9 Up and Coming Conferences to Attend With your lady gang

As multiculturalism becomes the new mainstream, connecting with a diverse group of content creators, media mavens and digital influencers for education and growth in your career is now imperative. What better way to achieve this than to expand your perspective (and network) through diverse conferences, some specifically geared towards empowering and educating African-American and Latinas.

Whether you are a blogger, media maven, content creator and/or digital influencer, connect offline with a diverse group of peers as you uncover ideas and expand your network with these new conferences.

1.THE BEAUTY CONFERENCE

Date: March 30, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA

As its name suggests, The Beauty Conference is all about bringing the beauty of business and networking under one roof. Part trade show and part educational event, makeup artist Terri Watson aims to create a “hub” where beauty professionals and enthusiasts can connect one-on-one with their business idols and influencers to discuss what’s next in the beauty sector. Visit the marketplace to shop for products for your home or salon. Stay to grow your network, learn new tips or perhaps find your next business collaboration.

2.#WEALLGROW SUMMIT

Date: May 30-June 1, 2019

Location: Long Beach, CA

Started by Ana Flores, #WeAllGrow Latina Network’s 5th annual #WeAllGrow Summit returns to bring together entrepreneurs, creatives and influencers to empower Latinas in the digital space. The theme of this year’s conference is “We Are CHANGEMAKERS” to celebrate the power of Latinas as the driving force in this country. Their goal is to empower attendees for the year ahead through networking, keynote sessions, hands-on workshops, team building events, wellness activities and so much more. This conference has built the largest sisterhood community, shifting the tech scene for Latinas in the digital landscape. If you are interested in going, get on the mailing list now because tickets sell out fast!

3.SUMMIT 21

Date: June 7-9, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA

Black women unite from around the country for a weekend of black girl magic. SUMMIT 21, formerly EmpowerHer, creates an IRL experiential event for entrepreneurs, creators, and influencers seeking knowledge, empowerment and sisterhood. Founded in 2016, it is created as a “by and for black millennials” concept curated to guide their greatest vision for their life and provide actionable steps towards making those visions—a reality.

4.COLORCOMM

Date: July 24-26, 2019

Location: Miami, FL

COLORCOMM (C2) is the ultimate business empowerment conference and retreat for women of color in communications. Whether you’re a student, a senior industry specialist or business owner you’re sure to garner a lot of value out of this event. Their mission is to personally connect women with other like-minded individuals and to build a strong network of leaders by creating mentors/mentees, business relationships and friendships. You’ll be able to sit in on conversations around leadership, social media, and relationships with disruptors like keynote luncheon speaker Ann Curry, Luvvie Ajayi, Michelle Lee, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, and more!

5.CONNECTHER CONFERENCE

Date: Summer 2019

Location: TBA

ConnectHer Conference hosts fashion and beauty creators to bridge the gap between influencers, brands, PR/marketing professionals and entrepreneurs. The primarily invitation-only event is all about creating an interactive environment to encourage real connections between influencers, brands and industry pros. Past events have included focused expert-lead roundtables, break-out sessions, and engaging keynote speakers with actual take-away information on business development, branding, and social media.

6.THE OTHER FESTIVAL

Date: October 2019

Location: New York, NY

The Other Festival is a platform for female founders, makers, creators, dreamers and disruptors to channel their inner girl boss and revel in the diversity of this women-centric experience. The female-led event blurs the lines between industry conference and pop-up shops for two days of panels, demos, and workshops aimed to educate and empower and includes an all-female music lineup to end each day. Get inspired by innovators, storytellers, and content creators to celebrate entrepreneurship and creativity.

7. AFROTECH CONFERENCE

Date: November 7-10, 2019

Location: Oakland, CA

Hear from the doers and disruptors in the digital landscape for a 360-degree look at how culture and tech run the world. All in the name of building the next generation of minority leaders, AfroTech brings various discussions on digital infrastructures, entrepreneurship, and leadership under one roof. AfroTech also conducts panel discussions, interactive workshops, and special recruiting sessions as well as high-energy networking mixers. This conference is all about preparing attendees for their glow up!

8. W.E.L.L. SUMMIT

Date: All Year Long

Location: Multiple Cities

The W.E.L.L. Summit’s goal is to drive a 360 conversation around wellness, both personally and professionally. A multi-city, two-day curated event connects health and wellness-minded individuals with industry experts to discuss ways to create a realistic wellness routine. The programs are divided into three tracks: foundation, business, and lifestyle all designed to inspire, educate and empower attendees to take charge of their mental health and cultivate resilience and wellbeing.

9. BROWNGIRLSLOVE POWER Day

Date: January 4, 2020

Location: New York, NY

Plan ahead and put BrownGirlsLove POWER Day on your calendar. Founded by Christina S. Brown of BrownGirlsLove, the 1-day innovative program caters to millennial women of color looking to turn their dreams into reality. Brown created this conference as a LIVE sisterhood event where attendees can connect offline with today’s generation of black media moguls and entrepreneurs to answer questions about their journey to success. Gather for networking, business panels, workshops and black girl magic, leave connected the community, applicable best practices and energized inspiration to fuel your new year goals.

This is your year to change it up and level up. Grab your business cards and invest in yourself. Don’t just do, move!

 

About This Author

S. Angelique Mingo is the Creative Director at Sinala Noir, a fashion and lifestyle communications agency for contemporary brands on the rise. S. Angelique designs hybrid public relations and social media strategies to help generate buzz and build brand awareness. She specializes in storytelling, brand development and project management and is known for her energetic, hit-the-ground running approach to every client.