2012 IFMA World Workplace in San Antonio, TX, By Gean Leyba

My week in San Antonio for IFMA World Workplace 2012 was amazing and filled with great speakers and educational courses that went beyond what I could have expected to get from WWP this year. I started by attending the House of Delegates as a board member. That first night I worked at the IFMA Foundation Gala as a volunteer which was an honor and I recommend that all of you volunteer as it is rewarding. I recommend that you get involved with a council at the national level. I joined the Corporate Facility Council last year. At WWP this year the CFC had an educational course which was inspiring. After that I attended the Opening Keynote, Guy Kawasaki author of a motivational and inspiring book called “Enchantment”.

My goal this year was to take BIM course and Facility/IT courses to help in planning for the future of FM’s in today’s market. The three BIM course helped me to learn more about BIM and the value of BIM in our future. Another course that was helpful was “Best Practices in Mobile Computing Space” panel discussion that outlined how our landscaping in office space and the direction that businesses are going. Some of the other courses of interest were “Change Management” and “A Smarter RFP, Getting Apples to Apples” (great course and great speaker). I attended a course on “Subleasing Best Practices and Lessons” taught by local IFMA members! The challenge for me was to attend as many educational courses and learn about new products and services at on the Expo Floor but I did succeed.

The closing speaker was a “WOW” moment because of the movie “Catch Me If You Can” and really enjoyed Frank Abagnale version of the story. Frank inspired the audience and left a little bit of wisdom for all of us to take with us.

“Thank the Atlanta Chapter” for giving me a scholarship to attend a rewarding, educational, experience. I am honored to have been a part of IFMA Atlanta!