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All Conference Features

Never a dull moment! There’s always something to do, to learn and to experience at World Workplace. Quality time with colleagues immersed in all things FM is time well spent.

From extra educational opportunities and fun social events, to supporting FM students and celebrating FM excellence, you’ll find activities of interest, benefit and value throughout the week.

Click the links below to find out more information about the features offered at World Workplace:

Pre-Conference Courses & Workshops

(formerly known as IFMA's Fall Symposium)

Held Oct. 14-17, the pre-conference features credential courses and dynamic workshops that focus on practical learning and professional growth. It’s a convenient way to begin or complete FMP® or SFP® program requirements, prepare for the CFM® exam, or expand your FM knowledge in areas such as strategic leadership, conflict resolution or building codes. Learn more »

IFMA Foundation On-site Events

The IFMA Foundation and its supporters view academics and research as critical strategies in enhancing the FM profession. Through your participation in Foundation activities at World Workplace, you make a significant contribution to programs that promote higher FM education, provide scholarships to FM students and support research critical to the FM profession. See all IFMA Foundation On-site Events »

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Deeper Dive Sessions

Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Come to World Workplace 2017 a day early to dive deeper into FM topics that will enhance your learning experience. Take an in-depth look at topics of importance to facility and workplace professionals. Thoroughly explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the following areas of concern. Come away with enhanced knowledge and a more insightful perspective on topics that impact your career and facilities. Learn more »

NEW in 2017 – Facility Tour Field Trip

Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

IFMA World Workplace 2017 will offer the Facility Tour Field Trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center Visitor Center. Learn more »


Facility Tours

Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Nothing brings the FM story to life better than seeing workplace strategy and creative problem-solving in action. Take advantage of your time in Houston — get an insider’s look at one of six unique facilities. Learn more »

Wednesday, Oct. 18

First-time Attendee Orientation

sponsored by milliCare Textile and Carpet Care

Oct. 18, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

New to World Workplace? Unsure what to do or where to go? This informative and interactive breakfast will get you started on the right path.

First Timers

Opening General Session

Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

More information about the Opening General Session will be available soon.

The Expo

Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Discover new products/services from the best in facility and business solutions. Benefit from one-on-one conversations with these exceptional solutions providers.

See who’s exhibiting »

Learn more »

Solutions Arenas

Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Exhibitors and sponsors present 30- and 60-minute product demonstrations and informational sessions to help you with workplace strategies and practical application of FM tools.

Students & Young Professionals Reception

Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy lite bites and drinks as you connect with fellow students and young professionals from all over the world.

Credentials Reception (Invite Only)

Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

An invitation-only appreciation and networking event for CFMs, FMPs and SFPs.

Welcome Reception

sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.

Oct. 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

More information about the Welcome Reception will be available soon.

Thursday, Oct. 19

The Expo & Solutions Arenas

Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Your final day to get to know the products and the vendors; also, your last chance to learn how to apply tools from leading product and service providers in the expo Solutions Arenas.

Solutions Arenas

Friday, Oct. 20

IFMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon & Closing Keynote

Oct. 20, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Doors will open to attendees at 12:45 p.m. — we encourage you to arrive early and find a seat (general admission). Lunch will be served, then the award show begins, followed by the closing keynote speaker. Learn more »

IFMA Awards of Excellence Banquet

sponsored by ISS Facility Services

Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Honoring chapters, councils and individuals for their achievements, this celebratory event features speakers, fine dining and dancing.

Awards of Excellence

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