Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

April Chapter Meeting // Thursday, April 18 // Sunnyvale

How Google's Workplace Team Support Their People, Culture, Values and Organizational Goals

In 2018, the Google Design, Real Estate, Workplace Services & Operations team set out to design, deliver and test these strategies with the intent of improving occupant comfort which would help employees focus and be productive. Over the past year, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the Google team has been collecting data and learning real-time on their 1st ground-up building.

Join us for a tour and highly-interactive panel discussion with the Google Real Estate, Design and Operations as they share their key learnings and insights on this important topic.


Darrell Smith, Director, Real Estate & Workplace Services has more than 20 years of experience in facility management, with a wide range of industry experience in technology, retail, data centers and manufacturing. Darrell is currently the director of Central Services for Google's Bay Area Portfolio. In this role he oversees a team that is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world. 

Mary Davidge, as Director of Global Design in Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services organization since 2014, Mary Davidge has led a team responsible for setting the design vision for Google's global, campus-­scale real estate development projects. Her team aligns Google's senior business leaders with design and engineering partners to translate design vision and strategy into innovative work environments that enable Google to thrive and help employees perform at their best every day.

Rhonda Francis, as Workplace Operations Manager, Rhonda combines her love for interiors and process improvement by leading Google's SF Bay Area teams for occupancy planning, moves, furniture, and small project design services. She's constantly sprinting to keep workplaces one step ahead of Google’s rapid priority shifts. Her team focuses on enhancing existing Google spaces, reducing disruption for Googlers during projects, and providing TI and new construction project teams with information on team work styles.

Joshua Porter, is the District Development Director for Google's Bay Area Real Estate and Workplace Services (REWS). Portner’s responsibilities include feasibility analysis, real estate entitlements, and design and construction management. During his time at Google, he has led multiple innovative office campuses in Sunnyvale, San Bruno, and NASA Ames.

Joshua Bridle, Real Estate at Google

Katie North, VP Workplace Innovations - Colliers & Global Chair of Workplace Evolutionaries (WE)

Venue: Google, 1212 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94098
Schedule3:30p: Registration // 4:00p: Program // 5:30p: Reception
Cost: Member: $35.00 // Non-Member End User: $60.00 // Non-Member Service Provider: $85.00

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Women of CoreNet // Wednesday, April 24 // San Francisco

“Soufra”, a film about a group of women, who were the world’s most unlikely entrepreneurs.

Women of CoreNet is pleased to present for the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area the premier screening of the film “Soufra”. A must see film about an amazing, tenacious group of women, who were the world’s most unlikely entrepreneurs. The film was produced/directed by Thomas Morgan (a former CoreNet member) and Executive Producer Susan Sarandon. Thomas Morgan will be in attendance to speak to the group sharing the background and story of this production.

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burl El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out to change her fate by launching a catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.
Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside of the largest refugee crisis in human history, but ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers. Though Mariam is officially considered “stateless” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places. Mariam and her team will be just that for thousands more once her story is told through Soufra.

The film will be screened in San Francisco’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in the former New Mission Theater. A cinema designed for movie fans, by movie fans for the ultimate cinematic experience! Each CoreNet attendee will be treated to popcorn and candy to enhance this experience.

Venue: Alamo Draft House Cinema: 2550 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110
Schedule: 4:00p: Registration // 4:30p: Movie Starts
Cost: Member: $35.00 // Non-Member End User: $60.00 // Non-Member Service Provider: $85.00 

A parking structure is located 1 block behind the theater, please make sure you are parked and in the theater by 4:30.
The first 48 CoreNet members to register will receive the Soufra cookbook.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Upcoming Global Events

CoreNet Global Summit - EMEA

September 10-12, 2019 
Amsterdam | Hotel Okura 


CoreNet Global Summit - North America

October 20-22, 2019 
Orange County, CA | Anaheim Convention Center