Attending professional conferences are essential activities for networking and learning. They are so important, we even like to recommend them to women who have not reached leader status, but have that as one of their goals. They don’t just empower you, they also drive you up, much faster than often expected.
If you choose the right conferences and attend them with your most engaging personality and studious aims, the rewards can be astounding. We cannot help you with the latter, but we can help you with your choice in conferences.
The best conferences for you can be determined by who the speakers are (what are their titles and experiences), who will be attending (eg. potential clients or employers or your competition), and what topics will be discussed. Generally speaking, our advice is: the higher your title, the higher the titles you need.
Meaning: if you are a vice-president or president of a company, the majority of conferences you choose to attend should have speakers at the C-suite level and attendees at your level or higher. This is why some high-title conferences are invite-only and require a specific title to attend.
For this article, we have created a mix of mid-level and high-level conferences, in the US, UK, and Egypt, for female leaders (executives, politicians, diplomats, managers, supervisors) and upcoming trailblazers who are determined to succeed.
EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S SUMMIT
DATE: September 13, 2022
LOCATION: Colorado and via Zoom
The Executive Women’s Summit gatherings are held quarterly to encourage leaders to discuss relevant and controversial topics surrounding business, social, and philanthropic issues. Events are by invitation-only and designed exclusively for senior-level professionals (Director-level+) in companies exceeding $10mm or 50 employees. No vendors are permitted.
The September summit is called Fear-Less & Fail-Forward. It will be co-ed and multigenerational. It was created to allow qualified male and female participants to invite one millennial-aged guest. During this Summit, they will discuss controversial topics that impact the multigenerational workforce.
2022 FORBES POWER WOMEN’S SUMMIT
DATE: September 15, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY and Online
Forbes Power Women’s Summit is dedicated to unlocking new thinking and translating ideas into impact. It will feature speakers in business, media, entertainment, and politics, who are re-architecting industries, driving social progress, and using their unique platforms to create meaningful change.
Speakers for the 2022 summit include Tory Burch (CCO at Tury Burch LLc), Libby Wadle (CEO at J.Crew Group), Pamela Lucina (President at The Northern Trust Institute), Tara Rush (SVP & CMO at Audi of America), Judith Arcana (Reproductive Rights Pioneer), Bobbi Brown (CCO of Jones Road Beauty), Kristalina Georgieva (Managing Director at International Monetary Fund), Valerie Jarrett (CEO at Obama Foundation), Blake Lively (Actress, Filmmaker & Founder, Betty Buzz), and Vanessa Nakate (Climate Justice Activist & Founder, Rise Up Movement). The in-person Summit experience is by invitation only. To attend the Summit live stream, please register on their website.
ECONOMIST GLOBAL AGENDA: GENERAL COUNSEL SUMMIT US
DATE: September 15th, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY
300+ attendees, 60+ speakers, and 20+ content rich-sessions, this years’ General Counsel Summit will focus on leadership, risk, and resilience. The counsel will examine topics like digital transformation, managing hybrid workforces, major trends in cyber-security, corporate ethics, becoming ESG leaders, nurturing talent, diversity and inclusion, navigating the financial and reputational fallout of global events, and implementing technology to create better enterprise value.
General counsel will also discuss the latest global macroeconomic and geopolitical briefing from The Economist Group as well as how you can future-proof your company and stay ahead in a fast-moving environment where disruption is the norm.
The summit gives the opportunity to discover action-oriented solutions and real-world examples through case studies, panel discussions, interviews as well as opportunities for networking.
Who should attend? General counsel, Chief legal officers, Associate/assistant and deputy general counsel, Senior corporate/legal counsel, Legal-affairs directors, heads and managers, Head of legal operations, General management, Advisers, and Consultants.
This year, the speakers include: David Flavell (Executive Vice-president at PepsiCo), Bimal Patel (Senior vice-president of PayPal), Doug Lankler (Executive vice-president of Pfizer), Lucy Fato (Executive vice-president of AIG), Thomas Moriarty (Executive vice-president of CVS Health), Amy Tu (Executive vice-president of Tyson Foods), Michelle Browdy (Senior vice-president of IBM).
CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE | CGI 2022 SEPTEMBER MEETING
DATE: September 19-20, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY
The Clinton Global Initiative September Meeting connects leaders in government, business, philanthropy, grassroots organizations, media, and academia from around the world. The aim: to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This conference will convene alongside the United Nations General Assembly with 1,000 attendees.
This meeting will be star-packed with high-level leaders and stars. Participants include Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, President Bill Clinton (42nd President of the United States), Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (former U.S. Secretary of State), Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Noubar Afeyan (Co-founder of Moderna), Qu Dongyu (Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of World Health Organization), Jennifer Granholm (U.S. Secretary of Energy), Melinda French Gates (Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Matt Damon (actor and Co-Founder of Water.org), Vivek Murthy (U.S. Surgeon General), Damilola Ogunbiyi (Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Director-General of World Trade Organization), Gina Raimondo (U.S. Secretary of Commerce).
The meeting will include high-level plenaries, interactive featured sessions, in-depth small group discussions, sponsor-hosted events, networking, and showcasing opportunities. Some topics that will be covered are: planning for the next global health challenges; closing the ownership gap for entrepreneurs and investors of color; achieving the ambitious pledges for carbon reductions amid new laws and regulations; scaling up proven anti-poverty solutions; preventing overdoses; and unlocking capital for climate mitigation.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT SUMMIT
DATE: September 19-23, 2022
LOCATION: New York, USA
“Convening at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Impact Meetings will bring together communities of purpose that integrate business leaders, policy-makers, international and civil society organizations, innovators and entrepreneurs.”
In a series of carefully curated impact-driven dialogues, these alliances will use the meetings to advance their work and make concrete progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build momentum on other key milestones in the months ahead, including the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the Forum’s Annual Meeting in January 2023.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & MARKETWATCH: MONEY FESTIVAL
DATE: September 21-22, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY and Online
MarketWatch’s Best New Ideas in Money Festival will host two days of interactive discussions where you will gain insights and advice from investing legends, entrepreneurs and experts. The festival will include an NFT gallery, 16 hours of networking, 20+ newsroom interviews, and unlimited Q&As.
Speakers include: Sallie Krawcheck (CEO and co-founder of Ellevest), Ray Dalio (founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates), Carrie Schwab (president of Charles Schwab Foundation), and Roy Swan (director of Mission Investments, Ford Foundation). Money Festival is the place to gain practical advice from industry leaders normally reserved for those on the inside of Wall Street.
FORTUNE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY VIRTUAL FORUM
DATE: September 29, 2022
Fortune’s third annual Global Sustainability Forum will convene virtually to explore how executives are implementing their COP26 promises to save the planet and build resilient businesses. The forum will feature informative interviews, and interactive breakout sessions, with participation from top-level executives, investors, decision-makers and thinkers from around the world.
Some topics that will discussed are: Clean Tech for a Net-Zero World, Financing a Low-Carbon Economy, The Business Benefits of Sustainable Water, Leading the Circular Economy Transition, Green Aviation, Energy Innovation, Tackling the Rising Food Crisis, The Future of Finance, What to Watch for at COP27, and Sustainable Supply Chains.
Speakers include Warren East (CEO of Rolls-Royce), Enrique Lores (CEO of HP), Kathleen McLaughlin (Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart Inc), Annette Clayton (CEO of Schneider Electric North America), Joji Tagawa (Chief Sustainability Officer at Nissan Motor Corporation), Mary Powell (CEO of Sunrun), Nili Gilbert (Vice Chairwoman of Carbon Direct), Jon Chorley (CSO of Oracle), Jeffrey Hogue (Chief Sustainability Officer at Levi Strauss & Co.), Stacy Kauk (Head of Sustainability at Shopify), and Katharine Hayhoe (Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy and Director of Climate Science Centre, Texas Tech).
2022 FORBES UNDER 30 SUMMIT
DATE: October 2-5, 2022
LOCATION: Detroit, MI and Online
Forbes Under 30 Summit is a 4-day immersive experience. It includes a private concert, A-list speakers, exclusive networking opportunities, industry-focused excursions, local culinary experiences, a legendary bar crawl, a powerful day of community service and more. It is four days of learning from and connecting with the world’s top young leaders, founders and creators.
Speakers include Forbes 30 Under 30 Listers like Megan Thee Stallion (Grammy Award-Winning Musician), Kygo (DJ and Producer), Michael Tubbs (Founder of Tubbs Ventures), Rafael Ilishayev (Cofounder of Gopuff), Daniella Pierson (Co-founder of Wondermind). Plus: Josh Silverman (CEO of Etsy), Steve Case (Co-founder of AOL), and Randall Lane (Chief Content Officer of Forbes).
NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2022
DATE: October 9-11, 2022
The National Women’s Business Conference is a series of events throughout the year in various cities across the United States. It allows female entrepreneurs to connect and engage regionally, nationally and internationally. It propels them into economic and social spheres of power worldwide.
The October agenda includes a meeting breakfast sponsored by Wells Fargo, a leadership reception hosted by Bank of America as well as pre-conference walks, meet and greets, workshops, breakout sessions and an awards gala. The topics include: How to Network Like a Pro; The Future of the Workplace after the Pandemic; Winning the Race for Talent in an Increasingly Diverse World; Trademark Basics: What Every Growing Business Should Know Now; and Planning for Business Growth and Success in 2023.
TED WOMEN CONFERENCE
DATE: October 24-28, 2022
TEDWomen is a conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. It is a week-long online festival offering interviews with leading women on change, work, rights, the future and joy!
This gathering will elevate the ideas of women connecting across generations and geographies; will inspire with personal stories and conversations; and will uplift spirits with the connections that are always the hallmark of the TEDWomen experience. The festival will also offer a selection of interactive workshops designed to build community and nurture connections. In addition, there will be specially curated film screenings.
DATE: October 25-27, 2022
LOCATION: San Jose, CA
VERGE 22 is the leading climate tech event where thousands of leaders — from business, government, solution providers and startups — work together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem.
There will be more than 400 speakers including Paul Augustine (Head of Sustainability at Lyft), Erin Beller (Ecology Program Manager at Google), Francisco Benedito (CEO of ClimateTrade), Sara Bogdan (Head of Sustainability and ESG at JetBlue Airways), Joe Britton (Executive Director of Zero Emission Transportation Association), Mark Brownstein (Senior Vice President at Environmental Defense Fund), Rafael Broze (Carbon Removal Program Manager at Microsoft), Troy Carter (CEO of Earthshot Labs), Jonathan Changus (Director of California Transportation Programs at Center for Sustainable Energy).
2022 FORBES ICONOCLAST SUMMIT
DATE: November 3, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY
The Forbes Iconoclast Summit will convene high-level visionaries, financiers, technologists, and executives for discussions on the most critical issues impacting our economy and markets today.
“The next global frontier may split along ideological lines to a degree not seen in decades as the war in Ukraine and shutdowns in China push corporates and governments alike to weigh the consequences of becoming financially dependent on a potential adversary. How will global markets adapt while simultaneously dealing with inflationary pressures and the long-awaited pullback in quantitative easing? What role should digital assets play in a portfolio, and how should investors be preparing for the possibility that trouble in the crypto market could spill over into more traditional markets? How are investors becoming more purposeful and impactful with their allocations?”
Speakers will include Ray Dalio (Founder of Bridgewater Associates), Mary Callahan (CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management), Sam Bankman-Fried (Founder of FTX), Michelle Seitz (CEO of Russell Investments), Christine Moy (Partner & Head of Digital Asset Strategy at Apollo Global Management), Mike Arougheti (Co-founder of Ares), Sam Zell (Founder of Equity Group Investments), and David Siegel (Chairman of Siegel Family Endowment and Co-Founder of Two Sigma).
CHATHAM HOUSE: GLOBAL TRADE 2022
DATE: November 3, 2022
LOCATION: Chatham House – London and Online
400+ senior-level in-person and online participants, 35+ countries represented, 25+ high-profile speakers from the public and private sector, this years’ Global Trade conference at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London will focus on risk management and resilience in global trade. The conference will examine topics like the future of UK trade, the new era of globalization, the power of digital trade, the supply chains of tomorrow, and how green agenda will transform global trade. The conference also provides the opportunities to collaborate with peers on how the sector can best support the digitalization of trade as well as network in-person and make connections with policymakers, industry and trade practitioners.
This year, the speakers include: Mary Chelliah (Principal trade specialist at Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore) Lisandra Flach (Director at IFO Center for International Economics), Ignaco Bercero (Director for Trade, European Commission), Pascal Lamy (Director-General of World Trade Organization), Philippa Makepeace (Director of Global Supply Chains at Department for International Trade), Jeongmin Seong (Partner at McKinsey Global Institute), and Rhys Bowen (International Director at Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).
CECP BOARD OF BOARDS 2022
DATE: November 14, 2022
LOCATION: New York, NY
Founded by the actor Paul Newman and other business leaders, CECP is a movement of more than 225 of the world’s largest companies that represent $7.7 trillion in revenues, $37.4 billion in total community investment, 14 million employees, and $21 trillion in assets under management. CECP helps companies transform in the areas of societal/community investment, employee engagement, environmental social governance/sustainable business, diversity equity inclusion, and telling the story.
CECP’s Board of Boards convenes corporate leaders to share insights and best practices and to help advance the business case for corporate community investment. This years’ speakers include include Alan Murray (CEO of Fortune Media), Eric Gertler (CEO of US News & World Report), Megan Myungwon Lee (CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America), Michele Buck (CEO of The Hershey Company), and Penny Pennington (Managing Partner of Edward Jones Investments). CECP Board of Boards is for CEOs only.
EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S SUMMIT
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Location: Colorado and via Zoom
The Executive Women’s Summit gatherings are held quarterly to encourage leaders to discuss relevant and at times, controversial topics surrounding business, social, and philanthropic issues. Events are by invitation-only and designed exclusively for senior-level professionals (Director-level+) in companies exceeding $10mm or 50 employees. No vendors are permitted. The November summit will be female only. The name and topic is to be determined.
COP27 (CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES 2022)
DATE: November 6-18, 2022
LOCATION: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
The annual UN Climate Change Conference (also called COP) is a large gathering held every year in a different city. This year, the conference will advance the global climate talks, mobilize action, and provide significant opportunity to look at the impacts of climate change as well as share solutions and recent innovations.
2,000+ speakers, 35,000+ expected participants, 300+ topics, 150,000+ m² space of venue – the COP27 will be massive. The Egyptian Presidency has planned a number of panel discussions, roundtables and side events in order to enable a broad interaction between the youth, women, civil society and indigenous people. These groups will be at the center of these discussions. This conference’s key focus will be on innovation, clean technologies, water and agriculture. The role of science will also be highlighted in addition to biodiversity loss, energy transition, decarbonization efforts and finance.
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