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Humanity Work

Life Work Company Culture Conference October 17–18, 2017 501 Union, Brooklyn, NY


Brooklyn

Brought to you by Live Grey


Table of Contents

Welcome 4 Conference Schedule 8 Join Us in San Francisco 12 Creative Moments 15 Sessions, Day 1 19 Sessions, Day 2 35 Notes 48 Sponsors and Partners 57 Your Live Grey Life@Work Hosts 62

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Life@Work is one part company culture think tank and one part paradigm-shifting people leadership community. We are grateful to spend the next two days exploring Humanity@Work with you. Look around—you are part of a special group of people.

Welcome to our 2017 culture conference Life@Work

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I ask you to rigorously question and consider this: what will it take to more fully embrace our humanity at work? At Live Grey, this question drives and guides us in all we do. It informs our belief in the power of human connection, and fuels our work in the world. Since Live Grey is the heart of Life@Work, I’d like to share with you our manifesto—I hope it inspires you as it inspires us. Before you embark on this immersive two-day experience, I have one last request to make of you. At Live Grey, we believe in creating connection. And we believe that we are more than our titles. When meeting other attendees, we challenge you to abandon the classic ice-breaker of “what do you do?” and instead seek to open conversations from a deeper place.

What makes you come alive? What do you love most about what you do? What’s one thing you care about more than most people? Thank you again for coming—we treasure that you have taken this precious time to be with us.

Warmly, Brad Lande-Shannon CEO at Live Grey

Welcome

Here are some of our favorites:

PHOTO: WESLEY VERHOEVE

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The Live Grey Manifesto We believe in making work more human. Where aligned values are prized more than perks. Where vulnerability is the new resilience and listening is the new telling. Where empathy is prized over ego. Where our future leaders are both strong and tender. We support workplaces where it’s safe to bring your whole self to work every day. You can bring your immigrant self. Or your newly-divorced self. Or your gay self. Or your high school grad self. Or your quarter-life-crisis self. Because who you are = beautifully human. We know that an innovative culture increases brand valuation, that diversity has an ROI, that deeper team connection leads to enhanced productivity and fulfillment (because seriously, why don’t we measure that?). We believe that the personal and the professional are constructs as outdated as cubicles, that life is not black or white, either-or, but both-and. Life is Grey.


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Day 1 Schedule: Compassion and Purpose

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9 :0 0 —10 :00

Guest Arrival + Registration

10 :0 0 —10 :20

Welcome + Shared Agreements

10 :2 0 —10 :30

Mindfulness Moment led by Journey Meditation

10 :3 0 —11:45

Freedom and Fairness Fishbowl: Growth and Connection Through Difference P. 20

2 : 30 —3: 1 0

Integration with snack + refreshment service

12 :15—1:0 0

Real Talk: Culture at Uber P. 24 A short video of Liane Hornsey, CHRO at Uber, followed by a conversation with Jessica Bryndza, Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand at Uber and Brad Lande, CEO of Live Grey.

1:0 0 —2 :10

3: 1 5— 4: 4 5

Yoga at Work led by Lucy Lila Nelson of Integral

Yoga Institute

2 :2 5—2 :3 0

The Purpose Imperative

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A futurecast with Trace Cohen, CEO of 214

C H O OS E T WO O F T H E FO LLOW IN G B R E A KO U TS :

1 — Fundamental Human Needs and the Total Experience of Work with Herman Miller P. 28 2 — Why and How to Process Social and Organizational Grief with Wayfinding P. 30 3 — Fierce Collaboration with Runa P. 31 4 — Making Space for People with A+I P.32 4: 45— 5 : 00

Break

5: 0 0 — 5 : 4 5

Fostering Workplace Well-Being: Insights from Science and Practice P. 33

Micro-Choices: Creating Conditions for Inclusion and Humanity to Thrive P. 34 Two interactive presentations by Leadfully from SYPartners

Lunch

2 :10 —2 :2 5

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A conversation with Monica Pool Knox, Microsoft Enterprise and John Reid-Dodick, WeWork

A conversation facilitated by Gabriel Wilson, M.Ed. and Larissa Conte, with Obi Amachi, Solonje BurnettLoucas, Jules Ehrhardt, Mita Mallick, Desirée Rogers, and Ahmad Wright as participants. 11:4 5—12 :15

Building 100-Year Strategy for Culture

5: 45— 6: 1 5

Integration and Reflection

6 : 1 5— 6 :3 0

Closing Remarks

6 : 30 — 8 : 00

Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 17th

Tuesday, October 17th

The most transformational cultures combine compassionate leadership with organizational purpose. Exploring these themes is our experiential focus on Day 1.


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Day 2 Schedule: Integration and Practice

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9:00-10:00

Guest Arrival + Refreshments

10:00-10:10

Welcome + Grounding

10:10-10:15

Mindfulness Moment led by Journey Meditation

10:15-12:00

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE RE ADY:

2:45-3:25

An inquiry with Andy Fleming, Way to Grow, INC 3:25-3:40

Break

3:40-4:10

Your Culture is Your Brand P. 44 A conversation with Carrissa Menendez, Etsy and Mark Levy, Airbnb hosted by Lola Adesioye

Mars 2100: A Future of Work Simulation P. 36 12:00-1:20

CHOOSE TWO OF THE FOLLOWI NG B RE AKOU TS :

1 — Fundamental Human Needs and the Total Experience of Work with Herman Miller P. 37 2 — The Modern Practice of Gift-Giving in Employee Engagement with Incentive Concepts P. 38

4:10-5:10

1:20-2:15

Lunch

2:15-2:35

BROUGHT TO YOU BY CULTU RE AMP :

Building Culture-First Companies at Scale: A CEO’s Journey P. 41 2:35-2:45

Beyond Gender Equality P. 42 An exploration with Schuyler Brown, Sightful

The Art and Science of Culture: Reframing Work as Play P. 46 with Neel Doshi, Vega Factor

5:10-5:40

Culture lessons from leading CEOs P. 47 A conversation with Adam Bryant, NY Times and Khe Hy, Quartz At Work

3 — The Gig-Based Shift + The Future of Work with b*free P. 39 4 — Hiring with Humanity with Team Theory P. 40

How to Create An Everyone Culture P. 43

5:40-5:55

Closing Reflection and Integration: How do we bring Humanity back to work?

Wednesday, October 18th

Wednesday, October 18th

Learning is an embodied activity. We will put new concepts and perspectives into action on Day 2, bringing them to life so that you can add them to your toolkit.


ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

You’re invited to Life Work San Francisco

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Join us March 21—22, 2018 at The Pearl, San Francisco

The Bay Area is largely responsible for birthing our future through technology. This innovation requires radical thinking not only for design and technology, but also for organization design, teaming, and human capability development. Life@Work San Francisco is your chance to examine and learn from the bleeding edge of organizational and human development — its missteps, roadblocks, and leaps forward.

lifeatwork.co/sanfrancisco

Day 1  10:30—11:45

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Creative Moments

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Dalia Maltese Dalia has been a Licensed Massage Therapist and an Acupuncturist since graduating in 2003 from the New York College of Health Professions, where she was also a professor for 3 years. Dalia specializes in Eastern modalities, including shiatsu, Thai massage, and Tui Na, and is also well-versed in Swedish, reflexology, prenatal, and sports massage. Dalia is a master at her skill and still loves her career after 14 years.

Denitia Denitia is a singer, songwriter, and producer based out of Queens, NY. Hailed as “the epitome of soulful,” by The Fader, she is known for her work both as a solo artist and with the duo denitia and sene. In November 2014, Rolling Stone declared the duo one of their 10 New Artists You Need To Know. Their second full length album “love and noir,” was released in 2016, with the New York Times singling out Denitia’s “soulful vocals and the duo’s perfectionist production values.” Denitia’s solo project, Ceilings, released July 2017, mixes her trademark atmospheric electronic production with live instrumentation, earning comparisons to acts like Blood Orange, St. Vincent, and Beach House. Lead single “Waiting” was declared one of the “Best Songs of Summer 2017” by The Guardian, and the EP has been lauded by Pitchfork as “her most fully formed solo effort so far.”


Andrei Matorin

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, violinist and composer Matorin began performing professionally at the age of 15 and has since had the honor of being featured as a soloist at such prestigious institutions and festivals as The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and The MoMA. He’s played for such dignitaries as Oprah, Billy Joel, and General Colin Powell. While rooted in the classical and jazz traditions, his music is influenced by modern dance and grooves to create infectious new sonic landscapes often using sound effects and loops.

Shadenia Sivad

JLoucas Jeremy Loucas aka JLoucas is a record producer, recording and mixing engineer based in New York City. His past credits include working with such renowned artists as Iggy Pop, Scarlett Johansson, Johnny Depp, Dianne Reeves, Lulu Gainsbourg, The Boston String Quartet, Danilo Perez, Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding and many more. Recently he received a Grammy award for his contribution as engineer and producer of the last Terry Lynn Carrington album. He is also a part of the international electronic collective called N/UM. N/UM is a New York based Minimal, House & Techno influenced trio that incorporates stringed instruments, voices, analog synthesizers and drum machines in their sound. Each performance or recording is improvised, with no pre-composed songs, no plan or structure agreed upon.

Shadenia Sivad is a poet and songwriter, whose spoken word performances and poems are infused with a love of hip hop combined with social justice and activism. Shadenia considers herself “a child of the ghetto,” also the title of one of her most acclaimed poems. Under the artistic direction of George Faison and Rev. Rhonda Mclean-Nur, Shadenia has worked with The Respect Project, a youth theatre company which provides a forum for young people to share their voices and to address social issues of concern. Influenced by the late Maya Angelou as well as the rappers Missy Elliot and DMX and the late singer Nina Simone, Shadenia’s profound performances, wordcraft, intense delivery, and depth of feeling and perception will leave you shaken, stirred and wanting more.

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Sessions Descriptions

Day 1

Day 1  10:30—11:45

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Facilitators Gabriel Wilson Larissa Conte

Participants

Day 1  10:30—11:45

Obi Amachi Solonje Burnett-Loucas Jules Ehrhardt Mita Malick Desirée Rogers Ahmad Wright

Freedom and Fairness Fishbowl: Growth and Connection Through Difference Innovations in our internal perspectives and experiences are necessary to end oppression and ensure long-term positive change. Together, a group of diversity and inclusion experts and advocates will engage in conversation while practicing perspective taking, emotional intelligence, embodied awareness, interpersonal know-how, and creativity as facilitated by Gabriel Wilson and Larissa Conte.

Larissa Conte, Wayfinding Larissa​​Conte​is a leadership coach, rites of passage guide, and org transformation designer through her business, Wayfinding. She specializes in facilitating transformation and alignment across scales to foster power that serves. With deep experience in the energetics and mechanics of transformation, Larissa helps clients develop inner listening, shed what no longer serves, and navigate from their center, so they can more skillfully steward creative energy in their life and companies. Her work weaves 10+ years of experience in the diverse fields of leadership coaching, organizational culture consulting, ecosystems science, ceremony design, and holistic healing. She’s worked with hundreds of leaders across startups and the Fortune 100, and is based in San Francisco.

Obi Amachi, Inclusion Ventures Gabriel Wilson, M.Ed, Developmental Design Gabriel Wilson (M.Ed), Founder & CEO of Developmental Design, is a leadership coach and organizational culture consultant, with a speciality in diversity and inclusion efforts. His work takes us to the intersection of social justice and purpose-driven enterprises, design thinking, human psychology and group dynamics. Through his Freedom and Fairness Initiative, he explores the application of integral facilitation and theory to the field of diversity and inclusion. He is a practitioner of meditation in the Zen lineage through the Two Arrows Zen Center. Gabriel is bi-racial and bi-cultural, born to an African-American father and Brazilian mother. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now lives in the Bay Area.

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Dr. Obi Amachi is a coach, trainer, inspirational speaker, and psychologist who brings out the best potential in his clients. Sought after for his interactive workshops and his management and leadership coaching, Obi works with individuals, teams, and organizations to increase individual capacities and lead to measurable cultural shifts. His coaching engagements address core leadership skills, managing potential leadership “derailers,” and assisting staff to overcome self-limiting beliefs about self and others. He has coached individuals in organizations such as Presidio, Grounded Solutions Network, The James Irvine Foundation, Garces Group, and Kresge.

Solonje Burnett-Loucas, Live Grey Solonje produces Life@Work and focuses on Live Grey’s Inclusion strategy. Solonje began her career in nonprofit fundraising and event producing, and has worked with many organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, the Harlem School of the Arts, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. She founded Den Entertainment in 2012, a boutique firm specializing in culture curation while providing the total package for independent artist management, as well as special event production and publicity. Solonje is a singer, performing solo as Solie, and with rock band Exhibition. Solonje serves on Pineapple Co’s D&I committee and is a political activist.

Day 1  10:30—11:45

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Jules Ehrhardt, Pledge for Parental Leave Jules Ehrhardt spent eight years at the heart of digital product studio ustwo in an ownership and business architect role, where he helped establish the global reputation of the studio and forge their blended model of consultancy, own-IP and venture based work. While at ustwo he founded the Pledge Parental Leave movement. Jules is an angel investor in and advisor to early stage technology companies. Jules is currently building his next venture, BeCause, a mobile first fundraising platform targeting the new generation of charity donors. Over a period of eight years Jules lived and worked on 4 continents.

Desirée Rogers, Choose Chicago

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Desirée Rogers is an influential, results-oriented business leader. Through her keen business acumen and unique background, she has reinvented business models and changed the growth trajectory of multiple organizations. Her expertise has focused on developing efficient operations and expertly delivering to audiences and consumers. Her strong interpersonal, collaborative, and diplomatic skills have resulted in successful accomplishments in business, civic leadership, and philanthropy. She is a high-profile speaker, frequently quoted in local and national media.

Day 1  10:30—11:45

Ahmad is an Assistant Dean and Associate Director with BEAM, Stanford Career Education. In his role with Stanford, Ahmad helps underrepresented students in breaking down barriers, shattering glass ceilings, and being boldly authentic in achieving the most for themselves in all spaces where they venture out, whether those spaces are ready or not. Ahmad’s professional experience includes a combined 12 years of work in higher education and the recruiting industry. Prior to his time at Stanford, Ahmad spent 6 years in academic advising at his alma mater UC Berkeley, where he earned both his M.A. in Education and B.A. in Sociology.

Mita Mallick is the Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion for Unilever North America. Previously, she was a Senior Brand Manager in the Skin Division for Unilever North America overseeing the U.S. Body Care Portfolio (including Vaseline, Suave and Dove Body Lotions.) Mita was a “Maker” Awardee in 2016. She was also on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily. Mita has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Duke University, Mita resides in Jersey City with her husband and two young children.

“I like to analyze every situation through a new set of lenses, thinking of ways to bridge the gap between today and what is possible.” —Desirée Rogers

Day 1  10:30—11:45

Ahmad Wright, Stanford Career Education Mita Mallick, Unilever


Real Talk: Culture at Uber A short video of Liane Hornsey, CHRO, Uber followed by a conversation with Jessica Bryndza, Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand, Uber and Brad Lande, CEO of Live Grey on the realities of leading amidst chaos.

Day 1  12:15—1:00

Liane Hornsey, Uber Liane Hornsey is Chief Human Resources Officer at Uber Technologies, Inc. She leads efforts in scaling Uber’s entrepreneurial, start-up culture across more than 60 global offices. Previously, Liane was the Chief Administrative Officer & Operating Partner of Softbank, where she helped a number of portfolio companies hire diverse and high performing employees. Liane also spent nearly a decade at Google, where she led People Operations for Global Business, and became Google’s first female Vice President in HR. During her Google tenure, she grew and inspired some of the largest teams across multiple offices. Liane is the proud mom of two children, and regularly runs half marathons.

Jessica Bryndza, Uber

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Jessica Bryndza is Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand at Uber. Her team is dedicated to helping answer the questions “Why should I work at Uber?” and “Why should I stay at Uber?” Jessica is obsessed with bringing people together, telling stories and creating experiences for humans on behalf of some of the best companies on the planet; Uber, Google, SoftBank, American Express, SoulCycle and Estee Lauder. A leader with (lots of ) years of B2B and B2C experience, Jessica has helped redefine the way Fortune 500 companies develop brand marketing strategies and campaigns as they constantly seek to connect with their customers (and employees) through stories, live and digital experiences and cultural moments. Jessica lives in Mill Valley with her partner Zach and her twins, Sofia and Jordan. She is also obsessed with Prince and has an unhealthy sneaker addiction.

Brad Lande, Live Grey As CEO of Live Grey Brad is responsible for bringing together and supporting leaders who are developing themselves and their people through work. He is dedicated to making work a place of refuge, connection, and growth. He has a passion for entrepreneurial innovation and mission-driven companies, as well as twenty years of experience building world class teams. Prior to Live Grey, Brad was a GM at Birchbox. He has also worked as a technology strategy consultant at Accenture, as a Partner at Olivia, co-Founder and CEO of mPowered Solutions - which was then sold to Lookbooks Media, where he became the President.

Day 1  12:15—1:00

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The Purpose Imperative This short talk will be a futurecast predicting what a truly purpose led organization looks like across a 360° lens of the organization. Trace Cohen, 214

Day 1  2:25—2:30

Trace Cohen is CEO of 214, a brand and creative agency whose purpose is to Amplify Your Why. Trace has been telling brands’ stories online since her tenure at Wired Magazine and launching Levi’s first website in 1995. She led content strategy at Razorfish, digital strategy at Publicis. and global digital marketing for BlackBerry. Looking for more meaningful stories to tell, she joined 214 to focus on purpose-driven marketing by building a new kind of agency at the forefront of the burgeoning purpose revolution.

Building 100-Year Strategy for Culture

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A hosted conversation between Monica Pool Knox, Head of Global Talent Management at Microsoft Enterprise and John Reid-Dodick, Chief People Officer at WeWork. Monica Pool Knox, Microsoft Enterprise Monica Pool Knox has responsibility for leading Microsoft’s global efforts to evolve the culture through optimizing talent across the company’s 120,000 employee base. Her primary areas of focus include developing the company’s strategy and approach for driving Strategic Talent Planning across the organization and increasing global talent movement to enable employee development and succession plans. She also leads initiatives focused on creating talent solutions that enable optimal leverage of employee capability as well as ensuring the company’s talent management solutions reflect current talent trends through the Future of Work. Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was based in San Francisco where she led human resources for Global Sales and Brand Strategy.

John Reid-Dodick, WeWork As Chief People Officer of WeWork, John helps the company deliver its mission to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. John previously served as chief people officer at Dun & Bradstreet and at AOL. He has held senior HR roles at Reuters in New York and London. A lawyer by training, John graduated from Harvard Law School. He holds a Masters degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Political Studies. John is married to his high school sweetheart, Darlene, and they have three children.

Day 1  2:30—3:10

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Fundamental Human Needs and the Total Experience of Work with Herman Miller By applying a deeper understanding of what makes us human, we can help create workplaces that deliver more natural and desirable experiences of work for people and help organizations achieve greater outcomes. This session will explore six fundamental needs that all people share, and spark discussion on intrinsic and actionable links to the total experience of work. A breakout session facilitated by Erinn Cerreta-Bartko and Joseph White of Herman Miller.

Erinn Cerreta-Bartko, Herman Miller Using a strategic combination of meaningful data, human insights, and a proven placemaking framework, Herman Miller’s Performance Environments Group partners with clients to offer custom solutions for the total experience of work. Erinn has an extensive background of 18 years, providing consulting services to federal and corporate clients in the form of design, programming, space planning, relocation management, occupancy evaluations, installation and change management. Her career includes project and program management experience on large scale ventures within the federal government, commercial and service sectors. Erinn has been with Herman Miller since 2007. Areas of expertise include change management, program/ project development, management and implementation, design management and design process development, strategic planning and workplace strategy.

Joseph White, Herman Miller Joseph is a weaver. In work and craft, he joins disparate elements into coherent constructs. In work, he serves as Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management for Herman Miller. In this capacity, he links Herman Miller’s point of view on work to the process of placemaking and managing the human dynamics that bring those places to life. In craft, he is a self-taught hand weaver, compelled by color, texture, rhythm and the beauty of simple machines. From the start Joseph’s career has focused on the interplay between human behavior and design. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, his studies gravitated toward human-environment interactions, nonverbal communication, and color theory. He expanded his professional capabilities from this academic core with one fundamental belief—everything is connected. His keen sense of awareness, inquisitive approach, and meticulous manner play into a design strategy reaching beyond aesthetics to make meaningful impact on a cognitive and emotional level.

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Breakout Session 1

Brought to you by Herman Miller

Day 1  10:30—11:45

Day 1  3:15—4:45

Breakout Session 1

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A breakout session facilitated by Larissa Conte of Wayfinding.

The combination of “fierce” and “collaboration” might seem like a total contradiction, but this session is all about breaking apart contradictions and looking at what is beneath the surface. Using lessons from the native cultures of the Amazon we experiment with how to bring deeper pieces of ourselves into our shared spaces.

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Breakout Session 3

Breakout Session 2 Day 1  3:15—4:45

Larissa Conte, Wayfinding (Bio on p. 21)

The future of work requires that we excel at addressing organizational tensions, and yet workplaces commonly avoid dealing with emotions, particularly grief. Unprocessed grief has significant effects on people and systems whether it originates from internal changes—like layoffs, leadership changes, or an M&A—or from world events. In this interactive workshop, Larissa Conte will share about how grief affects systems, why we avoid it, and how creating space for grief fuels organizational wellbeing. She will also lead the group in a grief ritual to model tools that participants can take back to their own organizations.

Fierce Collaboration with Runa

A breakout session facilitated by Tyler Gage of Runa.

Tyler Gage, RUNA Tyler Gage is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler started RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador. With over 70 employees and 15,000 stores selling RUNA beverages in the US and Canada, RUNA has grown in to one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur.” His new book, “Fully Alive” was released August 2017 by Simon & Schuster.

Day 1  3:15—4:45

Why and How to Process Social and Organizational Grief with Wayfinding

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Breakout Session 4

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Making Space for People The session will focus on how the A+I practice took the unexpected turn from architects building office space into a consultancy specializing in cultural shifts in communities and institutions. Through two case studies, Brad and Dag will discuss the tools of discovery, and design that resulted in social and cultural transformations for A+I clients. The second part of the session will be an engaging discussion taking the audience on their own little piece of discovery about envisioning environments and the leverage that relationship can have on behavior. A breakout session facilitated by Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger of A+I.

Brought to you by Leadfully from SYPartners

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Fostering Workplace WellBeing: Insights from Science and Practice Mental and emotional well-being programs that teach presence, resiliency, compassion and more are growing in popularity. But what does the latest neuroscience and behavioral science teach us? And what are practitioners learning? In this session, we’ll unpack scientific insights and connect them to specific approaches—providing tangible practices to try at your company.

Day 1  3:15—4:45

For the past twenty years, A+I founders Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger have been investigating the dynamics of workplace, retail and development projects in New York City. They lead their office of 65 multidisciplinary designers through challenging projects for influential companies and brands like Squarespace, Tumblr, Horizon, and many others . Their award-winning spaces are on the cutting edge of thoughtful, well-researched and meticulously designed environments. Brad and Dag are alumni of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.

Steve loves helping leaders and businesses learn, evolve and grow. As a President, he focuses on two areas for the transformation company SYPartners: our Individual Transformation Practice — concentrating on behavior change, personal well-being, and leadership development; and Digital Products — covering our platform businesses (Leadfully and Unstuck), innovation consulting, and digital tools initiatives. He is also Founder of Alder Growth Partners, a Partner with Capital Factory, a Mentor at Techstars, and a Board Director for the Sustainable Food Center. Previously, Steve served in executive roles for software startup teams that produced four exits via two IPOs (DMD & MOTV) and two acquisitions (Pluck and iChat). Steve holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and along with a BS in management from Binghamton University. A father of three boys, he spends a good deal of his time outdoors with family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX.

Day 1  5:00—5:45

Steve Semelsberger, SYPartners Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger, A+I


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Brought to you by Leadfully from SYPartners

Micro-choices: Creating Conditions for Inclusion and Humanity to Thrive People can’t bring their full talents and skills to transformative work if they don’t feel included or that they belong. We’ll evaluate small moves we make every day, and consider how changes to everyday behaviors can better unleash your team’s full human potential.

Sara spent her first 7+ years at SYPartners working with clients to define and enact bold visions and strategies. Leveraging what she learned about transforming companies and cultures, Sara currently heads up Leadfully, a new product from SYPartners that’s designed to help emerging leaders go beyond managing what is known to leading into the unknown. Sara holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from ESADE Business School.

Dacia Faison Roe, Leadfully A self-proclaimed risk-taking, failure-embracing, rabble-rouser. Dacia [day•sha] has committed to liberating the heroic spirit of leaders everywhere. She’s spent two decades developing learning programs inside organizations. Making leaders, and their people, better, bolder, and more badass. In April 2017, she brought her blend of humanistic leadership, innovative learning design, and creative courage to Leadfully by SYPartners as their Director or Leadership, to help make an impact on leaders everywhere.

Day 2

Day 1  5:00—5:45

Sara Kalick, Leadfully


Brought to you by The Ready

Brought to you by Herman Miller

Mars 2100: A Future of Work Simulation

Fundamental Human Needs and the Total Experience of Work with Herman Miller

Day 2  10:15—12:00

Aaron Dignan, The Ready Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, and previous founder and CEO of Undercurrent. For the past eight years, Dignan and his teams have been studying the fastest growing, most profoundly impactful companies. Aaron is a consistent voice of reason and vision in the modern org design movement. As a transformation partner, Dignan has advised the leadership at global brands like GE, American Express, Hyatt, PepsiCo, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Motor Company and others on their future in an increasingly technophilic world. He is the author of Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success (Free Press, 2011).

By applying a deeper understanding of what makes us human, we can help create workplaces that deliver more natural and desirable experiences of work for people and help organizations achieve greater outcomes. This session will explore six fundamental needs that all people share, and spark discussion on intrinsic and actionable links to the total experience of work. A breakout session facilitated by Erinn Cerreta-Bartko and Joseph White of Herman Miller.

Erinn Cerreta-Bartko, Herman Miller (bio on p. 29)

Joseph White, Herman Miller (bio on p. 29)

Breakout Session 1

In this immersive simulation, participants role play as founding citizens of a new society on Mars. As they navigate critical decisions for building a community that can thrive in the harsh conditions, they experience the discomfort of uncertainty and get an opportunity to try on and practice new ways of working. Takeaways from the experience include new perspectives on decision making, communication, and understanding organizations as complex systems.

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Day 2  12:00—1:20

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The Modern Practice of Gift-Giving in Employee Engagement with Incentive Concepts In this session we explore how to intentionally structure incentive-programs, gift-giving, and experiences to recognize and reward employees with meaning. We celebrate how to elevate the human experience by engaging the senses at work and increasing employee engagement.

Day 2  12:00—1:20

A breakout session facilitated by Brian Rivolta.

Brian Rivolta, Incentive Concepts Brian Rivolta is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Incentive Concepts. Recently named by Incentive Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in the motivation industry, Rivolta leads industry relations, new business development, sales, marketing and events for Incentive Concepts. He has been responsible for expanding experiential onsite gifting concepts, adding new brandlines to Incentive Concepts’ portfolio, and spearheading the company’s Workplace Solutions efforts. According to Rivolta, “Incentive Concepts is known for delivering the best, better. We develop partnerships with sought-after brands and provide the best service and solutions for our customers’ ever-evolving needs.” When he’s not playing chauffeur for his son, you might find him playing hockey, soccer, or golf. He has a life-long passion for horseracing and is the owner of champion thoroughbreds. Rivolta is a passionate supporter of Window World Cares and assists in planning their annual trivia night to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Gig-Based Shift + The Future of Work with b*free

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Why is an estimated 50% of the U.S. labor-force joining the freelance, independent economy by 2020? In this co-created interactive experience we’ll explore new ways of approaching how to be free based on b*free’s theories, experiments + practice in evolving the way we work for greater individual and collective sustainability, well-being + freedom.

Breakout Session 3

Brought to you by Incentive Concepts

A breakout facilitated by Nita Baum.

Nita Baum, b*free Nita Baum founded b*free in 2013 after nearly a decade consulting to large US and global non-profit, business, education and government clients. b*free is a community for freelancers which unlocks the transformative potential of contract-based work, and connects with organizations evolving with the undeniable needs of a changing workforce. Nita graduated from Columbia University and George Washington University School of Business, holds certifications in conflict resolution/mediation, holistic health coaching, and therapeutic yoga.

Day 2  12:00—1:20

Breakout Session 2

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Brought to you by Team Theory

Hiring with Humanity with Team Theory Today’s most innovative companies are reshaping our future. How we work and how we live is evolving — and yet for many of today’s companies (even those leading innovation) hiring is still largely approached like it was fifty years ago. In this session we invite you to think differently about hiring. Join us as we bring a set of design constraints to the everyday interactions we have with candidates in an effort to explore how we can create a more meaningful and mutually beneficial experience in the everyday processes of hiring.

Day 2  12:00—1:20

A breakout facilitated by David Osborne David Osborne, Team Theory David Osborne is the founder and CEO of Team Theory, who helps growing companies make hiring a human oriented, effective, and pain-free process. He draws on his prior experience working with teams at the Gates Foundation, NYC Department of Education, the Obama Campaign in his daily work with the leaders of mission-driven startups. He is endlessly excited about the possibilities of what people can achieve when they work together. When heís not working, he enjoys growing and challenging himself as part of a triathlon club in Brooklyn. And when he needs a break from humans, he enjoys spending time with his cat, Eddie.

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Building Culture-First Companies at Scale: A CEO’s Journey What does it mean to be a culture first organization and how do you remain intentional about it while growing? Join Co-Founder and CEO Didier Elzinga to learn how he is tackling these questions at Culture Amp. Didier Elzinga, Culture Amp Didier Elzinga is the CEO and founder of Culture Amp —the world’s leading culture Analytics platform. He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a leading Hollywood visual effects company) and founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award). He is a non executive director at The Atlassian Foundation and The Alfred Research Foundation. He presents widely on culture and creativity and what it takes to build a culturefirst company in both Australia and Silicon Valley.

Day 2  2:15—2:35

Breakout Session 4

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Beyond Gender Equality How integrating the feminine principle is the most subversive and smart thing we can do now to restore balance and harmony to our organizations, promote healing on the planet, and stimulate creativity.

Day 2  2:35—2:45

Schuyler Brown, Sightful Schuyler is the founder and principal of Sightful, which provides insight and strategy to create conscious companies and support visionary leaders. She has been called a “brand therapist” and brings a supremely human touch to clients like Microsoft, Discovery Channel, Toyota, and others. She leads retreats around the world on the integration of the feminine in leadership. Schuyler teaches in the Design for Social Innovation masters program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, and is a founding member of the NYC chapter of Conscious Capitalism. She graduated from the University of Virginia.

How to Create An Everyone Culture

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Using adult developmental psychology from Robert Keegan’s team at Harvard, ‘An Everyone Culture’ explores real world applications of this work in organizations. Andy Fleming of Way to Grow INC discusses these case studies. Andy Fleming, Way to Grow INC Andy Fleming is CEO and Founding Principal of Way to Grow INC, the intellectual home and practice ground of the Deliberately Developmental Organization™. Along with 25 years of corporate and consulting experience at leading companies, Andy brings unique insight, ability, and commitment to helping individuals and organizations flourish. Andy received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and studied at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. Andy has authored two books (Getting Ahead Without Losing Heart, and Backing Down the Ladder). He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.

Day 2  2:45—3:25

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Your Culture is Your Brand A conversation with Carrissa Menendez, Etsy and Mark Levy, Airbnb hosted by Lola Adesioye.

Day 2  3:40—4:10

Lola Adesioye, Adesioye Agency Lola Adesioye is a British New York-based writer, commentator and broadcaster. Her opinion, commentary and features on UK, US and African social, political and cultural issues have been published in a number of international publications including the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Economist, the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, Forbes Africa, The Independent, and many more. She also regularly provides opinion and commentary for TV and radio such as Sky News, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post Live, the BBC, CNN, BET, MSNBC, and Channel 4 News. She has a particular interest in the contemporary black experience, class, gender, race and race-related issues.

Mark Levy, Airbnb

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Mark is a seasoned, globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and interests of a company’s employees. He has worked with the likes of Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris, France for Thomson/Technicolor. Mark, who is currently leading the Employee Experience of a recent acquisition, Luxury Retreats, pioneered the creation of the Employee Experience team at Airbnb, which has created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at broadening the HR function.

Carissa Menendez, Etsy Carrissa Menendez is Etsy’s VP of People and Workplace. She is responsible for leading Etsy’s global People team, including talent acquisition and management, learning & engagement, workplace, HR systems, along with the compensation & benefits teams. Since joining Etsy in 2013, Carrissa has held several roles of increasing responsibility and has scaled our global HR operations processes. Before Etsy, Carrissa advised numerous companies and senior executives on a wide range of compensation and strategic HR matters, as a consultant and also in-house through her roles at Golub Capital, AIG, and DolmatConnell & Partners (acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.). She began her career in finance with tenures at both State Street and Brown Brothers Harriman.

Day 2  3:40—4:10

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The Art and Science of Culture: Reframing Work as Play

Culture lessons from leading CEOs

High-performing cultures can’t be left to chance. In this session Neel Doshi explains the counterintuitive science behind legendary cultures, building on over a century of academic thinking, and teaches you how to build great cultures using a systematic and sustainable approach.

A conversation with Adam Bryant, NY Times and Khe Hy, Quartz At Work. Adam Bryant, New York Times Adam Bryant conducts interviews with chief executives for Corner Office, a weekly feature about leadership and management that he started in 2009. In 2016, Bryant was named editorial director of NYT Live, The Times’s global conference enterprise. Bryant is the author of “Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.” His first book, “The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed,” was a New York Times best-seller. Bryant has had many roles at The Times, including deputy editor in the Science department, business reporter, deputy business editor, deputy national editor and senior editor for features. He is also a former senior writer and business editor at Newsweek magazine.

Neel Doshi, Vega Factor

Day 2  4:10—5:10

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Neel Doshi is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Primed to Perform, and the co-founder of Vega Factor, a firm dedicated to ending low-performing cultures. Previously, Neel was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, and the CTO of Genesant Technologies and Technology Director of Finance. com. Neel earned his Bachelors in engineering from MIT and his MBA from the Wharton School.

Khe Hy, Quartz Khe is the creator of RadReads and Quartz’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. He spent 15 years in the financial services industry researching hedge fund investments. From 2007-2015 he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he oversaw the New York Research Team. Khe left Blackrock in 2015 to explore projects focused on introspection, generosity, and community. RadReads emerged out of the desire to answer the question “What does it mean to live a fulfilled life?” RadReads has expanded to include keynotes, executive coaching, and digital video. Khe has spoken at BlackRock, Northwestern Mutual, Knight Capital, IEX, TEDx and Yale University. The newsletter has over 15,000 subscribers and is comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, academics and change makers.

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Our Sponsors & Partners

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Our Sponsors Rollcrew   Rollcrew is a media company that takes a unique approach to help formulate your authentic brand Culture. We help you optimize both talent and business results by connecting purpose, vision, organizational voice and values to external brand and logo. From there we are able create media assets from your business website and careers page to communicate crafted messaging through film, photography, and animation. Rollcrew gets to know you, your brand, and your mission in order to activate your brand culture and give you the most engaging media. Let’s get rolling. Culture Amp   CultureAmp is the world’s most powerful employee feedback and analytics platform. Culture Amp makes it easy to collect, understand and act on employee feedback. Improve the engagement, experience and effectiveness of every employee. Request a demo at CultureAmp.com The Ready   The Ready is an org design and transformation partner that helps you change the way you work. As the world has become increasingly complex and uncertain, traditional ways of working and organizing are holding us back. Every institution now faces the daunting challenge of reinventing themselves as a thriving adaptive network fit for the 21st century. Herman Miller   Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman

Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index ten years in a row, was named a 2016 Top 100 Healthiest Employer, and has earned numerous global sustainability awards. Incentive Concepts  Incentive Concepts makes business better by helping companies reward their employees and their customers — positioning brands in an environment of integrity and reward — and creating a culture of loyalty that strengthens the bottom line while growing business. Incentive Concepts markets, sells, and distributes highly desirable merchandise and creates the perfect experience to deliver corporate gifts. Journey Meditation   Journey was designed with simplicity in mind. We’re here to make meditation approachable, accessible and relevant to your life. We’ve developed this practice to bring happiness and peace of mind to every person on earth. We increase productivity, employee health, and retention through our corporate classes. SYPartners  SYPartners is a transformation company—helping individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations become the best versions of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. For more than 20 years, we’ve worked with executive teams at companies including Starbucks, IBM, Facebook, Apple, Target Corporation, and Nike, and alongside leaders tackling the toughest issues of our time—education, race, health care, gender equality. In addition to our consulting practice, we

Our Sponsors & Partners

A special thanks to our sponsors and partners who help make this gathering possible. Here is a bit more information about each of them.


develop products and tools that help individuals and teams unlock their full potential—including the award-winning Unstuck and advising platform, Leadfully. We are based in San Francisco and New York, and are a founding member of kyu—a collective of best-in-class creative firms. Blueboard  Blueboard is the experiential employee rewards and recognition platform for the modern workplace. Imagine a recognition program that is truly meaningful, with rewards that are memorable, personalized, and shareable – helping to build a culture of recognition. We reward employees with their choice of hand-curated experiences, like learning a new language, going skydiving, trying their hand at Italian cooking, or becoming James Bond for the day. They choose their favorite, and our celebrated Concierge team takes care of their complete itinerary and logistics. Meaningful recognition not only builds culture, but also increased motivation, performance, and retention rates – meaning real ROI for your recognition efforts. Learn more at Blueboard.com. Team Theory   At Team Theory, we partner with innovative founders and entrepreneurs to build the teams of the future. We join them to hire individuals and build core teams, and we also offer consulting to help them embrace hiring practices that eschew outdated conceptions and embrace the future of work. For more on our work with clients to shape the future of work, please visit www.teamtheory.co Bevi   Bevi is a smart water cooler that customizes high-quality flavored and sparkling beverages, without the need for disposable bottles or cans. In so many words, it’s your still and sparkling, multi-flavored, eco-friendly, healthy water cooler that never runs out.

Our Media Partner Quartz  Quartz is a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy. We publish bracingly creative and intelligent journalism with a broad worldview, built primarily for the devices closest at hand: tablets and mobile phones.

Our Food Partners Harvest & Revel   Harvest & Revel is a women-led, full service event catering company based in Brooklyn, NY that creates elegant culinary experiences for all occasions using organic ingredients sourced from local farmers and small producers. For adventurous and thoughtful eaters, event producers and party planners who care about taste and well-being- we are the alternative catering company offering well-sourced and creatively cooked food with style as well as ethics and health consciousness. We also work to empower others to create the kinds of community-focused spaces within Brooklyn that we believe in- primarily supporting cultural and political projects by and for young people, black women, queer people, Caribbean families, and community organizers for whom food grounds and connects everything. SnackNation    SnackNation is the leading healthy snack membership experience, fueling high performing companies and empowering healthy lifestyles across the U.S, both in the workplace and at home. We curate and deliver great tasting snacks to thousands of awesome offices like Microsoft, Opentable, MailChimp, and SnapChat. Our healthy snack boxes are an easy way to kickstart the vibrant company culture you need to recruit and retain top talent. SnackNation Members receive unprecedented access to the best tasting snacks from the world’s foremost emerging natural food brands, and discover new snack favorites before any of their friends. Here’s a few to chew on: Yomms Gourmet Snacks, Simply Smart Bar, Biscoff and MunkPack. Here at SnackNation, we are committed to fighting hunger. To date we’ve donated more than two million meals to families in need through a partnership with Feeding America. Want to try it for free? Visit snacknation.com Ox Verte   Ox Verte is a plant-forward food company reinventing office breakfast and lunch. At Ox, we want to make seasonally-fresh, locally-sourced food an everyday occurrence, and offer wholesome meals that can nourish our bodies and nurture our communities.

The Company was founded in Feb 2015 and serves groups of 10 - 600 in Manhattan. Ox Verte is also a Certified B Corporation, a leader in the global movement to use business as a force for good. Read about us in Food+Tech Connect or Edible Manhattan or check out our Instagram.

Additional Partners Stumptown Coffee   Stumptown Coffee Roasters are American craft coffee pioneers headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1999, Stumptown is committed to sourcing, roasting and serving the highest quality coffee, Cold Brew and espresso in the world. Joyride  Joyride’s humble beginnings as a frozen yogurt and specialty coffee food truck soon sprouted into a world-class company with a national presence, and it all started in New York. Since the days of the food truck, Joyride certainly has made waves in New York, serving an unrivaled portfolio of office coffee products and services for those looking for the best possible morning cup of coffee. To date, we’ve helped offices avoid millions of k-cups, increasing sustainability and above all, quality in New York office coffee programs. If you’re searching for the best office coffee in New York, look no further than Joyride. With our quality-first approach and world-class equipment, your office can join some of the leading workplaces in the city to bring on an unrivaled office coffee experience. Yoga at Work   Yoga at Work is the leading yoga, meditation, and stress management solution in the workplace. Our classes incorporate yoga (movement), meditation (engaged mindfulness), and stress management (awareness tools) and is available to all regardless of prior experience. Our approach can lead to both increased productivity and greater support for wellness initiatives. We have provided classes to businesses for over 30 years and our professional practitioners have led classes in Fortune 500 companies to family offices, both locally and globally. While based in NYC, our vast network spans the global, meeting the needs of international organizations.

Pukka Herbs   Our name Pukka comes from an Indian word that means genuine, authentic and top quality, which is reflected in every cup of organic herbal tea in our range. When our founders Tim and Sebastian created Pukka, they set an intention to reach as many people as possible to connect them with the wonder of plants. They also wanted to create a business that would bring benefit to everyone they came into contact with. Pukka is all about using business as a force for good, creating circles of benevolence so that people, plants and the planet can all benefit. Lucy Flowers   At Lucy’s Flowers, we are passionate about our designs and work together with our clients to create beautiful floral arrangements for any type of event or occasion. We also offer custom weekly arrangements for hotels, restaurants, offices and homes. Lucy’s Flowers is very excited to to be part of the North 3rd Market opening in November on 103 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn NY. We will be happy to see you there!

Our Gift Bag Partners (MALIN+GOETZ) Bikram Yoga Lower East Side Integral Yoga Institute Flex Studios Passion Planner Videri Chocolate Factory Neurohacker Collective Aum Shanti Bookshop Higher Dose

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