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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

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 »

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 »

Community Service Project

Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(1 p.m. meet at registration - buses will transport volunteers to and from Oaks Dads Club)

Conference attendees who are interested in assisting with the hurricane recovery effort in Houston, IFMA is helping to rebuild and restore facilities for the Oak Dads’ Club on Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. Oaks Dads’ Club has been providing youth sports to the children of Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Candlelight, Timbergrove, Inwood Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza and the surrounding Houston areas since 1954. A state registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, the club is operated by volunteers who donate their time and efforts to help children learn the fundamental skills of sports while practicing good sportsmanship and developing confidence.

Oaks Dads Club


Sign up via your Attendee Service Center - Volunteer opportunity limited to the first 50 attendees to sign up.

Check in at registration to receive additional instructions, a community service ribbon, and to sign a volunteer waiver.

Possible projects may include:

  • Replacing sheet rock and paneling in clubhouse
  • Replacing doors on office and storage rooms
  • Distributing red clay dirt onto baseball infields

Tools and materials will be provided. For questions please contact

Wednesday, Oct. 18

First-time Attendee Orientation

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.

Sponsored by:   MilliCare Floor & Textile Care

First Timers

Opening Keynote

Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

IFMA's World Workplace opens with Jeremy Rifkin, the author of The Eclipse of Capitalism and The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. Mr. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and to heads of state around the world.

Learn more »

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. Learn more »

Sponsored by:   sodexo-small   fmj-small  Foundation

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

Oct. 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Discovery Green, Downtown

Welcome to Houston, y’all! Shine your line dancing boots and get ready for a taste of Houston at Discovery Green, a LEED-certified urban park. Converted from parking lot to park less than 10 years ago, the vibrant 12-acre green embodies the city’s resilient community spirit. Dress to impress in your cowboy (or cowgirl) best and experience our version of the Houston Livestock Show, the world’s largest rodeo. Join us to celebrate World Workplace in IFMA’s home city with food trucks, drinks, music and more. This is an outdoor event, so we highly encourage practical footwear.

Sponsored by:   CAT

Welcome Reception

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.

Sponsored by:   ISS

Awards of Excellence

Thank you for attending World Workplace

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