Besides being known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, Los Angeles is also a world center of business, technology and trade. 2015 promises to be a big year for business professionals and technology innovators in LA.

If you are seeking opportunities to involve yourself in the business world, attending conferences/events is absolutely the best strategy. Not only are you learning from the world-class keynote speakers, but these conferences are also a great channel to build and elevate your network.

Unfortunately not every event is created equal in terms of overall quality, learning & networking potentials. That’s why the Whova team reviews all the biz conferences across LA county. After closely reviewing each conference, we hand select the ones that we feel are the best.

Below is our list of the top LA conferences for #BizProfs to attend. Pro tip: leverage the Whova conference app to facilitate your networking. Enjoy!


August 2015

(Aug 2-3) | 2015 California EB-5 Conference – join Congressman Goodlatte with other hundreds of veteran EB-5 professionals. A great place to network and for beginners to learn about the EB-5 industry.

(Aug 2-7) | 7th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design – you’ll participate and contribute to the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of HCI.

attendees-talking-at-table(Aug 15) | SoCal UX Camp 2015 – a free, user-driven, collaborative “unconference” centered around User Experience for Designers, Research Analysts, and students alike from Southern California. Great to have everyone mingle and share ideas here.

(Aug 19-21) | SMPS Build Business Conference 2015 – Top-notch programs. Outstanding keynotes. Plenty of networking. You’ll make priceless business contacts, hear the latest on what makes the A/E/C industry tick, and bring a wealth of new knowledge back to your firm.

(Aug 21) | International Trade-Strategies to Enhance Financing and Operational Success – it’s a training that will help make you aware of the importance of your international trade, understand how to identify trade opportunities, utilize international trade to build revenues.

September 2015

(Sep 10) | Human Capital Leadership Forum Los Angeles – you’ll join the discussion over many challenges that are faced by Human Capital leaders, who must balance business demands while simultaneously satisfying the workforce. Note: invitation only, but you can inquire attendance.

(Sep 10-11) | Brand Strategy Innovation Summit – a unique opportunity for you to learn about Brand Strategy from the leaders of the world’s biggest brands. You’ll meet 200+ senior level attendee and 20+ industry leading speakers.

(Sep 10-11) | Digital Design & Web Innovation Summit – 28+ Industry speakers, 100+ delegates, over 20 hours of networking opportunities across 2 days, this is the most exclusive gathering of leaders within digital design.

(Sep 10-11) | Content Strategy Innovation Summit – innovate your content strategy after hearing the latest best practices and lessons learnt from leading organizations. You’ll also learn from industry experts and exchange ideas through deep dive discussion sessions.

business-women-networking-at-event(Sep 13-16) | SAP for Utilities – an annual go-to event that unites over 1,000 utilities professionals from across North America and the globe. It is North America’s most comprehensive utilities program designed specifically for this ever-evolving community.

(Sep 16-17) | 2nd Annual Crowdfunding Forum For Real Estate – the event program will focus on Regulation A+ after the recent passing of the rules as well as new sessions that look into fee structures and learning from failed platforms from those with the valuable lessons.

(Sep 17) | Singular Research 10th Annual Best of the Uncovereds 2015 – over 30 high quality companies, representing the most compelling and timely ideas in small and micro caps today, will be presenting. Top portfolio managers and analysts will be in attendance for quality 1v1s.

(Sep 19) | Los Angeles Real Estate, Finance & Tech Expo at LAX – you’ll learn from the TOP Investors Around the Nation, Plus, Build NEW Connections and Collaborations with Powerful Industry Leaders.

(Sep 20-22) | Midsize Enterprise Summit West Conference – this is an event where you can learn about the newest tech solutions from leading and emerging vendors, and meet with hundreds of peers who lead IT at midmarket companies.

(Sep 24-26) | 2015 Online News Association Conference and Awards – a premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media. You can expect three packed days of programming exploring the most forward-looking trends and issues in journalism.


October 2015

(Oct 6) | Vistage Executive Summit – Led by Dave Nelsen, you’ll learn how to think like a futurist and anticipate changes within your industry as well as how to unleash your business’ potential via a thriving company culture.

(Oct 6-7) | The 2015 ACG LA Business Conference – you’ll learn and network with other participants from across the nation and around the world and showcases some of the most influential speakers from the business, entertainment and political realms.

(Oct 8) | Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum Los Angeles – the forum will explore which approaches and strategies will cement the CFO’s place at the helm of the company as they steer their businesses forward in this volatile economy. Invite only, you can inquire attendance.

men-networking-at-event(Oct 18-20) | CoreNet Global’s 2015 Summit in North America – over 2500 corporate real estate (CRE) executives benefiting from learning cutting-edge technologies, new and creative CRE solutions, and networking with colleagues from around the world.

(Oct 26-30) | HFES 2015 International Annual Meeting – the HFES event is important for the Society’s members and others who are interested in the latest developments in the field.

(Oct 27-29) | Equity Summit 2015 – you’ll learn the skills you need to define the cutting edge of the equity movement, advance equitable public policies, connect them with new networks in the national movement for equity.

(Oct 28-30) | The 2015 Investment Innovation conference – this event will look closely at innovation in the context of pension investment and also in the broader context in which plan sponsors operate today, from finance to healthcare to disruptive business models that will change the way we think. Invitation only.


November 2015

(Nov 2-3) | 2015 Global Talent Management Forum – the event is about talent mobility. You will learn many things such as recruiting talent, developing leaders and skills, engaging and retaining high performers, and more.

(Nov 4-5) | Los Angeles Information Security Forum – the two-day forum brings together experienced IT and information security practitioners for confidential information sharing on the industry’s most important issues, technologies, and trends.

businessmen-networking-at-conference(Nov 5) | Small Business Expo 2015 – the expo features a keynote speaker that targets the elements that can help you tap your entrepreneurial resources and release the potential within. Whether you are an established SMBs or just getting off the ground, you’ll benefit from many seminars that discuss strategies for new business startups.

(Nov 8-10) | ABA Annual Convention – you’ll join CEOs, presidents, directors and business line managers from banks of all sizes. No other event gives you the perspective you need to sharpen your strategic view and position the industry for another 140 years—and beyond—of cutting-edge innovation that shines above the rest.

(Nov 16-18) | National Accountable Care Organization Congress – the three-day conference will be filled with compelling keynote presentations and case studies. There are two content-rich pre-conferences, nine mini summits and twelve concurrent sessions that offer you a chance to learn more about ACO transactions and partnerships, system innovations, patient engagement and population health.

Images credit to Philip Taylor


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