Its Back On(Con) in Orlando: OnCon will hold its first conference since COVID-19 forced its community online in 2020 where they mostly gathered at events within their specific job function. The conference will bring together an alphabet soup of C-suite functions (CHRO, CMO, GC, CIO/CTO, CFO, CLO, CISO, CDO, CCO) at Gaylord Palms in Orlando from 24 – 26 April 2023. More details will be available in the coming months.

More AI in U.S.: Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Conference, one of the most important A.I. confabs for academic research, will return to the U.S. in 2022 for the first time since 2017 (when it was held in Long Beach, CA). The 2022 event will run as a hybrid conference with a physical component in New Orleans the week of 29 November, and a virtual component the following week. NeurIPS brings together researchers in machine learning, neuroscience, statistics, optimization, computer vision, natural language processing, life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and other adjacent fields. They will begin accepting paper submissions in April.

Speaking Opportunity: Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with NBC Universal, the Aspen Ideas Festival “is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.” The 2022 Festival will focus on six substantive themes that speak to this unique moment in history. Heat, Power, Human Connection, Trust, Money, and Beauty will guide conversations among thinkers, writers, artists, policymakers, business leaders, educators, and other visionaries from around the globe. If you would like to suggest a speaker/topic that aligns with one of these themes, submit your idea here by 15 April.

Lunchtime Learning: Last week the CNBC Equity and Opportunity Forum gathered leaders and experts “who are managing differently, narrowing the wage gap, creating new pathways to wealth and expanding the talent pool in innovative ways, resulting in meaningful change on the individuals and for society as a whole.” Hear from some of these experts including Janis Bowdler, U.S. Department of the Treasury Counselor for Racial Equity on how the US Treasuring is tackling inequity; Lindsay Artkin, NHL Coaches’ Association President on the NHLCA Female Coaches Development Program and getting more men to embrace allyship; and Emmanuel Acho, Former NFL Player and Author of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” who addresses solutions to the systemic and structural challenges that continue to plague corporate America.

Coming Up Next Week: Game Developers Conference/GDC brings the game creation community back together in San Francisco from 21-15 March, for a week-long celebration of the art, craft, and business. At Enterprise Connect (21-24 March), IT professionals can meet in-person in Orlando or opt for online programming covering such topics as contact centers, unified communications, SIP trunking, cloud, video, and team collaboration. International Wireless Communications Expo/IWCE is scheduled to run 21-24 March in Las Vegas under the theme “Making the Toughest Times Better.” IWCE is designed for those who manage critical communications in public safety, governments, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and other critical-infrastructure sectors. “Measuring the Movement: Accountability in Action” is the unifying objective for attendees at next week’s Bloomberg Equality Summit (22-23 March) with options to request an in-person pass for 22 March in NYC (a limited number of senior executives will be invited) and/or a virtual broadcast of sessions on 23 March. Finally, ISC West gets underway 22 March in Las Vegas, offering one of the largest converged security industry trade shows in the U.S.