Future of Work…in APAC: HR Exchange Network’s mission is to empower the HR community “with access to the latest news and resources that will keep HR professionals at the forefront of industry change.” As a division of IQPC, they host a number of events each year. In 2021 they plan to expand their lineup further into the Asia-Pacific region with another new event. On 23 – 24 March, the group will host HR and Future of Work APAC 2021. While the event will be virtual, the speakers and focus will be relevant to the region. Core themes will include: Business Continuity, Learning Experience and Skills, Well-being and Employee Experience, Remote Working Agility & Mobility, and The Digital Workforce.

Making your own Ascent: Ascent is an annual conference focused on bringing together senior leaders in the SaaS community to learn, collaborate, and build the relationships needed to spearhead meaningful change. Since the 2020 and 2021 conferences are being held on a virtual platform, the organizers thought they would take advantage of the technology to create topic-specific, one-day events throughout this year. The mini conferences will happen start in April with a Cybersecurity focus and conclude in November with an agenda highlighting product management topics. You can now find a full calendar of these by-invitation-only virtual events here.

Speaking Opportunity:  Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the global event that brings together the full spectrum of security professionals “to exchange ideas and lessons learned, keep informed of current and emerging risks, and gain exposure to the emerging technologies shaping society and our workplaces.” The 2021 conference, scheduled to be held 27—29 September in Orlando (permitting it is safe to gather) and online, has opened its call for presentations. The conference is seeking speaker and topic ideas related to critical information on security’s latest topics for both virtual and live sessions. If you have a session idea in mind, submit via the online form by the 15 February deadline. 

Lunchtime Learning: SALT – the SkyBridge Alternatives hedge fund conference created by Anthony Scaramucci in the depths of the 2009 financial crisis – has been called “Davos in the Desert.” Created to connect asset managers and entrepreneurs with investment advisors, they have over the past year shifted to a twice-weekly SALT Talks series, which features noteworthy business leaders, policy experts & innovators shaping the future of tech, finance & geopolitics. With General John F. Kelly, Valerie Jarrett, & Steve Case among recent speakers, there are no lightweights here! Luckily for the rest of us, not only is it free to register, SALT also publishes its entire archive on its website and YouTube channel

Coming Up Next Week: The Davos Agenda is a weeklong virtual program (25-29 January) featuring heads of state and industry leaders that will begin the preparation for the Special Annual Meeting (rescheduled to the spring). Each day will focus on a different facet of World Economic Forum’s new Great Reset Initiative. Realscreen, which explores the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment and draws creators, buyers & distributors of content, will run virtually over two weeks beginning 25 January. At the Future Educational Technology Conference/FETC (26-29 January), educators and technologists can attend for free to learn about the latest trends, apps, hardware, software, and other technology to help school districts emerge stronger in this new era. Bloomberg Year Ahead Conference will run 26-28 January, featuring CEOs from retail, travel, finance, healthcare, and tech to map out a strategic blueprint for global business as the world’s economies recover. And at Culture Summit (27-28 January), HR leaders convene to address the elevated importance of people and culture within companies as never before.