The pandemic shut down Fortune’s in-person conference business, but it seems to have intensified demand for it. The acceleration of digitization, the re-thinking of offices, the increasing involvement of stakeholders on issues like safety and diversity, have created a greater need and desire by executives to convene and share ideas and best practices.
That’s why Fortune has planned a full fall of virtual events. We’ve been building our virtual muscles since March, and have been pleased with the free exchange of ideas we’ve witnessed on our conference platforms. While there is certainly something to be said for rubbing shoulders on the banks of Lake Como, in the shadow of Aspen mountain, or on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, trading information via well-planned video conversations has proven surprisingly productive—and saved our attendees a ton of time, money and jet fuel!
First up later this month—September 29 to October 1—is the Most Powerful Women Summit, which has become the premier gathering of top female executives. This year’s attendees include CEOs Mary Barra of GM, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Corie Barry of Best Buy, Gail Boudreaux of Anthem, Michelle Gass of Kohl’s, Margo Georgiadis of Ancestry, Mindy Grossman of WW, Mellody Hobson of Ariel Investments, Mary Dillon of Ulta, as well as Home Depot’s Anne-Marie Campbell. We’ll also hold Most Powerful Women Next Gen two weeks later, October 13 and 14; details to come.
Then later in October—on the 26th and 27th—the Fortune CEO Initiative and the Fortune Global Forum will hold a joint meeting with a collection of CEOs that includes Brian Cornell of Target, Ajay Banga of MasterCard, Albert Bourla of Pfizer, Roberto Marques of Natura, Beth Ford of Land O’ Lakes, James Mwangi of Equity Group Holdings, Anthony Tan of Grab, Lawrence Culp of GE, Guo Guangchang of Fosun Group, Greg Hayes of Raytheon, Diane Hoskins of Gensler, Enrique Lores of HP, Deanna Mulligan of Guardian Life, Arne Sorenson lof Marriott, Dan Schulman of PayPal, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Ray Dalio of Bridgewater, and Yu Xuefeng of CanSino Biologics.
We will end the year December 1 and 2 with Brainstorm Tech. More on that program in the weeks ahead.
As always, these Fortune events are by invite only. But if you are interested in attending, you can find more information here—or shoot me a note directly. The future will be clearer for those who attend.
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