2024 Conferences Worth Attending

2024 Industry Conferences Worth Attending

2024 promises to be an exhilarating year for professionals across various industries. And who doesn’t love a little bit of personal and professional development? From the creative hub of SXSW to the heart of advertising at AdMerica, this year’s lineup is nothing short of inspiring. Let’s embark on a journey through innovation and connection as we explore some of the most anticipated conferences of 2024.

SXSW: (Austin, March 8-17, 2024)

A cultural phenomenon in its own right, South by Southwest is the ultimate convergence of technology, music, and film. Held annually in Austin, Texas, this iconic event attracts creatives, innovators, and thought leaders from around the globe. From groundbreaking tech to cutting-edge performances, SXSW offers a platform for exploration, inspiration, and connection. As a fervent enthusiast of all things creative, I love the dynamic atmosphere of SXSW and discovering the latest trends shaping the future of entertainment, technology, and beyond. And the tacos, definitely the tacos.

American Marketing Association, MARCON: (Oklahoma City, April 11-12, 2024)

Marcon is a celebration of creativity in marketing. Hosted by industry experts and thought leaders, Marcon offers a platform for marketers to gain actionable insights, exchange ideas, and forge meaningful connections. From insightful keynote presentations to hands-on workshops, Marcon equips attendees with the tools and strategies they need to stay ahead in today’s rapidly evolving marketing landscape. I can’t wait to explore the latest marketing trends and say hi to friends from our community. Did you see they partnered with Simple Modern this year? Time to toss that Stanley tumbler and shop local!

PRSA Professional Development Day: (Oklahoma City, April 24, 2024)

PRSA Professional Development Day in Oklahoma is a must-attend event for public relations professionals seeking to stay ahead in today’s fast-paced media landscape. Hosted by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the conference offers a platform for learning, networking, and professional growth. From expert-led workshops to interactive panel discussions, PRSA Professional Development Day equips attendees with the skills and insights they need to navigate the complexities of modern PR practice. I love that this day is dedicated to engaging with industry leaders, learning from their experiences, and gaining practical strategies for driving impactful PR campaigns. 

AdMerica: (Salt Lake City, May 30–June 2, 2024)

Hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), AdMerica is the premier gathering of advertising professionals from across the country. With a rich legacy of creativity and excellence, AdMerica showcases the best and brightest in the advertising industry. From inspiring keynote speakers to interactive workshops, the conference offers a wealth of opportunities for learning, networking, and professional development. I’m excited to be part of this dynamic community and to gain insights from industry leaders who are shaping the future of advertising.

deadCenter Film Festival: (Oklahoma City, June 6-9, 2024)

Celebrating the art and craft of filmmaking, the deadCenter Film Festival is a testament to the power of storytelling and creativity. Held annually in Oklahoma City, deadCenter showcases a diverse array of independent films from around the world. From thought-provoking documentaries and powerful shorts to cutting-edge narratives, the festival offers a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and connect with audiences. Do you know how lucky we are to have a film festival of this magnitude in our backyard? Also, Freestyle is a major sponsor this year, so you’ll see us around.

Revere & Revel: (Oklahoma City, 2024 Dates TBD)

Nestled in the heart of Oklahoma City, Revere & Revel by the Better Business Bureau promises a unique blend of education, networking, and celebration. As an advocate for ethical business practices, the Better Business Bureau brings together entrepreneurs, industry experts, and community leaders to share insights and best practices for fostering trust and integrity in the business world. From informative seminars to engaging networking events, Revere & Revel is a testament to the power of collaboration and integrity in driving positive change. I’m eagerly looking forward to connecting with like-minded professionals and gaining valuable insights that will empower me to make a meaningful impact in my community.

Advertising Week: (New York City, 2024 Dates TBD)

Advertising Week sets the stage for groundbreaking discussions and insights into the ever-evolving world of marketing and advertising. Held in the vibrant city of New York, this conference brings together industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators to explore the latest trends and strategies shaping the future of advertising. From interactive workshops to thought-provoking panel discussions, Advertising Week is a melting pot of creativity and inspiration. I’m particularly excited to dive deep into emerging technologies and consumer trends that are reshaping the way brands connect with their audiences.

Association of National Advertisers, Masters of Marketing Conference: (Orlando, October 22-25, 2024)

As the voice of the advertising industry, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) brings together marketers, advertisers, and agencies to address the most pressing issues facing the industry today. With a focus on advocacy, education, and innovation, the ANA Masters of Marketing Conference offers a platform for thought leadership and collaboration. From thought-provoking keynote sessions to interactive workshops, the conference provides invaluable insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the advertising and marketing landscape. 

2024 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for conferences, with a diverse lineup of events that promise to inspire, educate, and connect professionals across various industries. From the bustling streets of New York to the vibrant landscapes of Oklahoma City, these conferences offer a platform for innovation, collaboration, and growth. As we embark on this journey of exploration and discovery, let us embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and harness the power of community to shape a brighter future. What other conferences should we be exploring?