Attending diversity events can be a great way to get attention from employers looking to hire interns and full-time new grad talent. Not only will you learn from leaders and enjoy great content you may also find your dream job.
Events are typically arranged around either a personal dimension (e.g. women, LGBTQ+, etc.,) based on a certain industry, and sometimes both.
We have gathered a list of these top events happening over the 2019-20 school year. Get them on your calendar! Each group may also have local events happening in your area, or a student group on your campus that you may join.
Check each event for student pricing or scholarships to attend. Also, check for virtual portions of the event if you are unable to travel.
If you don’t see an event here that matches your career interests, do a little research. Find a professional association for the career you are interested in and see if they have any regional or national events. Many will extend scholarships for students who are interested in joining their profession.
- Tech Inclusion – September 11-12, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – This is the fifth annual tech inclusion career fair and conference presented by Change Catalyst. The event includes diverse individuals in all stages of their career, and comprehensive career programming. There is typically a summer event in New York City and a fall event in San Francisco. Many top tech companies attend.
- Grace Hopper Celebration – October 1-4, 2019 – Orlando, FL – Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with the Association of Computing Machinery. There is a special track at the conference for students.
- NWB Conference – October 4-6, 2019 – Chicago, IL – The Next Wave in Business conference is open to all majors, and any black or latinx scholar over the age of 18 is invited to attend. The goal of the conference is to help build the next generation of business leaders by guiding students to find and embrace their unique voices as they begin their career journey. There will be opportunities to interview with employers.
- ROMBA – October 10-12, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – The Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer graduate business school students. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBTQ community and recruit top level MBA talent. There is also an LGBTQ MBA Admissions Summit & Expo the last day of the event that is free to attend for undergraduates exploring an MBA.
- SHPE National Convention – October 30-November 3, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Convention is the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in STEM in the country. The convention is an opportunity for organizations to recruit top STEM talent and provides educational, technical, competitive, and other development opportunities for professionals and students in STEM.
- SWE (Society for Women Engineers) – November 7-9, 2019 – Anaheim, CA – SWE is a long time professional association for Women Engineers, they have enhanced the university student portion of their conference. If you are a woman interested in engineering this is one of the top events of the year.
- HACE National Summit – Spring 2020 – Date and Location TBD – The Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement holds an annual summit bringing together Latino leaders from all segments of industry to learn from each other and explore career opportunities. There is a Career Summit open to students held in conjunction with the event.
- NSBE – March 21-25, 2020 – San Antonio, TX – The National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention showcases black students and professionals who have a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.) The event usually attracts more than 14,000 attendees.
- NABA Convention and Expo – June 9-13, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN – The National Association of Black Accountants holds an annual convention and expo focusing on the finance and accounting profession. During the annual event there is a specific student conference. They also hold regional student conferences every year in the fall.
- Disability:IN – July 13-16, 2020 – Orlando, FL – The event is focused on disability inclusion and helps organizations find the NextGen leaders. The event holds many sessions and content expertise focused on new talent engaging with industry leaders who value diversity and inclusion. It also features an opportunity to interview with employers. Check out the agenda.
- 04U (Out for Undergrad) – Various dates and cities based on the profession of interest: Business, Engineering, Marketing, or Tech. These are free conferences and career fairs for LGBTQ+ undergrads focused on launching their careers. The cost of attendance is funded by employers interested in recruiting students into their organizations, but you will need to apply and be accepted.
Don’t forget to make notes, and add the things you learn and the sessions you attend to your resume and AfterCollege profile.
Also, don’t be afraid to attend the evening events, introduce yourself, and collect business cards. Follow up with a “nice to meet you” email and add that person as a connection on LinkedIn – they could lead you to your future career.
Good luck on your search and enjoy your travels.