One of the best ways to make the most of your learning, connect with others and grow your business is to attend conferences. While you might have a specific conference you attend regularly, and that’s a great thing, it can also make sense to spread out and attend additional conferences.
There’s an unspoken personal truth out there that so many of us are staying within our event attendance comfort zone and aren’t taking enough personal risk in trying out new events that can lead to better connections, stronger community, and a wider range of speakers that you might not have otherwise heard from by attending the same two conferences or events each year.
In this list of events happening around the country in 2020, we’re going to break down the “who,” “what,” “where,” and “why” you need to attend each event. Tweet at us @plutusawards / @plutusfound to let us know which new event you’re going to try out!
Podcast Editors Conference
WHO: PEC is for podcast editors!
WHAT: #PEC2020 is for the person who wants to grow their audio post-production business into their full-time career. It’s also for the person who is getting assistance by contracting out some of the work, but they need it to eclipse a certain gross revenue in order to reach the next plateau.
If you are serious about audio post-production becoming what you are known for, the #PEC2020 will give you the tools to round-out the rough edges and prepare you to take the leap.
WHEN: The event is happening on March 6, 2020. This event is coming up fast and runs in conjunction with Pod Fest.
WHERE: The event is hosted at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
WHY ATTEND: If you’re serious about creating more podcast editing work for yourself then this event is perfect for you. You’ll learn everything you need to know about branding and marketing, pricing and hiring the right clients, the best systems and processes to use, and connect with other podcast editors in the industry. Creator Steve Stewart saw the need for a conference just like this and we’re excited to watch this event grow!
WHO: Anyone interested in FIRE.
WHAT: The EconoMe Conference has roots in the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) which is a lifestyle movement with the goal of financial freedom.
EconoMe is bringing together leading experts from the FIRE movement to guide attendees in questioning assumptions about happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.
WHEN: The event is happening on March 7, 2020.
WHERE: Go back to school at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio!
WHY ATTEND: This full-day event includes 2 sessions of provocative speakers, a screening of the new documentary Playing with FIRE, networking with financially minded individuals, and a rockin’ after party at The Woodward Theater. Whether you are well on your way to financial independence, still struggling with debt or a student about to launch your career, we’ve curated amazing thought-provoking content for you.
Register here: https://economeconference.com/
Do The Work!
WHO: Do the Work! Is a virtual assistant focused conference for both men and women who are tired of seeing their client’ businesses succeed and feel like they’re stuck in slow motion.
WHAT: During this weekend retreat-style conference created by $10K VA founder and CEO Kayla Sloan, you’ll begin to uncover some of the mental blocks that are keeping you from unlocking your true potential, how to establish productivity systems, uncover project management secrets, among other helpful marketing deep-dives to help you better serve yourself and your clients.
WHEN: The event is happening March 27 – March 29. This event is coming up fast in March with registration ending on February 29th.
WHERE: The event is hosted at the Courtyard Marriott in Kansas City, a midwest city with affordable rates and flights.
WHY ATTEND: So many VA’s are flooding into the marketplace online and it’s important that you stick out from the rest. This event is designed to help you create the time and space to establish a business focused on making you shine inside and out. Scale is the word of the weekend!
Register here: www.dotheworkevent.com
Outdoor Media Summit
WHO: A conference for media and marketers in the outdoor industries. We know so many different personal finance writers and marketers who are also incorporating outdoor activities and lifestyles into their writing so we thought we would include this one that goes a little more outside the box than normal.
WHAT: During this conference, you’ll participate in outdoor activities, make connections with brands in the outdoors and travel space, and learn how to use social media and other tools to take your content to the next level. For those looking to make money moves in the outdoors, this can be a great resource.
WHEN: The event is happening April 21 – 23rd, 2020.
WHERE: Just outside Denver Colorado at The Ridgeline Hotel.
WHY ATTEND: Creating a niche within the personal finance industry can be quite a challenge when you are looking for tools and resources that go beyond money. Attending conferences that help you reach out into a community of another niche industry with additional tools and resources surrounding content amplification, creation, and monetization can make life easier. That’s why attending OMS and other events like it are important. Always look for a different perspective.
Register here: www.outdoormediasummit.com
The Financial Coaching Symposium
WHO: The Financial Coaching Symposium is a three-day, business intensive for financial coaches designed to up your game and take your business to the next level.
The Symposium was created by industry leaders Kelsa and Michael Dickey, who began Fiscal Fitness Phoenix more than a decade ago from their dining room table. It is now a six-figure business. They believe the key difference between successful coaches and those who aren’t is passion.
You bring your passion. They and their team of experts will help you with the rest.
WHAT: The Symposium is structured so general sessions are followed by implementation time. The creators of the conference really want you to put into action what you’ve just heard and create something right after you’ve been inspired by a speaker or learned a new skill. Real learning comes from doing and the Symposium will have you learning and doing.
WHEN: Start learning how to harness your coaching dreams May 1 – 2, 2020 and kick off the event on April 30th with a happy hour VIP day.
WHERE: This event is located in Chandler Arizona, a beautiful desert oasis with affordable accommodations, awesome food, and great cactus gardens.
WHY ATTEND: Attend so you can not just learn from the best but so you can have them right next to you as you begin working on your coaching business and implementing all the key elements you learned. This conference is a huge focus on expanding your network within the coaching niche and learning to level up your business from others’ in the field.
WHO: Statement is an event and community for womxn in financial media.
WHAT: This conference focuses on connecting the dots between gender equality and financial empowerment. Statement Event was created by Stefanie O’Connell and Emma Pattee to support the bold voices in financial media and is dedicated to amplifying the conversation around feminism, money, equity, and power.
WHEN: Become empowered May 1st and 2nd this year!
WHERE: Located in New York, NY, Statement will be happening at Hub Seventeen, a chic modern place perfect for feminist money conversations.
WHY ATTEND: Not only is the speaker lineup shaping up to be a perfect commentary on money and women, but half the speakers are great comedians and fantastic women to watch in the financial media today. If you’re a women who looks to push the envelope when it comes to gender and the issues surrounding money then you must attend this conference. This two day event is basically a mastermind where some the most powerful prominent financial voices converge.
Register here: https://www.statementevent.co/tickets
Financial Freedom Summit
WHO: The financial freedom summit is not just another content creators conference. The Financial Freedom Summit is an event for anybody looking to take their financial life to the next level. You don’t need to have any experience in personal finance to attend — just the motivation to make a change.
WHAT: Whether you’re just starting your financial journey or a seasoned financial veteran, the Financial Freedom Summit is right for you.
WHEN: Set yourself free on May 1st through the 3rd, 2020.
WHERE: This event is happening at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St Louis Missouri.
WHY ATTEND: The creators, Grant and Cody have invited some of the best and brightest in the personal finance/life optimization space to share their thoughts on how you can use money to live a richer life.
You will have a chance to network with 1000+ other attendees, take part in 50+ speaker sessions, and track your progress in the Financial Freedom Workbook that will be provided in your welcome package.
Register here: https://financialfreedomevents.com/
WHO: NOT JUST FOR BLOGGERS! People from all walks of life including dentists, lawyers, engineers, accountants, and literally everyone under the sun.
WHAT: Enjoy good food, Financial independence conversations, great people, and fun outdoor activities with some great presentations sprinkled in. It’s basically a low-key FinCon.
WHEN: Date may vary, check the calendar for a week-long set of dates that works best for you.
WHERE: Southeast states, Mid-Atlantic states, Rock Mountain region, Midwest, Southwest…basically all of the US. You can find a CampFI location close to you.
WHY ATTEND: It’s a weekend filled with fun stuff ranging from outdoor activities to tourist attractions and isn’t beating you over the head about money. The question isn’t why you should attend, it’s why not!
Register here: https://campfi.org/
WHO: This financial event was created by Sandy Smith for financial bloggers and influencers of color seeking to change the face of personal finance.
WHAT: The Elevate Community is committed to raising the bar for financial education and information directed to people of color. With improved access to education, products and services we can change the financial outlook for people of color.
WHEN: Elevate yourself June 26 – 27th, 2020.
WHERE: Discover the contemporary look of the renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town. The all-suite hotel is just steps from historic King Street, with easy access to Washington, DC via the King Street Metro Station across the street.
WHY ATTEND: Attend sessions and interact with other personal finance professionals and influencers who speak directly to individuals of color. In 2020 the event will double in size to 125 attendees and will take place in Washington, D.C. With more sessions, interactive experiences and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the leaders who are shaping the future of financial education, influencers are encouraged to attend to learn and grow their businesses.
WHO: Whether you’re just getting started with a podcast or you’re a podcast industry veteran.
WHAT: Podcast Movement is the largest, longest-running annual conference for podcasters and the podcast industry. The conference has over 150 sessions covering topics on creative, technical, marketing, culture and advocacy, and opportunities to hear from industry experts.
WHEN: August 5-8th, 2020
WHERE: Everything’s bigger in …. Dallas Texas!
WHY ATTEND: If you’re someone who likes to attend larger conferences and find small communities within them this conference is for you! You won’t be alone though as there are many personal finance industry podcasters that attend and can show you the ropes!
Register here: http://events.podcastmovement.com/dallas2020/registration/
WHO: Financial content creators, designers, marketers, and media persons.
WHAT: Launched in 2011 as the Financial Blogger Conference, FinCon has since expanded to include all of the most influential digital and social content creators in the personal finance space.
The annual event is a time to connect with other influencers about financial topics (like debt, investing and coupons).
WHEN: September 30th – October 3rd, 2020
WHERE: Everyone wants to be on the west coast including FinCon! This year’s 2020 event will be held in Long Beach, CA.
WHY ATTEND: The Plutus Awards has been a long-standing partner with FinCon in recognizing the best of the best in the personal finance space with the annual awards show! It’s a fun and exciting aspect of FinCon including several panels and workshops where attendees can hear from experts and other influencers on various topics related to creating, promoting and profiting from money-related content, as well as, what’s next in personal finance and investing.
Register here: https://finconexpo.com/fincon2020/
Fuel Your Influence
WHO: The FYI Conference is a full-day professional development conference for bloggers, influencers and social media mavens.
WHAT: This conference provides the critical fuel you’ll need to thrive as an influencer in today’s tech-savvy world. The 2020 event will be filled with exceptional learning sessions tailored to helping bloggers and social media influencers fuel the growth of their online platforms and monetize their influence.
WHEN: This one-day event is happening on September 12th but you can’t buy your 2020 ticket just yet, tickets go on sale July 1, 2020.
WHERE: Going down in downtown Denver CO at the beautiful Curtis Hotel!
WHY ATTEND: The fast-paced conference is comprised of six learning workshops, two keynote speakers and a panel discussion. All topics are of great importance and relevance to online content creators and social media influencers.
Join their email list: https://fyiconference.com/tickets/
Ladies Get Paid
WHO: It’s a conference and a series of events, meetups, and town halls throughout the year designed to help women make more, earn more and be more. If you’re interested in discovering your worth, LGP is perfect for you.
WHAT: This one-day conference-style experience will focus on the skills you need to get ahead in your career, put money in your pocket, and help other women along the way. It will be a mix of fireside chats, workshops, and panels, that are as actionable as they are aspirational.
WHEN: Throughout the year and the conference is going down on November 2, 2020.
WHERE: Brooklyn Expo Center with other ladies ready to get paid their worth.
WHY ATTEND: It’s hard out there for women. Especially when it comes to getting paid what women are worth! This conference is the quintessential event for women from all walks of life learning and eager to get along right in life and move in the right direction with their money. In addition to this one-day event, attending their events available on their calendar throughout the year is going to be the next best thing to Statement Event.
Jump$tart National Educator Conference
WHO: It’s a conference just for Financial Educators from around the world and other financial literacy-focused companies.
WHAT: The Jump$tart National Educator Conference is the nation’s premier professional development event for pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, dedicated to financial education in the classroom.
WHEN: November 7 – 9th, 2020.
WHERE: Loews Atlanta
WHY ATTEND: For teachers, it is an all-scholarship event, offering tools and information they can use in their classrooms as soon as they return to school. For Jump$tart partners and other financial literacy stakeholders, the JSNEC provides a platform to share their resources and expertise with the educators who need and want it most. And for all participants, it’s a warm and invigorating opportunity to network, collaborate, re-charge, and celebrate each other’s unique contribution to “financial smarts for students.”
Join their email list: https://www.jumpstart.org/what-we-do/nec/
WHO: This conference is about the credit card industry, and is aimed at content creators, industry insiders and others interested in all things credit card.
WHAT: CardCon was founded around FinCon, but recently spun off into its own date.
WHEN: November 17 – 18th, 2020.
WHERE: Embassy Suites in downtown Denver, CO.
WHY ATTEND: If you work in the credit card space, this conference is the right choice for you. Speakers are drawn from industry experts and analysts, as well as from journalists, reporters and other content creators. If you want to learn about the latest changes to FICO or the upgrades to credit card rewards programs, this is the conference for you.
Bonus: Don’t Forget to Attend Plutus Voices
WHO: Anyone interested in exploring some of the under-reported topics and communities in the personal finance space.
WHEN: Various times throughout the year. There will be up to seven Plutus Voices events, so keep an eye out.
WHERE: In cities all over the country. Watch to see if a city near you is hosting a Plutus Voices event.
WHY ATTEND: Connect with other personal finance professionals, content creators, and brands in a more intimate setting. Talk about issues that matter and learn how you can make a difference.
Do you have another great event to add to this list of the best conferences to attend in 2020? Hit us up at [email protected] or find us on social at @plutusawards and @plutusfound.