Perspectives Austin 2018

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PDR Presents

Thursday, February 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
PRINTpress 1209 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Perspectives is PDR’s workplace strategy summit. Guided by a panel of esteemed thought leaders spanning design, brand, and culture, we will discuss current best practices actively shaping the future of workplace. Join us for drinks, small bites and an inspiring conversation among friends.  

Imagine a business where brand and culture align.
Where workers understand and believe the mission and their individual impact.
How will this business surpass their competition?
We invite you to come find out.



Royal Frasier
Notley Ventures Director of Communications & Founder of RAD Office Tour

Royal is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of RAD Office Tour, Austin’s first Workplace Design Tour taking place in May 2017. Her background combines community impact, marketing and PR communications. Currently she consults on communication strategies for architecture, design and technology companies such as NBBJ, argodesign, CognitiveScale and the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Integrated Design. Eager to support Austin’s creative industry, Royal also leads communications for Austin Design Week.

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Julie Savasky
Associate Partner at Pentagram Design
Julie is an Austin-based graphic designer. She has worked for international design consultancy, Pentagram, since 1995. In 2007, she became an associate partner. Her work focuses primarily on editorial, identity, strategy, and web design and has won awards from Graphis, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and Texas Institute of Letters among others. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University.

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Annahita Varahrami
Program Manager at IBM Cloud Garage
Annahita joined IBM in 2013 after an 8-year career as a clinical social worker in nonprofit and private practice. She brings critical thinking coupled with human- centered approaches to develop programs focused on cultivating rich, compassionate culture within IBM Cloud Garages worldwide. Annahita’s ability to connect with people has allowed her to successfully lead client-focused Garage initiatives, driving new business and opening new locations with innovation as a priority.

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David Walker
Partner at OpenWork Agency
David Walker is a Partner at OpenWork Agency, a global workplace strategy consultancy with roots in the coworking industry.  David brings nearly a decade of experience working in the coworking industry. Prior to co-founding OpenWork Agency, David co-founded and led operations at Conjunctured (2008-2014), one of the original coworking communities in the world. Conjunctured received global acclaim for not only being an innovative workspace alternative, but also for its unique community-first approach to work and thought leadership in the coworking industry. 

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Jackie Wheat
Principal + Director of Design at PDR 
Jackie Wheat, is the Design Director at PDR and leads both the Interior Design and Visual Communication teams.  Her teams transform program and strategy into design solutions and help clients identify their brand while creatively infusing it into their workplace.  Jackie has a passion for thoughtful placemaking that connects people and expresses the client's vision, identity and culture. The results are tailored, sensorial environments that both inspire and leave a lasting impression.

We look forward to having you join our insightful forum. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Regional Director, Shawna Hills at

Kindly RSVP here by February 5, 2018.

See you soon!