A Blueprint for SaaS Entrepreneurs: SaaStock recently launched its new Blueprint Series – tailored programs to help SaaS leaders go from “good startup to great scaleup.” Each event in the series is geared toward a different member of the startup C-Suite. While the first edition, a one-day event with workshops and networking for CEOs, was held in December 2020, the rest will be held virtually throughout the 2021 calendar year. Next up: Blueprint Series CMO Phase on 30 March, followed by the CRO Phase (8 June) and CFO Phase (14 September).

WorkHuman in Americas & Europe: In place of the in-person event they’d been hoping to produce this spring, Globoforce WorkHuman has announced they will now curate two digital flagship events in early May. To fit the needs of its global HR leadership audience, WorkHuman will host an event for the Americas’ time zones 4 May and one for European time zones on 6 May. Both will feature the same half-day program with live discussions, breakout sessions, and an interactive community. Their message to attendees? Don’t expect a one-way broadcast; expect to participate.

Submission Opportunity: Each year during the Black Hat Briefings leading security professionals share their latest research around new vulnerabilities and exploits revealing the most up-to-date info security trends. The US conference, scheduled to take place both virtually and in Las Vegas between 31 July – 5 August, has opened its call for papers. They are seeking “groundbreaking research” to fill both 30 and 40-minute speaking slots on topics that align with one of the conference tracks found here.  Submissions that highlight new research, tools, vulnerabilities, etc. and those that include White Papers will be given priority. Follow the conference guidelines and complete the process before the 5 April deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: For the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference has brought more than 350 senior leaders from 70+ countries to Bavaria for a discussion of international security policy. Since they were not able to gather physically this year, they hosted the MSC Special Edition, a TV broadcast in which government and industry leaders shared ideas for “how to rebuild and renew the transatlantic alliance and highlight the areas in which transatlantic and international cooperation are most urgently needed.” Watch the session to see world leaders Joe Biden, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron discuss a New Transatlantic Agenda; hear Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization discuss lessons in Fighting the Pandemic; and John Kerry the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on Tackling the Climate Crisis.

Coming Up Next Week: While Cannes Lions still anticipates hosting signature Festival this June, they will also produce a virtual Lions Live: The New Creator’s Toolkit, 1-5 March. Sessions that run Monday through Wednesday will focus on sharpening skills, while Thursday and Friday will center on career advice for creative professionals. At the next WSJ CIO Network Meeting (2 March), senior IT leaders will explore how the Covid-19 crisis continues to reshape company operations, and also how the technology of quantum computing is inching closer to mainstream adoption. Microsoft Ignite will run 2-4 March, designed for roles from developers and IT implementers to those who make large-scale purchasing decisions for enterprise tech and security solutions. Delegates at the Montgomery Summit (3-4 March) explore some of the most important innovations in technology and capital, which for this year’s virtual program include gaming, future of payments, and India IPOs. Finally, Character.org – an organization advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation – will hold its annual National Forum on Character Development from 3-5 March.