Déjà vu all over again: Just before the holiday break, The World Economic Forum announced that it would need to defer its Annual Meeting “amid uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak.” Originally scheduled to take place from 17-21 January 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, The WEF Annual Meeting will be postponed to early summer – dates TBD. The organization is inviting the attendees to instead join a virtual series of State of the World sessions, which will bring together global leaders “to focus on shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Raising Capital near the Capitol: Next week The Milken Institute will host a brand-new event focused on public finance. The Public Finance Forum will be an invitation-only gathering held in Washington DC alongside the CFO Forum, and will bring together government leaders, institutional and impact investors, philanthropists, community conveners, and applied academics to “explore how the $4 trillion public-sector economy can tackle challenges related to ESG for Munis, Resilient Infrastructure Deployment, Outcomes-Based Financing, and Government Performance & Innovation.” More information may be found here.

Speaking Opportunity: The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity will return to the French Riviera from 20 – 24 June 2022. While LIONS Content now lives on multiple platforms “accessible digitally, on-demand, or in real life,” they ask that ideas for speaking roles at the Festival be submitted via their content portal between 10 – 28 January. To increase your chances of acceptance and determine which ideas and themes may resonate best with attendees, read through their 2022 Content Guide before submitting a speaker.

Lunchtime Learning: The Atlantic recently presented the People v. Cancer summit, exploring the “latest science and the important ways in which prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and well-being are interrelated.”  The event gathered medical providers, scientists, survivors, and patients for in-depth conversations about this complex disease and the future of care. Hear from speakers including Wendy Short Bartie Senior Vice President and Head of US Oncology, Bristol Myers Squibb; Vinod Balachandran Surgeon-Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Benjamin Creelan Thoracic Oncologist, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; and Jill O’Donnell-Tormey CEO and Director of Scientific Affairs, Cancer Research Institute.

Coming Up Next Week: Digital Summit’s Deep Dive into SEO will run 10 January as the third and final virtual event in their “deep dive” series, exploring how marketers can gain master-level expertise in a few specific functions. At SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium/ISS, the semiconductor industry gathers to look beyond the technology and discover how economic trends, geopolitics, technology, and diversity & inclusion can help to drive business forward. ISS runs 9-12 January in Half Moon Bay. When Wisdom 2.0 kicks off 14 January in Mountain View, the conference will operate under the theme “Listen, Learn, Connect, and Envision.” Speakers at Wisdom 2.0 tend to be social entrepreneurs, authors, non-profit heads, and tech leaders who are making an impact in our world. Innov8ers – which styles itself as a “glocal” community for corporate innovators – will run a Summit on Careers & Personal Development online from 11-13 January. Finally, VentureBeat Transform: The Future of Work will be held virtually on 12 January and explore the intersection of two key driving forces: the embracing of remote work, and the advancement of virtual technologies like AR and VR.