8 Can’t Miss Leadership Conferences

Business leaders are expected to stay ahead of the latest trends, grow as an individual, and encourage development among their team members. As you strategize how to crush your goals and enhance your leadership skills, there’s one key opportunity to include in your plan — attend a conference.

Great leaders understand that continuous learning is critical to success. Besides networking over coffee and diving into the latest and greatest leadership book, there are plenty of good reasons to look for the best leadership conferences to attend. From challenging your ways of thinking to developing valuable relationships, there are numerous advantages to putting a leadership conference—or two—on the calendar. 

But, it’s also important to choose carefully. While conferences can be valuable, they still cost money and require time away from the office. To make it easier for you to pick the conference right for you, we put together a list of just a few of the leadership conferences to keep on your radar.

World-Changing Women’s Summit Presented by Conscious Company

When: January 29-31, 2020
Where: Santa Cruz, California

What: Presented by Conscious Company, this is one of the best women’s conference 2020. World-Changing Women’s Summit connects hundreds of who use the power of business to make the world a better place. Attendees gather for three days to dive deep and have conversations about critical topics including leadership development, working effectively, developing a more inclusive workplace, and scaling a company.

Who: Female CEO’s, executives, and co-founders from all types of backgrounds and industries are invited to attend World-Changing Women’s Summit. 

Speakers: Past speakers include Kit Crawford of Clif Bar, Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewery, and Eileen Fisher. Stay tuned for 2020 speaker announcements in the coming months. 


When: April 20-24

Where: Vancouver

What: TED Conference started out as a small conference in Monterey, California. Now, it’s expanded to more than 3,600 TEDx global events. TED Conference is a week of ideas and connections with mainstage talks, discovery sessions, and networking. TED Conference’s theme for 2020 is “Unchartered” and focuses on the uncertain future. Attendees will go on a bold voyage into unchartered territory that features glimpses of the landscape ahead.

Who: TED Conference is open to the TEDx community. The costs of this program include ongoing training and seminars. 

Speakers: While next year’s speaker line up has yet to be announced, it surely won’t disappoint. TED events feature more than 50 of the most innovative and influential speakers in the world.


When: May 7, 2020 

Where: Duluth, Georgia

What: As the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, Leadercast is dedicated to building leaders others will follow by providing solutions, events, and resources for individuals, teams, organizations, and corporations. Attendees can expect to become more empowered to lead a healthy team through practical guidance and insights.

Who: Leadercast welcomes leaders across all industries and gives leaders the chance to earn continuing education credits in human resources, nursing, and general fields.

Speakers: Speakers include Sangram Vajre of Terminus and Andy Stanley. More speakers will be announced soon.


When: October 1-3

Where: Indianapolis, Indiana 

What: Yellowship is all about learning from one another and from some of the world’s most intriguing innovators. The event features three jam-packed days of compelling keynotes and meaningful breakouts across five different learning track: customer service, sales, L&D, leadership, and culture—all with the goal of helping teams Do Better Work.

Who: Yellowship is for trainers, enablers, and thought-leaders who want to help their teams move onward and upward.

Speakers: This event features more than 30 industry influencers and keynote speakers including Guy Raz and Debra Searle. See a full list of breakout and keynote speakers here. 

Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit 

When: October 27-30, 2019

Where: Detroit, Michigan

What: As one of the world’s best leadership conferences 2019, The Forbes Under 30 Summit is an immersive experience for young leaders, founders, and creators. As an educational leadership conference 2019, it also features more than 200 world-class speakers, 500 investors, and more than 20 focused tracks for attendees.

Who: The Forbes Under 30 Summit attracts more than 9,000 global attendees in technology, entertainment, finance, fashion, food, and philanthropy. 

Speakers: This year’s speakers include Serena Williams, Heidi Zak of ThirdLove, Kevin Durant, co-founder of Allbirds, Tim Brown, and founder of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena. 

Talent Development Think Tank

When: November 6-7, 2019

Where: Sonoma Wine Country, Los Angeles

What: This brand new event is inspired by discussions from the podcast Talent Development Hot Seat. The conference brings together like-minded talent development professionals to connect, learn, share and grow. The event focuses on what’s trending in talent development, what’s working, and what the future holds.

Who: The speaker line-up features Josh Bersin, and Marc Prager, Director of L&D at LinkedIn. 

Speakers: Talent Development Think Tank is geared for corporate leaders, executives, and consultants.

ICMI Connections

When: October 28-30

Where: Chicago

What: Formerly known as ICMI Contact Center Demo, ICMI Connections covers the latest and most effective contact center best practices, technologies, and leading-edge tactics. The event’s keynotes and breakout sessions provide valuable lessons on new approaches and techniques. 

Who: ICMI Connections is geared specifically for leaders in the contact center, customer service, and customer experience space. 

Speakers: Keynote speakers include Jay Baer, Collette Carlson, and Randy Littleson. 

Sales 3.0 Conference

When: March, June,  October 2020

Where: Flordia, Toronto, Las Vegas 

What: This conference, formerly known as Sales 2.0, focuses on how sales organizations can deliver better results to customers, improve sales and marketing effectiveness, and continuously meet and exceed sales goals. During the past 10 years, the Sales 3.0 Conference has emerged as the number-one event dedicated to introducing new technologies, trends, and strategies to increase revenue and improve sales performance. Attendees will learn how to best leverage sales coaching, training methodologies, account-based marketing tactics, data, A.I., and predictive analytics.

Who: This conference is designed for B2B leaders in sales, sales operations, and sales enablement.

Speakers: Speakers at each event are a mix of VPs and CEOs from industry-leading companies, technology influencers, and leadership experts. 

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