2016 Seminar Timetable

National Summit on Wellness

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Seminar Details
Time Thursday, December 1, 2016, 09:00 - 12:00
Category:Architecture, Interior Design, Materials + Textiles, Parties + Special Events, Senior Living, Sustainability, Technology, Trends, Wellness
IDCEC #SE-10418-242; OAA Continuing Education

This summit will look at the holistic approach to design and the importance of collaboration for healthier built environments. Attendees will also be exposed to some of the significant benchmarking of issues associated with wellness in both the workplace and home environments. This summit will not only explore how design and real estate can impact health, well-being and culture, but it will also work to connect various stakeholders. By taking a holistic look at health and wellness, the sessions in this summit will uncover how elements like design, operations, management and culture building can redefine how we think about value in real estate.

Moderator: Regan Smith, Director, Sustainability and Energy, WSP Canada Inc.



  • Randy Fiser
    CEO, American Society of Interior Designers

    Randy W. Fiser leads the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as chief executive officer, overseeing the strategic planning, financial management, and national operations for the Society’s more than 25,000 members who work across all sectors of residential and commercial interior design. He leads the network of 48 ASID chapters throughout the United States and Canada to advance the profession and to communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience and to transform lives. Fiser achieves this by ensuring that ASID is the core of the design network, expanding industry knowledge, developing the practice of interior design, and creating a performance-oriented organization.

    Since being named CEO in 2012, Fiser has led ASID in key collaborations to advance the interior design profession, including a commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative to develop protocols for health and wellness in design. He also fostered an alliance with leaders of the design and construction industry and building owners and operators to promote resilience in building materials, design, and construction. Fiser focuses on developing programming and education that address the needs of the entire design community, from seasoned practitioners and emerging professionals to students and educators. He has deepened and expanded industry research through the Society’s annual Interior Design Outlook and State of the Industry report and the quarterly ASID Interior Design Billings Index.

  • Jessica Cooper
    Executive Vice-President, Director of Sustainability, Delos Solutions

    A longtime member of the architecture and design industry, Jessica has experience in project management, design, and construction, as well as in developing and executing educational programs for the green building community. Currently at Delos as Executive Vice President leading the Delos Solutions group, Jessica’s work seeks to improve health and wellness through the spaces in which we live and work, while minimizing the impact on our natural environment.

    In collaboration with the research and development work being done by Delos, the Delos Solutions team offers advisory consulting services to help infuse the interior environment with strategies that enhance the health, wellness and productivity of occupants. While this work currently focuses on the implementation of the WELL Building Standard into projects applying to the International WELL Building Institute for WELL Certification, Delos Solutions brings a wide range of services to clients and their design/construction teams.

    Before joining Delos Living, Jessica worked as Programs Manager at Urban Green Council where she was responsible for developing and executing educational programs for the green building communities of New York City, Westchester, and Rockland. Prior to this, Jessica worked as Project Manager at LB Architects where she managed a variety of interior design and construction projects for corporate, residential, and not-for-profit clients. During this time, she also gained experience serving as an interior designer, construction manager, and office sustainability coordinator.

    Jessica graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis. She serves as a committee member on the Living Building Challenge NYC Collaborative. Jessica is one of the first WELL Accredited Professionals, having completed a provisional WELL training at the Cleveland Clinic in February 2015 and then achieving the formal certificate in October 2015. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica maintains her Interior Design and Construction specialty. Jessica also holds a certificate in Green Professional Building Skills Training: Construction Management. Through her work at Delos, Jessica helps project teams around the world apply the WELL concepts to their projects.

  • Rick Fedrizzi
    Chairman and CEO, International WELL Building Institute

    In November 2016 global environmental business leader Rick Fedrizzi became chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation advancing buildings that put human health and wellness at the center of their design and operation. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. Rick is also founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and former CEO of both USGBC and of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), nonprofit organizations that promote high-performing buildings and communities.  During his tenure, LEED became the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

    Rick co-founded USGBC while serving as the environmental marketing officer during his 25-year career at UTC’s Carrier Corporation.  A native of Syracuse, N.Y., with an MBA from Syracuse University, he serves on numerous boards, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as chair of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.  His book Greenthink:  How Profit can Save the Planet won a prestigious EPPY award for Public Affairs in 2015.  

  • Rachel Gutter
    Senior Vice President, International WELL Building Institute

    Rachel Gutter joined the International WELL Building Institute in late 2016 as senior vice president, bringing with her a wealth of cross-cutting experience in safer, healthier environments where they matter the most:  in school rooms across the globe. She joins IWBI after a nine-year career at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she founded the Center for Green Schools, convening and collaborating with a diverse group of partners, including teachers unions, the National PTA, the Department of Education, the Princeton Review, executives from Fortune 100 companies, and green building councils around the world. Under her direction, the Center published more than 1,000 pages of technical guides and original research, mobilized more than $200 billion in investments in LEED certified educational facilities, and deployed more than half a million volunteers to contribute $50 million in donated time to transform schools and campuses on every continent. A transformative leader, in 2014 she expanded her scope  and brought her creative and strategic imprint to launch Education @USGBC, a groundbreaking platform for professional and executive education that delivers more than 100,000 hours of online courses to learners annually. 

    A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s rallying cry of “where our children learn matters” caught the imagination of the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Parenting Magazine, FOX News, and CNN, among hundreds of others news outlets.  In 2012 she received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011.