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

Held Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 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, learn the Essentials of FM, or expand your FM knowledge in areas such as building codes, regulations and standards. Learn more »

Sponsored by: BGIS

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. 2

Facility Tour Field Trip

Oct. 2, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

IFMA's World Workplace 2018 will offer the Facility Tour Field Trip to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Facility Tour Field Trip is only US$75 per person, and includes transportation to and from the site, lunch voucher and front and back-of-the house facility tour. Learn more »

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Deeper Dive Sessions

Oct. 2, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Come to World Workplace 2018 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 »

Facility Tours

Oct. 2, 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 Charlotte — get an insider’s look at one of two unique facilities. Learn more »


Wednesday, Oct. 3

First-time Attendee Orientation

Oct. 3, 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.

Sponsored by:   MilliCare Floor & Textile Care

First Timers

Opening Keynote

Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

IFMA’s World Workplace opens with Kyle Petty, auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy and one of the most popular personalities in all of sports. Petty has been named or nominated by NASCAR, plus various media outlets and corporations, as Person of the Year, Father of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the USA’s Most Caring Athlete. He is an inductee in the Philanthropy Hall of Fame, the Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Little League Hall of Excellence.

Learn more »

Sponsored by: Davies Office

The Expo

Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m. – 5 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 »

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Solutions Arenas

Continue your learning on the expo floor with presentations from leading FM service providers that will help you solve your facility challenges.

Welcome Reception

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Travel back in history down NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Glory Road; visit the Hall of Honor where NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees are enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years. Join us to celebrate World Workplace with food, drinks, music and more.

Sponsored by:   CAT


Thursday, Oct. 4

Plenary Session

Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Securing soft targets and crowded spaces is an area of increasing focus for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ​Scott Breor, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate U.S. Office of Infrastructure Protection, leads the coordinated national effort to reduce the risk posed by acts of terrorism and other cyber or physical threats to critical infrastructure, including soft targets and crowded spaces. This discussion will focus on soft-target security efforts underway at DHS, examining current trends, discuss how the concept of soft target security is evolving from venue-specific to venue and time dependent, and look at the way ahead.

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The Expo & Solutions Arenas

Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 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. 5

IFMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon and Closing Keynote

Oct. 5, 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). We’ll serve lunch and present the 2018 IFMA and IFMA Foundation awards recognizing individual, group and project excellence in FM. The awards show is followed by a powerhouse closing keynote on cybersecurity by Theresa Payton, ​former White House CIO. Learn more »

Sponsored by: AECOM

THE After Party

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Conclude your week with THE After Party. A perfect end to your World Workplace experience and a chance to celebrate this year’s ​award ​winners. THE After Party features dancing, networking, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails overlooking the city from the Richardson Ballroom Terrace of the Charlotte Convention Center. Snappy casual attire is preferred.

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