Conferences are very beneficial and inspiring. Since I’m always on the hunt to learn something new or to be inspired, I can truly attest to their importance. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few conferences over the past few years and I always get questions about how I heard about those conferences and/or if those conferences are truly worth the money. I always feel that if you learn something new, if you are inspired by someone, or you get to establish a connection with someone, then it’s totally worth it. Here are some of the conferences that I have attended and had a blast, as well as some conferences I plan on attending in the future.
By far my favorite tech conference for black millennials, Blavity’s Afrotech is a conference where the founders and employees of some of the fastest-growing tech startups share some of their tactics & strategies that they use to grow their products and businesses.
I attended this conference last year and it was absolutely amazing! I swear by the conference simply because after attending, I applied what I learned and soft launched my consulting gig. It’s hard not to be inspired after hearing the success stories from people who look just like you.
The conference is returning in November in San Francisco. For more information, click here.
BlogHer was founded in 2005 by Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins to answer the question, “Where are the women bloggers?” Since then, BlogHer has become an unstoppable movement, inspiring women to find their voices and turn their passions into content, community and commerce, attracting some of the web’s best talent and top social sites, in topics from food and fashion to politics and parenting. Today, the BlogHer conference is the largest annual celebration of women online content creators, social media influencers , entrepreneurs, media makers and brand marketers.
I just recently returned from BlogHer17 and really enjoyed myself beyond my expectations. In the past, I’ve always thought about attending, but I would decide against it since I wasn’t necessarily interested in turning my blog into a business. However, BlogHer is soooo much more than that. Even if you don’t have a blog, it’s a good way to network and get a chance to meet so many different people. I got a chance to meet some of my favorite bloggers and meet new friends in the process. But besides blogging, BlogHer is also a good conference to attend if you need tips on branding and promoting your business.
BlogHer18 will be here before you know it — Click here to learn more about BlogHer.
Essence Festival is an annual music festival that was created back in 1995. It was created as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is one of the largest events celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.
I’ll have to admit — last year was my first year ever attending the festival. I’m not big on concerts so I always declined to go, not knowing that Essence Festival is much more than a music festival. In the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, you’ll find a lot of pop-up shops, New Orleans style food, and a ton of informative seminars, which are free.99. (The seminars are what I love most.)
While Essence Festival just ended (And I heard it was the bomb dot com), be on the look-out for next year. Click here for more information.
Women of Color
The Women of Color STEM Conference helps women improve their education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. This 20-year-old conference opens up many opportunities to achieve STEM goals and aspirations through professional development workshops, networking, and mentoring opportunities.
The WOC Conference was the first conference I ever attended, so of course I have to mention it. I had just started at IBM and was really hungry for all the knowledge that I could receive in a short amount of time. A friend and I drove over to Dallas and managed to make it to a couple of sessions that I felt were very informative. In fact, they were so informative that after implementing some of the suggestions on the panels, I received a raise and then all the raises after that. I found a mentor, got into project management, and now I’m a Sr. Data Analyst and Special Projects Manager at my current place of employment.
Even if you aren’t necessarily in the STEM field, I still suggest going. You never know who you’ll meet or how you’ll be inspired.
For more information, click here.
Conferences to Check Out
A3C Conference ▪ African Women in Tech ▪ AWLO Diaspora Conference ▪ BEYA ▪ BDPA ▪ BFP ▪ Black Men Xcel ▪ Black Women in STEM ▪ Blogalicious ▪ Blogger Week Unconference ▪ Blogging While Brown ▪ Collision ▪ Create & Cultivate ▪ CSS Dev Con ▪ Elevate ▪ EmpowerHer ▪ FinCon ▪Forbes Under 30 Summit ▪
Forbes Women’s Summit ▪ Hacker Halted ▪ Haven ▪ #HereWeGrow ▪ HustleCon ▪ ISTE ▪ Limitless Conference ▪ Mint Conference ▪ Mom 2.0 ▪ MYP ▪ National Urban League Conference ▪ NOEW ▪ NSBE ▪ PlannerCon ▪ The Powerful Women ▪ SxSW ▪ Tech Connext ▪ Tech Week ▪ Vid Con ▪ Werk, Pray, Slay ▪ Women of Power Summit ▪ Woman of Purpose ▪ WordTech ▪ Women in Travel Summit
For more information, click on the links above.