Mika J. Cross is a seasoned Workplace Transformation Strategist specializing in innovative global workplace initiatives, culture change, strategic communications, knowledge management, next generation/future workplace predictions, mobility and flexible work policy, diversity, inclusion and employee engagement. She also has led several workforce transformation initiatives resulting in winning the organizations she has worked for numerous industry awards- the most recent being USDA named on the Forbes 500 Best American Workplace rankings in March 2015. Mika was awarded the Fed50 “Most Inspiring Up-and-Comer” award, the Federal News Radio “Causey Award” as well as a Next Gen Gov public service award. In 2013 she was named a ‘Work-Life Rising Star’ by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress. Her 18-year career in public service includes assignments throughout the United States Intelligence Community and across the Federal government. She is a veteran of the United States Army, having served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer. Mika currently serves as Government Chair of the Human Capital Shared Interest Group (HC-SIG) for the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Panel (ACT-IAC) and as a Board member for WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work/life Progress (AWLP).
Jeff Robbins is probably best known as the co-founder of [Lullabot] (https://www.lullabot.com), a 10-year-old fully distributed digital design and development agency whose clients include MSNBC, Tesla Motors, Harvard University, Google, and The GRAMMYs. For the past three years, he has also run [Yonder](http://yonder.io), a round-table conference for leaders of distributed companies and remote teams. Back in the ’90s, Jeff fronted the band Orbit, where he spent 7 years signed to A&M Records, scored a Modern Rock top 10 song, and toured with the Lollapalooza festival. Jeff is currently providing business coaching to leaders of emerging companies. He is also writing a book about building and managing distributed teams.
Ryan Wallace is a regional economist and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine. He is leading a research program on the new geographies of work that is centered on understanding the evolving relationship between people, work, and place. Ryan’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Economic Development Administration, and various other public and private organizations.
Lisa Whited is a national speaker, master facilitator and Founder/Chief Transformation Officer of Workplace Transformation Facilitation. WTF is a team of work-in-place collaborators across the US that help companies create thriving communities through integrated communication, planning and design. Her work is borne out of a desire to move the needle on the shocking statistic that only 13% of employees worldwide are happy at work. Lisa is also an award winning interior designer, former Architalx President, and currently sits on the City of Portland Maine’s planning board. Lisa is also involved with Portland Empowered, a group that is connecting Portland’s communities of color to the city’s high schools. In her spare time you’ll find her singing a Janis Joplin number or hiking the Maine Hut network with her family.