The BIFMA 360° Leadership Conference is an annual event for top executives in the commercial furniture industry. The 360° provides a wealth of ideas and inspiration through a compelling speaker program while also offering numerous networking opportunities.

Dr. Peter T. Coleman

Aftershock Keynote Address: 
Getting in Sync: Leadership in the Time of Increasing Complexity

Monday, January 23, 2017, 4:00 PM

Peter Coleman gets conflict. It has been his mission as a professor and researcher to understand the dynamics of conflict with the goal of reaching peaceful and equitable outcomes. Few others in the field understand the complexities and characteristics of how we achieve conflict resolution in our professional and personal lives as well as operationally.  

Dr. Coleman is Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University. His most recent book is Making Conflict Work: Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization.

Paul Scialla


Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 9:00 AM

After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul’s interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to leave Goldman Sachs and focus on the issues of human health and well being.  He founded Delos which is merging the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness.

To move from concept to action, he founded the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard (WELL) globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. He has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to build the WELL Living Lab, a 7,000 square foot facility operating to study the connections between health and the indoor environment. 

Dr. Marci Rossell

An Economic Forecast for 2017: A Roadmap for Businesses

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 10:30 AM

Marci Rossell sees beyond the numbers, and does so with a clear head and sense for context. As the Senior Economic Advisor for Delphin Investments, Dr. Rossell conducts analysis that provides insight into global economic and political developments, with investment research across equities, fixed income, currencies, and commodities. She was Chief Economist for CNBC and appeared every morning on the network’s flagship program, “Squawk Box,” covering the economy, the Federal Reserve, and the bond market.

With a view of the big picture, Marci cuts through the noise and gets to the facts that are affecting the global economy. 

Dr. Michael Kimmel

The Gender Equality Advantage

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 1:30 PM

Michael Kimmel likes challenging traditional thinking. As one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinity, Michael looks at and provides insights to the changing demographics of work and work life. He has thought long and hard about what the office means in the context of gender roles and will bring those insights to the conference in unexpected and engaging ways.

He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Kimmel has lectured at more than 300 college, universities and high schools. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs and public sector organizations on the topic.

John Dickerson

Political Outlook/State of the Union

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 3:00 PM

John Dickerson is that rare journalist who understands what it takes to report the underlying truths of politics, while managing to gain the respect of who he is reporting on. His style of questioning has become known as “Dickersonian” and he’s become viewed as one of the most trusted voices in the media.

Dickerson is the host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation”, the Political Director of CBS News, and a columnist for Slate magazine. He has been a reporter in Washington for almost 20 years covering the White House, Congress and political campaigns. Before joining Slate, Dickerson was with TIME magazine for almost fifteen years. 

Dan Gardner

Risk & Superforecasting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:30 AM

Dan Gardner is an expert on the psychology of decision-making. The Guardian has called his work, "an invaluable resource for anyone who aspires to think clearly". Gardner is known for his work on forecasting, risk, and decision-making and consults on how to improve decision-making and implementation. His work offers more effective ways to predict what’s coming on issues ranging from politics, business, demographics, and cultural trends. Gardner is a former journalist and is now an author who consults to businesses and governments.

His most recent book, co-authored with Stephen Tetlock, is Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. It has been called "The most important book on decision making since Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow by Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal.


Denise Lee Yohn

How To Build a Rock Star Brand

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 10:00 AM

Denise Lee Yohn is an expert on brand-building. National media outlets and other industries look to her for guidance and advice. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy. She is the author of the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest and the e-book Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do.

Denise believes in the practical side of brand management and turning broad ideas into tactics that affect change.