Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hopewell Works 130 E Chestnut St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Gone are the days of a sea of gray cubicles and a sad water cooler.

    Today’s top companies are battling to attract and retain top talent by offering stylish workspaces that bring their brand’s culture to life, promoting innovative thinking and collaboration. From seamless integration of technology to health and wellness initiatives, corporate offices and co-working spaces alike are increasingly seen as cultural hubs made to support our evolving lifestyles.

    In this panel discussion, we’ll talk about key macro trends that are impacting today’s work life and how what that means for the future of workplace design.  

    The Participants:


    Alexis Michalovich, Founder and Interior Designer at G. Everett Interior Design & Project

    Alexis Michalovich is owner and founder of G. Everett Interior Design & Project Services, a full service interior design and environmental design studio located in Columbus. Alexis studied interior design at The Ohio State University and has since left her mark in retail, residential and commercial design. Her diverse experiences have trained her both in residential interior design and in the fast-paced world of retail—where she spent years designing stores for some of the top retailers. Prior to G. Everett, she worked for a Fortune 100 company, designing and shaping unique office spaces across the country.


      Carolyn Taylor, Lead Environmental Designer at treetree  

      Carolyn began her career in museum design and has focused heavily on environmental branding for over 14 years. As lead designer for all environmental projects, she is an expert in bringing a brand to life in three dimensions. From concept to elevation to material specifications to completion, Carolyn is passionate about creating great spaces that tell brand stories. Some of her environmental work lives in the halls of the ESPN main campus, the Nestle Marysville Research and Development facility and throughout Nationwide offices.

      Steve Calhoun, Creative Director at WD Partners

      With over 25 years of experience in interior and industrial design, Steve brings a unique perspective to his work. He is responsible for developing design strategies, creative concepts, and full implementation for a variety of retail brands. This includes the oversight of all environmental design and graphic direction, as well as architectural production associated with each and every project. This requires knowledge of materials, and their qualities. Steve excels at developing productive and effective relationships with his clients, including CVS, Aramark, Krispy Kreme, Sonic Automotive, Gatorade, Express, Starbucks, Abercrombie & Fitch, and more.  

      Michelle Fenstermaker, Strategy Director at FITCH

      Michelle leads a team of researchers and strategists who develop, implement, and analyze primary research that can be used to inform branding, positioning, retail, and customer experience innovations. With over 20 years of experience in retail insights and strategic planning, Michelle was named to Path to Purchase Institute’s list of Faculty Members in 2013 and included in the Who’s Who of Shopper Marketing in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Previously, Michelle spent 13 years at FITCH, before acting as principal at her own firm Research by Design and then Executive Director of Strategy and Insights at WD Partners. Her broad industry experience includes consumer packaged goods, retail and foodservice brands such as P&G, Sherwin-Williams, Enterprise, Under Armour, Starbucks, and 7-Eleven.

      Matt Freedman, SVP, Branding at Continental Office

      For more than 20 years, Matt Freedman has been building brands and leading teams in both agency and client settings. Matt joined Continental Office in 2016 to lead the company's Branding division. Prior to Continental Office, Matt led the client service team at Ologie and previously worked in account management roles at Ryan Partnership and Flair Communications. His background includes a strong history of brand development, consumer promotions, retail merchandising, events, sponsorships and strategic planning for clients in financial services, higher education, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. When he's not in the office, Matt devotes time to his wife, three daughters, and the "Fry Out Cancer" non-profit that he established to raise money for The James. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Master of Sports Administration–both from Ohio University.


        Continental Office has been creating, building, and maintaining great spaces for 80 years. Today, the company offers furniture, floors, interior construction and branding that inspires clients to change the way they work and think, all while igniting their culture. In combining interior design expertise with graphic design capabilities, Continental Office's unique branding solutions tell clients' stories through physical surroundings and create memorable experiences for associates and guests.

        • Friday, May 17, 2019
        • The Vue - 95 Liberty St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
        • 70

        SAVE THE DATE: Silver Medal Luncheon

        Join us for our annual award to recognize of a pioneer of our industry

        Time and location TBD.  

      Past events

      Friday, March 01, 2019 2019 American Advertising Awards Show: Show Us Your Masterpiece
      Thursday, January 17, 2019 Drag Show Bingo: A Charity Event and Talk on Personal Branding
      Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Late Call for Entries Deadline and Drop Off: American Advertising Awards
      Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Early Call for Entries Deadline and Drop Off: American Advertising Awards
      Tuesday, November 13, 2018 The Pitch Winners + 2018 Cannes Film Reel at Dawson
      Thursday, October 25, 2018 MEMBERS ONLY: Marketing Without Any F@%#ing Money
      Friday, October 12, 2018 The Pitch 2018
      Thursday, October 11, 2018 Winning at Sports Marketing
      Thursday, September 27, 2018 Beers With Peers: The Walrus - FREE
      Thursday, September 13, 2018 Living in Sin: Data Science & Creativity
      Tuesday, August 07, 2018 MEMBERS ONLY EVENT: Not All Video is Created Equally
      Thursday, July 26, 2018 Dawson AdFun
      Thursday, June 21, 2018 VERSA AdFun
      Friday, May 18, 2018 SOLD OUT~ Annual Meeting: Silver Medal Luncheon
      Friday, April 13, 2018 How Columbus Became the City of the Future
      Thursday, March 01, 2018 2018 American Advertising Awards Show
      Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Beers With Your Peers: Kindred Beer
      Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Multi Million Dollar Ads: Who's the Winner?
      Monday, January 29, 2018 Beers With Your Peers: Arch City Tavern
      Friday, January 19, 2018 Audio Today. Hear from Pandora, Spotify and WWCD 102.5
      Friday, January 12, 2018 Last Call: ADDY Entry Early Drop-Off
      Thursday, January 04, 2018 ADDY Entry Early Drop-Off
      Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Beers with your Peers: The Walrus
      Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2017 Cannes Film Reel at Dawson
      Friday, November 03, 2017 AAF Columbus: The Pitch
      Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Beers and Peers: Platform Beer Co.
      Thursday, October 19, 2017 Breweries and Branding: Giving Customers an Immersive Experience
      Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Beers with your Peers: BrewDog
      Thursday, September 14, 2017 Creating Virtual Reality Experiences at Resource/Ammirati, An IBM Company
      Thursday, July 27, 2017 Rooftop AdFun
      Friday, May 19, 2017 2017 Silver Medal Luncheon
      Thursday, April 27, 2017 Industry Night: How Data is Shaping Advertising
      Thursday, March 09, 2017 2016 American Advertising Awards Show
      Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2017 The Big Game Ad Review
      Friday, January 20, 2017 Perspectives on Programmatic Video
      Thursday, January 12, 2017 ADDY Entry Late Drop-Off
      Friday, January 06, 2017 ADDY Entry Early Drop-Off
      Wednesday, December 07, 2016 2016 Holiday Happy Hour
      Wednesday, November 09, 2016 2016 Cannes Film Reel at Dawson
      Thursday, October 27, 2016 The Making and Marketing of 'Rejected Princesses'
      Friday, September 16, 2016 2016 September Luncheon with Barry Chandler
      Thursday, August 25, 2016 August 2016 AdFun at Post House
      Thursday, July 28, 2016 July 2016 AdFun at Square One Salon

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