CHICAGO -- More than 50,000 design professionals head to NeoCon at The Mart in Chicago every year to experience new designs from top brands, network and take advantage of timely educational opportunities. The 51st edition of the show, June 10-12 will deliver a multidisciplinary offering of over 100 CEU seminars from some of the most influential voices in the industry. To accommodate the schedule, NeoCon has added an extra day of programming, with presentations beginning on Sunday, June 9. Ranging from exploring the role of play in cultivating innovation, to design in the era of the #MeToo movement, the four-day conference program will feature a wide range of sessions to choose from across a number of vertical markets.
Monica DeBartolo, director of programming, remarks, “NeoCon is a great resource for professionals who are looking for a rich and immersive educational experience and it’s a great way for them to fulfill their CEU requirements in a matter of days. The additional day of programming will allow attendees to get a head start.”
Below is a list of some of the seminars on tap for 2019.

SU02: Play To Innovation: Exploring The Role Of Play In Cultivating Innovation
Sunday, June 9 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
How can environments that promote innovation be created? While there’s no single solution, understanding how innovation works can help to inform the process of designing spaces that support it. Based on extensive research, attendees will be provided with insights into the role of play in cultivating innovation. Insights will be supplemented by showing how to leverage the designed spaces to support innovation. Attendees will learn how and why play has been linked to higher rates of innovation across multiple settings and disciplines, as well as specific strategies that may be applied to create spaces that support and encourage innovative processes and results. [Intermediate] [INST] [OF]
Speakers: Rebecca Milne, LEED Green Associate, senior associate, Perkins Eastman, New York, New York; Scott Fallick, AIA, LEED AP, architect, Perkins Eastman, New York, New York.
M114: Irreducible Complexity's Positive Environmental Impact
Monday, June 10 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Designers and manufacturers must consider their impact on human health and the environment. Embracing efficient design as part of the design process is an important element of their social accountability today. It is complex and requires dedicated resources to achieve. However, efficient design can yield tangible returns on both investment and long-term sustainability. This conversation explores the importance and benefits of efficient design throughout the product design and development process. This seminar will consider every aspect of product design, from product strategy, design and development, to supply-chain and manufacturing. Attendees of this intriguing seminar will discover how this holistic approach guides efficient design and leads to reduced cost, optimized materials, healthier manufacturing processes, longevity of a product, and most importantly, minimized environmental impact. [Basic] [GR] [WE] [HSW]
Speaker: Todd Bracher, industrial designer and design strategist, Todd Bracher Studio, Brooklyn, New York.

M116: With Women In Mind: How Intentionally Designed Healthcare Spaces Benefit The Bottom Line
Monday, June 10 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
According to the most recent research, women make approximately 80 percent of healthcare decisions. As the chief medical officers in their homes, they set the health and wellness agenda for themselves and their families. A woman’s experience will inevitably shape where she turns for care, and for many women, her first encounter is in women’s health services. This presentation will highlight how well-designed women’s care spaces positively affect the institution’s financial health. While not always the most profitable services at a hospital, women’s services act as important marketing tools and create brand loyalty. Presenters will help to bring these concepts home by illustrative examples from a wide range of women’s health services. [Intermediate] [HC] [FM]
Speakers: Carolyn Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, senior interior designer, Gresham Smith, Jacksonville, FL; Amy Jordan, chief nursing officer, Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, Georgia; Beth Hiltonen, IIDA, LEED AP, healthcare principal, Gresham Smith, Jacksonville, Florida.

M125: Can Managing Acoustic Stimuli In The Workplace Help Reduce Burnout?
Monday, June 10 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Burnout costs a lot—an estimated $125-190 billion annually in healthcare spending. Much of the discussion about burnout has focused on individual factors and job characteristics. So, what can designers do? This seminar will work out some answers centered on workplace design. As more workplaces favor open office design, there is also more opportunity for distraction. Limiting acoustical disruptions with workplace interventions, such as sound masking and designating quiet workspaces, helps employees better manage these stimuli. And employers know that by harnessing design to prevent stress, they can help their employees stay focused, engaged and productive throughout the workday. [Intermediate] [FT] [WE]
Speakers: Lida Lewis, IIDA, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, designer, Wingate Hughes, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, director of applied and industry research, Delos, New York, New York.

T205: The Roi Of Sustainable Interior Design
Tuesday, June 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
This presentation provides a simple framework to align owners’ goals, project design and product selection to deliver quantifiable impact reductions on watts, water, carbon and costs. Attendees will be guided through a proven methodology used by clients in the public and private sector to measure total cost of ownership and the impacts of their design decisions with green building rating systems such as LEED, WELL and Living Building Challenge. [Intermediate] [GR] [FM] [HSW]
Speaker: Paul Shahriari, USGBC, CEO and founder, Ecomedes, Cape Coral, Florida.

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