2015 Conference Speakers

An exceptional array of speakers will join us at our 2015 conference Modern All Over Again on Friday, October 2, to discuss how they are grappling with extensive portfolios of mid-century buildings and energy infrastructure in urgent need of refurbishment.

We've included information on just a few of the many important thoughtleaders presenting at the conference below. See the full program and register to join the discussion here.

Audrey Zibelman (Chair, NYS Public Service Commission) will set the stage with a keynote on the $60 billion transformation planned for NYC’s utility grid––also a legacy of the mid-century when energy was thought to be limitless. Ms. Zibelman leads the regulation of New York’s electric, gas, water, and telecommunication industries and is an expert in energy policy, power markets, and Smart Grid innovation.

Glen J. Weiss (Exec. VP of Leasing, Vornado Realty Trust) will headline a session on the core business concerns involved in maintaining and determining whether to renovate mid-century office buildings. Mr. Weiss oversees leasing activity for 25 million square feet of Manhattan office space in Manhattan, and his team recently completed major office headquarters leases for Facebook, Google, Amazon, among others.

Michael Adlerstein (Assistant Secretary-General for the Capital Master Plan, United Nations) will close our afternoon with a rare insider’s perspective on the $2 billion U.N. campus renovation, which included a historic façade replacement to the Secretariat Building. Prior to his work at the U.N., Mr. Adlerstein served as Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Chief Historical Architect of the National Park Service at Jamestown, and Vice President of The New York Botanical Garden.

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