David R. Casper
U.S. Chief Executive Officer,
BMO Financial Group
Addressing the economic imperative of employees returning to the workplace from a financial perspective, Mr. Casper will explore the connection between workers returning and our area’s economic recovery as well as the critical business importance of in-person collaboration.
Among his many areas of responsibility, Mr. Casper oversees the performance of BMO Financial Corp., BMO Harris Bank N.A., and their subsidiaries. Deeply invested in the Chicago community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the United Way of Metro Chicago, and other area civic institutions.
Janice R. Thomas
Chief of Staff, Metra
Ms. Thomas will address the ongoing measures Metra is taking to provide a safe environment onboard trains and in stations – in particular, best practices in sanitizing and disinfecting, assuring air quality and maintaining social distancing.
As Chief of Staff, Ms. Thomas is a key strategic advisor to Metra CEO/Executive Director, James M. Derwinski. She is responsible for directing and managing government affairs, marketing and community relations teams for the agency.
COO, Riverside Investment and Development
To help attendees manage their unique situations, Mr. Scacco will address the comprehensive physical strategies buildings have implemented in response to COVID-19, including ventilation, indoor air quality, elevator safety and touchless surfaces.
Bringing more than two decades of development and project management experience, Mr. Scacco has helped lead developments on more than 13 million square feet of office, multifamily, hospitality and mixed used projects on two continents.
Regional Operations Manager, JLL
Ms. Spearman will discuss cleaning protocols, social distancing and mask enforcement, management of tenant and public spaces, and the importance of communication and transparency between tenants and property management teams.
A 19-year real estate professional, Ms. Spearman runs all operational aspects for the firm’s Midwest Region. Her responsibilities include operations and management of over 70 million square feet of office and industrial properties in five states.
Robert L Murphy, MD
Dr. Murphy will update attendees on the latest information on the virus, ongoing vaccination efforts and their impact, and offer a physician’s perspective on safely returning to work.
Dr. Murphy is a member of the Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine, serving as the John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases. He serves as Executive Director, Institute for Global Health and Director of the Institute’s Center for Global Communicable and Emerging Infectious Diseases.