10 Must Attend Fall Conferences in Philadelphia

Conference season is upon us!  Here are our top 10 conference choices to help you round out 2018. With a wide variety of events to attend from now throughout November, you’ll know exactly where you need to be.


YallaPunk Festival and Conference 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018 – Sunday, September 2, 2018, Times vary

Crane Arts,1400 N American St. & Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave.


Share your voice and support others in the Philadelphia MENA (Middle Eastern North African) community in hearing theirs through their creative work. Educational opportunities. Join in the celebrations for YallaPunk’s one year anniversary as an organization.  Expect three days fully immersed in music, art, comedy and film from over 30 Middle Eastern and North African artists and creatives celebrating acceptance and growth amongst one another.  Workshops and film screenings will also be available for participation. Headlining the event will be Hello Psychaleppo هالو سايكلپو. For more info visit Yallapunk.com


Registration: is available up to the day of the event.

Tickets: Options include: Early Bird Weekend Pass ($40) and Weekend Pass ($50) for attendees.


6th Annual Women in Media Conference: 2018 LIMITLESS:  Beyond the Glass Ceiling

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9am – 3pm – Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2pm – 7pm

International House, 3701 Chestnut St.


Meet women working, or pursuing careers and businesses, in media and communications, such as writers, marketers, entrepreneurs, television hosts, podcast hosts, networking experts, broadcast journalists and reporters, and more. This year’s conference has integrated wellness and music components featuring several LIVE MUSIC performances. Not only will attendees gain resources and relationships, they will receive healing through wellness and music! Expect to have FUN as well as learn a lot about yourself. Brand new this year: an awards ceremony and gold carpet interviews. Women In Media (WIM Global) takes a holistic approach to the woman with a global perspective. Their mission is to Empower, Equip and Encourage women to own their voices in the media and communications industry. For more info visit Women in Media (WIM).


Registration: ends on September 15th for VIP and September 16th for Free and 2-Day.

Tickets: options range from FREE – $200.  High School and Undergraduate Students will receive FREE general admission (Student I.D. required).  2-Day Conference Only ($170) and VIP Conference Access + exclusive perks ($200).


2018 Living Beyond Breast Cancer Conference: Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength

Friday, September 28, 2018, 3pm – 9pm, Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8am – 5:15pm, Sunday, September 30, 8am – 11:15am

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.


This year’s theme “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” focuses on breaking down how to handle life before, during and after diagnosis and treatment.  Attendees will be able to voice their concerns and share their stories. On Sunday, attendees will also get a taste of Reach & Raise, LBBC’s signature yoga event in support of those affected by breast cancer. Attendees can learn more about medical research from health and wellness professionals and also connect with others for support. For more info visit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.


Registration: for general attendee admission ($65) ends August 10th. After this date, registration is ($75).  All other registration ends on September 20th.

Tickets: ranging from $25 – $260 and the descriptions are absolutely heartwarming.  The lowest rate ($25) for attendees to bring a friend, loved one or caregivers attending the conference for someone with breast cancer and top rate ($260) to cover one admission and the admission for three women in need.



Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10am – 5pm, Sunday, September 30, 10am – 4pm, Fearless Happy Hour 4:30pm – 6:30pm

(Saturday) Seer Interactive, 1033 N 2nd St. (Sunday) Bok & Bok Bar, 1901 S. 9th St.


If you are in the hustle mindset, this conference is for you. It covers everything from business strategy workshops to empowering panel discussions that are relevant to today’s current issues. Expect a breakdown of options to choose from including panel sessions, keynote speeches, and workshop series. Valuable information and serious support from speakers and fellow attendees who range from entrepreneurs, self-starters, corporate employees and creatives. Attendees, usually 21-35 demographic, will receive a goodie bag filled with products and promos from businesses and sponsors around Philly. Top it all off with a fun Happy Hour event to get to know one another and share how much you’ve gained from the event. For more info connect with founder, Melissa Alam here.


Registration: is available up to the day of the event.

Tickets: General Admission $249


Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7am – 5pm

The Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.


This year’s keynote speakers include, Amal Clooney, International Human Rights Attorney. Maysoon Zahid, Comedian and Disability Advocate. Serena Williams, Tennis Champ. For more info visit paconferenceforwomen.org.


Registration Deadline:  Registration for next year’s conference will take place in April 2019 so mark your calendars!

Tickets:  As always, tickets went quickly for this event and are now sold out.  However, you can be put on a waiting list to be notified if any tickets ($185) do become available.


NESAWG’s 2018 It Takes A Region Conference

Wednesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 25, 2018 (Pre-Conferences), Friday, October 26, 2018, Saturday, October 27, 2018, Times vary

Philadelphia 201 (formerly Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel), 201 North 17th St.


This professional conference provides opportunity for people to connect with the earth and connect with others. There will be pre-conferences with workshops on building skills and strategies for sustainable farm communities and even tours of Philly.  You’ll learn about farm policies and sustainability while meeting and learning from presenters living and fighting for sustainable food access in Philadelphia and all over the world. Youth (under 25) are also encouraged to attend the conference. NESAWG Executive Director shares that  “the conference itself focuses quite a bit on advocacy and racial and social justice as it relates to food access and farming.” For those looking for opportunity to advance his/her knowledge and efforts for the food system. For more info visit Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG).


Registration Deadline:  Early bird Registration ends September 30, 2018.  Regular pricing runs from October 1 – October 17, 2018 or until the conference sells out; however, tickets must be purchased in advance.  You cannot buy tickets on site. View all registration details here.


Tickets:  Early bird tickets available (ranging from $170 – $500). Regular pricing varies depending on days and events (ranging from $200 – $500). 


Pennsylvania Marketing Summit

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 8am – 6pm

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.


Expect over 450 attendees delving deeper into marketing strategies with focuses on technology, agency developments, creative solutions on brands and advertising from top, leading brands and corporations on a regional to international level. Panel discussions and speeches from over 20 experts in marketing from companies like Comcast Corporation, Duane Morris and the Philadelphia Eagles, along with Q&A opportunities, networking and refreshment breaks, and finishing with a cocktail party and networking reception. Find a list of speakers here. For more info visit pennsylvaniamarketingsummit.com.


Registration Deadline:  Early bird registration ends September 1, 2018.  We don’t see any registration deadline noted, so it seems registration is available up to the day of the event.  However, Pre-registration is required. You cannot buy tickets at the event.

Tickets:  Early bird tickets for an all-access pass ($900).  Regular pricing ($1000). (Processing fees apply.)       


2018 Independent Authors Conference

Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:30am – 9pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9am – 5pm, Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:30am – 1pm

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, 1 Dock St.


For their 2nd annual conference, BookBaby is driving focus into helping writers manage, launch and understand their careers.  Their intimate break down workshops will discuss and develop step-by-step skills ranging from writing strategies to digital materials. Expect presentations from publishing experts and interactive workshops and discussions. Network with over 450 attendees. Leading publishers, authors and marketing firms will be there to encourage, inspire and education independent authors, providing tools to take their careers to the next level. Delivering the keynote speech will Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn. For more info visit BookBaby.


Registration Deadline:  Early Bird registration ends on August 29, 2018.

Tickets: are on sale now and range from $79 – $199.  Enjoy the whole weekend with a Friday evening reception and over 30 sessions to choose from with their Early Bird Special ($199).  For their Friday pre-workshops, their ticket site updates you on how many tickets remain available. Tickets run until they are sold out and some ticket purchases even include lunch.


Women In Real Estate Summit 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9am – 4pm

The International House, 3701 Chestnut St.


This is for the real estate agent looking to reignite their careers and hear from industry leaders to discover how to make smart, effective and profitable property investments and real estate brands. Speaker line-up of real estate experts elaborating on finances, revenue, investments, flipping, marketing and building your own team, brand, and portfolio. For more info visit womeninrealestatesummit.com/.


Registration Deadline:  Early Bird registration ends on October 27, 2018.  General Admission tickets can be purchased up to the date of the event, November 3, 2018.

Tickets: are on sale now. There’s still time to take advantage of the Early Bird Special ($99).  General Admission ($189).


FEMCITY Philadelphia 2nd Annual Business Conference

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8am – 1pm

The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St.


Access a professional community of women fostering, supporting and empowering other women. Expect business development, marketing strategies, non-profit management and legal advice for the growing entrepreneur from founders, executives and expert all-star women leaders through a keynote speaker and panel discussions.  An intimate networking event that includes breakfast. Delivering the keynote speech will be, Kristin Detterline, Editor-in-Chief of Philadelphia Style Magazine. For more info visit FEMCITY’s Facebook Group.


Registration Deadline:  Extended Early Bird registration ends on September 15, 2018.  

Tickets: are on sale now and they’ve just extended their Early Bird pricing ($75) for members and ($99) for non-members. Once that ends, tickets are ($99) for members and ($125) for non members.  When you register, you will need to create a “community” account, which is free; however, they do have more options on becoming a FEMCITY member so check out what they’re all about if you’d like to be more involved in the organization.