Today, Speaker Strategies is focusing our newsletter on events that are all about the Benjamins…

Rolling in the MoneyConf: MoneyConf was started in 2015 by the team behind Web Summit and grew to become one of the world’s largest fintech events, attracting 5,000 attendees from leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency, banks and other financial services companies and vendors. After the conference last June, the organizers decided that instead of host MoneyConf as a standalone event, they would roll it into their other flagship conferences, Collision, RISE and Web Summit. The MoneyConf stage or track will continue to live on within those conference programmes.

Adding to its Vault of Content: Sibos is the global financial services networking event organized by SWIFT. It changes location every year, and in 2019 will be held from 23-26 September in London under the theme, Thriving in a hyper-connected world. This year’s Sibos will introduce several new initiatives, conference streams and interactive events to facilitate quality learning and conversation. The Views from the Top invitation-only conference series will allow delegates to hear directly from CEOs as well as prominent non-financial industry figures. A themed stage called Sibos Spotlight will be added to the main exhibition floor to convene a range of voices from across the industry and tackle a topical issue each day. The fourth day of Sibos will include a bespoke programme for the future leaders of the financial industry, called Talent Thursday.  2019 will even include an immersive experience for attendees – aimed at “drawing delegates through a diverse and engaging environment.”

Investing in a New Summit: Forbes recently announced that, in partnership with the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), it would be launching its inaugural Opportunity Zones Summit. An Opportunity Zone is defined by the IRS as “an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.” This new gathering, taking place on 21 May in Newark, New Jersey, will bring together visionary investors and leaders across government, finance, real estate, economic development, and philanthropy to “spark creative collaboration between industry leaders, spur best practices and set the national Opportunity Zones agenda for years to come.” If you are interested in learning more about the types of projects that will thrive and develop plans for long-term, sustainable community impact, check out the conference details here.

Speaking Opportunity: Money 20/20 brings together the payments, commerce, and financial technology ecosystem to explore the disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend, invest, protect, share and borrow money. The call for content is now open for the 2019 US conference which will return to Vegas from 27 – 29 October. The conference organizers are seeking “industry’s revolutionaries and pioneers to share ground-breaking innovation, major announcements, and learnings from their successes and failures that will inspire, influence and empower the audience.” If you have a worthy story, idea or case study submit it via their online form by 10 May.

Lunchtime Learning: As a software creator-turned-event producer, CB Insights was created to empower executives to better predict growth, competition, and technology trends. So it was a no-brainer when CB Insights took on The Future of Fintech, gathering the world’s largest financial institutions, fintech startups, and VCs. Armchair conference-goers can hear from BofA’s COO/CTO – who was also voted one of the most powerful women in banking! – describe where she places her bets in technology; from the president of Fidelity brokerage on why his team experiments with customer tech; and why its founder/CEO created Ellevest, the wealth management platform targeting women. Watch now!

Coming Up Next Week: The conference that has become a household name for its celebrated YouTube videos gets underway on 15 April in Vancouver. Yes, we’re talking about TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), which features the theme “Bigger than Us” designed to help us achieve deeper meaning by asking more challenging questions. AI aficionados can head to either coast for applied learning, choosing between O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference NYC (15-18 April) or the Bootstrap Labs Applied AI Conference (18 April; San Francisco). At ARF’s AUDIENCExSCIENCE program (15- 16 April; Jersey City) brand and advertising leaders join forces to tackle today’s measurement and growth challenges. Last but not least the Richmond Learning, Development and Talent Executive Forum will take place 18 April in New York, offering HR executives both conference content and pre-scheduled meetings with screened suppliers.