IAPP Plans Live Events: The president & CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced last week they are moving forward with plans to host live conferences in the second half of 2021. Beginning in September, they will hold the IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Deutschland 2021 in Munich, Germany, followed in October by the IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2021 in San Diego, California, and both the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2021 in Brussels, Belgium IAPP ANZ Summit 2021 in Sydney, Australia this November. The IAPP did note that they are closely monitoring all meeting, travel and health protocols and that the conferences would require social distancing measures and require attendees to wear masks.

The End of Churchill Club: Late last week Churchill Club CEO Karen Tucker announced the thought leadership forum would cease operations. After a 35-year run, the long-running Silicon Valley mainstay is disbanding. According to the club’s official press release, “The proliferation of technology and business-related events and speaker forums—in both the digital and real worlds—has been making it increasingly difficult for small non-profit organizations such as ours to compete and thrive.” In addition, Ms. Tucker noted that “the impact of reduced financial support has now been compounded by the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, forcing us to make this unfortunate and difficult decision.”

Submission Opportunity: Online News Association (ONA) Annual Conference (ONA21) returns online from 22 – 25 June, and they are now accepting ideas for sessions and speakers. According to the conference team, “pitches to the Suggestion Box are a starting point for brainstorming and discussion among submitters and the program team… and most of the conference programming emerges from these pitches from the community.” You are welcome to suggest session ideas in a variety of formats to support best practices and innovation in five areas: audience development and metrics; emerging technology; innovative news storytelling; leadership development; and revenue or content strategy, including products. If you have a good session suggestion to share, do so by the 15 April deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Began in 1983, CERAWeek by IHS Markit has grown into a week-long event in Houston, TX which is become one of the world’s premier energy events. The programme focuses on providing meaningful dialogue around the biggest challenges facing the energy industry. In response to the pandemic, the organizers of this gathering created CEO dialogues featuring company leaders sharing insights on topics such as the possibilities that digitalization can usher in for the energy future, the changing landscape brought on by the movement toward net-zero economies, and whether the natural gas trade is converging into a single global market. Watch all the CEO conversations here.

Coming Up Next Week: At Home or “@Work,” events abound this week! Digital Summit At Home: Small & Medium Biz (29-31 March), will focus on digital marketing strategies and tactics for marketers from small-to-medium sized businesses, both B2B and B2C. While on 30 March, CNBC’s @Work program will center around the theme “Building a Resilient Future,” addressing changes in how and where we work. Medical practitioners, health technologists, pharmaceutical leaders & entrepreneurs will convene at the fully virtual Wired Health Conference UK (31 March) and weigh how to navigate the future of health in a post-Covid world. Another UK-based event, 5G Virtual Expo is a one-day virtual program, operating in BST on 30 March, and free to attend for certain registrants in the telecoms space. And at Wisdom 2.0 Conference (26-27 March), a mix of inspirational speakers, leaders, and entrepreneurs join forces to co-create “The Next Chapter” of our world together, in areas ranging from business, to technology, to politics.