The start of a new year is a fantastic time to make plans for the future and invest in both your business and yourself. If you’re planning to level up your leadership skills this year, it’s well worth considering attending a leadership conference.
Leadership isn’t something that can be taught, but it is a skill you can learn and develop by learning from and watching others. If you’re ready for the challenge and looking for some inspiration to set you on the right path, along with valuable networking opportunities, make sure you attend at least one of the following conferences in 2020.
Talent Development Think Tank
January 22-23, Santa Rosa, CA
Founded by the team behind the Talent Development Hot Seat podcast, this is the conference to be at for talent development professionals. Designed for leaders who are passionate about developing their people, the event consists of two days of keynotes, panels, experiential learning, and Q&A sessions
World-Changing Women’s Summit
January 29-31, Sonoma, CA
Female leaders face unique challenges. The world-changing women’s summit brings together hundreds of female business leaders to connect, learn, and inspire. The agenda includes sessions on leadership development, work purpose, work-life balance, scaling your business, and making an impact on the world.
Gartner CIO Leadership Forum
February 23-25, Phoenix, AZ
This event focuses on leadership skills for CIOs with three different tracks to follow. Innovative Strategies explores new technologies and digital transformation; Executive Skills equips CIOs with the skill to talk about technology and deliver compelling presentations; and Bold Leadership combines inspiration and organization to create an innovation-driven culture.
Business Agility Conference
March 11-12, New York, NY
Today’s leaders must be able to respond quickly to changes. The Business Agility Conference brings together agile business practitioners and thought leaders to share their insights about innovation and remaining relevant against market disruption and changing client demands.
May 7, Duluth, GA
The theme for 2020’s Leadercast Live is “Positive Disruption,” and the program is designed to show attending leaders how disruption can be used to make positive, lasting changes in your organization. A panel of trailblazing change-makers from some of the world’s leading brands will provide solutions, ideas, and resources to help you on your way towards becoming a better leader.
May 17-20, Orlando, FL
The EntreLeadership Summit is an event for top CEOs and thought leaders who are keen to forge their own path, shake up the status quo, and grow themselves and their business to the next level. The event invites over 4,000 business owners and CEOs to change the way they lead and learn from speakers, including Dave Ramsey and Mike Rowe.
World Business Forum
June 10-11, Miami, FL
The World Business Forum is a unique two-day event that brings together business leaders from all over the world to learn from some of the world’s most inspiring and innovative figures. Attendees leave with the opportunity to grow their business, empower their teams for better performance, and develop a success-driven culture.
Tugboat Institute Summit
23-25 June, Sun Valley, ID
The Tugboat Institute Summit is an invitation-only event that brings together CEOs of “evergreen” companies to share their insights and best practices. Evergreen companies are defined as those that are “led by purpose-driven leaders with the grit and resourcefulness to build and scale private, profitable, enduring, and market-leading businesses that make a dent in the universe.”
Small Business Leadership Conference
June 15-17, Orlando, FL
Good leadership is important not only for large enterprises but also for small businesses. This conference was created by Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and the Florida Small Business Development Center especially for small business owners and managers to network and grow their leadership skills. 2019’s event included workshops and sessions on using data, cybersecurity, social media, automation, presentations, business culture, and more.
HCI Learning and Leadership Development Conference
September 21-23, Everett, MA
The Human Capital Institute annual Learning & Leadership Development Conference brings together some of today’s greatest leaders and thinkers for a three-day event, including presentations, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. The aim is to develop attendees’ leadership skills, including creative thinking, coaching, and communication with actionable strategies. Attendees also have the opportunity to become a certified Leadership Development & Succession Strategist (LDSS) or Empowering People Leaders (EPL).
Fall (date TBA), Los Angeles, LA
The Worldz Summit brings together some of the world’s most powerful leaders and innovators to help you learn, network, and elevate your career. The event gives you access to over 300 top CEOs, CMOs, and business leaders from the world’s most influential brands, with the opportunity to choose from over 100 learning events.
Forbes Under 30 Summit
October 4-7, Detroit, MI
Many people think of leaders who have achieved seniority in their careers, but there are many young people making waves with their innovation in the worlds of technology, business, entertainment, and more. The Forbes Under 30 Summit brings together leaders from many different industries as speakers, as well as a music festival, investor speed-pitching session, food festival, and even a pub crawl!
Chief Executive Leadership Summit
November 5-6, Phoenix, AZ
This two-day summit is one of the premier senior leadership conferences in the USA, designed for CEOs and senior executives to share best practices, tactics, and strategies to enable their organizations to accelerate growth and profitability. The event includes a series of talks, Q&A sessions, and roundtable discussions on topics such as scaling up your business, preparing for business cycles, and mission-driven leadership.
EY’s Strategic Growth Forum
November 11-15, Palm Springs, CA
Ernst & Young’s annual business conference brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators from some of the world’s leading brands for a four-day event, including talks, interactive workshops, and events to help you realize your company’s growth potential. Last year’s speakers included Arianna Huffington, Nicole Kidman, and several other big names from the worlds of business, entertainment, sport, and more.
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by – Michael Brenner