Podcast | Evolving Workforces

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Culture, Collaboration, Flexibility and the Future of Work

June 22, 2021 34 Minute Listen

Employees want more flexibility. What does this mean for how companies think about office space? Denis McGowan, Global Head of Real Estate at Standard Chartered Bank, along with CBRE's Julie Whelan and Manish Kashyap, join Spencer Levy to discuss the value of flexible workspaces, what the move towards hybrid work means for company culture, lessons from the economic recovery in Asia and more.

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Culture, Collaboration, Flexibility and...

June 22, 2021 34 Minute Listen


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Denis McGowan

Global Head of Real Estate at Standard Chartered Bank

Denis McGowan is the Global Head of Real Estate at Standard Chartered Bank, an international banking company headquartered in London with locations in 70 countries with more than 85,000 employees. Denis has more than 30 years of experience leading corporate real estate strategies.

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Julie Whelan, CBRE

Global Head of Occupier Thought Leadership

Julie Whelan leads a global team of researchers tasked with identifying major trends impacting commercial real estate occupiers across all industries. Julie also works directly with CBRE professionals across the Advisory & Transaction Services business to advise clients on real estate markets and strategies around the world.

An expert on the future of work, Julie is particularly interested in how the fundamental shifts toward sustainability and flexibility are reshaping the strategy and utilization of space. As a public speaker, she provides critical context for both massive and subtle shifts in the commercial real estate market, and her analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Axios, CNBC and more.

With decades of experience working on both the client and services sides of the industry, Julie built her career creating data-driven insights that influence the C-suite on matters related to real estate in large institutions. Before joining CBRE, she was the Vice President of Global Realty Services for State Street Corporation, where she built a team responsible for analyzing the strategic and financial impacts associated with real estate decisions globally.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College, a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University and completed the Commercial Real Estate Program at Boston University. She lives in Boston and enjoys traveling the world with her husband and three young children.

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Manish Kashyap

Global President, Advisory & Transaction Services

Manish Kashyap is Global President, Advisory & Transaction Services, of CBRE Group, Inc. He leads the strategic prioritization and alignment of business growth levers, product innovation, data integration, top talent recruiting and driving a world-class organizational platform for Advisory & Transaction Services, globally.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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