BOMA’s Annual Conference Offers Insights for an Industry Transformed by COVID-19

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 23, 2021) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will offer an extensive educational program and exceptional opportunities for professional development at the 2021 BOMA International Conference & Expo, which takes place October 6-9 in Boston.

This year’s theme “Boom. Everything’s Different” speaks to the immense disruption, change and opportunity that today’s commercial real estate professionals are navigating. The BOMA 2021 education program has been designed with the challenges of this moment in mind, offering more than 40 sessions on relevant topics like the evolving workplace, workforce development and emerging technologies. Organized across eight distinct focus areas, attendees can customize their itinerary and select topics corresponding with their own educational needs. Plus, BOMA 2021 boasts two new education tracks: A Health & Wellness track focused on optimizing occupant health and wellbeing in commercial buildings and a COVID-19 and CRE track that covers items like building re-entry and operational best practices during a pandemic.

“As we emerge from a prolonged period of uncertainty, property professionals are looking for new insights to help them move forward, and that’s exactly what they’ll find at this year’s conference,” commented BOMA International Chair Mark Dukes, BOMA Fellow, CCIM, RPA, vice president of Asset Management at Physicians Realty Trust. “The BOMA 2021 education program has something to offer every property professional looking to get ahead in today’s competitive marketplace.”

Whether it’s exposure to a new technology, tips for increasing asset performance or a fresh approach to a frequent tenant issue, seasoned industry veterans and emerging professionals alike can expect to learn something new at BOMA 2021. Below is a sampling of sessions featured in each education track at the upcoming conference:

NEW! Health & Wellness (Sponsored by NanoTouch Materials, LLC)

  • Session spotlight: By today’s standards, a healthy workplace is defined by much more than the quality of its air filtration system or a bowl of apples in the staff lounge. At Happiness in the Workplace: Why You Need to Care and How to Achieve it Through Design, conference goers will hear from a panel of design experts, human resource professionals and developers about creating healthy interiors and measuring happiness in the built environment based on research conducted over the past year.

NEW! COVID-19 and CRE (Sponsored by Brivo)

Creating Asset Value

  • Session spotlight: Repositioning a Class B building as a Class A asset involves much more than just adding a coffee bar or flat screens in the lobby. Making the Grade: When to Go from Class B to A will walk attendees through a checklist of items every owner and manager should consider before taking the leap.

Energy Efficiency & Environmental Responsibility (Sponsored by International Code Council)

  • Session spotlight: Resilience is quickly becoming critical to the definition of sustainability in real estate. Learn about the intersection between building performance, resilience and equity, and the practical issues of assessing and acting on climate risk at both the asset and portfolio level, with insights from the office, industrial and multifamily sectors at From Concept to Action: Climate Risk and Resilience Strategies.

Industrial Real Estate Management

  • Session spotlight: Sustainability Strategies for a Tenant Controlled or Net Lease World will focus on addressing challenges and opportunities to support greater environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) outcomes in net leased, tenant-controlled environments. Experts will discuss best practices for addressing utility data and efficiency upgrades, as well as leveraging opportunities for sustainability within distribution, warehouse and logistics real estate.

Leadership, Career and Talent Development

Occupant Engagement

  • Session spotlight: A new era of work is upon us, and with it comes with the opportunity for commercial real estate professionals to implement fresh workplace design approaches that address shortcomings that were emerging long before the COVID-19 pandemic. At The Reimagined Future of Work and Place: Flexibility at the Forefront, experts from design firm Gensler will explore what the firm’s research reveals about the workplace of tomorrow, covering everything from shifts in tenant attitudes to the tools, technologies, and amenities that can best balance real estate performance with personal well-being and purpose.

Technology and Innovation (Sponsored by ExteNet Systems)

  • Session spotlight: Cyber and ransomware attacks targeting automated building management systems can extract a catastrophic price on building owners and managers. Building Cybersecurity: The Growing Threat and Solutions Offering ROI will educate attendees on the growing cyber threat to the technologies in buildings, and the progress of industry stakeholders to develop a national framework of protections to promote investments to enhance safety and health.

To make sure attendees get the maximum benefit from their attendance, every session qualifies for ARM, CCM, CMCP, CPM, FMA, RPA, SMA and SMT renewal and continuing professional development credits. Several sessions are approved for LEED credential maintenance, AIA Learning Units and renewal of the Building Operator Certification (BOC). Some sessions also contribute to the CE requirements for real estate license renewal in many U.S. states and Canada.

The 2021 BOMA International Conference & Expo is commercial real estate’s most important event of the year. Exhibits by leading manufacturers and suppliers at the BOMA International Expo will introduce attendees to the innovative products that are helping property professionals stay on the cutting edge, including state-of-the-art products and services to achieve safe and healthy buildings amid the pandemic.

An extensive educational program will cover a variety of subject matter, complemented by the thought-provoking perspectives of speakers like author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will deliver Thursday’s keynote presentation on Lessons in Resilience. At Saturday’s General Session, BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain will kicks things off with his 2021 State of the Industry address, followed by a panel discussion titled, “Boom. Everything’s Different: How Commercial Real Estate Will Recover and Prosper.” The event will culminate with The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY®) Awards, the commercial real estate industry's highest recognition honoring excellence in commercial building management and operations.

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About BOMA International
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of U.S. local associations and global affiliates. The leading trade association for commercial real estate professionals for more than 100 years, it represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, including office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use. BOMA International is the partner individuals in the commercial real estate industry choose to maximize value for their careers, organizations and assets. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at

Caroline Pomilla
Director of Communications
BOMA International
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