Speaking Engagements

Retail Design Institute / Southwest + Pacific Chapter
Costa Mesa

Retail Design Institute / Southwest + Pacific Chapter

Tour of Mercado González!

Are you curious to learn more about Shook Kelley's latest project, Mercado González? Join RDI's tour on March 7th, led by both Kevin Kelley (Shook Kelley) and Tom Herman (Northgate González Markets)!

Register here.

Ivy: The Lifelong Business School

Ivy: The Lifelong Business School

Virtual Event

IVY introduces business leaders to today's leading minds. We serve more than 10,000 CEOs and rising leaders across 100 countries, enabling them to overcome their most critical obstacles to growth, with a specific focus on three key areas: performance & wellbeing, leadership & management, impact & global trends. Past guests include Magic Johnson, Matthew McConaughey, James Patterson, Matt Damon, and more.

See what Kevin Kelley has to share by inquiring here.

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Past Speaking Engagements

Hyatt Regency - Dallas, TX

CMA | SIMA Conference

The Bonfire Effect: How to Create Stores That Survive and Thrive in a Digitally Dominant Era

We live in a time of digital replacements, where everything we used to do physically in place—shopping for groceries, getting dinner at a restaurant, and going to the movies— can now be achieved virtually online.

So how can place-based entities survive, much less thrive, in an era of digital dominance? By creating irreplaceable places that have the power to convene people around a quality that Kevin Ervin Kelley calls the Bonfire Effect.

Through engaging storytelling, human behavior insights, and real-world case studies, Kevin Ervin Kelley—an attention architect and cofounder of Shook Kelley, a strategic design firm that pioneered the field of “convening”—unfolds why physical places are essential to business, community, and civil society. 

Join fellow retail and consumer professionals by registering here!

Charlotte, NC

CNU 31 Charlotte

CNU 31 Walking Tours

The Congress for the New Urbanism is bringing its 31st annual Congress to the Queen City May 31 to June 3, and we are excited to convene in our home town! Many efforts of our firm from the past 30+ years will be showcased, from Historic South End, to communities like Birkdale Village, Antiquity and more.

Our firm will be participating in three of the scheduled CNU 31 walking tours — A New Hope (VI) and 5 Points Forward on May 31, and No Cars Allowed - Neighborhood Development on June 2. One of the two featured Hope VI neighborhoods is Brightwalk, the transformation of a former housing project into a mixed-income, mixed-use, intergenerational community that has become a national model of community development. 5 Points Forward is a grassroots urban vision planning effort for the 5 Points Plaza area in the Historic West End of Charlotte — a public planning process that has brought the residents together to frame the vision for their own neighborhood. The No Cars Allowed - Neighborhood Development tour will feature new mixed-use residential projects that are providing alternate methods of transportation without the typical parking requirements found in traditional multifamily developments.

For more information, click here.

Cambridge, MA

Teaching Urban Retail Best Practices

Reimagining Retail: Seizing Opportunities on Main Street and in Ecommerce

Terry Shook, FAIA and Kevin Kelley, AIA join Robert Gibbs, FASLA, AICP at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design November 16, 17 & 18 to lead an interactive course illustrating the best practices for urban retail districts and town centers seeking to respond to the emerging post-COVID era practices and changing lifestyles. Guest speakers include thought and practice leaders in the fields of consumer psychology, real estate development, leasing and finance. Now in its 26th year, this entertaining and instructive program is ideal for architects, city officials, institutional lenders, policy makers, real estate investment trusts, residential and commercial real estate developers, retailers and urban planners. Enrollment is now open!

Enrollment is now open! Visit Course Website

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