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CLxNYC: Creating An Environment To Do Our Best Work

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as Dana Asher and Rachel Casanova guide us in exploring the idea of creating work places where we can bring our whole selves to work as well as do our best work there. We will explore where culture lives in an organization and what we can do internally, on the individual level, and externally, by creating physical space, to enhance the workplace environment.

In 1971, the psychoanalyst Donald Woods Winnicott asked, “where is cultural experience located?” Children, he argued, experience culture in play, or the space between themselves and their caregivers. Winnicott described this transitional — or potential — space, as a third space, neither internal to us, nor situated fully outside of us. Forty-five years later, Dana and Rachel will explore Winnicott’s notion of the third space as an answer to the question, “where are our work cultures located?” And, once we’ve found them, how can we create an environment in which to do our best work? They will offer strategies for managing our inner lives as well as our built space. They will discuss how we can optimize our internal and external work environments — our cultural experience — for more related individuals, teams, and organizations.

At this event, we want to hear from our invited experts as well as draw on the experts in the room. Dana and Rachel will kick us off with a fireside chat. We will also spend time talking with one another about what we are doing as individuals and organizations to create cultures for doing our best work.


7-7:15: Food and Drinks

7:15-8:00: Fireside chat with Dana Asher and Rachel Casanova

8:00-8:30: Discussion group with rotating facilitators

8:30-9: Open discussion

Past attendees have included people from IDEO, Spotify, Facebook, Greenhouse, Percolate, Buffer, Hopscotch and many more. You’ll learn from organizations of all sizes and stages.

Dana Bilsky Asher is an executive coach, organizational consultant, group facilitator, and keynote speaker with expertise and experience in transformational learning and culture shift at

work. Dana built and led the Organizational Transformation Practice at The Energy Project, where she was a Managing Director, and delivered to clients such as Alcoa, KPMG, Nestlé, and Stop and Shop cultures of sustainable high performance. At McKinsey & Company, where she was a Practice Manager in the Capability for Performance Practice, Dana and her team delivered greater institutional capacity and measurable impact at scale. A regular contributor to Fast Company, Dana has been featured in The Boston Globe, More, SELF, and multiple print volumes.

Rachel Casanova is a global leader of the Planning+Strategies group at Perkins+Will. In the modern workplace where productivity is the name of the game and employee engagement critical, Rachel’s mantra is ‘Good design matters’. Going beyond issues like square footage and finishes, she helps her clients look closely at their challenges and opportunities, then targets the link between smart design, effectiveness and employee satisfaction. An active speaker, workshop facilitator, and thought leader, Rachel ‘walks the talk’ by ensuring that Perkins+Will offices themselves increase collaboration, enable choice, and promote health and wellbeing. As a mobility maven and post occupancy evaluation champion, Rachel uses both hard data and storytelling to show how design can truly influence the communication, culture, engagement, and satisfaction among people who use a space.


February 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Build Grand Central
335 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017 United States


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