The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is hosting several programming opportunities in the days leading up to the official start of the annual World Workplace Conference and Expo, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, Oct. 7-9, 2015. In addition to IFMA’s popular facility tours and “High Heels and Hard Hats” deeper dive session, early arrivals can take advantage of learning-intensive programs to achieve FM credentials and a special workshop on the workplace as fuel for innovation.

General registration for IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo, as well as enrollment in the various preconference programming events, is underway at

There’s a great reason for anyone to arrive early in Denver.

Fall Symposium (Saturday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2015)

Those interested in multi-day learning built around IFMA’s world-class professional development programs should attend IFMA’s Fall Symposium. Here, they will be able to pursue a Facility Management Professional™, Sustainability Facility Professional® or Certified Facility Manager® credential or receive an introduction to FM with the Essentials of Facility Management program.

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Bandimere Speedway: Fueling Workplace Innovation (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015)

Join IFMA’s trend-setting Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community of Practice for a day-long, high-octane learning workshop at Denver’s historic Bandimere Speedway to explore the parallels between drag racing, team collaboration and innovation. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT and is open to the public for US$129 (IFMA members) or US$159 (nonmembers).

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Deeper Dive Session – High Heels and Hard Hats: Women in FM (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015)

This year’s deeper dive session features a panel of experts from around the world who will focus on topics facing women in FM. From panel discussions to peer-driven advice and salary negotiating techniques, this interactive seminar runs from 1-5 p.m. MDT and is open to the public — including men — for US$69 (IFMA members) or US$129 (nonmembers).

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Facility Tours (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015)

Among the more popular features of IFMA’s World Workplace is an array of tours of local facilities which offer unique behind-the-scenes looks at facility management in practice. Participants can choose between six interesting venues:

  • Colorado Convention Center
  • Colorado State Capitol
  • IKEA Centennial
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
  • Sports Authority Field at Mile High

All tours run from 1-5 p.m. MDT and cost US$20 per participant. Space is limited and many tours are already at capacity.

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