After wrapping up another hectic SXSW, I feel drained but inspired and ready to explore some other avenues for professional and personal development. The Daily Muse just recently published a great list of 50 conferences to attend in 2014 and I picked a few of my favorites from that list and found one or two of my own, paring it all down to what I think are the year’s top 5 conferences for women to attend or follow. These conferences focus specifically on women and their accomplishments.
1. Forbes’ Women’s Summit – Forbes focuses on women and entrepreneurship at this 2-day event and aims to change the definition of power. Attendees can expect to “forge partnerships, find solutions and take actions to make the world a better place.”
2. Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing – It’s no secret that Grace Hopper is one of our heroes here at Skillcrush. So how could we not recommend this conference inspired by her legacy? According to the conference website, GHC is the world’s largest conference of its kind celebrating women in computing from across industries. The conference includes collaborative proposals, presentations, mentoring & networking and last year hosted just under 5,000 attendees from 53 countries.
3. BlogHer – This blog-focused conference covers a wide variety of skill sets from business ownership to publishing to visual art and design. BlogHer’s attendees are 85-90% female and the conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
4. Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit – With 2013 speakers ranging from Sheryl Sandberg and Chelsea Clinton to Glenn Close and Chelsea Handler, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit includes a packed agenda of back to back events. This year’s conference speakers are as yet unannounced but the agenda promises a “mix of intimate one-on-one conversations, provocative panel discussions and valuable breakout sessions.”
5. The Conferences for Women – These non-profit, non-partisan events take place in Texas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania each year and cover broad topics in professional and personal development for women. They also host teleconferences and webinars throughout the year.