FT Starts a Conversation: The Financial Times has launched a global series of Leadership Dialogue meetings to begin a conversation with a selective group of global CEOs and thought leaders around the de-globalization trend emerging following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory and how businesses can thrive in this environment.  The London Dialogue will be 17 May and the New York meeting will take place on 26 September. Each Dialogue will be structured as three hours of peer-to-peer discussions followed by a high-level dinner. Special content will be produced before and after each event.

Two Days of Data!: Due to popular demand, the 2017 CDO Summits, regional gatherings that address “the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media,” will be two-day events. The first of these expanded gatherings will be on 15-16 March 2017 in Sydney. Digital strategists and practitioners will be able to attend one or both days in each city.  The first day will focus on digital transformation and day two covers data and analytics.

Speaking Opportunity: The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference, which “aims to connect, inspire and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative,” has opened its call for speakers. Since its founding in 1994, the event has grown to attract more than 15,000 attendees and accept more than 1,600 speaker submissions! If you are interested in speaking, submit a proposal by 8 March, but be sure to read the speaker guidelines first!

Lunchtime Learning: Self-described as “Burning Man meets TED”, Slush manages to gather more than 17,000 technology leaders and startups in Helsinki during the coldest months of the year.  If that alone isn’t a strong enough endorsement, check out tech titans and top investors providing insights on entrepreneurship and The Next Big Thing.

Coming Up Next Next week, ITEXPO will return to Ft. Lauderdale. Produced by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC), the event brings together IT professionals and luminaries to explore the latest technology trends in cloud, VoIP, WebRTC, unified communications and more.  In San Francisco next week, NewCo Shift debuts.  This conference, which is self-described as an executive conference on capitalism at a crossroads, aims to convene a “unique group of leaders from small, fast growth start-ups (NewCos) and Fortune 500 companies (BigCos), together with an array of experts from the policy and regulation fields” to discuss the role of the corporation in society.  And finally, the Wharton Healthcare Business Conference will take place in Philadelphia next Thursday and Friday. This year’s conference will focus on “how companies are balancing the tension between collaboration and competition while breaking down the traditional boundaries that have defined the industry.”