by Fennella Miller for Urban Mindz
The year 2020 is just around the corner and everyone is getting serious about leveling up and you should be, too. Going to the next level as an entrepreneur isn’t always about buying a house, car or physical possession. A mental glow up should be a resolution for all of us each year and learning is the best way to achieve this goal. Degrees aren’t the only way to learn. There are many ways to learn something new every day and attending conferences is one of the best ways to do just that. Conferences give attendees the quick boost they need to elevate not only in their work careers but in their side businesses and personal goals as well.
Let’s take a look at some of the conferences coming up in 2020 that every current or aspiring entrepreneur should attend.
With thousands of people in attendance each year (10,000 for 2019), AfroTech is single-handedly the largest tech conference for black innovators and founders. This is the perfect place for techies to network and learn strategic methods to build a startup, grow a business or even bring a tech idea to fruition. The conference is hosted by Blavity, a black-owned company in the heart of tech world itself, Silicon Valley. The event leaves attendees with a wealth of insight and meaningful connections in the tech industry.
The 2019 AfroTech conference was held Nov. 7-10th, and will return in 2020 November 12-15th in Oakland, California.
Summit 21, formerly EmpowHer, is another amazing conference hosted by Blavity as well as 21 Ninety. It is a conference for black female creators and entrepreneurs. As an attendee of the 2018 conference, I felt the sense of pride that filled the rooms at this amazing conference. There were powerful speakers like Myleik Teele, Shameless Maya, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Angela Rye, Karen Civil, Tiffany the Budgetnista and many other phenomenal women. The breakout sessions covered everything from finances, content creation, beauty, entrepreneurship and even how to balance it all while being a mother. There were laughs and smiles but also touching moments where tears of joy were shared. It was so inspiring to be around black women who are motivated and ambitious, and making huge waves in their respective industries.
Speakers at the 2019 conference held on June 7, 2019 included Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Karrueche Tran and other notable women. The 2020 conference in Atlanta, GA will be held on June 5, 2020 and is expected to bring in its biggest audience.
Black Enterprise FWD Conference
If you are a black entrepreneur, it is likely that you are already familiar with the Black Enterprise brand. Since 1970, Black Enterprise has made itself a resource for black professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs by providing them with tools for success. The Black Enterprise brand is all about investing and building wealth in the African American community.
The signature conference held each year by Black Enterprise is their Entrepreneurs Summit, which was recently re-branded as FWD. The 2019 FWD conference that was held in Charlotte, NC June 19 - 22 marked its 24th year. FWD is recognized as the premier conference for black founders, entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators. The conference’s aim is to inspire and invest in more Black businesses and give others the tools to succeed in today’s business sector.
Information on the 2020 FWD conference will be posted to their website at www.blackenterprise.com/fwd/
From business, technology, content creation and even beauty, there is plenty of opportunity to attend a conference that will benefit anyone working towards entrepreneurship or continuing to grow their current business. These three conferences attract thousands of attendees who leave feeling motivated and ready to take their businesses to the next level.
Fennella Miller is a freelance writer who writes on topics covering entrepreneurship, fashion and entertainment for Urban Mindz, LLC, and has written for many other publications.