As a Facility Manager, it’s important to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and trends in the industry; and one of the best ways to do that is by attending a conference specifically geared towards the Facility Management community. These events are held worldwide, and are incredibly informative, educational, and a great way to network with others in your field. Here are the top five conferences Facility Managers should attend in 2018 and 2019.
Facility Executive Live: September 20, 2018 (Philadelphia)
Facility Executive keeps Facility Management professionals up to date on the latest practices, products, and services in the field. Their Facility Executive Live! event will be held at the University of Pennsylvania this September. This one-day conference is incredibly informative, and provides key insight and practical solutions to the most pressing issues facing FM professionals today. Attendees will hear from industry experts about the latest trends and strategies, network with peers and other industry professionals, and discover the latest solutions to improve your facility’s performance.
IFMA’s World Workplace: October 3-5, 2018 (Charlotte, North Carolina)
World Workplace is a great annual event that will immerse you in an interdisciplinary network of FM issues, from the most innovative discoveries that influence the industry to the definition of viable strategies for your daily to-do list. This is IFMA’s premiere event, and includes multiple workshops, speakers, field trips, and awards – essentially everything you’d want out of a Facility Management expo. You’ll also get additional tips and insights on how to protect your facility, future-proof your technology, reduce costs, improve operations, and build your career.
NFMT Vegas: November 6-7, 2018 (Las Vegas)
NFMT Las Vegas is one of the biggest annual Facility Management conferences in North America. Your registration includes access to more than 50 high-octane conference sessions, access to over 150 leading industry suppliers in the Expo Hall and several networking events – not to mention 14 hours of continuing education credits. There are NFMT conferences held in other cities, so if Vegas isn’t a feasible option check their website for information on other events.
Greenbuild Expo: November 14-16, 2018 (Chicago)
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The annual conference brings together industry leaders, experts, and frontline professionals from around the world who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. It’s a great opportunity to network with other FMs who are looking to get into sustainable business practices, and you’ll get to experience dozens of hands-on workshops, educational sessions, and green building tours.
IFMA Facility Fusion: April 8-10, 2019 (Atlanta)
IFMA Facility Fusion is attended by an estimated 900 attendees from more than 46 states and 30 countries each year. You’ll join other industry innovators, workplace change-makers, emerging professionals, and mid- to senior-level Facility Managers to discuss and grasp the increasingly multifaceted layers of FM. Attendees will listen to a number of speakers, attend educational sessions, check out emerging technology, and engage in ‘fireside chats’ and other networking events. This conference is great for FMs looking to expand their knowledge and network with other professionals.
Make sure to check registration deadlines so you don’t miss out on anything, and take note of early bird specials to save a few bucks if you can. Some conferences have great deals on packages that include a hotel stay, as well, which is another easy way to save some money on one of these events.
If you’re looking to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest developments in facility management and are eager to meet other professionals and gain more knowledge in your field, attending one of these conferences is a great first step. Regardless of your level of experience, interest, or specialty, you’ll find something of value at one of these 2018/2019 conferences.
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