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Phil Kirschner      

Senior Expert Real Estate and Organizational Change at McKinsey & Company; Workplace Strategy Consultant

Phil Kirschner has 19 years of experience persuading complex and global networks of stakeholders to transform their operational processes and behaviors. He has learned continuously across the disciplines of information security, operational risk, expense management and corporate real estate, before finding his passion for workplace strategy and employee experience.

Phil was most recently the Head of Workplace Strategy at WeWork, where he founded and grew a team of 25 strategists in 7 countries in 18 months. His team was committed to making WeWork the strategy of choice for enterprises that must provide high performance workplaces for their employees and investors.

Phil was previously a Senior Vice President in JLL’s Consulting group, based in New York, where he managed the Workplace Strategy practice for the northeast United States. Phil was a global leader for workplace utilization strategies and smart buildings, providing vision and executive oversight on a wide range of engagements.

Before becoming a consultant, Phil was the Americas Head of Workplace Strategy, and Global Head of Workplace Effectiveness at Credit Suisse. In his role, Phil developed and promoted global space standards, including the award-winning “Smart Working” program which used policies, space and advances in mobile technologies to address evolving workplace preferences and reduce occupancy expenses.

Prior to his Workplace Strategy role at Credit Suisse, Phil was a global efficiency manager for professional services and software expenses, and information security officer. He traveled extensively for all of his roles, including a year working in London, quickly adapting to unique clients, cultures and requirements.

Phil earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, with concentrations in AI and robotics.

Outside of work, Phil is a fifth-generation NYC native, dedicated father and husband, committed volunteer for New York Cares and Lincoln Center, and avid traveler with 45 countries under my belt so far.

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