CyberThreats for 2023: Black Hat, Dark Reading and Omdia are hosting a new event online on 13 December called Cybersecurity Outlook 2023. This will be a full-day virtual event that will help enterprises plan for new cyber-threats and technology trends they might face next year. The event will be free to attend and will delve into the threats “posed by cybercriminals and nation-states, as well as evolving products and technologies that may help mitigate those threats.”

Africa AdWeek Arrives!: Advertising Week, the world’s largest annual gathering of marketing, media, and technology leaders, will finally host its inaugural Africa event on 14-19 February 2023. They had planned to host the event in 2020 but the launch was delayed by the global pandemic. The gathering will be held in Johannesburg. Keep an eye on their website for more information. 

Speaking opportunity: ViVE is an event by the team that brought you HLTH, which is designed for digital health leaders and executives innovating across the spectrum of health and care. Taking place in Nashville from 26 – 29 March, ViVE’s agenda will feature “health information technology luminaries and senior digital health leaders from both public and private sectors, offering multiple session formats including panel discussions, presentations, case studies, point-counterpoint discussions, announcements and more.” If you would like to speak at the conference submit your topic idea here as soon as possible. Speaker suggestions are received on a rolling basis. And remember to follow the conference’s guidelines! For example, they limit one speaker proposal per executive and they invite main stage speakers directly.

Conference Organizers Q&A: The LEAP HR: Retail Conference is returning for a 7th year from 27 February – 1 March 2023 in Nashville. Cleo Gorringe, Senior Conference Producer of the LEAP HR portfolio at Hanson Wade, sat down with Speaker Strategies to chat about the upcoming event and what makes LEAP HR events so unique.

Speaker Strategies: Tell us more about the LEAP HR portfolio, and what makes your conferences so unique?

For the past 8 years, we have been creating senior level HR communities across a number of industries in the US. We aim to challenge traditional thinking. Not just in terms of the content (we like finding stories of disruptive and fresh HR initiatives), but in terms of the format. Most of the time you might expect to spend 80% of the time at a conference listening to other people, with only a few nuggets of information to walk away with that is useful and relevant to your organization, but our format recognises that there is often as much experience in the room as much as there is on the stage. It’s designed so attendees spend a third of the time listening to the “leaps that are being made;” a third digging deeper asking the questions they want to ask; and most importantly a third where attendees think about how they can apply some of those ideas and go away to make their own leaps in their own organizations.

Speaker Strategies: What about your next event excites you the most?

My next event is LEAP HR: Retail in Nashville. It’s a two-day conference with two tracks to choose from, and it also has two pre-conference day options – a Talent Acquisition Day or a Total Rewards Day. It’s a jam-packed agenda and attendees will hear from top retail brands, of the likes of Target, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, Dollar General & Sheetz, on their HR innovations in TA, total rewards, culture, L&D, DE&I, compliance.

Coming Up Next Week: Web Summit returns 1-4 November, joining 70,000 attendees across the tech industry and globe, including founders and CEOs, startups, policymakers, and heads of state who come to Lisbon to ask a simple question: Where to next? At MIT Technology Review’s EmTech (1-3 November), both in-person and virtual participants will explore AI, the digital world, and how innovators are bringing big ideas to life. Kicking off 2 November, the 18th annual Forbes CMO Summit is limited to selected marketing leaders who will meet in-person at the Four Seasons Miami and tackle ways to help their brands stay relevant. WIRED Impact, held November 2 in London, examines the fast-changing world of sustainability and ESG and challenges attendees to rethink how we live today to take better care of our planet. Finally, the Fortune CEO Initiative – a membership organization bringing together CEOs of companies that are committed to addressing business excellence, diversity, and major societal issues as a core part of their business strategies – holds its Annual Meeting 2-3 November in Palm Beach, and as usual, the guest list is impressive.