Time-Out for TEDMED: TEDMED has decided to pause its conference for the foreseeable future. As the conference world has switched to virtual gatherings, the conference will consider a new approach for its current work of curating ideas and convening its community. According to their statement “While disappointed that we’re winding things down for a few years, we are confident that in time TEDMED will re-emerge. And, TEDMED will be back with a renewed sense of purpose; a re-energized charge in sharing important and transformative ideas in health and medicine with the world.” Videos of past talks will still be available on their site.

New Purchase Powows: The Path to Purchase Institute has launched four new digital events for 2021 that are well aligned with the topics they cover in their publication. The series will begin on 30 – 31 March with the Retail Media Forum, sharing best practices for leveraging retail media to achieve brand and shopper marketing objectives. Digital Shopper Commerce is next up on 4 – 5 May, covering the current digital shopper commerce landscape in order to successfully build and execute a true omnichannel shopper engagement strategy. On 28 – 29 September, tune in for the Shopper Insights & Measurement Forum to learn more about measuring program performance. And the series will conclude in December (7- 8) with an In-Store Experience event. Those attendees will discover how to elevate the impact of their existing in-store marketing and merchandising through an understanding of current retail trends, shopper preferences, and cutting-edge tactical opportunities.

Speaking Opportunity: Founded in 2004, Games for Change is a nonprofit whose mission is to empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world impact through games and immersive media. Every year they convene a global community of developers, educators, students and researchers at their annual Games for Change Festival, featuring the most exciting new games, ideas, partnerships and business models for games that drive social impact and inspire learning and engagement. The 2021 event will happen from 12 – 14 July and again be held virtually. If you have a session idea you would like to contribute, you may do so via their online form by the 12 February deadline. They are seeking ideas across four categories: Games for Learning; Health & Wellness; Civil & Social Issues; XR for Change Summit.

Lunchtime Learning: What do Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, Leanne Caret of Boeing Defense Space, & Security, Sallie Krawcheck CEO of Ellevest, and Ivanka Trump have in common? They all spoke at last year’s virtual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Started as a list, FORTUNE MPW has evolved into the world’s most extraordinary leadership community. Learn about fascinating topics from details on the US Space Force to building financial resilience in the “New Reality” economy. Videos are available here. (Password protected)

Coming Up Next Week: IXDA’s Interaction Conference (31 January – 5 February) reflects on how technology and design are shaping the world moving forward by building bridges across cultures. For this global program, attendees can choose a stream from streams timed for the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA. At The Economist Innovation@Work Summit – which runs 1-5 February – the program will feature over a hundred senior-level speakers addressing the theme “Reimagining Leadership, Collaboration & Productivity.” TCEA Annual Convention is known for bringing together administrators, teachers, librarians, and educators to learn new pedagogical ideas, teaching techniques, and tech tools. TCEA runs as a virtual, global program 1-5 February. Chief Executive Disruptive Tech Summit (2-3 February) is designed to offer board members and C-suite executives the chance to explore the real-world business applications and new business opportunities resulting from today’s rapid technological change. And at the next edition of HCI’s upcoming virtual series: Use People Analytics to Drive Innovation on 3 February, HR managers and execs will learn how “to integrate multiple sources of data, identify which metrics actually matter, and deliver actionable insights to an audience outside HR.”