Ever wonder which Black conferences you should be attending?
After two years of being hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AfroTech Conference will be held in person on Sunday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin. This 5-day event is one you won’t want to miss.
Over 20,000 Black tech innovators, founders, entrepreneurs and more will convene for a series of dynamic talks, teachings and network opportunities. This year, the conference will even feature a series of live performances by artists like Bia, Zaytoven, Bas, DJ Moma, Mélat and others.
But that’s not the only Black conference you’ll need to check out in 2022 — and 2023. In fact, these next few months feature nothing but choices for Black men and women to attend conferences “for us, by us.” Or, at least those who wish to reach out to the community without pandering to it.
If events like AfroTech interest you, then you’ll also want to check out these five other Black-focused conferences being held in 2022 and 2023.
NAACP National Convention
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Founded in 1909, the NAACP strives to educate and uplift people so they can help create a better world, without racial hatred and discrimination.
The NAACP hosts an annual convention aimed at empowerment. The convention tackles a multitude of issues holding back Black and brown communities. Topics such as voting rights, climate change and the lack of diversity in entertainment are all up for discussion at this convention.
The 114th NAACP National Convention is slated to be held in Boston in 2023.
Coined the “#1 conference for Black women in business,” MogulCon is a 3-day conference where female business owners and corporate leaders gather to share their knowledge and expertise. This conference is intended for women who want to network with other female entrepreneurs while learning from one another in a safe and supportive environment.
For any Black businesswoman trying to grow their entrepreneurial empire, MogulCon is an experience you won’t want to miss.
MogulCon will be held in Atlanta on Nov. 2–4, 2022.
National Society of Black Engineers, Annual Convention
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE aims to support Black engineers and provide more access to young people interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
NSBE hosts an annual convention that brings together thousands of members, speakers and partners to celebrate Black engineers and help them succeed professionally.
NSBE’s 49th Annual Convention is slated to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, March 22–26, 2023.
Black Professionals Summit
Black Professionals Summit (BPS) is an annual event that brings Black talent from different industries together to network and build stronger connections. BPS was created in 2014 to help break down the silos that existed among Black leaders and help foster professional development in Black communities.
BPS is a valuable conference for both aspiring and established Black professionals.
The 2022 BPS will be held Nov. 9–13 in South Florida. The 2022 theme is “Lead the Future,” and topics will cover ways to empower future legacy builders.
National Black MBA Association Conference
The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is committed to giving Black business professionals the education and opportunities they need to succeed. The organization is growing its reach, with over 20,000 members, 500 partners and 40 local chapters.
NBMBAA’s annual conference allows members to grow personally and professionally. The event is geared toward Black professionals who have earned or would like to earn their MBA. The conference provides partnership opportunities for attendees, and offers business knowledge and resources to help elevate Black communities.
NBMBAA’s 45th Annual Conference will be held Sept. 12–16, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.