Keyed up

NeoCon® World's Trade Fair has announced its lineup of heavy hitters for this June: 

Monday, June 15
8 a.m.
Sponsored by Allsteel, presented by IIDA
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

The scoop: Best selling author of A WHOLE
Pink, will present his provocative and entertaining keynote “Creativity,
Motivation and You.” His address will explore the science of human motivation
by drawing on startling studies and real-life examples showing how much of what
we do in organizations actually crushes creativity. Pink will reveal the three
elements at the heart of genuine, sustainable motivation and will explain how
to create a culture that allows creatives to do their best work.

Tuesday, June 16
8 a.m.
Paola Antonelli
Sponsored by Paoli, presented by ASID
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

Italian-native Paola Antonelli,
senior curator in the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of
Modern Art in New York, has become a force to be reckoned with in the design
world. In her keynote, “The Future of Design,” Antonelli will focus on
how designers stand between revolutions and everyday life, how they have the
ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science and society, and how
they convert them into objects and ideas that people can understand and use.
Antonelli will present examples from all over the world that show how the
second oldest profession will evolve in the future. 

Wednesday, June 17
8 a.m.
Shawn Sullivan
Sponsored by MMPI, presented by Light!
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Wolfpoint Ballroom

In this
keynote “The Art of Lighting: An Exploration of the Necessity and Power of
Light in Design,” Shawn Sullivan, a principal architect at Rockwell Group, will
discuss the incredible power and importance of light in design. Light has
always been a central focus of Rockwell Group’s designs, which often draw
inspiration from the intersection of theater and architecture. Sullivan will
discuss the spectacle and theatricality of light not only in terms of Rockwell
Group’s own work, but also in the context of other sources of inspiration.
Whether using light to create movement, for subtle detailing or for bold
reinforcement of the architectural concept, lighting is everything.

Luncheon Programs ($25 fee, includes a boxed lunch):

Monday, June 15
Jeanne Gang
Sponsored by Herman Miller
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

Jeanne Gang leads Studio Gang
, an architectural practice whose work has been noted for its
innovation and is recognized as a design leader. In her presentation “Density
as Design Element,” Gang will discuss density as a tool and examine its
influence in her own work, including the Aqua Tower and Solstice on the Park.

Tuesday, June 16
Thomas Kostigen
Sponsored by Steelcase
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

Best-selling author, editor and
columnist Thomas Kostigen will present “Good to be Green: How Being Green Helps
Companies Remain Competitive.” Kostigen’s lecture will entertain and enlighten
attendees on the importance of our actions, giving everyone the ability to make
changes in everyday business and life. A co-author of The New York Times
best-selling book The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet
One Simple Step at a Time
, Kostigen has recently authored a new book, You Are Here: The Surprising Link
Between What We Do and What That Does to the Planet

Wednesday, June 17
12:30 p.m.
Lori Weitzner
Sponsored by Samuel & Sons
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Wolfpoint Ballroom

Lori Weitzner’s presentation “The Preservation of Passion: Finding Inspiration
in Design” will focus on her never-ending quest for new sources of inspiration—with the fundamental goal being to offer sources of inspiration for the
listening audience in their own work.


Monday June 15
3 p.m.
Marc Chandler
Sponsored by MMPI
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

New York financial expert Marc
Chandler will review the U.S. and world economies thorough the prism of the
U.S. dollar with his address “Making Sense of the Dollar and the Global
Economy.” His current research projects include global imbalances, Islamic
finance, and the relationship between savings, investment and growth.
Chandler’s upcoming book, Making
Sense of the Dollar: Exposing Dangerous Myths about
Trade and Foreign Exchange,
will be published in August.

Tuesday, June 16
3 p.m.
Charles Harrison
Sponsored by Herman Miller, presented by FocusOnDesign
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

Industrial designer and educator
Charles Harrison’s presentation “Change by Design: A New Paradigm for
Designers,” will provide insight into how designers can impact change in the 21st
century. The first black design executive to work for a major corporation,
Harrison improved the quality of life of millions through the breadth and
innovation of his designs for more than three decades. He received the
Cooper-Hewitt 2008 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Tuesday, June 16
4:30 p.m.
Glenn Pushelberg,
Sponsored by Canadian Consulate General of ChicagoCity of Toronto, AZURE Magazine, Interior Designers of Canadathe Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Design Industry Advisory Committee, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada and the Design Exchange.
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Sauganash Ballroom

Acclaimed Canadian interior
designer Glenn Pushelberg
will give the inside scoop on Yabu Pushelberg’s successful
30-year history with his lecture “The Business Model for Success.” Headquartered
in Toronto, Canada, Yabu Pushelberg has an extensive portfolio of international
projects which have received numerous design awards. Pushelberg joins AZURE
Magazine’s editor, Nelda Rodger, in
an informal interview setting to share how designers can position their firms
for success through the integration of focused business and design strategy.

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