By Kayla Matthews
To keep pace with business best practices, you need to stay at peak professional prowess. Your skill in the workplace depends on constant self-improvement, and there are few better — or more entertaining — ways to get inspired than by attending one of next year’s keynote speaker events.
At the best in their industry and the top of their class, keynote speakers offer insight that has guided them toward success in their careers. The advice of top executives, CEOs and thought leaders is invaluable, and professionals with high aspirations should reserve their passes as soon as possible.
In this article, we’ll list six inspirational keynote speaker events every businessperson should attend in 2019.
South by Southwest began in 1987 and has only continued to grow in size and popularity. Based in Austin, Texas, the conference runs for 10 days from March 8 to 17 and attracts talent from the film, music and interactive media industries. Simply put, those in the entertainment sector can’t afford to skip SXSW.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, television showrunner Marti Noxon and singers Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry are all set to appear on stage in 2019, providing a diverse lineup that’s sure to keep the interest of anyone involved in the creative community. Don’t miss out on this prime opportunity!
2. IBM Think
From one of the most famous names in innovation comes an exciting event every tech professional should make time to see. Hosted in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, IBM Think 2019 runs from Feb. 12 to 15, and promises to thrill attendees with incredible advances in their field, offering discussions with IBM experts.
Whether you’re a fledgling IT administrator, a software developer or the head of your own Silicon Valley startup, IBM Think 2019 will give you ample opportunity to network with like-minded individuals in your profession. This is one speaker event that’s mandatory for those who want to keep current.
3. Inspiring Women Leaders Conference
Relevant to businesspeople of any gender, the 2019 Inspiring Women Leaders Conference will host speakers who have overcome biases and barriers in male-dominated industries. Their success stories and actionable advice are an inspiration to those who struggle with similar obstacles every day.
Both men and women can learn from the trials of these individuals and their push for fair business practices. Interested professionals should set aside time from March 7 to 8 to attend the conference in Gainesville, Fla., hosted at the University of Florida’s Hilton Conference Center.
4. Inspire: Leading Authorities’ Day of Ideas
Leading Authorities, a Washington, D.C.-headquartered speakers bureau, is hosting a can’t-miss, one-day-only event featuring some of their most sought-after keynote speakers. The 2019 Day of Ideas event, held on March 8, is your opportunity to hear presentations on engaging topics, while networking with top professional meeting planners.
5. World Conference on Quality and Improvement
Representing attendees from a wide variety of industries and nationalities, the 2019 WCQI brings professionals together to discuss the challenges they face in today’s unpredictable marketing landscape. The 2019 theme is Leading Change, with a focus on how businesspeople can approach problems proactively.
From May 20 to 22 in Fort Worth, Texas, professionals will learn how they can engage tomorrow’s problems with today’s solutions. They’ll hear from inspirational speakers on how best to address subjects like AI, big data, cybersecurity, smart manufacturing and other relevant topics.
6. Adobe Summit
Adobe is a familiar brand in dozens of different industries, from advertising to finance to data management. Last year’s summit saw leaders from Coca-Cola, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contribute to the conversation, and this year’s summit will introduce more big names in business.
Those interested in Adobe’s latest innovations will have a chance to hear from speakers who share their passion, and from March 26 to 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., professionals will meet in the Sands Convention Center and Venetian Congress Center to network and talk shop about their occupations.
Don’t Get Left Behind!
As an essential part of your company, you have a responsibility to stay up to date and ahead of the curve. Any of the six events listed here can help you on your way toward professional growth, so don’t hesitate!
Research an event and secure a spot today.
About the Author: Kayla Matthews writes about communication and workplace productivity on her blog, Productivity Theory. Her work has also appeared on Talent Culture, MakeUseOf, The Muse and Fast Company.