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Deeper Dive Sessions

Tuesday October 4, 2016, 1pm - 5pm

Come to World Workplace 2016 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.

DD 1 - High Heels and Hard Hats: Breaking Barriers, Convention Center, 3rd Level, Room 2

DD 2 - Getting the Most from Your Physical Security Program, Convention Center, 3rd Level, Room 4

DD1 - High Heels and Hard Hats: Breaking Barriers

Redefining our notion of Leadership!

 Sponsored by: Staples_BA_Lockup (3)


Not just for women! Any FM who seeks advice on overcoming career, job and/or personal obstacles will take away valuable tools and strategies for balancing work/life challenges and turning roadblocks into results. Based on a quote from a woman in FM, “I had to kick off my high heels to go put out a fire,” this insightful workshop will help you break the barriers (real and imagined) that keep you from reaching your full potential.

Join us for a panel of women trailblazers – learn from their experience, ask them your questions, engage them in problem solving today’s issues, and perhaps find a mentor. Hear what they fought for that we take for granted today. Whether you’ve had to kick off high heels, Venetian loafers, clogs, sneakers or steel-toe boots to get the job done, you’ll engage with colleagues who understand that being an FM means much more than simply managing facilities. Learn how to lead with more confidence and less stress than you ever thought possible.

Schedule At-A-Glance

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Time Description Speaker(s)
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Introduction
How will the four hours unfold – it will be fast and energized; how to get the most out of it - Participate!

The format will allow for networking at the tables at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of event
Meredith Thatcher
1:05 pm - 1:20 pm Activity
What undermining phrases exist, what phrases can we use instead?
Meredith Thatcher
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm Presentation
Leading from the Middle: Changing the FM Mindset
Valerie Keyes
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm Presentation
Women Leading in Turbulent Times
Laura Hambley
2:50pm - 3:00 pm Break and Activity  
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Roundtable - World Cafe Meredith Thatcher
Lesley Groff
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Panel Discussion Meredith Thatcher
Mary Gauer
Christine Neldon
Sheila Sheridan
Carroll Thatcher
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm Roundtable - World Cafe Meredith Thatcher
Lesley Groff
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Accountability and Wrap Up Jessica Bickel
Meredith Thatcher
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ​Networking made EASY - Staples Style

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DD2 - Getting the Most from Your Physical Security Program


Security programs can be costly and sometimes less effective than organizations need and deserve. Are you comfortable your program is addressing the right risks, effectively mitigating those risks, providing value-added services and utilizing organizational resources efficiently? In this session, you will learn the tips, key points and insider knowledge necessary for establishing and managing a successful physical security program for your organization.


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Time Description
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Introduction
What will be covered in the session and how it will help non-security managers get the most out of their physical security programs.
1:05 pm - 2:30 pm Presentation
Essential Elements of Security Programs
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 3:35 pm Presentation
Effective Use of Security Technology
3:35pm - 3:50 pm Break
3:50 pm - 4:50 pm ​Presentation
Getting the Most from Guards and Guard Service Companies
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation
Why Security Programs Fail

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