Taking the Initiative: Following on the success of its CEO Initiative, Fortune has created the Impact Initiative.  This is a response to the growing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns to its readers and corporate leaders. The Impact Initiative members are senior leaders in Fortune 1000 companies who have primary responsibility for ESG issues. Fortune is hosting two virtual gatherings, but the actual Impact Initiative Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA from 29 – 30 November.

NATPE moves to Bahamas: After 11 years in Miami, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) will officially move its flagship international content marketplace and conference at the Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center in Nassau, Bahamas in 2023. In his initial announcement, NATPE President and CEO JP Bommel noted that they “The response from our community is not only enthusiastic, but [also] outlines a clear path for sales meetings on-site with their global teams.” The next conference will be held from 17–19 January 2023.

Speaking Opportunity: Since 1977 IWCE has been the go-to event for the critical communications ecosystem which helps professionals leverage the evolving technologies to create a safer, more efficient and more interconnected world. Topics of interest for 2023 include: Critical Communications Infrastructure topics; Policy and Governance issues; Cyber, Operation and Physical Security and Emerging Technologies. The session formats have changed for 2023 but you can suggest a non-vendor specific proposal for a 30-minute power session, a 60-minute panel discussion or a 20-minute keynote presentation via the Topic Suggestion Portal. If you do not have an entire session plan in mind but you would like to be considered as a speaker on an IWCE conference panel, you may provide information through this Call for Expert Speakers link. The deadline to make all suggestions is Friday 26 August!

Lunchtime Learning: Last month The Economist presented a webinar on “Building the new SHEconomy”. Programmed by Economist Impact and sponsored by Wellesley College, this discussion will brought together business and policy decision makers to consider how employers can create practices that “honor women’s caregiving needs while supporting their career advancement and how can they build workplaces that support new standards for wellness.” Hear from featured speakers Ann Mukherjee Chairman and chief executive Pernod Ricard North America; Andrea Jung President and chief executive Grameen America, Hillary Clinton Former secretary of state United States, Jennifer Hyman Chief executive, co-founder, chair of the board Rent the Runway and Paula A. Johnson President of Wellesley College. Registration is free but required for viewing.

Coming Up Next Week: GSMA will hold the next edition of its Mobile 360 Series in Singapore from 2-3 August. Mobile 360 Asia-Pacific “convenes the tech ecosystem from across Asia-Pacific alongside governments to debate the best way forward for digital nation strategies.” At CompTIA ChannelCon (2-4 August; Chicago), attendees can expect to learn the latest sales and marketing strategies, as well as business-building tactics and IT workforce strategies. World Festival is a virtual event produced by DeveloperWeek, featuring two dozen tracks on emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, digital health, smart cars, and VR/AR. World Festival programming will be broadcast 3-4 August. Finally, Corporate Events Marketing Association/CEMA Summit gets underway 31 July in at the JW Marriott in Nashville. CEMA Summit returns to an-person format to help attendees “create masterful attendee experiences and to watch exciting showcases of leading-edge innovation in event technology.”