All Attendee Activities

Attendee Activities

IFMA Facility Fusion is a conference rich in FM educational content and meaningful networking and professional development opportunities. Explore all that the conference has to offer to really make the most out of your attendance.


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Power Speakers

These presentations bring all of the attendees of IFMA’s Facility Fusion together for engaging and thought-provoking presentations and discussions. Topics take a broader look at market trends, leadership skills, and industry disruption.

 The full list of the presentations and their descriptions »

Educational Sessions

Education is the cornerstone of IFMA’s Facility Fusion. Each session is hand-selected by a committee of knowledgeable practitioners, partners and IFMA staff to ensure the value and relevance of the content presented. Regardless of your role, facility type or business sector, you will gain essential insights into what matters now for FM. Educational session topics range from intelligent buildings and business resilience to mobility and the multigenerational workplace.

The full list of sessions and their descriptions »

Headshot Lounge

Visit the headshot lounge at the entrance of the Expo floor to receive a complimentary professional headshot. It’s a perfect time to update your LinkedIn profile picture!

Emerging Technology Showcase

Technology influences and impacts all areas of the built environment. The Emerging Technology Showcase represents a dedicated area of the expo floor that presents emerging technology solutions for the built environment. Explore what’s new and upcoming in technology, while specifically discussing your facility’s existing barriers to new technology and how to overcome them.

Visit the showcase for individualized presentations with information that helps you return to your facility more empowered to make decisions about incorporating emerging technology.

View the presenters in the showcase »

Expo Floor

IFMA Facility Fusion creates an immersive networking experience for senior level facility management professionals within the expo. Providing a gateway experience to speak with experts for solutions in the built environment (YOU), the expo allows attendees to engage with exhibitors.

Be sure to attend the grand opening of the Expo Floor on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 pm. A special energy break will be provided at the opening and the cocktail reception will begin at 5:00 pm.

FRED Talks

Short for “Facilities Related Education & Discussion,” FRED Talks are our version of TED Talks. Visit the theatre in the IFMA Hub on the Expo floor for innovative learning on leadership best practices, FM innovations and more.

Tuesday, March 20
9:00 am – 9:18 am “Playing to Your Strengths as a Leader” Presented by: Alexsys Thompson

The journey into self through strengths lenses offers us access to our super powers, while assisting us with strategies in our gaps. Leadership isn’t of the weak at heart, in fact, a heart lead leader is often a very effective leader. When we gain access to who we are designed to be as a leader we are much better equipped to see others as they are designed and deploy their strengths toward greater performance (and meaningful work).

Tuesday, March 20
11:00 am – 11:18 am “The Power of the Introverted Leader” Presented by: Alexsys Thompson

The influencing power of a self-aware introverted leader and how to unleash it. The importance of timing, language, and humility. Finding your voice and stepping into it in YOUR unique way.

Fireside Chats

Your opportunities for expanding your knowledge continue in the theater of the IFMA Hub. This educational Fireside Chat shares research that will help you uncover the gaps in your emergency plans.

Tuesday, March 20
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Component leader meet-up

Fireside Chat area in the IFMA Hub

If you’re on the board or a committee within your component, or you’re interested in pursuing volunteer leadership in one of IFMA’s chapters, councils or communities, join us to connect with your peers. We’ll also recap learning and takeaways from the leader training workshop and the morning’s education.

Wednesday, March 21
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – “Tech Trends: Identifying and Fixing the Gaps in Your Emergency Preparedness” Presented by : Jake Young, ARC Technology Solutions

Are you in the 14% that are fully prepared for catastrophes? Or the 86% that isn’t? A recent survey found that facilities teams struggle to access building information because it isn’t in the cloud, isn’t organized, isn’t accessible on a mobile device, and lacks emergency plans. If a catastrophe can be expected to occur every two years at a cost of $500K on average, what could this mean for your organization? In this session, attendees will hear industry research findings that uncover the gaps in your emergency plans. Learn about technology and modern practices that optimize productivity, emergency response, and ultimately, the bottom line.


The IFMA Hub is a dedicated area of the expo floor that focuses on attendee engagement, which includes: the Career Resource Center (with IFMA mentors and HR reps); member “meet-up” area for board position and committee meet-ups (for peer-to-peer interaction); a Fireside Chat providing a deeper dive into tech trends in emergency preparedness; and FRED Talks (Facilities Related Education and Discussion, our version of TED talks).