Philadelphia, PA
July 13-16, 2024

Welcome to your Exhibitor Console!

Please check back often for updated information about BOMA 2024. 

Call for Presentations is Now Closed.

BOMA 2024 brings professionals from across the commercial real estate industry together—making it the ideal place to share your expertise and gain recognition as a thought leader in your field. If you have a fresh take on sustainability, a unique approach to enhancing asset performance or in-depth knowledge about another hot topic, send us the details! If your proposal is selected, you'll take the stage at the most important annual event for your field—and help further your industry's evolution, while advancing in your career. 

Submission Deadline:  Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Submission Status Notifications: All notifications will be emailed to submitter by early February 2024. 

Education Tracks and Topics

All education sessions are 60 minutes each and are required to be NON-COMMERCIAL. Speakers may not promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest. Any proposal deemed as a sales pitch will automatically be removed from consideration. 

Please read the different tracks we offer and select the best track that matches your proposal during your submission. You are submitting for breakout education sessions only. This is not a submission for general sessions' keynote speakers. 

Creating Asset Value
This track is designed to help property managers and asset managers gain further knowledge about the asset management function within commercial real estate, this track will cover policies, leases, negotiations, and decision-making skills. See below for some session topics. 

  • Managing and mitigating risk – economic, environmental, ethical, human resources
  • Leasing/lease negotiations
  • Technology for automating accounting and finance in commercial real estate
  • Key economic indicators
  • CRE development trends
  • Big data and analytics
  • Managing the relationship between an asset manager and a property manager
  • Adding value to the bottom line
  • How ESG impacts to profitability
  • How funds operate

Energy Efficiency/Environmental Research
Smooth, sustainable and efficient building performance and operations are the focus of this track. Sessions will focus on sustainability, durability, occupant productivity, energy efficiency and technology in buildings; these sessions influence improvements of processes, aiding in the reduction of your building’s carbon footprint and lowering expenses while maintaining a highly optimized building. Submissions in this category will be separated in to sub-tracks and you will be asked to select one of the following six sub-categories to narrow down the topic of your proposal. Topic suggestions:
  • Energy Efficiency: Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), commissioning, demand response, lighting, metering, operating efficiency, Smart Buildings/Smart Cities
  • Management Decisions: Certificates of insurance, compliance, emergency/crisis planning, financing, warranties, risk management, contracting, building operations, performance and management subtracks
  • Environmental Responsibility: Districts, EV charging, building certifications, renewable energy, water, waste, social and economic impact of sustainability
  • Data Management: smart buildings (convergence of IT, OT and IoT), data analytics, privacy, securing data, dashboards, sensor data
  • Major Building Systems: HVAC, roof, sprinkler systems, vertical transportation, connectivity, building a safety program
  • Services: Janitorial, pests, security, waste management

Health and Wellness
What are the latest best practices for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy space for building occupants? Suggested topic is health/wellness for building and people. 

Industrial Real Estate Management
This track keeps attendees informed on this rapidly growing sector of commercial real estate and provides high-level sessions covering trends, new technology and is looking for sessions that provide expert technical information for industrial property managers.
  • New, emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Case studies/storytelling: sharing interesting and unusual situations and the solutions and/or resolutions
  • Retail conversion to e-commerce
  • Managing re-purposed warehouses
  • Conversion – trends to convert asset types to serve industrial uses
  • Low and high-volume logistics
  • Preparing for hazmat
  • Safety, risk and environmental management
  • Encouraging tenant engagement in energy saving initiatives
  • Co-working industrial trends
  • Multi-Level Industrial Properties
  • Cannabis – systems, security, risk

Leadership, Career and Talent Development

Sessions in this track focus on the challenges and solutions of personal and professional development as well as attracting and keeping talent.  Sessions submitted by commercial real estate professionals with solution-based case studies are preferred. 

  • Effective recruitment strategies
  • Blending work and personal responsibilities
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Emotional Intelligence, coaching and other effective leadership skills
  • Mid-career management
  • Mentorship and sponsorship
  • Diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias

Occupant Engagement
Sessions in this track explore evolving tenant needs and creating and maintaining successful relationships with tenants that provide strong ROI and create brand loyalty for building owners.

  • New and emerging technology 
  • Dealing with challenging tenants
  • Collecting data and measuring returns on building changes/improvements
  • Appealing to and serving an increasingly diverse client base
  • Effective, and useful tenant satisfaction surveys
  • Trends in space design
  • Amenities/Hospitality: Trends, tenant expectations, costs, ROI to owners
  • Creating engaging experiential properties that help your clients attract the workforce they need
  • Managing tenants through major building renovations
  • Innovative events that show strong ROI and gain owner buy-in

Technology and Innovation

What are the emerging trends and technologies that will affect building operations, investment, development, leasing and management? Topic examples includes: Cyber security, AI, Digital Transformation, apps, wi-fi, sensor technology, augmented intelligence, convergence of IT, OT and IoT

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The online submission form will ask you for the following information (Pro tip: Create and save all proposal information in a word document FIRST, and then copy and paste the information into the submission form. The system may time out if a proposal is not submitted quickly and you will lose your progress): 

  • Title (max 125 characters*): This is the first impression for your presentation. Make it count! The title does not have to explain everything that the participants will learn—that’s the job of the description. 
  • Description (max 1000 characters*): A well-written description will clearly identify the purpose and intent of the session. An effective description previews the content and what will the participants learn; clarify the relevancy of the topic (why they need to know it); and highlight the benefits of attending the session (what they will be able to do with this information). 
  • Session Format: During your submission, please choose ONE of the following session formats for your proposal and explain how you will deliver the format: 
    • Interactive Discussion: An interactive presentation between the audience and the panelists geared to inspire discussion throughout the session. 
    • Panel Discussion: Lead-in questions by the moderator to the panelist(s) with Q&A at the end of the session or throughout the session. 
    • Single Speaker Session: Only the potential speaker will be speaking during the proposed session. BOMA International will assign a staff to introduce the speaker. 
  • Session Methodology: All sessions are 60 minutes each. Please explain how you will deliver the session format. 

    BOMA International will be using Social Q&A, an engagement tool, in the mobile app to help facilitate interactions between participants and panelists. Education sessions are required to be NON-COMMERCIAL. Presenters may not promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest. Any proposal deemed as a sales pitch will automatically be removed from consideration.

    BOMA will provide standard setup for all session rooms, i.e. Projectors, podium, four panelists chairs behind table on stage, and wired mics. Speakers/Moderators MUST bring own laptop and power cord with uploaded presentation to session room. HDMI cables will be provided. No items/activities shall be moved from standard setup per Union laws and regulations. Moderators must bring a smart device to the session in order to monitor questions coming from the audience in addition to participants raising hands.

  • Learning Objectives (max 1000 characters): Each session must have at least FOUR learning objectives. Each learning objective must describe what a participant will learn or be able to do as a result of attending your session. It is best to use action verbs such as learn, discover, establish, assess, identify, examine, construct, manage, etc.

    For example:
    At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

    1. Discover how commercial building owners and managers are sizing up 2021 operating expenses

    2. Find out which investments owners and asset managers are prioritizing

    3. Learn how property managers plan to adjust operations and tenant outreach in the times of COVID-19 and beyond

    4. Identify how to best use industry insights and research to prepare for 2021

  • Speaker Details: BOMA does not reimburse any travel expenses or pay speaker fees/honoraria for education sessions.

    You will need to provide the following information for each speaker during your submission:

    • Full name, designation/certification (if apply)
    • Job title
    • Company 
    • Address 
    • Email
  • Speaker Bio (max 1000 characters*): Bios are brief (250-300 words) in paragraph form and focus on credentials and professional expertise in the topic being proposed. No resume format. 

  • Speaker Type:
    • Panelist – One of multiple topic experts chosen to share knowledge in a moderated discussion.
    • Moderator – Session moderators should be experienced and skilled at interacting between the panelists and the audience. 

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Rules and Responsibilities of ALL Panelists

  • BOMA does not reimburse any travel expenses or pay speaker fees/honoraria for education sessions.
  • Presenters must NOT present in more than two sessions. Please communicate with any presenters you are including in your proposal to ensure they are not over-committed. If one of your presenters is in multiple other submissions, it may impact your proposal being accepted.
  • Education sessions are required to be NON-COMMERCIAL. Presenters may not promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest. Any proposal deemed as a sales pitch will automatically be removed from consideration. 
  • Industry vendors and suppliers MUST INCLUDE speakers who can speak to the application or implementation of ideas or products discussed in the proposed session – customers, end-users, or clients.
  • Names, titles, bios and contact info for each speaker must be provided at the time of submission. Any submissions containing incomplete speaker info will be automatically disqualified after the submission deadline.
  • Submitters must INFORM each person recruited to be a part of the session of the rules and responsibilities and have PERMISSION from all speakers to submit their names for consideration. If a proposal is selected and the speakers were not aware of the submission, the proposal is subject to automatic cancellation and being replaced from a session on the wait list.
  • Each presenter and moderator associated with an accepted session will be required to review and officially accept BOMA International’s conference SPEAKER AGREEMENT and complete an ONLINE PROFILE.
  • All presenters MUST REGISTER for the conference. BOMA International offers a discounted registration fee for the conference.
  • Once a proposal is accepted, a new speaker cannot be added or switched out without prior approval from BOMA International.
  • For all accepted submissions, BOMA reserves the right to edit any submitted copy for promotional purposes.
  • Sessions at BOMA International Conference and Expo are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The schedule is determined by balancing topics and target audiences. Individual schedule requests are considered only in extreme circumstances. 

Questions? Contact Kia Lor, Director of Education at klor@boma.org