Let’s Get Together: PCMA, the world’s largest platform for business events professionals, and the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a premier global community of corporate event marketers, announced a strategic alliance beginning this year. The agreement will deliver more resources to each group’s members and expand their audiences. According to the press release, the “agreement calls for the collaboration and cross promotion through educational initiatives to help increase brand presence and membership.” Starting in 2020, CEMA will co-develop education at each of PCMA’s four signature events and PCMA will deliver education at the annual CEMA Summit and during CEMA Study Tours.

STEM Solutions September Shift: The U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Conference will move to the fall in 2020. The event, which normally happens in May, alternates between San Diego and Washington D.C. every year. The 2020 Conference will take place in our nation’s capital on 30 September and will again address some of the greatest challenges in education and workforce development. The theme will be announced later this year.

In Retail, the Is have it: This spring, the Path to Purchase Institute debuts i3, A new annual event “focusing on the outstanding progress in the ever-changing retail market.” Taking its name from the core pillars through which the attendee experience will be developed – Intelligence, Innovation, Influence – i3 will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, introduce new and emerging technologies, and share cutting-edge case studies, insights, and strategies. i3 will be in Chicago from 3 – 5 May. 

Speaking Opportunity: One of the first organizations to recognize technology as a means of advancing women in corporate America and in their own businesses, Women in Technology International (WITI) will celebrate three decades of continuing this mission when it holds the annual Women in Technology Summit (22-24 June; San Francisco). Through 1 February, you can propose yourself or someone else to participate in a discussion, panel, or workshop on the June program, which is unique in covering both technical and leadership-related topics. Want to stand out from the crowd of submissions? WITI is especially interested in ideas that bridge the connections between men and women in order to open more doors.

Lunchtime Learning: Bloomberg describes The Year Ahead Summit as “an invitation-only event creating a 360-degree view of the most urgent topics facing every executive in the coming year.” When the gathering took place in New York last November, discussion points included the latest technology, investment, retail and media trends to be aware of as we move into 2020. Now that the new decade has officially kicked off, you may be interested to hear what the speakers had to say about each. Watch the summit videos here.

Coming Up Next Week: At Realscreen (27-30 January; New Orleans), 2,000 creators, buyers, and distributors come together to learn what’s next for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. The AdExchanger Industry Preview gets underway 28 January in NYC, informing its 800 attendees what to expect over the coming year in marketing technology. Produced by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference brings together stakeholders in government and the private sector to explore the potential of a decentralized global Internet in promoting communications, commerce, and democracy. State of the Net is held 28 January in DC. And at the Yale Higher Education Leadership Summit (29 January; New Haven), university presidents and board chairs meet to discuss the higher education environment and strategies to shape the future of colleges and universities in the U.S.