A savvy way for women in business to forge strong professional relationships that transcend their industries and boost their careers is by attending national and international conferences. These events are more than just opportunities to network — although the potential for that is great. They allow you to take advantage of workshops and lectures that focus on creative best practices to help you stay on top of your game and ahead of the competition.
Never underestimate the power of networking, as professional contacts can help you with a variety of career advancements. From being hired at a new company to using relationships to land a big client, it’s often about who you know. Before you head to a conference, do some research to see who may be in attendance and prepare some questions for them. Think about ways you can help others, rather than simply trying to sell them on yourself or your product. Be sure to have plenty of business cards on hand for a quick exchange, and remember: Genuine, respectful connections are at the heart of all successful business interactions.
Here’s a look at some of the top conferences coming up for women in business.
Financial Women’s Association International Business Conference
The Financial Women’s Association International Business Conference brings members together to meet with industry leaders as well as senior government representatives in the event’s host country. Recently in Tokyo, Japan, the 2019 conference is scheduled for February 10-16 in India. With an increasingly globalized market, this conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to expand your international reach.
Forbes Women’s Summit
Built on the power and inspiration of women, the Forbes Women’s Summit is packed with keynote speakers, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, and highlights that honor the wisdom and experience of top female thought leaders in business, entertainment, and politics. Attendance is by invitation only, and you can apply online between January 1 to May 1. In 2018, the conference was held June 18-19 in New York City.
Texas Conference for Women
Keep the Texas Conference for Women on your radar, because it sells out fast. Tickets to this year’s event — November 9, 2018 — are already sold out. If you were lucky enough to get your ticket early, the keynote speakers are Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble, Renata Quintini of Lux Capital, and advocate and actress Reese Witherspoon. They will discuss everything from finding happiness to the #MeToo movement. If you missed it this year, be sure to add this one to your list for next year.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
If you are a female in the technology industry, you deserve to be celebrated. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, and it takes place this year September 26-28 in Houston, Texas. It offers a chance to meet women who often find themselves to be in the minority in their industry but are making a major difference in the field.
Women in Construction Summit
Planned for London in 2019, the Women in Construction Summit is designed to level the field — pun intended — by promoting women in the industry and bringing equality to the top positions in construction in the United Kingdom and beyond. With keynote addresses, skill development workshops, and endless networking opportunities, this event inspires you to take your career to new heights.
Known fondly as “BullCon,” the Bullish Conference isn’t shy about shining a light on ambitious, powerful feminists. This sixth annual conference, held from September 30 to October 3 in Palm Springs, California, offers a massive sisterhood of support for women becoming CEOs, starting their own businesses, and doing amazing work designed to change the world.
Adobe 99U Conference
Designed for creative types, the Adobe 99U Conference is the ticket to building a profitable and inspiring creative career. Scheduled for May 8-10, 2019, in New York City, this must-attend event for writers, designers, and artists of all types includes stimulating workshops, insightful talks, and super-powered connections that can help you overcome roadblocks and find financial success in your field.
There’s the massive amount of live music and film that’s at the heart of SXSW, and then there’s the SXSW Conference. Don’t think this powerful meeting of the minds, held March 8-17, 2019, in Austin, Texas, is just one big party. Instead, this conference attracts top thought leaders in technology, film production, music, and culture-related industries.
Social Media Week
If you’re in the digital marketing industry, you know all too well that it never rests. So, it’s no surprise that Social Media Week conferences happen throughout the year and around the globe. In 2019, events are planned in Austin, Bristol, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lagos, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, Nairobi, Rome, Warsaw, Accra, Coeur d’Alene, Fairfax, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo, and Ulaanbaatar. You really have no reason not to live tweet about it.
In a constantly changing digital marketing industry, it’s always necessary to brush up on the latest updates on SEO, mobile landscaping, content marketing trends, and analytics news. You get all that — and a few fist bumps — at MozCon. Held July 15-17, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, this event teaches tactics and trends from industry leaders that you can use today.
HOW Design Live
Create a space in your schedule for HOW Design Live, planned for May 7-10, 2019, in Chicago. It’s the go-to conference for leaders in all creative industries, with an emphasis on the meaning of good design. Learn tips for providing a great branding experience for your clients and business, while soaking in some inspiration from other creative types.
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