MPI’s Experiential Event Series at SXSW

If you organize live music events, are obsessed with technology, or just love to mingle, this is the conference for you. Hosted by the Professionals International (MPI) in partnership with SXSW, the Experiential Event Series gives event organizers a “behind-the-scenes spotlight on this world-renowned convergence of conferences, festivals, and expos and an introduction to its planners and producers.”

BizBash Live 

Each year, thousands of event and meeting pros come together to collaborate, network, and get inspired at BizBash Live. You can choose between different packages to get access to a sprawling exhibit floor, workshop sessions, networking luncheons, and pre- and post-event parties.

The Independent Planner Education Conference

This annual conference for independent event planners, hosted by Northstar Meeting Group’s leading brands, is held at the Broadmoor, a stunning upscale resort in the Rockies.

PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards

More than 1,000 event profs convene on Washington, D.C. every summer for the Professional Convention Management Association’s Visionary Awards. The awards ceremony takes place at the swank Marriott Marquis on Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of the capital, walking distance from the free Smithsonian Museums.

National Planning Conference

The American Planning Association (APA) hosts this conference every year, bringing event professionals from all over the world to NYC. With hundreds of sessions and dozens of breakout workshops, this conference will help you dive deep into your specialty or dabble in something new.

Techsytalk LIVE

Techsytalk LIVE is for the forward-thinking event organizer who wants to get way ahead of the technology curve. You’ll come away with a much deeper knowledge of the future of event technology and how you can apply it to your own events.


The World Education Congress’s annual WEC convention is arguably the biggest for meeting planners and suppliers. With several invitation-only forums and receptions, attending WEC has cachet, helping boost careers and brands.

The Event Planner Expo 

Short and sweet, the Event Planner Expo packs a lot of information and networking opportunities into a four-hour package. This is New York’s biggest showcase for event, conference, wedding, and party planning professionals.

Happy planning!