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7 Networking Events That Should Be On Your Radar In 2020

You seriously need to save the date for these.

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We all started 2020 ready to step on necks and let the entire decade know who's boss. But it's also safe to say we can't do it alone.

I've been working from home for a little more than a year now, and it took months before I realized still being in my robe with my hair wrapped when my husband came home from work was not OK. I needed to find a way to link up with other like-minded women, whether it was just to bond over our femininity or just get out there and network.

Fortunately, tons of sheroes (and heroes) are on the same page and offer conferences and events for women to level up, learn, and glow up this year. You seriously need to save the date for these.

Pajamas & Lipstick

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This is the ultimate gathering of all things #girlpower. I can personally attest to the power of this event. With super raw conversations and girl talk that has a "What happens at Pajamas & Lipstick stays at Pajamas & Lipsticks" vibe, this event is a must for your travel plans. Fortunately, this year it's set to expand to a three-city tour, making its first stop in Atlanta on March 20. If you're attending solo, you definitely won't feel that way once you arrive. If you're bringing your girl tribe, Pajamas & Lipstick will bring you even closer as you link up with women who will inspire you to become your best self.

CultureCon 

CultureCon

CultureCon and The Creative Collective is the brainchild of Imani Ellis and will be taking over ATL on May 16 and NYC on Oct. 10. There, you'll rub elbows and shoulders with nearly 3,000 fellow creatives and leave super inspired to say the least. Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Spike Lee, and John Legend are a handful of the influential superstars who have graced the stage for the conference in the past. From a small business market featuring Black-owned businesses to a job fair, Forbes has called CultureCon an event "every creative should attend."

BYOB – May 22-24 – Miami, FL

BYOB

The catchy name isn't the only thing that will spark your creativity. BYOB (Build Your Own Brand) was launched to not only give you the tools to establish and grow your ventures in the best way, but it also encourages quite a bit of self-care indulgence (anyone who's built their brand knows that self-care is a must). Taking place in Miami on Memorial Day Weekend, this year's speakers and guests are notable entrepreneurs, CEOs, digital creators, music artists, and more to be announced.

#BlogHer20: Parenting – April 24 – Nashville

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It's not every year you come across a conference for moms in the media. That's exactly who #BlogHer20 will be for this year. For the first time in the history of the conference, more than 300 women are slated to join forces to give and receive tips for the mommy curators, or those with a family-friendly target audience (attendees will also learn how to make money with their blogs, which never hurts).

GirlBoss Rally – April 25 – Los Angeles

GirlBoss Rally

This one-day workshop is for the entrepreneur, working female, and the woman who's on the journey of finding herself through it all. If you have questions about money, your career, or life topics like managing stress and avoiding burnout, GirlBoss has something for anyone who wants to take control of their life. The event features three different types of experiences: The Explorer, The Leader, and The Founder, and I'm convinced all three of them will be a-mazing.

The Great Girlfriends Conference – June 12-14 – NYC

The Great Girlfriends Conference

We all need at least one close girlfriend! Whether you go to the Doers & Disrupters Conference on the hunt for a new group of girlfriends or bring your awesome ones with you, you won't be disappointed with what this one has to offer (from the workshops and panels to the refreshing dance breaks). Ultimately, this was created for you to find your sweet spot in your friendships and relationships, careers, businesses, and more.

AfroTech – Nov. 12 -14 – Oakland, CA

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It's never too early to claim your spot for AfroTech. If you're an engineer, venture capitalist, recruiter, technologist or a tech novice, AfroTech should certainly be on your to-do list. You'll be able to bond with people of color in the tech industry and trade unique ideas. With more than 10,000 attendees on the regular, it's one of the largest tech gatherings in the country.

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