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Mar 2018


Sheraton Chicago Hotel 301 East North Water Street Chicago , Illinois 60611
Tel: (312) 464-1000
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2018 IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo - International Facility Management Association






$250 - $700


Event Overview:

FM Educator, Author or Topic Expert on FM Issues

  • Raise your professional profile as a session presenter.
  • Establish your expertise among an influential community of facility professionals.
  • Benefit from the insights of FM, workplace and business professionals.

FM Solutions Provider, Company Representative or IFMA Associate Member

  • Exhibit: Connect directly with FM decision makers who are actively seeking the best solutions for their facilities.
  • Sponsor: Gain recognition for your support of the FM profession and for your contribution to the quality of attendees’ learning and networking experience.
  • Advertise: Keep your company name in front of thousands of qualified buyers.
  • Build and maintain solid business partnerships with a professional community committed to excellence.
  • Take advantage of educational sessions to broaden your knowledge of FM.

Facility Management Practitioner or IFMA Professional, Young Professional or Retired Member

  • Stay on top of the latest trends and developments that impact your facilities and your career.
  • Learn techniques and proven methodologies that can be put into practice immediately for direct results.
  • Select sessions that address immediate or ongoing workplace challenges.
  • See hundreds of facility solutions in one place, at one time, saving hours of independent product and service research.
  • Exchange ideas and best practices with topic experts and professional peers.

Facility Management Student or IFMA Student Member

  • Accelerate your FM career through personal networking and professional education.
  • Experience first-hand the high level of support available to you from the FM community.
  • Participate in student-only competitions.
  • Attend student networking and recognition receptions.
  • Take advantage of significantly reduced student registration rates.

Your facilities. Your career.
Always our focus.

Facility Fusion is all about focus - on your unique needs as a facility manager, on your concerns in supporting particular facility types, and on your career goals and objectives.

Your facilities.
    In-depth education focused on your unique FM needs.
    Practical solutions to address every FM challenge.

Your career.
    Essential leadership development.
    Guaranteed professional connections.

Always our focus.
    IFMA’s focus is on enhancing FM careers worldwide.
    IFMA has been the leader in advancing the FM practice for 35 years.

IFMA Facility Fusion is designed to meet specific professional development needs for every FM. From day-to-day operations and soft management skills, to advanced sustainability and workplace strategies, we’ve got you covered.

Exhibitor Information:

Reach a concentrated audience of FM professionals actively seeking product and service solutions for their facilities.

IFMA hosts several major educational and networking events each year. Facility management professionals attend these events to acquire the most relevant and reliable information concerning global workplace issues and solutions.

As an exhibitor, you can:

  • Introduce your solutions to FMs who are driving innovation and leading change for their organizations.
  • Establish your company and brand as a leader in the FM marketplace.
  • Build solid business partnerships with FMs who are investing time and money in maintaining their competitive edge.
  • Customize an expo and sponsorship package that meets your budget requirements and business expectations.
  • Benefit from year-round exposure through the largest and most effective prospect database in FM.

What sets Facility Fusion apart as a must-attend event for facility-focused solutions providers?

This one-of-a-kind event draws a unique group of FM leaders and decision makers who are investing in education, networking, and products and services that will help them maintain their competitive edge in an ever-changing industry.

About IFMA:

This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (13​4 chapters), industry (1​6 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services.

To meet its mission to “advance the ​professional discipline of facility management worldwide,” on an annual basis IFMA:

  • Offers professional ​advancement through credentialing programs and ​provides a range of educational courses, from entry-level programs to those for highly experienced facility managers.
  • Produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions, and Facility Fusion, a more intimate gathering of FM professionals with powerful networking and a fusion of education, leadership training, best practices and an exposition.
  • Conducts research that strengthens the knowledge and skills of FM professionals while advancing the FM profession.
  • Produces industry-leading publications, including magazines, newsletters and blogs, and maintains the Knowledge Library, a robust online collection of resources ​reviewed by FM content experts.


Mar 20   

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Speaker Ready Room

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

General Session 1.0

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 2.01 - 2.05

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Power Speaker Luncheon 3.0


1:30 - 1:45 pm

Power Speaker Meet & Greet

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 4.01 - 4.05

3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

EXPO Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

Mar 21   

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Speaker Ready Room

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast in EXPO

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Expo Floor & The Hub

9:00 a.m. - 9:18 a.m.

FM Exchange - FM and Leadership TED style presentation

11:00 - 11:15 am

FM Exchange - FM and Leadership TED style presentation

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Prize Card Drawing - EXPO Floor

11:31 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Tear Down

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Power Speaker Luncheon 5.0


1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Meet & Greet

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 6.01 - 6.05

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 7.01 - 7.05

Mar 22   

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Continential breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 8.01 - 8.05

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Educational Session 9.01-9.05

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Closing Power Speaker

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Facility Tours

Keynote Speakers

Alexsys Thompson

Author, Executive Coach, Conflict Resolutionist, Entrepreneur

Excelling in your craft and moving up? Great, now you’re a leader, now what? The journey to your greatest leadership potential is one of the toughest and most rewarding journeys you will embark on. The world needs more courageous leaders, so let’s go! Alexys will tell you how to move from reactionary leadership to creative leadership and bring all the gifts of the reactive with you. Research shows us there are 13 key areas a leader will need to develop within to realize their greatest leadership potential. Alexsys will explore them and how you can get access to them.

Lexy’s passion for strong leadership and high functioning teams drove her career into the entrepreneurial space in 2010, which has given her the unique lens necessary to provide high-caliber services in a market lacking in professional resources. In 2014, after consulting for many years, Lexy’s success propelled her to take her coaching practice up a notch and create, Trybal Performance, LLC.

As an executive coach, entrepreneur and conflict resolutionist, Lexy’s distinctive strengths and experience are a potent combination that enables her to assist leaders and their teams in mapping a route into the future, taking into account all points of impact. When problems arise, her commitment to clean, concise and kind candor help clear the way for the optimal solution.

Many of the amazing leaders she has had the honor to work with have described her as a breath of fresh air, a safe place, a consummate strategist, as well as a confidant. She leverages humor (in the right context) to empower a leader to move forward and be fearless on the journey of knowing self. Her personal mission statement is to “Create safe places for souls to show up”.

As the Founder of Trybal Performance, she utilizes a robust suite of tools to help her clients build an organizational foundation whose core is abundance based. Simply put, that means she starts with what is right and works to fill in the gaps of what is not. Her intimate knowledge of what it takes to make an organization successful from the top down allows her to speak on a variety of topics, including how to build and maintain a Strengths-Based Ecosystem, optimizing communication including conflict resolution, creating, and sustaining Abundance-Based Environments, leadership, workplace bullying and creating safe spaces.

Meagan Johnson

Bright, Funny, Delightfully Obnoxious Generational Humorist!

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Millennial Generation (1981-1995), and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995). Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends, and cultural phenomena of their time (which we call “generational signposts.”) Consequently, each has different values, standards of quality, and attitudes toward customers and coworkers. These differences can wreak havoc, or they can be a source of incredible energy and creativity. It’s important to understand these differences and to have specific strategies for dealing with them.

In this highly charged, participatory presentation, Meagan Johnson outlines the dominant generational forces in the workplace and how each generation’s “signpost” drives motivation, influences company loyalty, delivery of customer service and communication between coworkers. Learn from Meagan what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!

Topics discussed include:

  • Generational Signposts
  • A social media policy at work that works
  • Sources of generational conflict
  • Capturing Baby Boomer brainpower before it walks out the door
  • Tapping into Gen Xers’ self-reliant and often autocratic attitudes
  • Creating a connectivity breeding ground for Millennials and how to start engaging the Millennial Generation
  • Appreciate Linksters and their future in the workplace

Meagan takes on generational issues with an insider’s perspective. She spent years in the corporate world working for companies like Quaker Oats and Kraft Foods. At each organization, she became frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have when it came to career development and training. Meagan began to research small and large businesses to uncover the most effective way to solve the multi-generational clash. Meagan does not just explain the differences between the generations; she demonstrates how to move from conflict to constructive conversations between generations

Meagan is known as a “Generational Humorist” and has an outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude and challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations.

Meagan graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in Marketing. After working several years in a sales environment Meagan became discouraged to hear all the negative comments about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were of course unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have.

Meagan began to research everything from small to large corporations in order to find successful ways to work with the younger generation. From that ZAP THE GAP Solving the Multi-Generational Puzzle was born.

Since 1997 Meagan Johnson has entertained and educated thousands of audience members. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune,, US News & World Report and many other publications. She wrote the Generational chapter in the book Success is a Team Effort. Meagan and her Baby Boomer father, Larry Johnson are the authors of Generations, Inc – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.

Nothing changes perceptions more than a passion for life, work and success. To complicate matters, each generation has a different perception of what motivates them. Meagan says, “Every generation gets a negative label when it enters the workforce. For example Baby Boomers were called trouble-making hippies when they first went to work. Once we take time to understand the motivations and mindset of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort”.

What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. Learn from Meagan what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!


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