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Theme: TEDxPlano Salon Session Prediction Panel: How will we live, work and play in 2021 and beyond?

This event occurred on
April 27, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Plano, Texas
United States

TEDxPlano invites you to join us for a Salon Session conversation on the future of our communities. Do you have thoughts on what the future holds for how we work, live, play and connect? Our panel of experts will share what they learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and what changes we might see in the years ahead. Audience participation is encouraged through online polling and interactive online conversation throughout the session.

The TEDxPlano team is committed to protecting public health and safety. Our experts will join you for a live stream event and the conversation will happen in real time.

Ian Zapata | Repositioning & Landlord Services Leader, Design Director, Senior Associate, Gensler
Candy Slocum | Executive Director at North Central Texas InterLink, Inc.
Michael Zizik | Partner/Architect, Bush Architects
Brandon Palanker | Founder and President, 3BL Strategies (Moderator)

Zoom/Facebook Live
Plano, Texas, 75074
United States
Event type:
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Brandon Palankar

Placemaker + Urbanist
An urbanist and marketing strategist, Brandon provides placemaking and development tools to cities, towns and developers abiding by the Triple Bottom Line philosophy of social, environmental, and economic responsibility. He serves as a Council member of the Urban Land Institute’s Mixed Use Development Council and Transit Oriented Development Council of North Texas; Board Member of the Real Estate Institute at SBU, Form-Based Codes Institute and CNU North Texas.

Candy Slocum

Trend Forecaster + Workforce Analyst
She has 30 years’ experience as a Labor Market Strategist forecasting occupation, skill, and knowledge needs for the workforce of the future and trends that will change the way work is performed. The data is used by regional Career and Technical Educators to develop programs of study to prepare students for success in continuing education and the workforce. InterLink was named a Model Program by the State of Texas for impacting North Central Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs which showed measurable improvement by using InterLink’s information to align their programs with regional employer needs.

Ian Zapata

Ian has 25 years of experience planning and designing mixed use environments, hotels, commercial office buildings, and corporate headquarters. He is guided by the belief that the smallest, most anonymous project should have the same level of attention, quality, and passion as the largest and most prominent. Ian’s relevant experience and specialization includes the repositioning of several urban buildings, and he serves as the global leader for this practice area.

Michael Zizik

As a partner in noted Dallas firm Bush Architects, Michael Zizik has a hand in shaping some of North Texas’ most impactful multi-use projects. In addition to the $1 billion Collin Creek project, Zizik is integral to projects including Entrada in Westlake, River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound, and North Richland Hills’ City Point development. A masters graduate of the Tulane University School of Architecture, Zizik leads one of the most innovative and technically advanced teams in the marketplace.

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Plano, TX, United States