Please join us for this exciting and informative event.

Featuring special guest, Mike Pierce, better known as Antarctic Mike. Antarctic Mike works with organizations that want to find, engage and keep the best performing people. Mike’s background professionally started in the recruiting business in 1997, working specifically to show managers and leaders exactly how to identify and recruit the best people.  He now speaks across the US and Canada to executive teams, organizations, associations and sales teams about how to lead people so they are fully engaged in what they do.



One event, two great locations!

Wednesday, September 20th – Akron
Location: Ohio Desk – Akron
34 Swartz Rd.
Akron, OH 44319
*Parking available in the Ohio Desk lot.  Overflow parking available across the street at The Summit Church.

Thursday, September 21st – Cleveland
Location: Ohio Desk – Cleveland
1122 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44115
*Valet parking available west of the building on Prospect Ave.

Register for just one or all four!

Schedule of Events:
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Creative Spaces: Presented by Rich Benoit
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM The Art of Storytelling: Presented by Steve Slifka
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM Lunch & Speech Privacy and Sound Masking in Modern Architecture: Presented by Michelle Hoppes (*CEU Credit)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Understanding Wood: Presented by Alexandra Schutich (*CEU Credit)
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Feature Presentation: Antarctic Mike
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Cocktails & Hors d’ouevres

*Design Community CEU credits available. To qualify please bring your IDCEC registration number.

    Choose which sessions you will be joining us for. To make it convenient for you to attend, you may select sessions for either or both locations.
    Choose which sessions you will be joining us for. To make it convenient for you to attend, you may select sessions for either or both locations/dates.


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Creative Spaces

Presented by Rich Benoit

“Creativity is defined as the innate ability to generate ideas, solve problems, and exploit new opportunities. Everyone can be creative, not just a gifted few. The way in which organizations and their employees work is drastically changing. The ability to be creative is critical to an organization’s ability to grow their business and differentiate themselves from the competition. The ability to be creative is also critical for individuals to differentiate themselves from the growing presence of technologies in the workplace. This seminar will talk through the importance of organizations fostering the creativity of their employees and strategies to create environments that unlock the full creative potential of people.”

Answer® panel system

The Art of Storytelling

Presented by Steve Slifka

The average PowerPoint slide contains 45 words [that’s 35 words too many].
The majority of decisions made are based on feelings, not facts. People don’t care what you do, they care why you do it. Couple these thoughts with shorter attention spans, the ubiquity of digital devices, and we have a perfect storm for an uneventful presentation.
We’ve all endured presentations that have fallen short on inspiration. How do we make certain that we are not delivering the next mediocre message? Strengthening presentation skills for every member of your team is one way to increase revenue.
At Steelcase, we understand that Professional Development for your team is essential for long- term success, employee engagement and increasing revenue.

Slide 1

Speech Privacy and Sound Masking in Modern Architecture

Presented by Michelle Hoppes 

CEU Credit

Why be concerned about acoustic privacy? Recent research has found that current work environments are fulfilling the needs for collaboration and communication, but are doing a poor job of providing an acoustical environment free from distractions and conducive for productivity and speech privacy. This session will cover:

  • Research on current satisfaction levels in workplace environments
  • Current design trends and associated acoustic issues
  • Fundamental acoustic principles
  • Sound masking technology and what it can and cannot do
  • Participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.
Slide 1

Understanding Wood

Resented by Alexandra Schutich

CEU Credit

This is a hands-on course that explores the transformation of wood from the forest to furniture; including unique properties of wood and species of wood veneers, cutting methods to achieve different patterns and lay-up techniques.