I know you miss it.
Being busy in college. Running to meetings. Swag surfin’ at events.
But no one tells our little ambitious hearts that after graduation, we get hit with PTBD.
POST TRAUMATIC BORED DISORDER.
Symptoms: Stress, anxiousness, random break outs of why me’s and Netflix binges
Okay so maybe your case wasn’t as severe as mine.
I was so used to being so active at school that it literally pained me to be home.
I tried to fill the time with friends and more Netflix and eating pizza but the truth is that I wanted that community again.
I wanted to be around people who got it. The ambitious ones. The world changers.
And so I made it my mission last year to get more involved in conferences.
If you know that you are ready to step up your game this year, a conference is the perfect way to meet like-minded people and become crazy inspired by other passionate folk.
So, ready to do some intentional traveling?
You’re in luck. I’ve gathered a list of events this year that will ignite that fire you once carried through those college streets. It’s especially fire for black millennials looking to dip into something.
While searching, I’ve kept two things in mind: affordability and relatability (I won’t put you with the old folks).
I will continue add to this list as I find more! Let’s get to it:
Social Change & Entrepreneurship:
Broccoli City Conference
The Vibe: Made In America with a Swirl of Veggies
Broccoli City is by far one of the dopest non-profits out there. Their mission is to serve and educate urban communities about building cities that promote health & wellness, education, social justice and so much more. In 2017, the 5 year-old festival launched a 2-day conference that brought together the top influential minds and I know it will be even better this year. Last year’s performers included Solange, Lil Yachty and even 21 Savage.
Past Speakers: Deray Mckesson and reps from companies like Beats by Dre, ROC Nation, Google
Cost: Starts at $69
Date: TBD in Washington, D.C., Usually around May
The Vibe: For Millennials By Millennials
Millennial Week is perfect for being around a diverse group of millennial leaders. The conference focuses on three key areas: entrepreneurship, civic engagement and career development. This is the place to be to network with other leaders our age and make new friendships.
Past Speakers: Charlamagne The God, Chelsea Krost and DeRay McKesson
Cost: TBD, they should post prices soon!
Date: TBD in Washington, D.C.
Revolt Music Conference
The Vibe: Diddy bops and milly rocks
If you are trying to get your foot in the music industry, this is THE conference for you. Revolt always brings the top executives and artists to provide face-to-face time with aspiring artists, managers, producers and more. The conference includes an industry job fair, panels on how to master social media and of course, day parties.
Past Speakers: Bozoma St. John, Kevin Liles, Pusha T, Andre Harrell
Cost: $525 (probably one of the most expensive on my list but worth it)
Date: Usually in October in Miami, FL
South By Southwest
The Vibe: Silicon Valley mixed with Spring Break
I’ve been going to SXSW since a freshman in college and I cant believe how much it’s grown. The great thing about this conference is that you don’t HAVE to buy a ticket to network and see some dope artists. There are literally opportunities all around you. Conference tracks range from Code & Programming all the way to style and government.This year’s keynote speakers include Melinda Gates, This Is Us cast, Common and Rachel Zoe.
Past Speakers: President Obama, Gary Vaynerchuk, Pharrell Williams
Cost: $1125. BUT like I said, you truly don’t need a pass to have a good time.
Date: March 9 – 18 in Austin, TX
The Vibe: Blerd Meets The Cookout
Let’s just admit it. Anything that has Blavity’s name attached to it will probably be the ultimate function. Coined as the “largest black tech conference in Silicon Valley,” Afro Tech brings in top executives and start-up founders to lay the groundwork for running successful tech tactics for projects and businesses. Right in the heart of San Francisco, it’s perfect for black millennial entrepreneurs and tech lovers.
Past Speakers: Kehlani, Jesse Williams, Luvvie Ajayi, Salih Abdul-Karim – Design Lead at Airbnb
Cost: Usually around $150 – $250
Woman Evolve by Sarah Jakes Roberts
The Vibe: Jesus for The Culture
First off, Sarah Jakes is just everything anyway so when she announced this conference I was so excited. Woman Evolve is geared toward shattering the limits women put on ourselves as we continue to grow by providing the tools we need to succeed. If you are looking to strengthen your growth with God and find other believers this is perf for you.
Past Speakers: This is their innaugural conference but this year’s list include Angela Rye (I could stop there honestly), Michelle Williams, Nic B, and Tiffany Aliche – The Budgetnista.
Cost: Starts at $99 but will go up so don’t wait.
Date:July 13-14 in Denver, CO
Hillsong Conference ’18
The Vibe: Wild, Christian and Free
Imagine being in the massive Barclays center where artists provide a lituation on the regular. BUT – instead of Migos or Nicki Minaj, it’s some of the best and culturally aware pastors in the land facilitating a crazy spiritual experience for thousands of hungry, young Christians. That’s exactly what Hillsong Conference is. This year the theme is “There is More” and they are bringing John Gray, Steven Furtick AND Carl Lentz. I know it’s worth every penny.
Date: August 1-3 in New York City
Pinky Promise Conference
The Vibe: God Over Everything
Heather Lindsey has been an explosive force for Christian women and I know her Pinky Promise conferences are on fire for Jesus. It’s the perfect chance to step away from the world to reconnect with the constant moving spirit of God. And what do you know – my bff Sarah Jakes will be one of the speakers this year.
Date: June 7-10th in Atlanta, GA
Go Getter Conference
The Vibe: Faith and Fearless
So I believe this is the first year of Go Getter but it looks amazing. The lineup includes Blavity’s co-founder Jonathan Jackson, Fearless Mag founder Ariane Simone, youtuber Leah Essence and so many more. It’s another faith-based conference so I’m sure it will be great for the mind and soul.
Cost: Begins at $150
Date: March 23-24 in Chicago, IL
Fearless Destiny 2018
The Vibe: I Woke Up Like Dis
Founded by PR mogul Arian Simone, Fearless Destiny is Fearless Magazine’s annual bossbabe fest. The one-day event touches on every topic needed when trying to carve your own destiny including tech, entreprenuership and growing yours business to achieve massive success. This year’s roster includes Necole Kane from xoNecole and more.
Past Speakers: Meagan Good, Jade Kendle, Karen Civil and Dana Chanel
Date: July 21 in Los Angeles, CA
Werk Pray Slay Weekend
The Vibe: All My Single Ladies
Looking to vibe with other single, fly and fierce women? Werk Pray Slay Weekend is perffff. So, this conference is all about catering to women who want to boss up their life before the ring. Sessions have included finances, relationship readiness (say what? heck yes) and working on your dreams.
Past Speakers: Kyshira Moffett, Nicole Garner, Emmelie De La Cruz
Cost: TBD – I’ll update once I find it.
Date: TBD in Atlanta, GA
The Vibe: The Black Girl’s Bathroom
EmpowerHer is everythinggg. Just imagine a room full of braids, afros, “ayeee”-in and exchanging compliments. I got to attend last year on assignment for Rolling Out and was inspired but also motivated to take actionable steps toward bodying my goals. It was unapologetically black and really pushed practical tools like goal building, legal trademarks, entrepreneurship and so much more. I know that this year will be even better.
Past Speakers: Lena Waithe, Robin Thede, Zim Ugochukwu (founder of Travel Noire)
Cost: Usually around $250