Demand for meetings and events—and talented event planners—is on the rise. Stay sharp with some of the greatest minds in the event management business. Check out these conferences geared toward event coordinators, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just building your business.

The Special Event & Catersource

March 9-12, 2020 | Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Special Event (TSE) is the largest events industry trade show and conference. In 2020, Catersource and The Special Event join forces to boost the value of this catering and event management conference. Mingle with thousands of your peers as you network, learn, and share. Choose from over 100 education sessions; earn continuing education credits toward CMP Certification; meet more than 500 decor, equipment, floral, and other suppliers; participate in your choice of 200+ engaging and informative sessions; learn from more than 300 expert speakers—The Special Event is a conference to catch if you can.

Additional programs from The Special Event include:

  • The Special Event Asia, November 18-19, 2020
  • Middle East Special Event & Exhibition Show, June 17-18, 2020

EMS2020 & EVENTtech by Event Marketer

May 11-13, 2020 | McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois

EVENTtech and the Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS) merged in 2019 to bring events industry tech partners to the EventTech Village. Explore the Solutions Center for service and product demos, meet industry pros from around the globe, learn from brands that are changing the marketing and events scene, and grow your network at this premier training conference. This conference offers plenty of opportunities for those new to the business, as well.

Wedding MBA

September 16-17, 2020 | Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Wedding MBA is the largest conference for wedding industry professionals. Attend over 120 educational seminars, meet with wedding specialists and vendors, connect with more than 5,500 attendees, and discover the latest tech, marketing, and style trends in wedding coordination.


February 2020 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Convene is a prime opportunity for meetings and events industry coordinators, corporate events organizers, buyers, and suppliers in the Baltic Sea region to connect, share, and learn. Convene’s carefully curated schedule includes gala networking events, Meet-the-Expert sessions, and an Education Programme for attendees.

PCMA Convening Leaders

January 5-8, 2020 | San Francisco, California

PCMA Convening Leaders offers four days of inspirational presentations, real-world case studies, peer exchange, and access to leading event solutions providers. Convening Leaders aims to “disrupt + deliver” with speakers, networking activities, brain dates, and thought-provoking presentations to inspire innovation through the latest event tech, strategies, and education. Business event professionals from around the world come together at this collaborative convention.

International Confex

February 25-26, 2020 | ExCeL London

International Confex moves to ExCeL for 2020, a transition sparked by the exhibition’s continual growth as a premier event planning trade show. Meet with 350 suppliers and service providers, connect with fellow experts, grow your network, and discover the latest event technology solutions. Registration for International Confex includes admission to the Event Production Show and the PA Show.