Part of a new TEAM: Northstar Travel Group acquired both the TEAMS Conference and the Meetings Quest conferences from Schneider Publishing this week. TEAMS is a conference and expo for the sports-event industry. Presented in association with the SportsTravel media brand, TEAMS ’17 will be held in Orlando from 30 October – 2 November, and attracts more than 1,000 attendees from the sports-event industry.  Meetings Quest is self-described as “the longest-running series of trade shows for meeting planners in the U.S.” For more information on the acquisition read the official press release here.

Up to Code: Last week Walt Mossberg announced that he would be retiring after this year’s Code Conference which will take place from 30 May – 1 June in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Walt Mossberg has been the force behind several popular industry conferences over the years, notably All Things D and, more recently, ReCode Code Conference.

(Tabletop) Gaming the System: Due to such a strong reception to its tabletop game convention, taking place inside PAX events, Penny Arcade and ReedPop announced earlier this year that that they will be hosting PAX Unplugged from 17 – 19 November 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. According to the official press release, “PAX Unplugged will provide the same experience that has entertained millions of PAX attendees, but with a focus on tabletop, card and board gaming.”  Videogames featuring board or card game elements will also be at the expo.  Tickets to this inaugural event will go on sale on 3 May.

Speaking Opportunity: On 1 -2 June 2017, the CDX Brand Innovation Summit will return to New York, bringing together executives from Fortune 500 brands, leading agencies and media companies, start-ups, and industry analysts “to discuss and debate the state of the ongoing consumer revolution and how to master digital transformation innovation.” If you are interested in sharing actionable advice and insights in a salon-style setting, you may submit a speaker proposal until 1 May.  Be sure that your topic is tailored to this year’s theme, The Customer Revolution.

Lunchtime Learning: The Women in the World Summit took place last week in New York, bringing together an impressive lineup of speakers. If you were not able to attend or watch the livestream, you can still hear leaders such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Tony Award-winning performer and writer Sarah Jones; President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards; Founder and Co-Chairman of DVF Studio, Diane von Furstenberg and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist and author, Tom Friedman – just to name a few.

Coming up Next: Vanity Fair will launch its first Founders Fair, for entrepreneurial women and their business partners, on Thursday in New York. Confirmed speakers include Tory Birch, Theresia Gouw, and Julie Deane.  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show will bring more than 100,000 attendees from the digital ecosystem to Las Vegas next week, including professionals from broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, academia, mobile, advertising, retail, sports, online video, VR and AR. And beginning next Saturday, Yale University will host the 2017 Global Health & Innovation Conference, self-described as “the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries.” The agenda will cover global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.