Continuing Education for Facilities Managers

David Spence
April 25th, 2014

FM Conferences You Can’t Miss

These are the kinds of questions posed by FM events across the country.

To keep their departments productive and effective, facilities managers must seek continuing education and learn about the latest developments in ergonomics, sustainability and office design.

Here’s a sample of some upcoming events that can enrich your facilities knowledge.


June 9-11

Chicago, Illinois

Does the office need updating with some new furniture? If so, NeoCon is a great place to scout for new ideas.

Corporate designers and facility managers gather at this event to see the latest in architectural products, building products and services, furniture, lighting, seating and much more.

In addition to seeing keynote speakers and sitting in on informative seminars, those attending are welcome to walk around and try out the furniture themselves.

Maybe that’s why the event is so popular—Work Design magazine writes that in spite of concerns about poor turnout due to the government shutdown, 7,000 people still attended NeoCon East last November at the Baltimore Convention Center. (See a sample of the colorful items on display at last year’s show, via the magazine’s website.)

IFMA’s World Workplace

September 17-19

New Orleans, Louisiana

Past FMs who have attended this event have said they “returned to [their] workplace with new, fresh, and exciting ideas.”

This year looks to be no different, with a theme of “Leading FM: Advance Business, Get Results.”

There will be plenty of time for networking, too.

Newcomers can swing by the first-time attendee orientation to meet other members.

All attendees can participate in the festivities of the grand opening expo, which will include games, refreshments and product demos.

All members can also learn about the organization’s best and brightest when it holds the IFMA Awards of Excellence luncheon.

NMFT Vegas

October 7-8

Las Vegas, Nevada

More than 65 educational sessions and 165-plus exhibitors are expected at this free conference.

Educational tracks include BACNet International, energy, leadership, hospitality, operations and maintenance, safety and security, technology and sustainability.

FMs can also expect to gain insight on effective cost-cutting, promoting their department to executives and implementing eco-friendly initiatives.

If the date is inconvenient, or you can’t make it to the West coast, NMFT will hold another session in Baltimore in March of next year.

Greenbuild Conference & Expo

October 22-24

New Orleans, Louisiana

Sustainability is the focus of this three-day conference, which also takes place in New Orleans.

Educational opportunities include LEED workshops and industry showcases.

Tours of the local region’s green buildings will let you see the sights while also learning how other companies keep their facilities eco-friendly.

Plus, you may see some big names share their thoughts on sustainability.

Last year, senator Hilary Clinton was the keynote speaker in Philadelphia. A happy hour, prize drawing and tours of a “LEED v4 Platinum, net-zero electricity demonstration home” are also on the agenda.

CoreNet Global

October 26-29

Washington, D.C.

Real estate professionals have many opportunities to network during this four-day conference, including the grand opening party, the daily continental breakfasts and the afternoon networking breaks.

The Innovation Pavillion offers demos of the latest real estate technology, and over 40 learning theaters where experts will provide short, informative sessions on the field’s pressing issues.

Several breakout sessions will occur throughout the event. Professionals who miss one can watch a condensed version of the talk through the event’s “Instant Replay” feature.


December 2-5

Las Vegas, Nevada

Learn about the best practices in ergonomics through sessions divided into five categories: program management, office ergonomics, industrial ergonomics, materials handling and safety, and aging, wellness and healthcare.

Attendees will learn how ergonomics affect a company’s profit, so they’ll be able to persuade upper management on the need for well-designed office environment.

The event is open to professionals of all experience levels. Scheduled workshops include “Seeing Is Believing: Computer Use and Eyestrain” and “US & UK Approaches to Office Ergonomics: Implications for Global Companies.”

Whether you’re interested in office layout, sustainability or ergonomics, plenty of specialized events can provide the education you need. See a more detailed listing of events at FacilitiesNet, and check out the upcoming events posted by IFMA.

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