a list of top conferences an event planner must attend in 2023

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Posted on 11/04/2022

5+ Must-Attend Event Planner Conferences in 2023

Event planner conferences—whether it be virtual, hybrid, or in-person—have proven to be effective for event planners in so many ways, as participants are opportune to network with colleagues and leading experts in the industry, stay updated with the latest trends, and embrace fresh perspectives and knowledge. Research shows that 31% of event marketers see trade shows and conferences as essential for business. If your top priority in 2023 is your professional development, then you should not hesitate a second to peruse the list of top event planner conferences to attend in 2023. 

Top Conferences Event Planners Must Attend in 2023

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Firstly, the list of event planner conferences isn’t hierarchical; they were sampled based on their value to event professionals. Want to be a better event planner in 2023? You’re right on time. This list shows you conferences dedicated to event marketing, and event management success. Additionally, most of these events are in-person and hybrid, which are currently in trend. Check them out right away!

Event Planning & Management Conferences

The Event Planner Expo

Date: Oct 3, 2022

Location: New York

The Event Planner Expo will hold in the fall of 2023, in New York. If you have attended this conference in the past, you know that it’s a great place for event Planners, corporate leaders, PR executives, and the like to secure profitable partnerships and collaborate with like-minded professionals. Furthermore, be prepared to engage with keynote speakers, panelists, and colleagues as they share their knowledge and business strategies that would enable you to skyrocket your business growth. 

ESPA Annual Conference

Date: January 20-22, 2023

Location: Pittsburgh, PA. 

The ESPA unites event Service professionals across America, majorly for education and networking. Next year’s conference will hold in Pittsburg, PA, from the 20th of January to the 22nd of January 2023. Activities range from breakout sessions & roundtables to keynotes & mobile workshops. 

IPEC (Independent Planner Education Conference)

Date: Jan 24 – 26, 2023

Location: Peabody Memphis, Tennessee

Organized by Northstar, the IPEC is a conference produced exclusively for independent planners to network, learn, and participate for hosted and non-hosted buyers alike. Besides, attendees will learn from guest speakers who have a wealth of experience in event planning as independent planners. IPEC 2023 is an in-person conference that will hold in Peabody Memphis, Tennessee from Jan 24th to the 26th. 

Event Marketing Conference

Social Media Marketing World

Dates: March 13- March 15, 2023

Location: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA, United States

Firstly, It’s not enough to design a great space and experience for your event, you need to promote it to your target audience. With over a billion social media users, your marketing strategies can have a wider reach, using the right strategies. At this conference, you can discover the best social media marketing strategies From the world’s leading Experts.  

Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS)

Date: May 9 – 11, 2023

Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Dubbed ‘The #1 Conference for creators of the brand experience,’ the EMS has become the event industry’s mega-show for B2B and B2C marketers, corporate executives, and event planners to facilitate learning and provision of solutions to challenges.  Undeniably, next year’s conference will challenge contemporary marketing challenges facing the corporate world. Moreover, we’ve got a sneak peek into the agenda it covers trends, event logistics, case studies, innovation, technology, women in events, and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). 

Leadership in Event Management Conferences

PCMA Convening Leaders

Date: Jan 8-11, 2023

Location: Columbus, Ohio 

Certainly, next year’s PCMA Convening Leaders Conference will host thousands of business events professionals and community leaders across the globe to partake in cutting-edge education, research, and networking. If you’re looking to understand how events are driving a  socio-economic impact on businesses and communities, you should go ahead and register on the PCMA website!

Women’s Leadership Conference

Date: Feb 9, 2023

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Diversity and inclusion have been a major discourse in the corporate world in recent times. One of the arguments raised is the inclusion of more women in leadership. While this may not be a conference for event planning, it’s integral, particularly to businesses that provide event planning solutions.  For female event planners in leadership positions, it would be a value add to attend the annual UWF Women in Leadership Conference. The function of the conference is to educate the next generation of business leaders who are committed to positively impacting the state of Florida. Attendees are opportune to interact and listen to reputable women in business across the state share their success stories and practicable insights, through inspiring speeches and panels.

Conclusion

In brief, we’ve explored the top conferences that event planners need to attend in 2023 (as this year is almost over), which were grouped into event management, event marketing, and leadership in event management. Finally, as cliche as this may sound, creating better event experiences for attendees requires you to attend more events. Then apply your learning points from success stories to your own events. Ensure you save the dates on your calendar, and keep an eye out! You may see us present at some of them.

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