NeoCon Announces Pre-Show Virtual Programming

Chicago, IL, February 26, 2021-NeoCon is pleased to announce a topical new virtual programming series that builds off the show’s 2021 theme “Design Anew” and leads into the in-person event scheduled for October 4 to 6 at theMART in Chicago. 

The March–May schedule will feature two-day programs centered around some of today’s most pressing design challenges and opportunities. March will focus on “Designing the Next Workplace;” April will shine the spotlight on “Designing Well,” and May will explore “Designing in a Digital World.”

Details for the March programming series, “A Return to Togetherness: Designing the Next Workplace” are listed below. Subsequent programming will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details and to register, visit 

March 24

11:00 a.m. CDT: “The Office as an Ecosystem”

Gemma Riberti, head of lifestyle & interiors, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors


1:00 p.m. CDT: “The Power of Together:  Reimagining our Future Workplaces”

Randy Howder, IIDA, AIA, managing director, principal, Gensler

Natalie Engels, IIDA, Principal, global workplace practice leader, Gensler

Eric Kline, director of global workplace experience, Adobe


3:00 p.m. CDT: “The Power of Place-The New Next Workplace” 

Daniel Herriott, LEED® GA, ASSOC. IIDA, director of design, interiors, HOK

Gale Moutrey, global VP/brand experience + workplace innovation, Steelcase Inc.

Diana Stanisic, IIDA, ASID, interior designer, associate, HOK                 


March 25 

11:00 a.m. CDT: “How Other Design Sectors Can Influence the Future of Workplace Design” 

Eric Yorath, MFAD, BFA, BCIN, LEED AP, principal, Figure3

Mardi Najafi, director, retail design, Figure3

Sherif Ayad, founder and president, ID & Design International

Bob Fox, chairman and principal, FOX Architects 


1:00 p.m. CDT: “Changing Face of Design – How the Design Industry Is Supporting the Workforce Differently”

Neil Schneider, IIDA, design director, IA Interior Architects

Guy Messick, AIA, director of design intelligence, IA Interior Architects

Tish Kruse, RID, LEED AP, senior director of workplace strategy, IA Interior Architects

Ray Ehscheid, RDI, Associate IIDA, director of client services, IA Interior Architects

Related Topics:American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Armstrong Flooring, The American Institute of Architects