What conferences are you attending this year to connect, learn, and grow?
No matter what industry you’re operating in, getting out of your daily routine to gain a fresh perspective by going to a professional conference can pay big dividends. Especially when it delivers opportunities to make face-to-face connections with colleagues and customers, learn best practices and take new technologies for a test drive.
When it comes to choosing where to invest your professional development time and budget, there are a lot of options.
So I put together a list of the top conferences I recommend entrepreneurs, bookkeepers, and accounting professionals attend because of their high ROI on connection, education, and inspiration.
I based my top picks on the audience each conference brings together, immersive learning experiences offered and the leadership speakers and trainers on the program.
Here’s my list of the top conferences to attend this year:
Sage Summit’s goal is to fuel your passion for your business through networking, entertainment, and education.
You’ll join over 20,000 inspired entrepreneurs, technology partners, bookkeepers, and accountants from around the world that come together every summer for four days of training and endless opportunities to make valuable connections.
Sage Summit includes a list of top-notch speakers including Sir Richard Branson, Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daymond John and more. Click here to see the full list of featured conversations. You can design your learning experience by choosing from over 300 sessions packed with ideas you can use to help your business thrive. Session leaders include well-known authors, columnists, consultants and speakers. View, the Sage Summit featured conversations and thought leaders schedule, here.
IPBC’s IGNITE Conference is the premier live educational and networking event in Canada for business advisors offering bookkeeping and accounting products and services.
The benefits include learning sessions on tax, software, technology, and best business practices that will elevate your knowledge.
CONNECT brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, small business owners, accountants, and developers for three days packed with business strategy and training you can implement to advance your success.
This three-day conference features inspiring keynotes and educational break-out sessions. The line-up of speakers includes Malcolm Gladwell, Shaquille O’Neal, and Intuit CEO Brad Smith. To see the full list of breakout session speakers click here.
The accounting solutions conference previously known as SleeterCon becomes Accountex in 2016. Accountex is the leading accounting event that brings together the largest selection of accounting technology products and services in one location.
One of the greatest benefits is the opportunity to test and compare all the latest accounting solutions and trends so you can stay ahead of the curve.
The program includes a range of learning sessions taught by industry experts and networking opportunities to share best practices that can help you improve your business processes.
I just recently learned about Intuit Thrive, a conference for accounting professionals that’s going to be held in Toronto, Ontario this November. I’ve added Thrive to this top conferences list because of the learning program, networking opportunities and one of my favorite thought leaders on value pricing, Ron Baker will be speaking there.
Intuit Thrive is billing this event as, “A chance to connect, grow, and chart a course to the future.”