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Growth Acceleration Summit brings together hundreds of B2B professionals and more than 35 of the industry’s top thought leaders for three days of keynote speakers, multitracked sessions, workshops, happy hours, and networking. With an enhanced focus on alignment between sales and marketing, this year’s speakers include Tiffani Bova, global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, and Jay Acunzo, host of the podcast “Unthinkable.”

One of my favorite events of the year, Content Marketing World features more than 120 sessions and workshops led by some of the world’s brightest brand marketers, covering content strategy, integration, and measurement. This is no small event: When I attended last year, there were 3,600 marketers from more than 50 countries. Last year’s speakers included GE CMO Linda Boff, Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi, and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I always leave this event inspired and eager to share new ideas with my team.

With keynote speakers like Michelle Obama, Brené Brown, and John Cena, INBOUND is always a memorable event. Last year’s conference attracted 21,000 attendees from 104 countries to learn from leaders across industries about connecting with audiences and finding innovative ways to deliver value to them. INBOUND provides the information and inspiration you need to transform your marketing — and it’s an annual favorite of my marketing team.

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Claiming to be the first of its kind, Brandemonium is all about focusing on brands’ and agencies’ creativity. Anticipating over 1,000 attendees, this conference includes panels, workshops, and mentoring sessions so you can gather the top advice from major influencers in the space.

The event will bring together experts in subscription marketing and retention to discuss the issues subscription marketers face today. The conference offers an intensive and interactive one-day experience focused on networking and learning from experts from The Wall Street Journal, House of Kaizen, Optimizely, McAfee, A+E Networks, and Ellation, among others. Attendees will participate in workshops and gain access to data-rich case studies, empowering them with subscription-minded connections, strategies, and tactics they can apply to their own businesses.

Chicago’s biggest content marketing conference brings together 300 attendees and top-rated speakers for two days of insights on all things content strategy, promotion, conversion, and analytics. Participants will walk away with the tactics, tools, and expert advice they need to fuel their content marketing and grow their businesses.

One event in the ForbesLive event series, the Forbes CMO Summit gives some of the world’s leading marketing professionals across industries the chance to join together and share ideas and perspectives, build leadership skills, and tackle the challenges facing the marketing field. The Forbes CMO Summit is invite-only, and attendance is limited.

MarketingProfs’ annual B2B Marketing Forum will be held for the first time on the West Coast this year. This event is dedicated to leaders and innovators in the B2B marketing space who are eager to learn more about the latest tactics and successful B2B case studies and strategies. Last year’s conference offered a variety of “Off-the-Clock Antics,” including speed networking over breakfast, a mindfulness meditation session, and a ’60s-themed “Profstock,” so this year should be fun, too.

Growth Marketing Conference offers more than 50 sessions from speakers at brands like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Slack. This year’s topics cover everything from influencer marketing to predictive analytics. The event also offers an on-demand video library with 200+ video tutorials, as well as growth marketing workshops to get you and your team certified in growth marketing.

Following the success of Share17, BrightEdge is taking Share18 on the road again. The event series, which takes place throughout the year around the country, will focus on the key trends driving performance across search, digital marketing, and content. Whether your focus is SEO, digital marketing, leading a team, or driving performance, Share18 has something valuable for everyone. Each one-day event includes keynotes, custom breakout sessions, panels, and, of course, plenty of community networking.

iMedia Summits will take place in a variety of locations in 2018, but unless I can convince my wife to go to iMedia Brand Summit New Zealand, I’ll be attending the event in Bonita Springs, Florida, on Feb. 12-14. The Summit pairs senior marketers from major brands, agencies, and publishers with innovative tech and service providers. This year’s topics include building purpose-driven brands, the connected consumer experience, and actionable data.

This inspiring event brings marketing and technology innovators together to contemplate and celebrate the innovations fueling the future of marketing, technology, and design. Past speakers have included industry pioneers from Amazon, Google, IDEO, and more.

MarTech’s east coast version, because cultivating marketing technologists is that important.–Jennifer Gruniger, Dell – “It was great to pull together all of the MarTech unicorns in one room and hear all about the work they are doing. Excellent speakers.”

?Want relevant marketing info, the type of stuff that will help drive your brand ahead, and a lot of laughs? This is always an inspiring event with thought-provoking speakers and just the right amount of entertainment. Hey, you learn more when you’re in a good mood.

charles kirkland
charles kirkland

Charles is a walking, talking, networking blend of credibility and know-how. Raised in a working class family, he combined a tenacious work ethic and keen sense of curiosity to usher him over one hurdle after another.