It’s that time of the year again. I like to share different conferences for entrepreneurs and educators who want to learn, grown, network, and make long-lasting relationships. For 2020, I’m sharing these top five conferences because they are unique for different industries.
This list is for entrepreneurs and educators to attend as we start this exciting new decade.
Here are my top five conference picks for 2020:
No Longer Virtual
No Longer Virtual is hosted by Sarah Elkins of Elkins Consulting. In 2014, a small group of people on LinkedIn came together and built relationships virtually through the platform. The bond between this group became so strong, especially as friends.
Elkins launched the conference not only to bring the group together, but to have others join, learn and network together in a live setting. At NLV, participants share their wisdom of entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, writing, and all of the amazing things that go into building a business.
From their site, “The NLV agenda is designed to help improve your sales, leadership, and personal communication through interactive, engaging sessions on topics like creating authentic, effective content and messaging, understanding how your personal brand impacts your professional life, how to build an audience online and offline using current technology, and leveraging your experience and relationships to scale and innovate in your business.”
As humans, we still need a great deal of live connection and engagement outside of our screens. Do you know how to truly connect beyond the keyboard?”
- When: March 12-13, 2020.
- Where: Fairmont Hotel at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
- Information: You can stop by Elkins’ site for more information.
Military Influencer Conference
The Military Influencer Conference is a unique conference focusing on mentorship, learning, networking and supporting each other.
Jeremy Knauff says, “In the military, there is a tremendous amount of mentorship at all levels, and it simply doesn’t exist in the same way in the civilian world. We would constantly teach both people under our leadership, and people who were in charge of us because everyone has different expertise, and we all need to be cross-trained to survive.
The Military Influencer Conference is based on that principle, and it’s a place for veterans to find the kind of brotherhood we had while serving, and to learn from each other. There are various sessions where experts speak on a particular topic, veterans can network, and everyone is teaching and learning from each other.”
According to their site, “The Military Influencer Conference is the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, leaders, and creatives in the military space. In its fourth year, MIC has quickly grown into a powerful community of Military Influencers who understand the importance of mentorship, storytelling, and collaboration.”
- When: The Military Influencer Conference is scheduled for September 23-27, 2020.
- Where: Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas.
- Information: You can stop by The Military Influencers’ site for more information.
Toronto Change Days
The theme for Toronto Change Days 2020 will be Building Bridges. According to Toronto’s Change Days: “Living in a world of rapid change, there is a great deal of anxiety affecting our daily lives around the globe. Change makers will need to build bridges to cross divides at the work place and in the society at large. This conference is also held in Berlin, and details are yet to be announced.”
Holger Nauheimer says, “Toronto Change Days is a specific large group event that runs over one to three days. It blends large group facilitation methods, arts and physical experiences with workshops on topics that allow a deep exploration of the overall theme of the event. As in conventional conferences, there is a group of people who prepare their input beforehand. However, unlike in conventional conferences, the input and exchange between participants take place simultaneously.”
- When: November 6-8, 2020.
- Where: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto.
- Information: You can stop by Toronto Change Days’ site for more information.
Nighttime, Reflection, Canada
e2e Teacher New Year Reboot Conference
Although this next conference focuses on teachers and unique professional development for learning, it is also a great way for education entrepreneurs to learn about the current conversations taking place in education, and garnering an understanding regarding what teachers need and face daily.
Carrie Conover says, “With over 70 presentations, the conference is full of meaningful, practical and effective teaching tips from true professionals—your fellow educators. This year’s conference focuses on how we can finish the school year feeling strong, both personally and professionally. Presentations will focus on teacher wellness, classroom engagement and surviving testing season. The conference is free and virtual.”
This conference runs at the end of December and then reboots again in the summer.
When: December 28-29, 2019 and in the summer July 17-18, 2020.
Information: You can stop by educators2educators’ site to learn more.
Young Entrepreneur Convention
With so many young people moving into entrepreneurship, finding a wise mentor and building a network early can be priceless. The purpose of the convention focuses on Founders Helping Founders. The Young Entrepreneur Convention can help the next generation of entrepreneurs with business guidance, provide mentorship, and offer further networking opportunities.
This conference is especially useful for young business owners who already own a business or want to start one in their young years. Attendees will get the chance to network and learn from successful business leaders in different niches and industries.
According to the Young Entrepreneur Convention’s site, “We are devoted to providing a forum in which seasoned founders share what has and has not worked in building companies with early-stage founders and college students who are interested in launching their own companies.
The Young Entrepreneur Convention is the starting point for founders who want to learn about the ups and downs of starting a company.”
When: April 4, 2020.
Where: Ames, Iowa. Please check their site for updates on the specific location.
Information: You can learn more by stopping over at their website.