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Must-Attend Conferences for Event Professionals in 2023

By: Claire Heger
December 12, 2022

Are you an event pro searching for a growth path to reach new audiences? If you are, you need to be at industry conferences.

With so many options, it's often challenging to decide which one is the best fit for your organization. Here’s my list of the top 7 conferences every event pro should be at in 2023.

PCMA Convening Leaders

January 8-11 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, OH

This event is leading business meetings into the future. Convening Leaders is an epic collaborative gathering focused on meeting the challenges of events of the future. This is a great opportunity to explore ground-shifting trends and their impact on your audience.

When you attend Convening Leaders, you will gain skill sets that deliver results.

Event Tech Live

April 25-27 | The Expo at World Market Center | Las Vegas, NV

Can’t travel? This is your chance to access the latest and greatest in event technology in a hybrid format. This show is dedicated to the advancement in event tech for in-person, virtual, or hybrid events.

Join a strong community of event professionals focused on learning and developing skills centered around the newest trends powering the best events.


June 13-15 | Riviera Maya | Mexico

For over 50 years, MPI has been hosting event experts around the country and now they are going global. They’ve shifted their focus from content consumption to community collaboration and you’ll learn alongside experts in the industry. This is your portal to becoming one of those professionals.

WEC has a hosted buyer program for planners and suppliers to connect with potential partners passionate about bringing excitement and ROI to their events.

BizBash National

August 8-10 | Detroit, MI

Go to BizBash ready to set up meetings and meet with destinations and venues that are the perfect fit for your future meetings and conferences. Connect takes great care in matching you with the right partners to meet your objectives. Your prospective partners are highly vetted and only the best are granted access.

You won’t be disappointed when you meet your newest partners at BizBash in Detroit. Valuable meetings are surrounded by a series of general sessions and roundtables to complete your experience.

The Event Planner Expo

October 11-13 | New York, NY

This is the event of the year for Corporate Decision-Makers, Meeting Planners, and Marketing and PR Professionals. If you are involved in the events and hospitality industry, consider stopping by the show floor and checking out over 150 venue and event service booths to build your relationships with industry experts.

Build strategic partnerships for the upcoming year and skyrocket your business in the Big Apple.

IMEX America

October 17-19 | Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, NV

Welcome to the largest trade show in the U.S. for the global meetings, events, and incentive travel industry. With over 2,200 exhibitors, you have endless opportunities to network with suppliers that make your event shine.

Best of all - it’s free to attend!

IAEE Annual Meeting and Expo! Expo!

December 5-7 | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center | Dallas, TX

It’s the show for shows! IAEE is the leading trade association for exhibitors and their annual exhibition, Expo! Expo! paves your path to connecting with key players in the exhibitions industry.

If you produce a show, you have to be at this show. Go to check out the latest show management software and booth display tech, or learn the best practices to add an exhibition to your future event.

You’ve read about the best of the best. Your peers will be there. You should be too. Where are you going to be in 2023?

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