Steve Forbes Announced as Closing Keynote for IFMA’s World Workplace in San Diego


The International Facility Management Association is pleased to announce that Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, will deliver the closing keynote address at its flagship event, the World Workplace Conference and Expo, which will be held in San Diego, California, USA, Oct. 5-7, 2016.

Forbes oversees the Forbes Media’s flagship publications — including Forbes, Forbes Asia and Forbes Europe with a global audience of more than 5 million readers, as well as, which is rated as one of the world’s most influential websites, attracting 60 million unique visitors each month. He is also a prizewinning author and respected economic prognosticator.

The 2016 World Workplace closing keynote address, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, following IFMA’s Awards of Excellence luncheon, will offer critical insights into and context for the conference theme, “the FM story is ours to share.” The speech topic, “Leadership Lessons: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today’s Top Business Leaders,” illuminates the common threads of greatness that transcend cultural and historical change. Conferences attendees will leave the conference inspired by Forbes’ insights into the makings of business success.

Forbes will also hold a meet and greet, where he will be available to sign copies of his book, “Power Ambition Glory,” immediately following the keynote.

Participation is available to anyone who registers for the conference at

What: IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo
When: Oct. 5-7, 2016
Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, USA

IFMA’s World Workplace events are the premier facility management events in the world. Each conference addresses topics of the greatest relevance and concern to professionals who support the built environment. The 2016 San Diego conference promises to raise the bar even further with power speakers and the landmark collaboration between IFMA and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is taking unprecedented steps toward unifying and advancing the global FM profession.

For more information, visit the event’s website at

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (14 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. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs, content and resources, and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or