking at organizations, sustainability and workplace productivity. Steve has infused the practice of design with his visionary thinking on improving business performance through the integration of people, tools, and place with business operations and strategy.

The Moderator

Jeffrey Cherry
Founder and Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab
CEO and Managing Partner, The Porter Group, LLC
Over the last 29 years Jeff has been a designer, CEO, educator, consultant and investor. He enjoys the
creative process, both from an artistic and organizational perspective. Currently he's bringing these divergent experiences together in order to help companies develop more conscious, purpose-driven business models; and to help investors build societal as well as financial value. He tries to bring right and left brain thinking to problem solving, business creation and investing ideas; hopefully asking better questions and using his expertise to make the lives of those around him more fulfilling and successful. 

As the CEO of The Porter Group and Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, Jeff is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism. The Porter Group is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage and growth-stage companies that are operating at the intersection of profit and purpose. The Conscious Venture Lab is an accelerator for these same types of business using the tenets of Conscious Capitalism® and societal purpose as the foundation for creating long-term sustainable value. With the Conscious Venture Lab as an emerging brand in this fast growing field, Jeff is also a frequently invited speaker on the topic of impact investing and new models of business. He has recently had the honor to present at The University of Maryland, The Darden School at the University of Virginia, Yale University, and Columbia University, The Booth School at the University of Chicago, Howard Community College and The University of Baltimore.

Jeff is a recovering NCAA DIII Football player, has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and currently studies Krav Maga, the martial art and self-defense system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).


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