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, we can’t do everything. Instead, we have curated a list with 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, Grace Hopper, Forbes Women’s Conference (checking out the competition ;-)), Yellow Conference, Content Marketing World, 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.
Power Rising Summit – Feb 22 – 25 – Atlanta, GA
THE POWER RISING SUMMIT provides a space for Black women, from coast to coast, to come together as one. We will leverage our collective wisdom to develop strategic, actionable ways to build and maximize our economic and political power—for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our future.
Circular Summit – March 1 – 2 – Washington, D.C.
Role Breakers -Change Makers – Join three hundred exceptional women entrepreneurs, investors, members of the media, policymakers, experts and partners in Washington, D.C., to share ideas, experiences and knowledge to help grow your business. Imagine two days packed with one-on-ones with women entrepreneurs who have walked in your shoes, round tables with leading investors, and workshops that prepare you to take on the world. Then think bigger.
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. We’ll be there showing our support for all #femalefounders, for all #womenintech and #womeninSTEM.
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.
Elevate – April 18 – Virtual
An event put together by GirlGeekX. Get the real-talk leadership development advice that you need at this stage in your career from the best in the industry, and cutting-edge tech insights. The advantage with this conference is that you can be at home, or at he office, and watch it online and learn from mid to senior level experts in the tech field. Did we mention, all women?
Invest in Women – April 30 – May 2 – Houston, TX
Invest In Women 2018 is the leading forum nationwide to explore, discuss and learn about issues that are meaningful for women financial advisors and female clients. One keynote that you’ll recognize is the #financialfeminist Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevest. They do not accept press.
MJ Biz Con – May 9 – 11 – New Orleans
This is a #cannabis business conference, and it’s worth checking out. The main reason being that women are the fastest growing segment in this cannabis industry. Women are numberous in this industry, and are successful as they’re starting cannabis businesses all ove the country! Yes, this is a must!
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 and relevant conference for women in tech. NOTE: we have not heard anything about this conference this year.
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 is The Forward Feminism.
eWomen Network – Entrepreneur Conference & Expo – July 12-14 – Dallas, TX
#1 International Women’s Conference – We are the Premier Success System for Women Entrepreneurs. We are a network of over 500,000 women connected through 118 chapters across North America. We are dedicated to helping one million fulfilled women achieve one million in annual revenue. CNN recognizes the eWomenNetwork Foundation as an American Hero as a result of our philanthropic outreach to those in need.
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 Conference & Expo is the largest content marketing event on the planet. If you want to learn from, and rub elbows with, the best of the best in the content marketing industry, then this event is for you. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a content marketing newbie, you’ll find your “tribe” at #CMWorld. USE CODE TBM4W for $100 off your registration. Early Bird pricing & use our special code TBM4W for an additional $100 off! cmi.media/2018cmw #CMWorld
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 🙂
CoinsBank Cruise – Sept. 7-11, Ibiza, Barcelona, Monaco
Not your typical women’s conference, but blockchain and the crypto currency industry is seeing the emergence of women’s intersts and involvement. They’ll have a Women in Blcokchain discussion panel with some of the female experts.
Microsoft Ignite – Sep. 23-28, Orlando, FL
IT Implementers: Find expertise that aligns with your priorities as an IT pro, and explore the trends and strategies that help you achieve your learning goals. Learning opportunities: Whether your tech skills are tightly focused or all over the map, you’ll find lots of new ways to improve them—or to pick up a few new ones. Meet the experts who build the products and tools you use every day and get your questions answered.
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 a must go to conference!
Leadership Summit– Network of Executive Women – Sep. 26–28 – Chicago, IL
The NEW Leadership Summit 2018 is the top women’s leadership event for the retail, consumer goods, financial services and tech industries — and three of the most rewarding days you’ll spend all year. The Summit offers real-world career building, world-class keynotes, our annual awards gala and luncheon, and sessions that will help you amplify your impact and advance gender equality in your organization.
BullCon – Sep. 30 – Oct 3, Palms Springs, CA
A career conference for feminists who want to make the world and the workplace better.
Forbes – Under 30 Summit – Sep. 30 – Oct 3, Boston, MA
The Under 30 Summit is an open forum for Under 30 listmakers—past, present and future—to take the stage and share their stories. Special discount code: BH6ZYD10 Expires 7/25.
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.
Pennsylvania Conference for Women – Oct 12, Philadelphia, PA
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community. Among this year’s keynote speakers are Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Samantha Berry of Glamour, Michael Chamberlain of Men Advocating Real Change community.
Marie Claire’s Power Trip – Oct. 15 – NYC, SAn Francisco, via JetBlue.com
100 New York-based female execs, founders, and influencers are invited on a small and unconventional style confernece that starts with flying high on a Jetblue chartered flight leaving NYC for San Francisco, where they’ll meet and network with powerhouses in the tech, lifestyle and entertainment industries. #powertrip
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. The summit is described as: Personal and professional transformation for change-agents invested in gender equality.
Wharton Women’s Summit – Date TBA
This event is an opportunity to bring together inspiring female leaders with future leaders to honor their experiences and accomplishments. We will bring issues to the forefront that are critical to all of us at work and in our broader lives but so often get swept under the rug. By doing so, we hope to empower women in a supportive space and inspire future leaders to blaze their own trails.
Emerging Women Life – No dates set for 2018 – Location, TBD
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.
Texas Conference for Women – Nov 9th, Austin, TX
The Texas Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community. Last year’s keynotes were: Anita Hill, Sheryl Sandberg, Viola Davis, Adam Grant. This year is just as spectacular: Dr. Brené Brown, Reese Witherspoon, Tiffany Aliche, Lauren Smith Brody, Martie Haselton, Sally Helgesen, and so many more amazing women in business, tech, leadership. Not to be missed!
TED Women – November 28 – 30, Palms Springs, CA
The time for silent acceptance of the status quo is over. Women around the world are taking matters into their own hands, showing up for each other and themselves to shape the future we all want to see. TEDWomen brings together a global community of people interested in exploring how change begins: with innovative thinkers who catalyze ideas toward action. Over the past few years, TEDWomen and TEDxWomen have launched some powerful ideas into the world.
Re•Work – Applied AI Summit – Nov. 29-30, Houston, TX
Real-life AI applications, case studies, business insights & results from leading companies leveraging AI to solve problems in enterprise. There will be an #WomeninAI event here and we hope to see you all there. #reworkAI
Massachusetts Conference for Women – Dec 5-6, Boston, Mass
The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides one full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. Since the first Conference in 2005, this annual event has grown to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 attendees and impacts thousands of lives. Dozens of expert speakers lead workshops and seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth. Among the 2018 speakers, check out Elizabeth Gilbert, Maysoon Zayid, Amal Clooney, and Shawn Achor.
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.
Original Publishing Date: Feb 2nd, 2018
Last update: Oct 10th, 2018
Text: TBM4W Editorial Team