Launching OM Chats: How Empathy Creates Extraordinary Experiences
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  • October 01, 2019

Launching OM Chats: How Empathy Creates Extraordinary Experiences

October, 2019

Empethy event photosOctober 1, 2019, Ontario, CA — OM presents How Empathy Creates Extraordinary Experiences, a multi-speaker conversation exploring the role of empathy in the design of private and public space. This inaugural event in a newly launched program titled OM Chats: Design Discussions for Thinking Professionals will be held Friday, October 11 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Helms Design Center in Culver City, CA.

OM will be joined by architects, interior designers, and product designers from leading firms, including Adaeze Cadet, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President at HKS; Julie Smith- Clementi, AIA, ISDA, Product Designer and Architect, Smith-Clementi; Lynnette Tedder, IIDA, CHID, CID, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Lean Black Belt AP, LEED AP, Healthcare Interiors Practice Leader, Perkins&Will; and Sarah Barnard, WELL AP and LEED AP, Principal, Sarah Barnard Design. With disciplines that range from healthcare to hospitality, from product design to interiors, these speakers represent current practices in the way we think about and design space with the human being at the center.

The subject matter will span case studies, anecdotes, and visuals that support theories of how we understand the nature of place and the people and communities affected by design interventions; approaches to the design process and accountability; creating an expanded practice of universal design to include mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing; and even some examples of projects and products that did not work.

OM has a reputation for smart conversation and curiosity about the ideas and practices that inform the spaces in which we work and create community. OM Chats marks the beginning of a more active and in-depth involvement in supporting these conversations in a public forum.


OM is a national leader in mid-market seating solutions for small and large businesses, healthcare environments, educational and governmental institutions, and various organizations. Founded in 1986 on an egg ranch in San Marcos, CA, OM has grown from a regional provider of ergonomic task seating into a nationally respected and sought-after source for seating for anywhere work happens.