Annie Dean


Annie Dean is the Global Head of Team Anywhere at Atlassian, where she is responsible for the 11,000+ person company’s shift to a distributed work model. Annie oversees the Real Estate and Workplace Experience teams and the Team Anywhere Lab, a dedicated group of behavioral scientists focused on designing and validating evidence-based ways of working. Most recently, Annie was Meta’s first Director of Remote Work, where she created and led a portfolio of future of work strategies. As a globally recognized expert on remote and flexible working, Annie’s work has been featured byThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company.


thursday – 09:35am Work Shift

Time Icon 15 mins

Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Distributed Work isn't Anti-Office: How Atlassian Modernized its Real Estate Approach

Many organizations are grappling with a big line item on their balance sheets – real estate. While trying to figure out how to make the best use of that investment, many leaders end up falling into one of two camps: mandating office attendance, or closing their offices altogether. Atlassian’s Annie Dean has proven that a happy medium exists – and can make financial sense. Atlassian allows employees to choose where they work, and maintains 11 global, well-attended offices. This keynote will share pragmatic guidance on how leaders can apply three new real estate metrics to assess their own office ROI and drive operational efficiency, while still providing employees with a cost-efficient place to collaborate and connect.