Yesterday was filled with Board of Directors and House of Delegates meetings, followed by the first Future Trends Panel session. A networking dinner with old and new friends rounded out the day.
It is my honor this year to be serving as a Board Member of the Association, providing an opportunity to work with others who share a passion for our profession. If you could listen in on the discussions you would first be impressed I think by two things: the diversity of representation and the increased texture it brings to the fabric of the association, and the common passion and commitment shared by the group. The Board has a true international flavor with members from Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Nigeria. These members bring unique perceptions of the association and its value, and challenge us to continually be looking beyond our own perceptions. It is a strong group and one I think will prove effective at this important time in the Association’s history.
One of the highlights of the day was the unveiling of IFMA’s new logo and a healthy discussion of how the IFMA brand can be strengthened. The new logo (sorry, you have to see it from them first!) represents the best of what IFMA is and aspires to be. Vibrant colors and energy signal our commitment to sustainability and the future with a strong nod to the core of the profession and the new talent that is joining it. It got quite a positive response when first showcased at the House of Delegates meeting, I am sure you will feel the same when you see it.
The Future Trends Panel session convened thought leaders from across the full FM spectrum to discuss emerging and future trends affecting the workplace and FM. Educators and FM practitioners (on both the end user and consultant sides of the equation) contributed insightful comments about the core issues of leadership and sustainability. One topic dear to my heart, how FM can raise its leadership profile, was the subject of much discussion. The panel will continue this afternoon with a second session. This is a recurring research effort that informs members and industry on the direction and pace of new challenges and opportunities.The Future Trends Report will be available next January and I strongly recommend you take advantage of it.
Today’s schedule includes a series of committee meetings, the opening keynote address, the second Future Trends Panel discussion, the opening of the Exposition floor, and the welcome reception at the Franklin Institute. I will be sending short updates via @fmandbeyond with daily summaries here. Stay tuned!