Networking activities

Explore incredible networking opportunities and grow your professional network with friends and colleagues from across the globe.

Hoppin’ Honky Tonk Welcome Reception

The largest FM networking party of the year!

Wednesday, September 28
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

This reception requires a Full Event ticket, Wednesday One-day ticket or Add-on ticket for the Welcome Reception.

In perfect harmony – Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar and Luke’s 32 Bridge in the heart of Broadway host a Hoppin’ Honky Tonk party with live music, food and drink.

This official must-attend welcome reception will offer four levels, over six bars and a rooftop patio for networking and mingling with fellow attendees. Get into groove and wear your best pair of boots and Nashville-style outfit for a chance to win prizes!

Featured Event

IFMA Foundation Charity Event:
Walk the Line

Tuesday, September 27

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Join us to enjoy drinks and savory appetizers while celebrating the important work of the IFMA Foundation under the stars of Nashville in the majestic Country Music Hall of Fame. Witness the group competition and learn how to line dance. Your participation will make FM a career of choice.

This event requires a ticket purchase.

New Event Feature

Explore FM

Tuesday, September 27
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Davidson Ballroom A

The FM profession is dynamic, constantly evolving as innovations are introduced to the industry. Explore FM is bringing together IFMA’s industry partners, councils and communities to share insights and growth opportunities you can apply to your facility management career.


with IFMA council leaders to learn about the different industries within Facility Management


with facility managers to learn more about the profession


from industry partners about different ways facility managers work in their organizations

Explore FM is a free event, but registration is required. Simply select Explore FM on the registration form.

  • Indoor Air Quality Consultant

    There's no substitute for getting together in-person and talking shop with FMs over dinner and drinks. You never know where the next solution will come from, or who you will meet.

  • Senior Facility Manager

    World Workplace is where I've learned more about Facility Management than anywhere else, and making lifelong friends has been the icing on the cake.

  • Facilities Coordinator

    If you are looking to meet, share with, and network with other facilities professionals, the World Workplace is a great place to be!

Networking opportunities

Council and Community Meetings

Wednesday, September 28
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

IFMA’s councils and communities meet the industry-specific networking and information needs of their members. Truly global in nature, councils connect colleagues worldwide for knowledge and best-practice sharing.

First Time Attendee Breakfast

Wednesday, September 28
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

New to World Workplace? Unsure what to do or where to go? This engaging networking opportunity is a great ice-breaker. Meet other professionals, develop new friendships and get the inside scoop on what to do and see from day one.

IFMA Central Meetups

Wednesday, September 28
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Reserve the IFMA Central lounge for your group to meet up and get together. Make sure to communicate your meetup time with your group as well! Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Reserve a time

Expo Hall Networking

Wednesday, September 28
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 29
Breakfast 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grab some breakfast or lunch and take advantage of the time to meet some new faces and build your professional network.

Student and Young Professional Reception

Wednesday, September 28
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join other aspiring students and young professionals from all over the globe at this networking reception.

IFMA’s Awards of Excellence Luncheon

Thursday, September 29
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

This celebratory event honors the achievements of IFMA chapters, councils and individuals. Lunch will be served, then the award show begins, followed by the new and interactive closing finale and IFMA song session.

Canadian Social with IFMA Toronto & South Central Ontario Chapter

Thursday, September 29
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join IFMA Greater Toronto & South Central Ontario Chapter at the largest Canadian social at World Workplace.


FMs from all over consider World Workplace the must-attend conference for networking

As a new member and a first time attender, I was impressed by how pertinent the seminars were to what I do everyday. I feel like I was able to make good connections and network with professionals that are dealing with the similar issues. I brought back information on current trends and feedback to my team that was helpful to everyone. I now can't wait for the next World Workplace and am inviting my team to join me!

World Workplace is a great place to network with other chapter leaders and develop relationships. As a chapter executive, it is nice to put a face with the name of all the individuals we work with everyday. The IFMA members are very friendly and I personally enjoyed sharing a drink, a snack or a laugh with them all! More chapter executives should attend to help spread the word about their chapters and network with each other.

I have been regularly attending IFMA World Workplace last more than 15 years and I look forward to this event to firstly meet old friends and FM colleagues from all over the world, make new friends besides learning and sharing knowledge with others and have enjoyed the social events that are worth waiting for and am looking forward to attend the next one in Nashville in 2022.

World Workplace is the premier event where FM professionals can participate in credential training, attend cutting-edge educational sessions, explore innovative technologies and services on the expo floor, and network with peers from around the globe. A not-to-be-missed event for career-minded FM professionals.

There's no place you can go to meet such a variety of people and backgrounds, but have so much in common.