Welcome to the
Kansas City Chapter
International Facility Management Association
President’s Podium - September 2015
Happy September! I hope you were excited to see the amazing WWP scholarship opportunity we announced in July. Winners were just notified and I’m sure ready to embark on our trip. Are you going to World WorkPlace? If not, what is holding you back? Have you asked your employer to support you? This is a great place to receive top-notch education and network with FMs from all over the globe. Let me know if you plan to attend and I’ll include you in our group communications. I REALLY hope to see you there!!
As I was talking with my 9 year old daughter the other evening over dinner, she stated that she had decided what she wanted to be when she grew up. Curiosity piqued, I asked her what her career choice was, fully anticipating her response to be actress, teacher, or veterinarian. Her response stunned me: “Mom, I want to be a Facilities Manager.” In shock I asked her why? What made her think this was something she would like to do? I thought she might say “because it’s what you do” but she didn’t. She told me that she wants to help people be comfortable in their environment. Wow! How amazing that my 9 year old has a better understanding of the FM profession that some of the individuals who we support. We had a lengthy conversation to follow and it really made me think about our jobs as FMs and how important it is to teach our youth about this career path.
FM as a career is gaining momentum not only at colleges and universities, but in high schools as well. We need to foster this education and train the future leaders of our profession. This is something the IFMA Foundation is working hard to achieve and we need to support these efforts. If you are interested in learning more about educating students, please reach out to the Student Liaison Committee KcifmaStudents@gmail.com and volunteer your assistance. This committee is doing great things and going places – don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the future of FMs.
***An IFMA Chapter in Wisconsin has partnered with SkillsUSA to spotlight Facility Management in High Schools. They have gained so much momentun that they will present their program to World Workplace - check out their video: