Conferences check plenty of boxes for a businesswoman: networking opportunity, career or personal development, meeting new friends, getting amazing swag, sharing industry insights, empowering other women, getting new potential business or career opportunities, learning and growing as a leader, and of course spending time investing in the subject area you love. Check check check!
If you’re looking for amazing conferences that you should be attending as a woman in business this year, then be sure to bookmark a couple of these awesome options below. You’ll want to free up some time in your schedule and absorb everything these conferences have to offer.
Wonder Women Tech Global Summit When: Tuesday, April 30 Where: Washington, D.C. Who: Women in Tech Why Attend: Wonder Women Tech’s Washington, D.C. Global Summit is an intimate one-day event featuring CEO’s, CDO’s, innovators, global thought leaders, special keynotes, dynamic speakers and talented panelists. 15th Annual Women's Leadership Conference When: Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 1 Where: New York Hilton Midtown; New York City, NY Who: Leaders and Managers Why Attend: “Standing Up, Being Counted: Leaders Driving Change and Measuring Results” is the theme of this fast-approaching conference. It’s recommended for senior-level women and men who support women’s advancement. Great for female leaders, CEOs and entrepreneurs who have forged their own path and want to help other women succeed too.
Women in Tech Festival 2019 When: Thursday, May 23 – Friday, May 24 Where: Computer History Museum; Mountain View, CA Who: Women in Tech Why Attend: “Silicon Valley Forum’s Women in Tech Festival celebrates women in tech, STEM, and business careers who work to inspire, engage, and empower other women.” Expect two days filled with inspiring talks, workshops and thought-provoking discussions.
Rise Weekend When: Friday, June 14 – Saturday, June 15 Where: Minneapolis, MN Who: Dreamers and Doers Why Attend: Author and mogul Rachel Hollis is the founder and host of this conference meant to inspire, while also kicking you into gear to go after your dreams. Hollis has a cult-like following for her Instagram-live sessions, her coaching and her best-selling books: “Girl, Wash Your Face” and the newly released “Girl, Stop Apologizing.” This weekend is for people who want to be motivated, make new friends and be inspired by Hollis.
International Leadership Association Women in Leadership Conference When: Sunday, June 16 – Wednesday, June 19 Where: 1440 Multiversity (nestled in the redwoods near Santa Cruz, CA) Who: Leaders and Managers Why Attend: The fourth-annual conference will focus on “Building Solutions, Harmony and the Greater Good.” If you are interested in global good and networking to advance leadership knowledge and practice, then this conference is for you.
2019 Forbes Women’s Summit When: Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18 Where: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers; New York City, NY Who: Leaders and Visionaries Why Attend: “Across industries and generations, how are women at the helm navigating monumental change to rearchitect industries, spark major movements and unlock opportunities for others? The 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit will bring together a community of inspiring and innovative visionaries whose ambitious actions are changing the world at unprecedented scale.”
Working Mother 2019 Multicultural Women’s National Conference When: Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10 Where: New York City, NY Who: Multicultural Working Mothers Why Attend: A conference where high-achieving, high-potential women from all ethnicities come together to leverage their strengths for workplace progress.
Together Digital When: Wednesday, September 18 – Friday, September 20 Where: Columbus, OH Who: Digital Marketers and Advertisers Why Attend: If you are a woman in digital, then the Together Digital conference is for you. The conference will gather 900 women in digital advertising, marketing, communications and creative fields with the goal of sharing insights and their love of all things digital.
Women Empower X Washington D.C. 2019 When: Sunday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 15 Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; Washington, D.C. Who: Entrepreneurs and Industry Leaders Why Attend: WEX 2019 will include over 50 speakers at more than 30 sessions. You'll find 60 marketplace vendors on-site, as well as a VIP lounge, female founders pitch competition, book signings, influencer meet and greets, the Mindset Stage, and more.
Forbes Under 30 Summit When: Sunday, October 27 – Wednesday, October 30 Where: Detroit, MI Who: Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Why Attend: The Forbes Under 30 Summit brings together some of the world’s greatest and youngest leaders, entrepreneurs, founders, inventors, and creators. You will be inspired by all of the talent surrounding you — and the summit also includes a private music festival during this four-day event.
TEDWomen 2019 When: Wednesday, December 4 – Friday, December 6 Where: Palm Springs, CA Who: Risk-takers and Innovators Why Attend: Being bold and brilliant without apology is the theme of this year’s TEDWomen conference. This three-day event will surely be a joyful, thought-provoking celebration of smarts, savvy and diverse dynamism.
What other women in business conferences are on your list that are missing from ours? Share in the comments section and let us know what type of conference you will be attending this year. Maybe we'll see you there!
Lisa Crocco is a marketer for an international food manufacturer by day and a freelance writer/marketer for startups and small businesses by night. She's written for outlets like USA Today College, Career Contessa, CloudPeeps and Fairygodboss.