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Monthly Archives: August 2015

GLG Accelerates Growth As Austin Hub Nearly Doubles In Size With Innovative New Space For 400 Employees

Austin, Texas; August 3, 2015 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) announced today it has signed a new lease for office space in Austin, Texas, nearly doubling its footprint there. The ten-year lease is for 41,803 square feet from CommonWealth Partners at 301 Congress Avenue in Downtown Austin. Austin is the second-largest location for GLG, the world’s leading professional learning platform, with around 300 professionals working there today; the new space will accommodate 400 employees over the next few years. The office will be designed by award-winning architect Clive Wilkinson, who also designed the GLG global headquarters in New York City – one of the largest North American implementations of activity-based working. (Renderings of the new office are available at

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn and our Austin team is critical to our success,” said GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand. “Since opening our office here in 2004, we’ve proudly supported and participated in Austin’s remarkable growth and success.”

GLG currently occupies 24,279 square feet at 301 Congress, which recently underwent a complete lobby renovation and amenity upgrades. The new office will cover the entire fifteenth and sixteenth floors of the building, which will be connected by a large atrium with a central staircase. Like the New York headquarters, GLG Austin will soon use activity-based working, an innovative concept that eschews assigned personal workspaces for a more flexible and productive approach to work life. Employees will choose from multiple types of private meeting and collaboration spaces, conference and training spaces, and a staffed coffee bar.

GLG was founded in 1998 to serve professionals who needed perspective they couldn’t find in one-size-fits-all industry reports, courses, or conferences. Today GLG facilitates thousands of connections a week between the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups and a teaching membership of 400,000 policy specialists, academics, engineers, former C-level managers, professional leaders, and other subject matter experts.

Clive Wilkinson Architects is an award-winning Los Angeles-based firm responsible for Google’s corporate headquarters, Googleplex, and the “Superdesk” for the Barbarian Group’s New York offices. In 2014, GLG moved into their CWA-designed global headquarters in New York City – a 64,361-square-foot activity-based workplace in the historic One Grand Central Place (formerly the Lincoln Building). The office is organized into “neighborhoods” of work areas and shared space. Employees move from neighborhood to neighborhood depending on the work they’re doing. To make this work, employees have lockers to store their belongings overnight. They all use laptops that dock at screens where they choose to work. The office was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Interior Design, and Fast Company, among other publications.

“I’m excited to again work with the GLG team to bring an innovative, collaborative, progressive workplace to life,” said Clive Wilkinson, President and Design Director of Clive Wilkinson Architects. “GLG Austin will share a thematic aesthetic and operational sensibility with GLG’s New York office, while embracing unique local resources, materials, and craftsmanship. The office will feel both viscerally connected to GLG’s headquarters and distinctly Austin.”

CWA will be supported by local architects STG Design, led by PollyAnna Little. Aquila Commercial’s Todd Tebbe will manage the project for GLG. GLG will complete the build and move by July 2016.

A short video about the New York office is available here on Architizer.

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from a membership of more than 400,000 and other experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s more than 1,000 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit

About CWP / CommonWealth Partners

Founded in Los Angeles in 1995, CommonWealth Partners is a vertically integrated and privately owned real estate investment, development, and management organization. CWP offers a wide array of services including investment & capital market transactions, portfolio management, asset management, property management, marketing, leasing, development, and accounting/reporting.

CWP has been involved in acquiring, planning, entitling, and developing well over 30 million square feet of large-scale, premier-quality office and mixed-use projects that set new standards of excellence in serving the needs of corporations, professional firms, and financial institutions. Currently, CWP holds assets throughout the U.S. including Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Austin, and Los Angeles.

1% for the Planet Proudly Welcomes New Environmental Ambassadors

Diverse list of individuals join the network to solidify their commitment to our planet

BURLINGTON, VT1% for the Planet, one of the world’s largest environmental networks, announces the addition of a new group of individuals who join the network’s growing team of ambassadors. Committed to spreading the word about protecting our environment, these advocates continue to prove their dedication to our planet while showcasing the power of one.

The network’s growing ambassador program continues to engage exemplary people passionate about spreading 1% for the Planet’s message to new, extended audiences.

For 2015, 13 new ambassadors join the 1% for the Planet network, accompanying an expansive, international group of thought leaders and problem solvers invested in creating real-world solutions to critical environmental issues.

“Our ambassadors are our people on the ground, walking the talk and proving to everyone the impact that one person can really have on the environment,” said Barbara Friedsam, Director of Brand and Marketing for 1% for the Planet. “They’re the ones inspiring others (myself included) to get out, get involved and do great things. It’s a real ripple effect. We’re incredibly fortunate to have such a distinct group of ambassadors within our network, and I could not be more excited about the work that they’re doing, as well as what’s still to come.”

1% for the Planet’s newest ambassadors include some of the most high-profile figures in outdoor and adventure culture. Among them is Kit Deslauriers, two-time World Freeskiing Women’s Champion and first person to ski the Seven Summits. Kit joins the ambassador program as an advocate for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Toronto Blue Jays teammate and longtime adventurer Daniel Norris also joins 1% for the Planet as an ambassador for engagement, using his social media channels as a platform to encourage everyone to get active and go outside. Others include Max Tischler, Director and Lead Ecologist for Australian Desert Expeditions, Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, and French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand. These new ambassadors join a seasoned group of environmental trail-blazers including teacher/administrator Stephen Ritz, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation founder Gregg Treinish, and many more.

For more information on 1% for the Planet, the ambassador program and ways to get involved, visit:

“Love Wins” Designs Debut At The Peace Store

Year of awakening events provides consumer a way to display social action.

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KEY WEST, Fl. – To commemorate 2015 as a year of awakening, The Peace Store in Key West, Florida has released a unique “LOVE WINS” t-shirt design, drawing from the online viral response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.

Created by the marketing executive who developed branding for the national exhibit more than a decade ago, “RACE: Are we so different?,” Val Marmillion, said, “There is a subterranean population who find America’s drift away from peaceful values our biggest threat to democracy because conflict has always lead to divide and conquer consequences in societies.”

Marmillion, along with his partner, Juan Pisani, created The Peace Store on popular Duval Street in answer to those who want active wear to say something positive about current events.

In the span of a few months, incidents involving all sectors of society have raised critical questions about how to “get along.” Global conflicts, nuclear proliferation, racism, homophobia, violent acts and easing tensions with our neighbors have shared headlines as good vs. evil, love vs. hate and peace vs. war dialogue has gained momentum. Amidst this awakening of soulfulness, The Peace Store recognized the need for activism in a consumer society that loves to wear what it thinks.

In Key West, Marmillion has emerged as a blogger and The Peace Man on Pirate Radio Key West, where his weekly commentaries tackle a host of contemporary issues all with the umbrella theme of peace leading to a more secure society.

“We wanted to honor the mood of celebration and unity with a design that surrounds a peace sign with the words ‘Love Wins’ in a graffiti-style bubble type,” said Pisani.

With a portion of proceeds dedicated to Luci’s Fund for unsheltered animals and lost pets, the “LOVE WINS” slogan is right for all segments of society who view individual liberties, the right to love, and a dedication to peace something worth shouting about.

The new motif will be showcased in Provincetown, MA in August, where the “LOVE WINS” peace design will appear along the parade route for the annual Carnival celebration and in Key West in October for the annual Fantasy Fest celebration.

For more information on the new “LOVE WINS” active wear, go to THEPEACESTORE.NET or find peaceful commentary by going to THEPEACEMANBLOG.COM.

The Peace Store is open seven days a week at 419 Duval Street, Key West, Florida and 24/7 online at

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