Power Speakers

Sridhar (Sri) Deivasigamani

 An energy conservationist, technologist and entrepreneur, with numerous patents    

Tuesday, March 20, 9-10 a.m.

Session 1.0 – Opening Power Speaker

Digitization of our Built Environment – The Next 10 Years Versus the Last 100 Years

Technological advancements and companies like IBM, Apple, Tesla, and Google have redefined the way we live and work. But as most industries have seen a transformative shift in productivity and increased efficiencies, our sector has been left behind. Until now.

The future of facility management is ripe for innovation. In fact, the built industry will change more in the next ten years than it has in the past 100 years. Ongoing advances in AI, predictive analytics, and IoT along with the latest breakthroughs in smart and energy efficient buildings will have a profound impact on the building trades and facilities.

In this session, Sri will identify the disruptive forces that will drive efficiencies (financial, decision making, risk management, comfort) and open up new business opportunities. He will also discuss the elements needed for building owners and managers to successfully harness the power of sensors, IoT and AI to transform their operations.

Sridhar (Sri) Deivasigamani didn’t set out to create the first on-demand hot water heater. But, after returning home from a 30-hour flight only to find his basement completely flooded from a broken water heater, he knew a worthy challenge when he saw it. After mopping up the basement, the robotics engineer immediately started troubleshooting his water heater. By sunrise, he had the idea for what would become the first on-demand, tankless commercial water heater.

Today, Intellihot boasts several large-scale clients including Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, 340 on the Park, Chicago’s second tallest residential building, and Hilton Hotels. The success of Intellihot continues to flourish, with revenue growing in excess of 100 percent year-over-year. The company now employs 50 people in both Galesburg and Peoria, and continues to secure key partnerships nationwide.

Prior to founding Intellihot, Sri spent ten years at Caterpillar as a mechanical engineer with a focus on marine engines and control systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, India and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. Sri envisions a future of extraordinary efficiency, where not a watt of energy or drop of water is wasted. In his spare time, he likes to work on motorcycles and robotic lawnmowers.

Alexsys Thompson

     Author, Executive Coach, Conflict Resolutionist, Entrepreneur

Tuesday, March 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Session 3.0 – Power Speaker Luncheon

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There: 13 Keys to Unlock Your Leadership Greatness

Excelling in your craft and moving up? Great — you’re a leader. Now what?

The journey to your greatest leadership potential is one of the toughest and most rewarding you’ll embark on. Research shows us there are 13 key areas a leader will need to develop within to realize their greatest leadership potential — Lexy will explore these and how you can access them.

Lexy’s passion for strong leadership and high functioning teams drove her career into the entrepreneurial space in 2010, which has given her the unique lens necessary to provide high-caliber services in a market lacking in professional resources. In 2014, after consulting for many years, Lexy’s success propelled her to take her coaching practice up a notch and create Trybal Performance, LLC.

As an executive coach, entrepreneur and conflict resolutionist, Lexy’s distinctive strengths and experience are a potent combination that enables her to assist leaders and their teams in mapping a route into the future, taking into account all points of impact. When problems arise, her commitment to clean, concise and kind candor help clear the way for the optimal solution.

Many of the amazing leaders she has had the honor to work with have described her as a breath of fresh air, a safe place, a consummate strategist, as well as a confidant. She leverages humor (in the right context) to empower a leader to move forward and be fearless on the journey of knowing self. Her personal mission statement is to “Create safe places for souls to show up.”

As the Founder of Trybal Performance, she utilizes a robust suite of tools to help her clients build an organizational foundation whose core is abundance based. Simply put, that means she starts with what is right and works to fill in the gaps of what is not. Her intimate knowledge of what it takes to make an organization successful from the top down allows her to speak on a variety of topics, including how to build and maintain a Strengths-Based Ecosystem, optimizing communication including conflict resolution, creating, and sustaining Abundance-Based Environments, leadership, workplace bullying and creating safe spaces.



  • BA Leadership
  • MS Leadership & Executive Coaching
  • Certified Executive Coach (University)
  • Board Certified Executive Coach (BCC)
  • Forbes Coaches Council
  • Certified Gallup Strengths Coach
  • Certified MBTI
  • Certified Leadership Circle
  • Certified Dream Manager
  • Certified Crucial Conversations & Accountability Facilitator
  • Certified How to Talk About it (HTTAI) Facilitator
  • Human Capital Institute (HCI) Blogger (four years +)


  • Gratitude and raising your EQ (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Taking on the tough stuff through gratitude
  • Why gratitude practice is imperative and not everyone is doing it
  • The power of a strengths-based leader
  • Playing to your strengths as a leader
  • The power of the Introverted Leader
  • What got you here, won’t get you there (13 keys to leadership greatness)
Meagan Johnson

Bright, Funny, Delightfully Obnoxious Generational Humorist!

Wednesday, March 21, 12-1 p.m.

Session 6.0 – Power Speaker Luncheon

Zap the Gap, Generations @ Work!

From Boomers To Linksters, Working With Multiple Generations

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Millennial Generation (1981-1995), and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995). Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends, and cultural phenomena of their time (which we call “generational signposts.”) Consequently, each has different values, standards of quality, and attitudes toward customers and coworkers. These differences can wreak havoc, or they can be a source of incredible energy and creativity. It’s important to understand these differences and to have specific strategies for dealing with them.

In this highly charged, participatory presentation, Meagan Johnson outlines the dominant generational forces in the workplace and how each generation’s “signpost” drives motivation, influences company loyalty, delivery of customer service and communication between coworkers. Learn what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!

We’ll discuss:

  • Generational signposts
  • A social media policy at work that works
  • Sources of generational conflict
  • Capturing Baby Boomer brainpower before it walks out the door
  • Tapping into Gen Xers’ self-reliant and often autocratic attitudes
  • Creating a connectivity breeding ground for Millennials and how to start engaging the Millennial generation
  • Appreciate Linksters and their future in the workplace

Meagan is known as a “Generational Humorist” and has an outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude and challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations.

She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications. She wrote the Generational chapter in the book “Success is a Team Effort.” Meagan and her Baby Boomer father Larry Johnson are the authors of “Generations, Inc. – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.”

Meagan doesn’t just explain the differences between the generations; she demonstrates how to move from conflict to constructive conversations between generations.

Mike Petrusky

Thursday, March 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Session 11.0 – Closing Panel

How Space, People and Tech Combine to Create Winning Workplaces

Panelists: Elizabeth Dukes, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, iOFFICE; Vik Bangia, CEO and Founder, Verum Consulting, LLC; Brittanie Campbell-Turner, Project Management Consultant, Mace; Sr. Director Real Estate and Facility Operations – Central USA Region, Visa


A panel on the state of FM and the strategic role we will play in delivering workplace experiences that attract and retain top talent for our organizations.

We’ll discuss workplace technology and innovation, with a focus on operations, human factors, change management and employee engagement.

Panelists will address trends in the market and share real-life stories about what tools and strategies are working and what may not.