At The Business Magazine for Women, we’re interested in meeting leading women, the women that are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be in business, tech, STEM, sports, arts, politics. The following list of conferences are massive platforms for women, and we would really like to be at all of them! Alas, it is an almost impossibility, so we have curated a few of the ones that are really important for women in business, women in tech, women in STEM, women in politics. Here’s a list of not to miss conferences for 2018 if you’re a woman, if you’re in business, if you’re interested at all in tech, STEM, equality, investing, finance, future trends, and the influencers of tomorrow.
This year we’re filling up our calendar with SXSW, Wired, Grace Hopper, Forbes Women’s Conference (checking out the competition ;-)), Yellow Conference, Content Marketing World, Wired Business Conference, and that’s just in the first part of the year. It’s going to be a spectacular year. Stay tuned, and let us know which ones you’re going to. We’d love to meet you!
BlogHER – Jan 30-31 – NYC
With a massive list of speakers, like Arianna Huffington, Chelsea Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Jillian Michaels, and Pres. Barack Obama, this is a #nottomissconferencefor2018.
MAKERS Conference – Feb 5-7 – Los Angeles, CA
As we charge into 2018, women are not only reclaiming our time. We are ready to reclaim our voices and our power.Fearless advocates for women’s rights from tech, entertainment, business, and non-profits will come together Feb. 5 to 7 in Los Angeles to push the movement forward and take action. #nottomissconferencefor2018.
SXSW (South by Southwest) March 9 – 18 – Austin, TX
Join us for unparalleled discovery, networking, and inspiration at the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 9-18. #nottomissconferencefor2018.
Women in the World Summit – April 12-14 – NYC
Women who are on the front lines all over the world come to our stage to tell their stories at our summits and salons. They are activists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents. They’ve saved and enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector. With vivid journalistic narratives, stirring videos, and provocative discussions, Women in the World is the premier showcase for women of impact and for the men who champion them.
Women’s Leadership Conference – May 15 – Omaha, Nebraska
ICAN’s (Institute for Career Advancement Needs) annual Women’s Leadership Conference – held for 25 years in Omaha, Nebraska – is known to be powerful, insightful and authentic, representative of the leadership trends and transformations present in today’s workplace. This year, the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will feature a conversation on Authenticity.
Wired Business Conference – early June – NYC
No dates yet, but the past years, Wired’s Business Conference has been held in the first week of June, in NYC. And yes, it is a very intimate #nottomissconferencefor2018!
PeP con – June 6-8 – New Orleans
Print + Digital Publishing + the Future of Design – Meet the world’s top publishing experts, Adobe engineers, and developers at the 9th annual PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference
Forbes’ Women’s Summit – June 18-19 – NYC
This year, the focus is #redefiningpower, with yet another massive list of over 300 guest speakers.
Mobilizing the Power of Women – June – NYC
Ellevest hasn’t released their 2018 schedule yet, but this was another not to miss the conference. Here is the 2017 conference highlight: We know women have power; after all, we hold trillions of dollars in investable assets, control 86% of consumer spending and are creating businesses at a faster rate than men. And yet, gender inequality persists and women are missing from corporate boards, senior leadership, politics, fundraising announcements, and more. It stops here.
N.O.W. Conference – July 6-8 – San Jose, CA
National Organisation for Women 2018 conference’s theme isT he Forward Feminism.
Yellow Conference – Aug 23-24 – Los Angeles, CA
A gathering for creative women who are making an impact and using their gifts, skills, and talents to serve the greater good.
Content Marketing World – Sept 4-7 – Cleaveland, OH
Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry.
Tech Crunch Disrupt – Sept 5-7, San Francisco, CA
TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. This is where you’ll see #femalefounders shine and show us how they’ll take over the world 🙂
Women’s Summit – INC.Women – Sept 25th – NYC
Join some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs at the Inc. Women’s Summit, where you’ll connect with other business owners, hear inspirational stories, and learn valuable tactics you can use in your own company.
Grace Hopper Celebration – Sep. 26–28 – Houston, TX
The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with ACM. This is amust go to conference!
Fortune’s Most Powerful Women – Oct 1-3, Laguna Niguel, CA
2017 participants included CEOs Mary Barra, Shelley Broader, Michele Buck, Wendy Clark, Mary Dillon, Cathy Engelbert, Adena Friedman, and many other illustrious women.
S.H.E. Summit – Oct 18-19 – NYC
Some of the featured speakers: Sophia Bush, Tony Porter, Gretchen Carlson, Matt McGorry, Sallie Krawcheck, Dr. Shefali, Kelly Clarkson, Samantha Power
Emerging Women Life – Denver, CO – Oct 2018
No details for this year’s dates. We’ll keep you informed as soon as we get the details with the location, times, and speaker lineup. Last year speakers include Alicia Garza – Black Lives Matter, Amanda Steinberg – DailyWorth, Donna Lynne – Lt. Governor Colorado, Arianna Huffington, Dr. Tererai Trent, and so many others.
BullCon – Nov. 2-5 – Washington, D.C.
A career conference for feminists who want to make the world and the workplace better
Texas Conference for Women – Nov 9th, Austin, TX
No details on the 2018 lineup, but the last year’s keynotes were: Anita Hill, Sheryl Sandberg, Viola Davis, Adam Grant.
TED Women – November – Location TBA
Last year, the focus was on #feminism. What’s the definition of feminism? 12 talks that explain it to you. This year, we cannot wait to see and hear all the thought leaders guiding us through the tough questions we’re facing each day.
TNW NYC Conference – NOV-DEC – NYC
No dates yet for the 2018 edition, but you might want to make your way to NYC for this conference. For technology, communication & media businesses. The fifth edition of TNW New York is designed for decision-makers looking to explore the digital technologies transforming Tech, Communication and Media businesses.
As the year progresses, we’ll keep updating this list with more not to miss conferences for women in 2018. Stay tuned, and sign up for our newsletter for coverage from the events and articles from women in business, women in tech, women in STEM, women in sports, women in politics, women in culture. We’re all one, and we’re all in this together. Have a great 2018! And stay tuned for issue No. 2 coming out March 8th.