Top Leadership Conferences in 2019

2020 selection is out. Check it out NOW!

Looking to be inspired in 2019? We recently posted an article about the top HR events to look out for in 2019 and got some requests for tips on specific events for business leaders. So we are back with a handpicked list of conferences for C-level executives and business leaders that offer opportunities to build influence, learn and network across industries. Here we go (again)!

Top Leadership Conferences in Europe

MWC Barcelona
25 – 28 Feb 2019 | Barcelona Spain | Price € 2199

MWC Barcelona boasts of 107000 expected attendees and participation from 2400 companies. With themes like Industry 4.0, Disruptive Innovation, AI, Immersive Content and more and formats like partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars, and summits, the event looks like a complete package. Check out the Speakers scheduled for the event.

Presidents Summit
17 April 2019 | Copenhagen, Denmark | Price Unknown

Presidents Summit aspires to provide a platform for top leadership to share and exchange insights across a wide range of industries and explore purpose-driven leadership and original ideas. The summit boasts of a prestigious line of speakers like founder & co-chair of the Nike Foundation Maria Eitel, Carlsberg Group CEO Cees ‘T Hart and former US President Bill Clinton.

World Business Forum
5th and 6th June 2019 | ExCel London | Price £1695

The theme for the 2019 World Business Forum is Exponential. Targeted for senior leadership, the event aims to explore ways to accelerate transformation through the principles of incrementalism and linear thinking. Get your tickets here.

The Thinkers50 European Business Forum
25-26 September 2019 | Odense Denmark | Price €875

Thinkers 50 is an extraordinary forum that celebrates the very best in management thinking and ideas about strategy, innovation, and leadership. The forum has a unique theme for 2019 – Learning from Asia. With only 500 seats available, the event has plenty of room for interaction and participation. Check out the speakers for this year.

Nordic Business Forum
9-10 October 2019 | Helsinki, Finland | Price € 1290 (2-day pass)

Our team has been religiously visiting this annual event, and we highly recommend it. Nordic Business Forum started as a small event in central Finland and in a span of 9 years has grown to be one the most respected conference among business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs alike, all over the world. They already have a stellar list of speakers, Steve Wozniak, George Clooney, Brené Brown are some names to mention a few. The theme for this year’s event is Growth. Here is a quick link to the agenda.

Top events in the US and Rest of the World

The Economist Innovation Summit
7 March 2019 | Illinois, US | Price US$1095 (early bird price)

The Economist’s Innovation Summit is designed for C-level and senior executives. charged with driving innovation and new product development. The 2019 summit will discuss the role of technology in shaping profit and progress. Check out the speakers and agenda for the summit.

Rise Conference
8-11 July 2019 | Hong Kong | Price US$340 (early bird tickets)

Rise Conference is organized by the Web Summit. Designed for C-suite executives, Rise is one of the leading conferences for business leaders in Asia. More than 15000 attendees are expected at the event this year, with 71% belonging to senior management. Leaders from the world’s biggest companies, like Amazon and HSBC, are expected to share their valuable insights amongst 350 plus speakers.

10- 11 September, 2019 | California, US | Price TBD ($1850 in 2018)

Worldz is a future-focused global summit and community that brings together the leaders of today & tomorrow, culture icons and influencers to start a cultural revolution. Learn more about the summit here.

Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum
13-17 November 2019 | California, US | Price Unknown

Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum is known for bringing together experienced and innovative keynote speakers from around the world. Over the four days, attendees can participate in breakout sessions and themed networking. It concludes with the Entrepreneur Of The Year® U.S. National Awards gala, which happens to be one of the largest gatherings of successful entrepreneurs in the country. Watch the highlights video to learn more.

World Business Forum
20-21 November 2019 | New York City, US | Price $2290

World Business Forum offers a unique blend of ideas, inspiration, and the opportunity for high-level networking. This year’s line-up includes Simon Sinek, a famous speaker and author of Find Your Why in NYC and Jeff Immelt, former CEO. Check out the stellar list of speakers here.

As leaders, how else are you staying relevant in today’s dynamic business environment? We would love to hear your views on the most inspiring conferences you have been to. At World of Insights, we hope to get our dose of inspiration at the Nordic Business Forum this year.

Featured Workshop

Design Thinking

Introduce Design Thinking to your leaders in a collaborative and experiential workshop – online or face to face.

More Insights

Creating Engaging Learning Activities

Creating Engaging Learning Activities

How to ditch the slideshow and create learning activities to engage your learners? When training design starts with a focus on content delivery and preparing slides, it often becomes content-heavy and trainer-centric (as opposed to user-centric). Engaging your...