The New Rise of Downtown

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The twenty-first century has experienced a marked shift in the way that companies do business – and the lengths at which strong companies will go to attract top tier talent. With the rise of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Apple, who have built incredible, Disneyland-esque campuses to delight and inspire their teams, there has been a global shift in attitudes toward office space and the impact it has on a company’s culture.

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Calling All Landlords: What Tenants Really Want In Their Office Space

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I love office space. I love how a space can be transformed from a cold shell to a company’s hub and place to innovate. A key part of my role as a commercial real estate broker who exclusively represents tenants and buyers – the true consumers of office space – is touring our clients through different office spaces and helping them determine which has the most potential to be their firm’s new home should they move. Spending time with our clients as they evaluate the pros and cons of various alternatives has given me insight into what makes tenants fall in love with a particular space, but also what makes them rule others out. Below are ten simple and effective ways landlords can make their office spaces as attractive – and leasable – as possible.

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Spaces We Love: Beats Electronics’ Hip Culver City Headquarters

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There are some offices that epitomize a company’s look, feel and brand to a tee – and Beats by Dre’s new space is no exception! Their 105,000 square foot Culver City headquarters is unlike anything I’ve seen before – and the best way to describe it is exactly how I would describe their product and brand. It’s just cool.

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Barrier Busters: Dispelling Myths About Millennial Women

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Last week I came across an article on Forbes.com that I completely connected with. Written by Forbes Contributor Peggy Drexler, the piece Young Women Are Busy Knocking Down Barriers In Business grabbed me from the get-go. As a proud millennial woman, I’m always curious to read what others are saying about my generation’s impact on the workplace…and Peggy nailed it.

Millennials have been painted as all different “types” of employees, some of which are favorable and some… not so much. This article confirmed what I have long believed: People may say a lot of things about the youngest generation in the workplace, but they can’t call us pessimistic.

Millennial women are not miserable in their jobs or cynical about the future. In fact, millennials have the most positive outlook for women in the workplace of every generation. 65% of women polled by an Accenture study in 2012 felt equal to men on the job. 66% see visible female role models in their companies. Only 33% feel stagnant in their careers. We’re happy. We feel challenged. And we like it.

While glass ceilings certainly still exist today, that glass appears to be just a little bit thinner, and I believe it’s because millennial women place incredible value on having a rewarding and successful career. Proof can be seen in the fact that, in a 2012 Pew Research Center study, for the first time, more women than men placed great value on a high paying career. More than 2/3 of young working women rate a successful career as “high on their list of life priorities.” This is in contrast to less than 60% of men who deem a high paying career as a high priority.

I haven’t conducted a survey to find out why the women of my generation are more positive and more optimistic about our futures, but I’m willing to bet that it has a lot to do with the fact that we see progress in motion. 44% of us want to start our own businesses. We want to be in positions of leadership. We also want families. And with continued societal advancement, the idea of having it all is becoming a more and more realistic future for us.  We’re navigating our own destiny to obtain it. We see women including Marissa Mayer and Sara Blakely doing it, and we know that we can do it too.

So what will the future of the workplace in which women are happier and more confident look like?

My hunch is that, as more and more millennials move into positions of leadership in the workplace, we’re going to see even more positive changes. With far more millennial women in positions of leadership, I hope to see the workplace as a whole become much more flexible, and friendlier, when it comes to accommodating career-driven women who also happen to embrace motherhood.



Healthy Smoothie Recipes for the Office

When you’re on the go and trying to juggle hair, make-up, breakfast, and getting out the door on time, a make-ahead smoothie is a great morning option that is both healthy and delicious!

A few of my favorites are:

All Fruit & Vitamins Galore

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Healthy Smoothie #1

Puree 2 oranges (peeled), 1 cup of frozen raspberries, and 1 cup of frozen blueberries.  For some extra sweetness, add in two tangerines and 1 cup of frozen strawberries.

All Red Smoothie: Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Acai

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Healthy Smoothie #2

Puree 1 cup of acai juice, 1 cup of pomegranate juice, and 3 cups of frozen strawberries.

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Healthy Smoothie #3

Puree 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt, and ½ cup of ice.

Mango Madness

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Healthy Smoothie #4

Puree 1 cup of frozen mangos, 1 cup of passion-fruit mango juice, 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks, and 1 cup of ice.

Enjoy!



Spaces We Love – Booking.com’s New Singapore Office

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Booking.com’s new Singapore office space is a contemporary garden in the sky – with bright, white, open ceilings, artificial turf flooring, and a living wall. The open ceiling is a key design element. Painted white to brighten the space, with illuminating hanging lights, the ceiling, in a sense, opens the space up to the sky. It’s clean, vibrant, and contemporary.

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Spaces We Love: Stripe’s New San Francisco Digs

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We love tech up-and-comer Stripe’s creative new headquarters in San Francisco. The company, which helps businesses accept payments over the web and from mobile devices, has created a lush, vibrant space for its team, while managing to incorporate a color palette consistent with its brand. The bright blue accent wall color contrasts beautifully with the exposed wood beams and wood floor, making for a warm, inviting reception area.

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Time Saving & Task Boosting: Tips for Practical, Easy-to-Implement Ways to Raise Productivity at Work

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Countless new books, articles, and seminars each year focus on how we can boost our productivity, get organized, and make the most of our days at work. Don’t get me wrong; the overwhelming majority of them are filled with useful information, clever tips, and inspiring ideas for ways to become more efficient. However, what works best for me are often the most simple of strategies. I’ve taken my favorite tips from what I’ve read, and also what I’ve personally found effective, to create a simple three-step system for staying organized and boosting my own productivity.

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Spaces We Love: Eventbrite’s New San Francisco Office

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From unique bicycle storage, to breakout rooms with hammocks, to work spaces that vary from light and bright to rich and soothing, Eventbrite has blended an assortment of office design trends, and it’s all working very well. Find out what I love about the company’s new space on 5th Street in San Francisco.

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Tips for Creating a Casual Yet Chic Coastal Office Space

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If your office is near the beach and you’re looking to capture a breezy, coastal feel in your workspace, there are some easy ways to bring the outdoors in. Here are a few tips to incorporate a beachy vibe into your office space so it can reflect its incredible location.

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