Spring-ing into Action: With the surge in COVID cases around the world brought on by the Omicron variant, the team behind RSA Conference decided to postpone the event to late spring. In the official announcement, Linda Gray Martin, VP of RSA Conference noted that “While we are still planning for a physical event, we have officially announced that RSA Conference 2022 has elected to move its event from 7-10 February to 6-9 June 2022. The physical event will remain in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.” Other large events happening in Q1 of 2022 are still considering their options but many are moving forward with increased health and safety protocols.
Technically Accepting Speaker Ideas: The National Association of Broadcasters, an association long advocating for radio and television interests, recently announced a few changes to their next annual NAB Show (23-27 April; Las Vegas). In addition to reorganizing the event’s content around four thematic pillars in media and entertainment delivery – Create, Connect, Capitalize & Intelligent Content – NAB’s producers are also shifting their strategy for securing speakers to address these topics. While a formal call for speakers process still solicits technical papers and panels for the Broadcast Engineering & IT/BEIT track, NAB has discontinued the general call for speakers program. Instead, the organizers explain: “NAB Show will be sourcing and acquiring additional conference content through direct outreach with our members, education partners, thought leaders and industry networks.”
Speaking Opportunity: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in engineering and be recognized for their contributions as engineers and leaders. Their Annual Conference, which is the world’s largest conference for women engineers and technologists, has just opened its call for speakers. The 2022 SWE Conference will be held from 20 -22 October in Houston, TX. They are seeking speakers across several tracks including Advocacy & Outreach; Career development; DEI; Tech innovations; Self-management & Development; and Strategic leadership. If you would like to suggest a speaker/topic idea, submit via their online form, following guidelines found here by 14 March.
Lunchtime Learning: NYU Stern Women in Business/SWIB Conference was first created to bring together future leaders to discuss issues that impacting businesses over the next five years. In 2021, that meant exploring the theme “Reshaping Resilience: Women Leading the Way,” with a keynote from the president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and other sessions featuring executives from Mastercard, Prudential, and Starbucks. SWIB Conference also aspires to accessibility for all current students, prospective students, working professionals by providing a full day of programming to its attendees free of cost. To find out what they learned in 2021, check out last year’s agenda on replay.
Coming Up Next Week: CEOs for Walmart, Lowe’s, PepsiCo, Best Buy, and IBM take to the stage at NRF 2022, aka “Retail’s Big Show.” NRF is the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, held this 16-18 January at the Javits Center in NYC. At Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit (18-19 January; online), CEOs and business leaders from finance, retail, travel, healthcare, technology and more will map out a strategic blueprint for global business. Wall Street Journal will hold its next edition of the WSJ Women in the Workplace series on 18 January, focused on women in the tech industry, exploring how “innovative engineers and influential VCs to advocates [are] raising awareness around ethical concerns like privacy and algorithmic bias.” TechStrong – formerly known as MediaOps – will hold its fourth annual Predict event, dedicated to looking ahead to the future of technology as it relates to digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native and cybersecurity. And on 18 & 19 January, ONCON Senior Marketing Virtual Summit will run offering 10 sessions, an awards segment, and networking for primarily VP-and-above marketing executives.