New In the Land of the Rising Sun: Over the past few years the Milken Institute has ramped up its international presence by launching several symposiums overseas. In 2019 it will add to its lineup with the first Japan Symposium. This exclusive, invitation-only event will gather heads of large financial institutions, senior business leaders, top institutional investors, and high-level government officials from Japan, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States on 25 March. Learn more about this new conference here.

GrowCo is NoMo: Inc. will no longer hold its Grow Your Company Conference (GrowCo), a three-day event that offered advice, strategies, and connections for entrepreneurs looking to grow a business. Instead, in 2019, Inc will host a series of regional events focused on growth and showcasing fast-growing companies within each market. The events will be in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. While the event series dates have not yet been announced, they will happen in May and June. Learn more about this Fast Growth Tour here.

Speaking Opportunity: The O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference, scheduled to run from 9 – 12 September, is now accepting speaker submissions. The conference is self-described as “a deep dive into emerging AI techniques and technologies—focusing on practical business applications.” The agenda includes inspirational keynotes, real-world case studies, high-level executive briefings, and technical demos. There is both a technical audience consisting of professionals who are algorithms or data engineers; CxOs of analytics, data, IT and innovation; research scientists, as well as a business audience, including analysts, strategists, managers of innovation, product marketers and investors. If you have a session idea to suggest, submit it here before the 26 February deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Adexchanger Industry Preview bills itself as providing marketers insight into what to expect within the industry in the next 12 months. One of the core themes coming out of this year’s conference was the importance of finding a balance between responsible data use, automation and personalization. Even if you were not able to attend, check out sessions such as The Marketer’s View, featuring Michael DeLellis, EVP Integrated Global Marketing at Calvin Klein; We Need To Optimize For The Citizen, featuring Publicis Groupe’s Rishad Tobaccowala, and a CEO panel on The Publisher Of The Future.

Coming Up Next Week: Energy innovators and providers meet in Austin at Parks Associates Smart Energy Summit (18-20 February) to learn how connectivity and data are transforming the utility industry. At eTail West, both brand marketers and CTOs take the stage 19-22 February in Palm Springs to share strategy with their peers. Previously known as the India Leadership Forum, the NASSCOM Technology & Leadership Forum’s new name reflects the centrality tech plays in nearly every business decision today. The forum will be held 20-22 February in Mumbai. DeveloperWeek SF adds a new conference component – DevExec World – when it gets underway this week. Geared toward all levels, DevExecWorld will focus on the development of leadership roles, technicians all the way up to CTO. At Mobile Ventures Summit (21 February; San Francisco), attendance is limited to senior brand marketing execs and partners; the event is closed to the press and agencies. And on 22 February, the Watermark Conference offers professional and personal development to the women of Silicon Valley.