November 2019

Chapter Newsletter

November 2019

President's Message

Robert Teed, Chapter President

Robert Teed
VP, Real Estate and Workplace 

Dear Northern California Chapter Members,

Welcome to the November 2019 CoreNet Northern California Newsletter. November was a big month for our chapter, as it’s when we celebrate our 22nd consecutive year of hosting CRE Awards Gala in San Francisco. The Gala is our premier event where we join together to celebrate those in our ranks who are truly deserving of recognition. This year, I am excited to congratulate Ed Axelsen, Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities at Splunk as our Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year, and Carol Sandman, Founder of AP+I Design, Inc. as our Service Provider of the Year. I am also excited to congratulate Ylva Sandberg Operations Director, Global Workplace Solutions at CBRE as our Young Leader of the Year. Ed and Carol have made very significant contributions to our industry and to our chapter as practitioners and as leaders and are very deserving of our praise. Ylva, while younger in her career, has also made significant contributions well beyond her years, especially to our chapter, and is poised to become an enduring leader. We are fortunate to count each of these professionals as our colleagues, as our fellow NorCal members, and as our friends.

We have so much to be proud of as a chapter, which I was reminded of at the CoreNet Global North America Summit a few weeks back. At north of 370 attendees from our NorCal chapter, we had the single largest attendance at the Summit of all 42 chapters; we show up, we participate, we contribute. We are 900 members strong, covering the entire ecosystem of corporate real estate and workplace but in a remarkably balanced way. We live and work in arguably the most innovative place on the planet, which we have earned a thought leadership position in a number of topic areas. We have a rich history of influence in all things ‘place’ that seeds our very bright future as a community of professionals positioned to shape the workplaces of some of the most important and innovative companies ever.

As we recognize Ed and Carol for their incredible efforts over their distinguished careers, and as we recognize Ylva as a standout amongst her Young Leader peers, we should also take great pride in knowing we have an amazing community in NorCal in which our members like Ed, Carol and Ylva can thrive.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all who made our Gala happen, especially to our Special Events Committee and our amazing Sponsors. This Gala is a very special event, and I speak for the entirety of our membership when I say we are grateful for your tireless efforts and your incredible generosity.

As we look at our progress of 2019/2020, we continue to focus our efforts on several Strategic Themes across all we do as a chapter. These include:

  • Re-frame our efforts to include the broader topic of ‘workplace’ in our programming and other content
  • Prioritize Diversity & Inclusion across all aspects of our chapter
  • Increase attractiveness and stickiness for those who are Early-in-Career
  • Improve/modernize our approach to Social Media and communications in general
  • Develop Small/Smaller programs and look to expand methods of program and content delivery
  • Develop and utilize membership analytics to understand engagement, opportunities, etc.
  • Engage adjacent organizations, professions where it makes sense

A few of these are works in progress and will likely come to fruition after my term. Even where that is the case, it is fully my intention, and my responsibility, to get the momentum underway for each AND to help our President Elect and my successor, Andrea Tobias, to keep on keeping on.

Have feedback or ideas for me? Please feel free to reach out at

Until next time…


Request for Committee Members

Get more involved in CoreNet NorCal! One of the best ways to increase your involvement and really get to know other members of CoreNet NorCal is by joining a committee. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact our Administrative Director, Michelle Lagos, and she will connect you with a committee.


Chapter News and Updates

Featured Member Profile - Ylva Sandberg

Ylva Sandberg is an emerging corporate real estate leader who is passionate about working with great people, coaching and developing teams and problem-solving in fast paced environments. CoreNet Northern California’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year, Sandberg CBRE's Account Operations Director and Head of the Coordinator function for the Uber Account. The account gives her ample opportunity to experience her passions as she is responsible for building, standardizing, optimizing, and innovating processes and programs across geographies, service lines and service providers. The function also includes a team of more than 35 professionals in technology and analytics, environmental health and safety, portfolio services and account operations that supports the global, full-service account consisting of over 300 people and spans over 70 countries. “Ultimately my job comes down to people, processes and technology, in that order, said Sandberg. “Since I work with a great CBRE and client team, I get to have fun every day.”

Currently one of the team’s top initiatives is finalizing their account management program which includes their communications plan, performance measures and change control process. They are also in the process of rolling out the CBRE Vantage Dashboard Suit and have been supporting Uber in the development and roll out of their end to end process for the workplace and real estate organization globally. A first generation outsourcing client, Uber requires a high level of expertise. Sandberg, who has been with CBRE since 2011, indicated her background has prepared her well to overcome the many obstacles she faces. “My other roles with CBRE have built up to this one,” she said. “It's a mix of the areas I've been managing for years with some new exciting challenges.”

Sandberg joined CoreNet in 2014 and after attending a few meetings she decided to deepen her involvement in the organization. In 2015 she joined the Programs Committee where she co-led a number of well received monthly Chapter meetings. Impressed by her fresh perspective, creativity and work ethic, the CoreNet Board asked her to succeed one of the co-chairs who was transitioning out of the role. Sandberg is currently fulfilling her second year as Programs Committee Co-Chair. “Getting actively involved in CoreNet unlocked considerable benefits for me personally and professionally,” Sandberg said. “It has given me exposure to the industry outside of CBRE and my clients, has broadened my knowledge and has connected me to amazing people including many friends for life." 

In terms of advice for those getting started in their careers, Sandberg encourage young professionals to get curious and make a big effort to gain insight into the business of their companies and to fully understand levers they can pull or push to impact outcomes. “At the end of the day, it's all about people and it's a small industry,” she said. “So be kind, listen to others and remember you are making contacts and friends that will take you through the rest of your career.”

On the personal front, she is passionate about doing the right thing and making a positive impact in the world, especially on the people directly in her life. Sandberg was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. After high school she lived in Spain, worked as an au pair and did some traveling before moving to the U.S. for college. She loves traveling, spending time with friends and family and doing anything active, from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and boxing. She lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend of over six years. While they have no children or animals, they have at least been able to keep their ficus bonsai, Bob, alive for three years, which is pretty impressive considering their busy travel schedules!


22nd Annual CRE Awards Gala Recap

CoreNet NorCal hosted its 22nd Annual CRE Awards Gala on November 14, 2019 at the famed Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The chapter honored Ed Axelsen, Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities at Splunk as Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year and Carol Sandman, Founding Principal at AP+I Design, Inc. as Service Provider of the Year. Ylva Sandberg, Operations Director, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions was also recognized as the Chapter's Young Leader of the Year. A sold out crowd of 675 members and guests attended the festive evening which included a lively awards ceremony during dinner and a rocking afterparty featuring the Cheeseballs. Check out the photos of the Awards Dinner and Afterparty!

CoreNet Apprentice Program Corporate Outreach

Dear CoreNet members,

The CoreNet Apprentice Program (CAP) committee thanks you for your support of CAP, either as a previous summer host, and/or for expressing interest in becoming a host in 2020. CAP can only exist if we have amazing partners like you who take an active role in the development of CRE talent and future leaders.

Over the next several weeks, we will be filling out our slate of talented student interns for Summer 2020, and expect most of our students to be undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year. With the student selection process in motion, we are now beginning the process of identifying host companies, which is where you come in.

It would help us a great deal if you would respond to this survey linked below over the next few days indicating your level of interest in hosting a CAP intern for the Summer 2020. Simply choose one of the options indicated in the survey, or feel free to send us any other comments.

We will follow up with you based on your response. For those that are ‘in’ or ‘probably in’, we will reach out in the next few weeks to give you more info, to get a sense of where an intern can help you (projects, initiatives, etc.), gather any special skills you require, and to understand your company’s intern program (if one exists) so that we can ensure we are working within key dates, etc.

Thank you in advance for your support of CAP in 2020!! Please feel free to forward this to others inside or outside your organization as you see fit.

Warmest regards,
CAP Committee

Deadline 12/15/2019


Women of CoreNet Holiday Happy Hour


The Women of CoreNet hosted a Holiday Happy Hour at the Hotel Valencia VBar at Santana Row on Thursday, November 7th. There were about 60 CoreNet members, men and women, enjoying cocktails and celebrating the upcoming holiday season.


Upcoming Events

December Chapter Meeting // Thursday, December 12 // Santa Clara
California’s Moonshot: A Discussion of Bold and Groundbreaking Actions to End the Wildfire Crisis

California’s wildfire threat is massive, imperiling the state’s precious natural resources and jeopardizing the well-being of each and every resident. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone in the Bay Area who has kept abreast of the news, has lost a home (or knows of someone who has), has endured days and nights without power or has had to heed recurrent health warnings. Unless action is taken urgently, and in true proportion to the danger, these firestorms will become more frequent, more severe, more widespread and will cost California businesses and residents much more than the billions of dollars already (or about to be) spent.

Dr. Glenda Humiston of the University of California, is one of those persons whom, while not fighting fires in the traditional sense, is very much on the front lines of Governor Newsom’s and the private sector’s efforts to achieve lasting results in the battle against wildfires.

Join us on December 12th at the Pivot Interiors headquarters in Santa Clara as Dr. Humiston describes how we arrived at this situation; the extent of the challenges we all now face; the public and private sector responses that are imperative if we are to get ahead of this crisis; and the social, ecological and economic benefits that we all will enjoy if we swiftly heed the call to action and embrace California’s Moonshot.

Pivot Interiors: 3355 Scott Blvd #110, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Schedule: 3:30p: Registration // 4:00p: Program // 5:30p: Reception
Cost: Member: $35.00 // Non-Member End User: $60.00 // Non-Member Service Provider: $85.00

ATTN: The December Meeting is one week earlier, due to the holidays!


CoreNet Young Leaders // Wednesday, December 18 // San Francisco
CoreNet Young Leaders Holiday Dinner Party!

Join the CoreNet Young Leaders for our first annual Holiday Dinner! This year we will enjoy an evening to recognize and celebrate the Young Leader of the Year recipients. All CoreNet Young Leader members (ages 35 and under) are invited to attend, and we encourage Non-Members to accompany us and see what we’re all about. You can look forward to a festive and entertaining evening with your peers, enjoying drinks and dinner as we wrap up the end of 2019.

Venue: Checkr: One Montgomery Tower, 120 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Schedule: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Cost: Young Leader Member: $50.00 // Young Leader Non-Member: $65.00

This event is limited to 50 guests. Parking garages available nearby, ride share apps encouraged.


CoreNet Holiday Party // Thursday, January 30 // San Francisco
Save the Date for the Annual CoreNet Holiday Party!

The Chapter wants to continue the holiday celebration into 2020 as we host our Annual Holiday Party at the 111 Minna Gallery. Guest will enjoy the company of their fellow members over a tasty menu and delicious wine.

Venue: 111 Minna Gallery: 111 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Schedule: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Cost: Member: $25.00 // Non-Member: $125.00

Member registration proceeds will go to the Kindcaid Fire relief fund. Additional donations are encouraged!

Featured Platinum Sponsors

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2019 CRE Awards Gala


2019 Day on the Bay



CoreNet Apprentice Program



2019 Golf Tournament 

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June Chapter Meeting


July Chapter Meeting


August Chapter Meeting 

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