Conferences are outstanding ways to learn new things, push the boundaries of your comfort zone and have life-changing conversations. I've made some of my best personal and professional connections at conferences like South by Southwest, Techweek and CES.
There seem to be more conferences each year, and it can be challenging to decide which to attend.
If you haven't hit a conference yet this year, I highly recommend one of these remaining gems. You never know who you'll meet or what you'll learn.
Here are the top conferences for entrepreneurs remaining in 2016, in chronological order:
TechCrunch Disrupt SF
When: September 12-14
Where: San Francisco, CA
A place where disruptive startups can be born! TechCrunch Disrupt is a convergence of leading entrepreneurs, top investors, and budding founders looking to be the next big thing. Disrupt is home to the famous Startup Battlefield competition, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley and a 24-hour hackathon.
Speakers: Janica Alvarez, Marc Andreessen, Tim Armstrong, Cyan Banister, Marc Benioff, Stephen Curry and more.
When: September 12-14
Where: Seattle, WA
MOZCON is a must-attend for anyone looking to improve their online marketing, especially SEO. That includes founders, CEOs, social media experts, content marketers and SEOs. You'll hear from the industry leaders, including Moz founder Rand Fishkin.
Speakers: Alex Stein, Cara Harshman, Cindy Krum, Dana DiTomaso, Rand Fishkin and more.
Techweek Kansas City
When: September 12-18
Where: Kansas City, MO
A week-long experience celebrating the very best in emerging technology trends across a variety of segments, Techweek conferences promise to have something for everyone and empower innovation in multiple regions. Their Kansas City conference includes speakers, a startup expo and a job fair.
When: October 18-20
Where: San Antonio, TX
Celebrating the fastest growing private companies, INC. 5000 is the event to meet and be surrounded by the best entrepreneurs, CEOs and small business owners in the country. INC. 5000 is packed with special events, including the Awards Ceremony and Dinner, as well as amazing entertainment.
Speakers: Tony Robbins, Weili Dai, Eric Ryan, Kim Jordan, Julie Rice, Elizabeth Cutler, Les McKeown and more.
When: October 24-26
Where: Laguna Beach, CA
This invite-only event brings together world-renowned CEOs, entrepreneurs and industry titans to discuss how technology impacts us now and how it will shift in the future.
Speakers: Marc Benioff, Cynthia Breazeal, Reed Hastings, Jan Koum, Bill Gurley, Chris Sacca, and more.
When: November 7-10
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
With over 50,000 attendees from more than 150 companies, Web Summit prides itself on being the fastest-growing tech conference in the world. This event brings together the world's most disruptive tech companies and entrepreneurs.
Speakers: John Chambers, Gary Vaynerchuk, Josh Elman, Payal Kadakia and more.
The Fast Company Innovation Festival
When: November 1-4
Where: New York, NY
The Fast Company Innovation Festival shakes up traditional panel-style conferences with engagement and exposure. Inspire your personal creativity and fuel your aspirations with candid conversations, workshops and surprise performances.
Speakers: Kimberly Bryant, Eileen Fisher, David Lee, Melanie Whelan, Scott Harrison, Charles Best and more.
When: November 8-11
Where: Boston, MA
INBOUND is perfect for marketing and sales professionals of all types who want to learn from the best and take their marketing game to the next level. Over the three days, you'll benefit from keynotes, breakout sessions and ample networking opportunities. Past speakers include Arianna Huffington, Seth Godin and Scott Harrison.
Speakers: Alec Baldwin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Serena Williams, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
Summit at Sea
When: November 9-12
Where: International Waters
Summit at Sea is "the" event to attend as an entrepreneur. It's an exclusive, invite-only conference that brings together entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and other type-A creators who are changing the world. It's hard to get an invite, and is often described as a life-changing event. You can apply on the website, but your odds are better if you know the organizers.
Speakers and entertainers: Eric Schmidt, Thievery Corporation, Wim Hof, Payal Kadakia, Shiva Rea, Erin Brockovich, Tony Hawk, Gary Vaynerchuk and more.
Techweek Los Angeles
When: November 14-20
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Also organized by the folks at Techweek, this must-attend event hits Los Angeles for a full week of celebrating all things entrepreneurship. The conference is focused on supporting the entrepreneur and startup ecosystem, with job fairs, expert panels and tons of events where you can meet like-minded entrepreneurs.
World Business Forum
When: November 17-18
Where: New York, NY
A who's who of thought leaders, change agents and inspirational speakers converge at the World Business Forum. This event will inspire you to think outside the box and go beyond your comfort zone in thought and in action.
Speakers: Amy Cuddy, Daymond John, Eric Ries, Malala Yousafzai, Alan Mulally and more.