Leadership, Ingenuity, and Driving Change

IFMA’s World Workplace is the longest running FM conference and exposition – they’ve been leading groundbreaking discussions and discoveries related to FM and the built environment for 36 years. The World Workplace conferences are designed for idea-sharing and knowledge-exchange between all professionals who support the work environment. Discussions aim for finding resourceful solutions to common facility changes, discover achievable strategies that will get the attention of customers, supervisors and colleagues, exchange best practices for managing facilities, teams and projects, and gain new skills, fresh perspective and a renewed outlook on our future. Come see us at Booth #127!

IFMA’s World Workplace 2016 Keynote Speaker

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Leadership Lessons: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today’s Top Business Leaders

Times and circumstances change but principles and human nature do not. Based on his book, Power Ambition Glory, Steve Forbes provides six intriguing lessons from comparisons between great leaders of the ancient world and contemporary business leaders. What do Cyrus the Great and Jack Welch have in common? What do great leaders know that allowed Serge Brin and Larry Page of Google to challenge and best two formidable competitors, Microsoft and Yahoo? Julius Caesar was blinded to the dangers that eventually did him in, as surely as greed blinded Wall Street. In this illuminating and entertaining talk, Steve Forbes provides the lessons that will make or break businesses right now by exploring the remarkable similarities between those who directed the empires of the ancient world and many of today’s corporate and political leadership.

Agenda Highlights

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

10:00-11:30 am

Opening General Session: 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.

1:30-4:00 pm

Solutions Arena: Exhibitors and sponsors present 30 and 60 minute product demonstrations and informational sessions to help you with workplace strategies and practical applications of FM tools.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

10:30 am-3:00 pm

The Expo and Solutions Arenas: 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.

Friday, October 7, 2016

1:15-3:15 pm

IFMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon and Closing Keynote: 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.