ULI Arizona Reshaping the Modern Workplace - Insights and Exclusive Tour


2021-11-30T15:00:00 - 2021-11-30T17:15:00

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    Gensler at the Esplanade 2575 E Camelback Rd Suite 175 Phoenix, AZ 85016 United States


    Standard Pricing Until November 30 Members Non-Members
    All Types $30.00 N/A


     The ULI Arizona Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and Young Leaders Group (YLG) invite renowned industry leaders to lead a discussion about transformative innovations that are shaping the return to work experience for a diverse public.  Hear about future trends, challenges and opportunities repositioning flexible space for employers, employees and customers to grow productivity and knowledge and to ensure we are prepared to match the ever-evolving needs and wants of today’s professionals and the future.

    Also, don’t miss out on this sneak peek at Gensler’s new office, a living lab model embodying a culture of collaboration and innovation. It was recently named by AZRE as one of the top 15 “Cool Places to work in Metro Phoenix.”

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event and space is limited so be sure to register early.  If interested in joining ULI, contact arizona@uli.org.  

    Following Gensler's office COVID protocol, all attendees MUST show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.  Thank you!   
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    Heather Personne

    Managing Principal, Evolve Ventures, LLC

    Heather Personne is a Managing Principal of Evolve Ventures, a regional real estate development and advisory group focused on adding value to all aspects of the real estate life cycle through a focus on the evolution of real estate to reflect a more consumer-driven experience. Heather has over 25 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, management and dispositions. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded the development of more than 100 retail, office, hospitality and multi-family properties throughout the western United States. Prior to co-founding Evolve, she held roles as a Principal with Point B Property Development, a Retail Partner with Phoenix-based commercial development and investment firm ViaWest Group and a Principal with Evergreen Devco, a regional retail and multi-family developer. Heather graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona Honors College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French. She is heavily involved with the Urban Land Institute, currently serving as Vice Chair for the Arizona District Council and Vice Chair/Founding Member of the National ULI Place Making Product Council. She is also a member of ICSC and the Arizona chapter of CREW. In addition to her professional commitments, Heather also participates on the alumnae board of the Phoenix chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and is a founding board member of the Roadrunner League of Boys Team Charity, a civic organization focused on encouraging philanthropic commitments among young adults. Heather resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Matt and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, snow-skiing and traveling.


    Mark Stratz

    Senior Vice President & Phoenix City Leader, Transwestern

    Mark serves as Senior Vice President and City Leader for Transwestern Phoenix and is responsible for growing operations, elevating client services, attracting new talent and creating new business opportunities. Mark and his team specialize in agency and tenant representation in office properties for both existing and ground-up developments thoughout the Metro Phoenix region. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Before joining Transwestern in January 2018, Mark’s 20-year career spanned two separate and distinct markets in Seattle and Phoenix, where he developed a unique and highly diverse perspective on the marketplace. He most recently served as Director in the office group at Cushman & Wakefield in Phoenix. In his more than 12 years with the firm, clients praised his creative and entrepenural approach. Mark has represented both landlords and tenants, advised property owners in site selection and dispositions, negotiated joint ventures, and provided leasing advisory services and strategic planning across multiple asset types. Mark previously worked at CBRE. Mark is co-creator of the FlagHi™ & FlagHi Pro™ golf apps, a patent-pending technology that calculates golf shot and carry distances based on changes in temperature, elevation and humidity. He is co-founder of 655 Maple LLC, which developed and markets the FlagHi products. Mark is passioniate about spending time with his family. He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters and live in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Mark craves adventure, and in his spare time you can find him participating in long distance cycling, climbing the many sky islands thoughout Arizona, hiking the Grand Canyon or playing golf. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Mark is an Advisor for CitySpots LLC, serves on the City of Phoenix Innovation District steering committee and at the Phoenix Community Alliance. He is a member of the Phoenix Cluster of CEOs for Cities. EDUCATION Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 1997 from Washington State University.


    Trisha Gardner

    Partner, EdgeQuarters

    After 5 years in corporate sales, Trisha began starting businesses of her own. She partnered with Audra Canfield to start EdgeQuarters’ sister company, Designer Fluff, in 2011. Her passion for business, customer satisfaction, and delivering superb products and services continues to fuel her. Trisha is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, where she completed a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing.


    Oscar De las salas

    Architectural Designer / Client Relationships, Gensler

    A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Oscar De las salas is an award-winning international architectural designer with more than two decades of experience with municipal and community development projects. Since 2017, he has served as Design Manager and Business Development Lead in the Gensler Phoenix office. Oscar completed his Master’s in Architecture and Interior Architecture at the University of Salamanca in 1998 and moved directly to Arizona to study the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. His European tenure allowed him to pursue internships in the EU within several European countries, and to work as an Interior Architect. During that time, he became the Visual Design Manager at large for the prestigious Italian interior design firm: Cassina. Oscar’s early career led him to serve as Project Architect, and as the Interior Finishes specification lead and field coordination superintendent for four U.S. Embassies around the world: Bolivia, Colombia, Singapore, and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Oscar’s work with the community in Arizona has developed into a variety of volunteering efforts with local charities, and by infusing his personal strategies for fundraising and using all his known talents. Helping to raise in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars He was recognized for his contribution to the community by the Arizona House of Representatives and in 2019, and June 29, his birthday, was declared “Oscar Day” by City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Oscar has served for 12 years as a member of the board of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), he is a board member with Friends of Phoenix Public Art and the Vice-Chair of the Urban Land Institute Arizona Chapter, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion committee.


    Nina Mullins

    Senior Director, Salt River Project

    Nina Mullins is the senior director of land and Papago Park Center Inc. at Salt River Project (SRP), the third largest public power utility in the country. She oversees the land department which provides real estate services to ensure the delivery of reliable, low-cost water and power to the Phoenix metropolitan area and to over one million power customers in Arizona. The land department also protects and advocates for the water and power assets operated by SRP. Prior to her current responsibilities she was the senior director of water customer services and focused on delivering a reliable, low-cost water supply to the valley through a system comprised of 131 miles of main canals. Nina’s responsibilities included managing the water delivery systems, water engineering, water sustainability and business development, water information technology, water transmission and communications, and customer and shareholder services areas. She has also managed electronic systems and was responsible for SRP's communication systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and system protection. Nina serves on the boards of directors for Child Crisis Arizona and the Rio Salado Foundation in Tempe, Arizona, and she is a graduate of Valley Leadership as well as a past president of the Gilbert Leadership Board. She was selected as a "Woman Worth Watching" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal and one of AZRE’s Most Influential Women. Nina holds a bachelor's from Northern Arizona University and a master's in business administration from Western International University.