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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. Download the conference guide now!

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. 1-7, 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 »

Deeper Dive Sessions

Enhance your learning experience with one of two in-depth workshops. Focus on leadership and breaking barriers in “High Heels & Hard Hats,” or gain essential information for establishing and managing a successful security program in “Getting the Most From Your Physical Security Program.” Learn more »

Facility Tours

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

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Wellness Fitness Class

Oct. 5, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Level 2, Room 16A, SDCC

A certified fitness instructor will lead an energizing wellness class Wednesday morning. All attendees and exhibitors are welcome, but you must register through the Attendee Service Center to participate. For questions please contact

First-time Attendee Orientation

Oct. 5, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Level 1, Hall C, SDCC

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 General Session

Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Ballroom 6, SDCC

FMs representing diverse career paths and levels take the stage to share their personal stories. Ranging from hysterical and life-changing, to inspirational and tear-jerking, hear how they started, what they’ve gained over time and where each FM sees the profession headed.

The Expo

Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Halls A&B (1st Level), SDCC

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

See who’s exhibiting »

Solutions Arenas

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Expo Hall, Halls A&B, SDCC

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.

Sponsored by:   IBM

Students & Young Professionals Reception

Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Barleymash

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

Credentials Reception

Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Marriott Marquis

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

Welcome Reception

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., USS Midway

If you ever dreamed of having a big party aboard a really big Navy aircraft carrier, this is your maritime soirée fantasy come true! This magnificent, historic floating city is ours to enjoy on the opening night of the conference. Say hello to the “Andrews Sisters,” swing to “In the Mood,” climb aboard meticulously restored aircraft from World War II to Operation Desert Storm, and take off in a state-of-the-art flight simulator. Museum docents on hand for ship tours​. Flat shoes are highly encouraged.

Sponsored by:   CAT

Welcome Reception

Thursday, Oct. 6

ICC Public Meeting

Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., 2nd Level, Room 15B, SDCC

The International Credentials Commission ensures that IFMA’s professional credentials are the premier recognition of achievement for FM professionals worldwide. Discuss updates, benefits and future goals of the CFM, FMP and SFP credentials.

The Expo & Solutions Arenas

Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Expo Hall, 1st Level, Halls A&B

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

FM Student Roundtable

Oct. 6, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., 2nd Level, Room 15A, SDCC

All students studying FM and related areas, scholarship winners, ePoster and ISY students are invited to attend.

IFMA Foundation FM Academic Awards Ceremony

Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 1st Level, Hall C, SDCC

All registered attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers are invited to attend — see first-hand what the IFMA Foundation accomplishes with your contributions.

Friday, Oct. 7

FM Student Internship Information Session

Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Room 15A, SDCC

Discuss what makes an internship/co-op program successful.

IFMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon & Closing Keynote

Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Ballroom 6, SDCC

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.

IFMA Awards of Excellence Banquet

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Ballroom 6, SDCC

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

Sponsored by:   ISS

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