Houston is ready and waiting for facilities managers to show up in force for IFMA’s World Workplace when the International Facility Management Association hosts its premier facility conference and expo in its own hometown. Selected years ago as the 2017 host city, well before Hurricane Harvey came through as a Category 4 at the end of August, the IFMA executive committee and planning team along with Houston’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, have been working diligently to deliver the conference in keeping with World Workplace expectations.
“Although nowhere in Houston was unscathed, the area around the George R. Brown Convention Center was fortunate to avoid the worst impacts of Hurricane Harvey. In fact, in the days immediately following the storm, the area was a refuge for displaced Houston residents,” says Tony Keane, President & CEO, IFMA.
World Workplace is held annually in cities across the U.S. “I am so proud of IFMA’s staff and the city of Houston for working so diligently over the past few weeks. I know that this year’s event — held for first time in IFMA’s home city of Houston — will be one of our best ever,” Keane declares.
IFMA knows its audience is well-versed in crisis management and know how important it is to just get back to business after an event. “While Houston is still recovering — and will be for the foreseeable future — city and conference officials understand that economic investment is critical to making that recovery happen as quickly as possible,” Keane emphasizes. “They have worked closely with IFMA staff to make sure that World Workplace can go on as planned with no impact to quality or comfort. I have great confidence that our service providers and vendors are ready to go.”
World Workplace will offer education sessions from October 18th to the 20th, covering topics ranging from meeting the needs of first responders to whether or not robots are the future. The McMorrow Reports has selected these sessions of particular interest:
A Global View – Applying Technology Trends from the Facility Managers Guide for Information Technology with Ted Ritter, Geoff Williams, and Rick Corea
How Scalable Solutions Can Improve Your Campus with Brad Strokes
Workplace as a Service with Carl Fransman and Eric Van Bael
Drive FM success with more effective contract relationships with Teena Shouse and Ted Ritter
Think! Swim! Survive! – How to alter your thinking patterns for personal and work survival and recovery after the disaster with Susan Moury and Barry Lynch
Be a Leader, not a Magician: Strategies for Being at the Forefront of Workplace Change with Meredith Thatcher, IFMA Fellow, and Laura Hambley
Act Local: Maker Culture, the Design Professions, and Workplace with David Euscher
Artificial Intelligence in RE & FM with Erik Jaspers and Nancy Sanquist
Will Robots or Millennials Rule the Future of the Workplace? Predictions for 0-5 years, 6-10 years, 25+ years with Jodi Williams and Jeanne Wood
Defining FM: Past, Present & Future with Anna Thurston
The ‘New Think’ about Working from Home with Pat Turnbull and Alex Redlein
ISS 2020 Vision: Health & Well-being in the workplace through best in class service experiences with Peter Ankerstjerne and Jeffrey Saunders
The WW Expo will be on Wednesday, October 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 19th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature hundreds of exhibitors. Attendees will see new products in-person, visit existing suppliers and source new partners, gain technical information and specifications, and learn how to apply problem solving tools
World Workplace always has a notable opening keynote session. This year it is Jeremy Rifkin, author, The Eclipse Capitalism and The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and to heads of state around the world.
Houston, we don’t have a problem
The closing keynote speakers Captains Mark and Scott Kelly, NASA astronauts and retired U.S. Navy captains, will give lessons on leadership, teamwork and sacrifice based on their experiences in combat and as space mission commanders.