18 Must Attend Creative Events to Attend in 2019


By: Amadi Taylor

The year is halfway over, but that doesn’t mean its too late to meet your professional networking goals. As the saying goes, “Your network is your net worth”, Forbes is here to remind us to continue to network and get your name out there and make an impact. Here is a list of 18 industry events that you should think about attending if you’re a marketing or creative professional.


1.   VidCon

Who: Digital video fans, creators, executives and brands

What: Influencer marketing

Where: Anaheim, CA

When: 7/10/19-7/13/19

Why: Discover a cadre of creators and influencers who’ve gained notoriety for their viral videos.


2.   Digiday Brand Summit

Who: Brand marketers and executives  

What: Brand marketing

Where: Napa Valley, CA

When: 7/15/19-7/17/19

Why: Hear top marketers from NHL, WeWork, Dunkin’ and more discuss challenges and strategies.


3.   MozCon

Who: SEOs, agencies, content marketers, marketing pros and executives

What: SEO and mobile  

Where: Seattle, WA

When: 7/15/19-7/17/19

Why: Pick up tactical advice from search pros such as Microsoft’s Christi Olson and Moz founder Rand Fishkin.


4.   IMPACT Live

Who: Digital sales and marketing professionals

What: Inbound marketing 

Where: Hartford, CT

When: 8/6/19-8/7/19

Why: Keynote speakers include web marketing author Marcus Sheridan and Facebook expert Mari Smith.


5.   Content Marketing World

Who:  Content marketers and industry experts 

What: Content marketing

Where: Cleveland, OH 

When: 9/3/19-9/6/19

Why: Hear marketing industry influencers like Ann Handley share big ideas on storytelling, ROI and content strategy.


6.   Inbound

Who: Marketing, sales and customer success professionals

What: Inbound marketing 

Where: Boston, MA

When: 9/3/19-9/6/19

Why: Catch Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and marketing leaders from over 100 brands, including Google and Facebook.


7.   AdColor

Who:  Advertising, marketing and media professionals

What:  Diversity & inclusion

Where: Los Angeles, CA

When: 9/6/19-9/8/19

Why: Celebrate the achievements of creatives of color at the 13th annual AdColor Awards, hosted by bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi.


8.   MarTech

Who: Senior-level or above marketing and technology managers

What: Marketing technology management 

Where: Boston, MA

When: 9/16/19-9/18/19

Why: Network with 2,000+ marketers navigating the same challenges to share experiences and advice.


9.   Advertising Week New York

Who:  Marketing and advertising professionals

What: Marketing and advertising

Where: New York, NY

When: 9/23/19-9/26/19

Why: Take your pick of 290+ events to find relevant takeaways; 2018 speakers included Will Smith and Emma Stone.


10.                Brandemonium

Who: Branding decision makers and buyers

What: Branding & marketing 

Where: Cincinnati, OH

When: 10/1/19-10/4/19

Why: Speakers include brand marketing leaders from Home Depot, Major League Soccer and  the National Football League.


11.                CultureCon

Who: Creative professionals and entrepreneurs

What: Creativity and inclusion

Where: Brooklyn, NY

When: 10/12/19

Why: Past speakers have included Spike Lee, John Legend and Nick Cannon.


12.                B2B Marketing Forum

Who: B2B marketing professionals

What: B2B marketing

Where: San Francisco, CA 

When: 10/16/19-10/18/19

Why: Gather tips and inspiration from marketing professionals and thought leaders. 


13.                Forbes Under 30 Summit

Who: Young leaders, founders and creators

What: Tech, entertainment, food, finance and philanthropy

Where: Detroit, MI

When: 10/27/19-10/30/19

Why: Snag the chance to pitch investors; immerse yourself in food and music; and hear A-listers including Serena Williams. 


14.                Content Jam

Who: Marketing professionals

What: Content marketing

Where: Chicago, IL

When: 10/28/19-10/29/19

Why: Soak up insights on content strategy, analytics and promotion.  


15.                Brandweek

Who: Brand marketers, agencies and vendors

What: Brand marketing

Where: Palm Springs, CA

When: 11/3/19-11/6/19

Why: Speakers include top consumer brand leaders from Citi to Chipotle.

16.                Native Ad Days

Who: Thought leaders and creatives in publishing and brand marketing

What: Native advertising and branded content 

Where: Berlin, Germany

When: 11/11/19-11/13/19

Why: Join global advertising media pros and 40+ international speakers talking native strategy.  


17.                Forbes CMO Summit

Who: World’s top marketing leaders

What: Marketing leadership

Where: Dana Point, CA

When: 11/13/19-11/15/19

Why: Forbes’ invitation-only event explores the new frontiers of marketing, advertising and brand-building.


18.                Growth Marketing Conference

Who: Marketing professionals

What: Growth marketing

Where: San Francisco

When: 12/10/19-12/11/19

Why: Stay competitive with insights from growth marketing experts for brands such as IBM Watson and Lyft.