2020 is the Year of CHANGE!
Here are the conferences to attend this year to discover who you are, find your tribe, grow personally and professionally. There’s business, tech, economy, art, finance, startups, energy, AI, and lots of creativity.
This year, a lot of conferences have moved around, sometimes by days and sometimes by months and continents. This will give you the chance to explore even more cities as before. Enjoy and happy learning.
CES – Jan. 5 – 10 – Las Vegas, NV
CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
NRF 2020 Vision: – National Retail Federation’s Big Show – Jan. 12 – 14 – NYC, NY
It’s more than a conference. It’s a community filled with the largest global audience and exhibitor base that could only come from NRF.
WEF – Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World – World Economic Forum – Jan. 21 – 24 – Davos, Switzerland
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The theme of the 2020 meeting is Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. – It will bring together 3,000 participants from around the world, and aim to give concrete meaning to “stakeholder capitalism”, assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, and facilitate discussions on technology and trade governance.
The Equality Lounge – by Female Quotient – at WEF – Jan. 21 – 23 – Davos, Switzerland
The Female Quotient has morphed in The Equality Lounge, and that’s a good thing. as they continue being committed to advancing equality in the workplace through collaboration, activating solutions for change and creating measurements for accountability.
ChangeNOW Summit – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 – Paris, France
The World Expo of solutions for the planet – WE ARE NOT HERE TO THINK, WE ARE HERE TO ACT! – ChangeNOW is all about concrete actions and innovations: climate change, end of plastic pollution, new forms of agriculture, new models of education, solutions to the refugee crisis, clean energy, sustainable cities, … and other solutions to our most urgent global issues.
#BLOGHER20 Health – Feb. 1 – Los Angeles, California
Now in its third year, #BlogHer Health celebrates the female storytellers who use their voices to raise awareness for our collective health. Join us for this unique wellness experience in the biggest hub for health and wellness, LA.
The MAKERS Conference – Feb. 10 – 12 – Los Angeles, California
NOT DONE is our theme for the 2020 MAKERS Conference. It’s a phrase inspired by the suffragettes and the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. It honors all that we’ve tackled in the last 100 years, but also serves as a rallying cry to keep moving forward and finish the job together. Past speakers include Gloria Steinem, Octavia Spencer, Natalie Portman, Jill Soloway, Cecile Richards, Priscilla Chan, Eva Longoria, Russell Wilson, America Ferrera, Sheryl Sandberg, Sherrilyn Ifill, astronauts Cady Coleman and Leland Melvin, 97-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin, and Little League’s first girl Maria Pepe, and more.
Watermark Conference for Women– Feb. 11 – 12 – Silicon Valley, California
The Watermark Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community. Among the featured speakers: Pat Mitchell co-founder TEDWomen, Seth Godin, Indra Nooyi, Megan Rapinoe, Erica Williams Simon.
Startup Grind – Global Conference– Feb. 11 – 12 – Silicon Valley, California
Global 2020 is the most important event for startups, tech leaders, and big brands at the forefront of innovation. 10,000 people from around the globe converge on Silicon Valley for 2-days of nonstop education, inspiration, and invaluable networking spanning 10 stages, 100+ sessions, and social events. Whether you’re a large enterprise, a founder in the midst of the grind, or an innovator looking for what’s next – there’s something for everyone.
MWC – Mobile World Congress – Feb. 24 – 27 – Barcelona, Spain – CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
MWC is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology alongside today’s most influential visionaries.
Women4Tech @ MWC– Feb. 24 – 25 – Discover the power of diverse thought. Back for its 4th year, Women4Tech offers valuable insights on how diversity and inclusion can drive success, enabling organizations and individuals to benefit from diverse perspectives necessary for continued innovation.
The Women4Tech Equality Tour – Mobile World Congress – #EqualityLounge – Feb. 26 – Barcelona, Spain
Women4Tech offers four days of in-depth analysis and valuable insights transforming industry success through gender diversity. Back for its 3rd year, Women4Tech focuses on the transformational value diversity brings to corporate culture, enhancing the performance of our organizations and improving the lives of the communities we serve.
Great Place To Work FOR ALL– Mar. 3 – 5 – San Francisco, California
Connect. Innovate. Lead. Learn how the best companies lead change, drive business results and increase innovation.
25 Influential Women In Energy– Women In Energy Luncheon – Mar. 4 – Houston, Texas
Now in its third year, the 25 Influential Women in Energy luncheon is the blue-ribbon awards program for women in the energy industry. This event will showcase the accomplishments of distinguished women who have risen to the top of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Last year’s luncheon brought together over 650 industry professionals, including executives from companies like Statoil, PinkPetro, Occidental Petroleum and Devon Energy.
CERAweek – IHS Markit – Mar. 9 – 13 – Houston, Texas
WAVES OF CHANGE: CHARTING THE ENERGY TRANSITION – The CERAWeek program provides comprehensive insight into the global and regional energy future by addressing key issues and trends influencing the energy future. This is the kind of conference where world leaders come together to discuss all around energy (oil, gas, wind, electric). #nottomiss
SXSW – Mar. 13 – 22 – Austin, Texas
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE | SXSW 2020 – Join artists, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world and turn your ideas into reality this March.
Experience 10 days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across tech, film, and music industries at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals from March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas.
RE-WORK – Women in AI Dinner – Mar. 16 – Brussels, Belgium
Leading minds in artificial intelligence will come together for an evening of networking and keynote presentations. Join us for a three-course meal to support women in AI and Machine Intelligence. #reworkAI
Digital Disruption – Together in Digital Mar. 16 – Austin, TX
he energy, information, and inspiration are abundant. Our members and attendees are here to ASK, GIVE, and GROW through who they meet and what they learn. They are ready for action…to make things happen.
AdvertisingWeek Europe – Mar. 16 -19 – London, UK
A GLOBAL GATHERING OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS LEADERS – #AWEurope will be held at Picturehouse Central in the vibrant city of London. By day, it will feature unique media, marketing, technology and creative sessions discussing key business trends and issues that shape today’s global industry. By night, #AWEurope will play host to networking events and world-class entertainment, making this event a one-of-a-kind experience. #AWEurope
Women in FinTech – Re•Work – Mar. 31 – London, UK
Discover the latest challenges, progressions and impacts from the world’s leading female innovators across industry, research and the financial sector. #reworkFIN
Women in the World Summit– Apr. 2 – 3 – New York, New York
The Women in the World Summit presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. They range from CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents. The Summit’s vivid journalistic narratives, high-impact video, and fast-paced staging have made it the premier platform to showcase women of impact. Increasingly, Women in the World also includes the participation, onstage and in the audience, of men who champion women.
BullCon– Apr. 9 – 10 – Virginia Beach, VA
A career conference for feminists who want to make the world and the workplace better. Come to the 7th annual BullCon, where there is no reason you can’t have a roundtable on sexism in the workplace followed by champagne. Literally none.
Inclusion and Diversity Summit – April 9 – 10 – New York, NY
Brought by Halcyon Group, the annual Inclusion Summit will address how organizations can embed diversity and inclusion in their practices by leveraging intentionality and proactively managing change. Our presenters will share insight from the first-hand experience [pov] that applies to all organizations no matter what stage they are at, whether starting the conversation, getting buy-in from key stakeholders, developing a strategy or sustaining initiatives.
Global Women in Leadership Summit– Apr. 15 – 16 – New York, NY
This highly interactive summit offers time to network, partner and acquire new strategies and solutions to achieve career success. The summit brings together CXO’s, VP, Directors, Senior Officials and Senior Leaders across a wide range of industries including Business, Government, Social Services, Healthcare, Media and Education. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Summit in New York, USA.
Power Rising 2020 – Apr. 16 – 19 – Baltimore, MD
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.
Invest in Women– Apr. 27 – 29 – Atlanta, Georgia
Invest In Women 2020 will offer expanded programming that reflects input from prior attendees as well as other industry leaders. Take the opportunity to be inspired and have fun at a conference you won’t want to miss.
Circular Summit – Hello Alice – No Dates Announced
Role Breakers – Change Makers – Join three hundred exceptional women entrepreneurs, investors, members of the media, policymakers, experts and partners in Santa Rosa, California, 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.
Yellow Conference – No Dates Announced – Brooklyn, New York
A gathering for entrepreneurial-minded women who are using their gifts, skills and talents to make the world a better place. Join us for our very first East Coast event where we will be exploring what it looks like to “create meaningful work”. We will be diving into the idea of work not being a career, but how we find and create meaning in this world. How can we create meaningful work in the world for good and encourage others around us to use their work for good? How can we use what we have to spread more love, kindness and goodness during these difficult times? We can’t wait to dive in.
Women’s Leadership Conference ICAN ADAPT – May 13 – Omaha, Nebraska
ICAN’s (Institute for Career Advancement Needs) annual Women’s Leadership Conference –Over 3,000 women and men from around the United States – 30+ states and 300+ companies represented in 2019 – meet in Omaha, Nebraska each year for a day of education, connection and networking. We offer a balanced speaker roster, keeping in mind our authentic leadership philosophy and current business leadership trends for the future. In addition to our main stage keynotes, we offer keynote sessions with speakers on a variety of subjects relating to both professional and personal development. The conference experience also includes interactive opportunities, an invitation-only Executive Women’s Summit, exhibit viewing, book store and the opportunity to build meaningful connections. Bringing together the experience and knowledge of thought leaders from around the world, the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference provides the tools, empowerment and education to evolve leaders and help them thrive within their organizations and in all aspects of life.
Women in AI Dinner – Re•Work – May. 12 – Berlin, Germany and May 19 – Austin, Texas
Inspiring and influential women in AI will come together for an evening of networking and presentations. Join us for a night of great food & wine, and contribute to supporting women in the field. #reworkAI
Applied AI Summit – May 21 – 22 – Austin, Texas
The RE•WORK Applied AI Summit brings together real-life AI applications, case studies, business insights & results from leading companies applying AI to solve business problems using techniques including machine learning, deep learning, computer vision.
PeP con – Jun. 1 – 5 – Austin, Texas
Bridging Print and Digital Publishing Meet the world’s top publishing experts, Adobe engineers, and developers to rethink your publishing strategy, learn how to bridge the print-to-digital gap
MJ Biz Con NEXT – Jun. 3 – 4 – New Orleans
MJBizConNEXT is the only conference laser-focused on what’s next for the cannabis industry. Develop partnerships and connections with cannabis executives, lead cultivators and extractors, thought leaders and innovators.
N.O.W. Conference– Jun. 5 – 7 – Washington, D.C.
National Organization for Women 2020 conference’s theme is Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is Now
AI for Good – Re•Work – Jun. 9 – London, UK
An evening of discussions & networking around the progress and application of artificial intelligence to benefit society and tackle global challenges. #reworkAI
CryptoValley Conference– Jun. 11 – 12 – Rotkreuz, Switzerland
The 3rd edition of the Crypto Valley Conference is coming up with two days of in-depth discussions on the current state and future of blockchain technology.
New Rules Summit– The New York Times – No Dates Announced
The New York Times’s yearly conference
Forbes’ Women’s Summit– Jun. 15 – 16 – New York, NYC
At the dawn of a new decade, how are today’s leaders navigating the world’s most pressing challenges and setting the course for generations to come? Dedicated to unlocking new thinking, fostering connections and translating tangible ideas into actions, the 2020 Forbes Women’s Summit will bring together a community of inspiring and innovative visionaries whose powerful voices are at the forefront of shaping the future coming our way. From building billion-dollar businesses to transforming cultural narratives and driving critical social change, they are writing progress into existence, defining 2020 and beyond. Setting the agenda for the decade ahead, the 2020 Forbes Women’s Summit will feature in-depth conversations and idea exchanges around the topics of leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, the future of work, connectivity, social impact, and more. #ForbesWomen
Art Basel – Jun. 18 – 21 – Basel, Switzerland
Our Basel show brings the international artworld together, with the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks takes place each day. Exhibitions and events are also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week. Needless to say that this is the epitome of art, with art, artist talks, tours, and champagne lunches. Both Art Basel and ArtBasel Miami are #nottomiss events. Art Basel hosts a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Conversations offers a platform for dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art.
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – June 22 – 26 – Cannes, France
See the future of creative marketing communications. The Festival brings the world’s biggest brands and most creative people together at a unique event to learn, network and celebrate the power and effectiveness of creativity. The journey continues in 2020. Together with the #WEF and #SXSW, this is the 3rd massively important conference for the year.
eWomen Network – Entrepreneur Conference & Expo – Jul. 23 – 25 – Dallas, Texas
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.
Under 30 Global Women’s Summit – Forbes – Aug. 16 – 20 – Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Israel
This summer Forbes is convening the second annual Under 30 Global Women’s Summit, an international gathering of top young founders, leaders and mentors for four days of leading, connecting and creating. It’s our only Under 30 event dedicated to women and their allies, consisting of four unforgettable days of workshops focused on propelling women-led businesses, VIP experiences across Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and world-class conversations. (Last year’s event featured ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia, Outdoor Voices’ Ty Haney and activist Amanda Nguyen, while other Under 30 Summits have drawn the likes of Olivia Munn, Sara Blakely and Nobel-prize-winner Malala Yousafzai). Join a global group of luminaries across business, art, politics and philanthropy to help shape the future for women around the world.
Yellow Conference – Aug. 27 – 28 – Los Angeles, California
A gathering for creative women who are making an impact and using their gifts, skills, and talents to serve the greater good.
Tech Crunch Disrupt 2020– Sept. 14 – 16 – San Francisco, CA
Where tomorrow’s headline makers take the stage today – Zuckerberg, Benioff, Musk, Kalanick, Mayer, Dorsey and many other startup stars have been on the Disrupt stage long before they were in the headlines. TechCrunch continues to keep the pulse of the startup world and knowing which rising stars to cast for the bright lights of our stage is what makes Disrupt the must-attend event for this ecosystem. We know the startup experts, from funding to terms sheets, to company culture and growth marketing, to give founders the keys to success. Disrupt delivers for founders who want to master Silicon Valley’s equations and provides an experience for enthusiasts who want to be a part of what’s happening and relevant now.
Deep Learning Summit – Re•Work – Sept. 17 – 18 – London, UK
The Deep Learning Summit is the next revolution in artificial intelligence. The increasingly popular branch of machine learning explores advances in methods such as reinforcement learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks. #reworkAI
Microsoft Ignite– Sept. 21 – 25 – New Orleans, LA
Learn innovative ways to build solutions and migrate and manage your infrastructure. Connect with over 25,000 individuals focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT. Explore new hands-on experiences that will help you innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development.
NEW Leadership Summit– Network of Executive Women – Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 – Dallas, Texas
NEW Summit is our pinnacle event each year and is open to all NEW members. Summit attracts 1300+ members and includes world-class keynotes, strategic networking and an IMPACT celebration to recognize the success of our volunteer leaders as they work to advance all women. Attendees leave energized, equipped, empowered and inspired!
Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit 2020 – Sept 30 – Oct. 2 – Laguna Niguel, California
The MPW Summit convenes the most prominent women in the FORTUNE 500, leading female founders, and pioneering members of the new diverse U.S. Congress. 2019 Participants included Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, plus Chairs and CEOs Corie Barry of Best Buy, Gail Boudreaux of Anthem, Tory Burch, Robyn Denholm of Tesla, Mary Dillon of Ulta Beauty, Beth Ford of Land O’ Lakes, Michelle Gass of Kohl’s, Margo Georgiadis of Ancestry, Mindy Grossman of WW, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Mellody Hobson of Ariel Investments, Steph Korey of Away, Kathy Marinello of Hertz, Pat Russo of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Sonia Syngal of Old Navy. Also with us: Pinterest COO Francoise Brougher, Anita Hill, Dick’s Sporting Goods President Lauren Hobart, Uber Head of New Mobility Rachel Holt, Bank of America Vice Chair Anne Finucane, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson, Caterpillar Group President Denise Johnson, Huda Beauty founders Huda and Mona Kattan, Facebook Vice President Marne Levine, U.S. Senator Martha McSally, U.S. Air Force General Maryanne Miller, Goldman Sachs Partner Dina Powell McCormick, Facebook App Head Fidji Simo, U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik, and senior executives at Amazon, AT&T, Cisco, eBay, Estée Lauder, General Motors, Google, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Netflix, PayPal, Pepsi, Pfizer, Starbucks, Visa, and Verizon.
Grace Hopper Celebration– Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 – Orlando, Florida
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! #GHC20
Texas Conference for Women – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Austin, Texas
The Texas Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community. Last year’s keynotes were: Dr. Brené Brown, Reese Witherspoon, Tiffany Aliche, Lauren Smith Brody, Martie Haselton, Sally Helgesen, and so many more amazing women in business, tech, leadership.
Forbes – Under 30 Summit – Oct. 4 – 7 – Detroit, MI
Join the best young leaders, founders and creators for a life-changing four days of connecting, learning, teaching and building. The 2020 Forbes Under 30 Summit is more [of] an immersive experience than a static conference: a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a legendary pub crawl, a world-famous food festival and a powerful day of community service. Next October the future captains of technology, entertainment, finance, fashion, food and philanthropy are gathering in one place.
AdvertisingWeek North America – Oct. 5 – 8 – New York, NYC
Advertising Week is a worldwide gathering of marketing, advertising, technology and brand professionals. From daytime seminars and workshops featuring some of the industry’s brightest minds to organized networking and world-class entertainment, Advertising Week is a one-of-a-kind experience. #AdWeek #AWNewYork
Content Marketing World– Oct. 13 – 16 – Cleaveland, OH
Join us for the one event where you can learn from the best in the content marketing community and spend four days with our #CMWorld community.
Return back to your company with materials and knowledge you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.
Pennsylvania Conference for Women– Nov. 10 – 11 – Philadelphia, PA
At our annual nonpartisan, nonprofit conferences, we bring together thousands of active professionals to connect, renew, and find inspiration in community. We are committed to helping close the pay gap, eliminate gender discrimination and achieve parity in company leadership and on corporate boards. We inspire the next generation through our Young Women’s program and we support local nonprofit organizations. #PennWomen
Women in Leadership Global Summit – Nov. 12 – 13 – Vienna, Austria
Halcyon group is pleased to invite you to 8th Annual Women in Leadership Global Summit scheduled to take place on 12th – 13th, November 2020 in Vienna – Austra. Women in Leadership Summit gives you an opportunity to connect with decision makers from diverse industries around the world. This full 2 days Summit of inspirational speakers, self-discovery and skill-building, group discussions and action planning is a unique opportunity for all Women in Leadership to come together to learn, grow and explore.
3% Conference – No Dates Announced Yet
We’re not a women’s conference. We’re a business event about the importance of diversity to creativity. – 3% started with the question: “Where are all the women?” Eight years later, we ask: “Where are all the men?” – So this year, we’re setting a B.A.G. (Big Audacious Goal) of having 29% of our audience be men and titling the event: The 29%. – Why 29%? – Because that’s the representation of women creative directors in our most recent research. And we want men to experience the exact ratio of their female peers for a couple of days.
Diversity = Creativity = Profitability
TED Women – No Dates Announced Yet
At TEDWomen in 2019, we highlighted dazzling ideas from some of the world’s most extraordinary risk-takers and innovators. Celebrated pioneers making power moves, brilliant people who are just getting started, and those who tirelessly show up as allies and advocates. TEDWomen 2019 was a joyful, thought-provoking celebration of smarts, savvy and diverse dynamism.
S.H.E. Summit – No Dates Announced Yet
The 2019 Conference theme: Unleashing Influence – Leading change to create more thriving and equitable workplaces, industries and communities for our future, while optimizing mental health and personal and family well-being–is some of the HARDEST work ahead of us, but it doesn’t have to be. Our 2019 theme will focus on UNLEASHING INFLUENCE – what pressing issues and innovations need your influence, how to cultivate the internal tools and leadership to influence, and how we can lead in a way so our whole-lives thrive.
Massachusetts Conference for Women – Dec 9 – 10, Boston, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community. #masswomen
Art Basel Miami – Dec 5 – 8, Miami Beach, Florida
In our American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. We’re very excited to showcase the upcoming and established #femaleartists.
As the year progresses, we’ll keep updating this list with more not to miss conferences for women in 2020. 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 2020!
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This article was first published on January 2nd, 2020.
Latest update: Feb. 14th, 2020
*LeanIn and McKinsey Women in The Workplace report link