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FAR November Webinar - Office Space Post COVID-19 - What Now?

  • 10 Nov 2020
  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Webinar


  • All Membership levels - FREE

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Office Space Post COVID-19 - What Now?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Lucia Hedke, Principal Cresa, Mindy Saffer, Managing Principal, 

Dave Jackson, CAE, is the Chief Financial Officer of the American Counseling Association, Debra S. BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, CEO AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), and Peter Hutchens, COO American Forests  

Lucia Hedke represents occupiers through consultation, guidance and negotiating. She uses a strategic real estate planning process to perform: site selection; economic and space programming efficiency analyses; purchase, lease and sublease negotiations; and charting future expansions/retractions through creativity. She often presents the results of the strategic planning process to executive committees and board of directors to achieve approval for real estate decisions.

Clients include:

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • American Coatings Association
  • American Financial Services Association
  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Mindy Saffer started her career in commercial real estate in 1986 working in an architecture firm designing office space for occupiers. In 1999, Mindy became a real estate advisor in a local occupier representative-only real estate firm. Mindy joined Cresa’s

Washington, DC office as a Managing Principal in 2012. She specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and is Managing Principal of Cresa’s Nonprofit Practice Group. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mindy led the Remote Work Task Force that resulted in the new service line, Cresa Remote Advisory Services. In addition, Mindy acts as Cresa’s liaison for GoSpaces, a mobile application that addresses Return to Office and agile workplace strategy.

Mindy holds a lifetime accreditation from the US Green Building Council as a leader in energy and environmental design. She served as board chair of the Finance and Administration Roundtable and is a Finance and Business Operations council member for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Additionally, Mindy is a member of: the Commercial Real Estate Brokers Association of Washington, DC; the Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Leasing Club; and the alumni associations of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. Mindy served on Cresa’s Board of Directors 2018/2019.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Textile Marketing from the University of Maryland, Mindy obtained a Masters of Science degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Dave Jackson, CAE, is the Chief Financial Officer of the American Counseling Association.  A licensed CPA, he oversees the association’s accounting, finance, information technology, office services, contract administration and legal functions. In addition, Dave provides strategic advice and budgetary counsel to all ACA staff and leadership teams.

In 2018, he received a Nonprofit CFO of the Year Rising Star award in recognition of his work as an outstanding senior finance executive at a nonprofit.

Previously, Dave worked in a variety of roles at organizations including the American Association of Immunologists, Associated Builders and Contractors, National Geographic and Johnson Lambert. He earned an MBA from Duke University and a BA in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. 

Debra BenAvram, CAE is the Chief Executive Officer of AABB, headquartered in Bethesda, MD. AABB, formerly called the American Association of Blood Banks, is an international organization focused on advancing transfusion medicine and cellular therapy worldwide.

Debra joined AABB in 2018 following more than 16 years leading the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), including 11 years as its CEO.

She has a strong passion for the redesigning of staff and volunteer cultures to support integration among all team members and eliminate silos. Debra frequently presents on topics including organizational culture, performance management and her innovative approaches to encouraging and maintaining collaboration, communication, and a valued work environment.

Debra received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a concentration in Business from the University of Maryland. She received her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on leadership and organizational culture from Miami University. She also achieved a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. An an active volunteer leader, Debra is an Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a past member of the ASAE Board of Directors. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, a national organization dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Debra has received several awards for her work, including being listed as one of CEO Update’s Top CEOs and the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders. In 2010, she was recognized with ASAE's Emerging Leader Award, Women Who Promote Excellence in Associations.

Debra lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband Vincent, son Lev (16), daughter Paz (8), and their loveable pups, Masha and Zissel. 

Peter Hutchins oversees the implementation and activities of American Forests’ programs, including Global ReLeaf, Endangered Western Forests, Public Policy and Urban Forests. Since joining American Forests in 2010, Peter has been instrumental in launching the Endangered Western Forests Initiative, re-branding the organization, establishing a new editorial direction for American Forests magazine, creating our website and blog, and finding new ways to engage the forest conservation community and interest new audiences in forest conservation.

Previously, Peter was the vice president of knowledge initiatives at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), where he was responsible for engaging thought leaders from both inside and outside the nonprofit community and developing knowledge resources for the nonprofit profession. While at ASAE, Peter served as editor for the Journal of Association Leadership, which won SNAP’s 2007 EXCEL EXTRA award, as well as their silver award for general excellence and design excellence in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker on knowledge management topics and on achieving strategic objectives through social media.


Now that we have all worked successfully from home over the last 8 months, how much space do we really need, if any at all? Please join Cresa, a commercial real estate company specializing in representing nonprofits all over the world, to understand how Remote Work can become a tool to your real estate strategy. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the workplace strategy right for your organization
  2. Develop a real estate plan that meets your goals and objective
  3. Understand opportunities for improving your office space and reducing real estate cost

This event is approved for CPE and CAE.

If you would like to receive your CPE or CAE for this event, please email hq@far-roundtable.org 

FAR is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.   Field of Study: TBD Program level is basic – update. There are no pre-requisites nor advanced preparation. It is Group-Live delivery method. Sponsor ID: 109395

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For more information about this educational program, please contact the FAR office at: 1325 G Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 or email (hq@far-roundtable.org). 

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