JLA Account Manger Adam Harkness explores some of the potential big themes of 2019…
With the meaningful vote pushed into 2019 after a pretty shambolic end to negotiations with the EU, there is arguably more uncertainty about Brexit heading into 2019 than there was at the start of last year.
Whilst no one can be absolutely certain what the outcome will be, there is fortunately some excellent speakers who will be able to shed some light on the subject – Paul Johnson, Lord Digby Jones, Guy Verhofstadt and Vicky Pryce are just some of the experts on both sides of the argument that can all provide fascinating insight on the area.
The ever advancing Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming a hot topic for conferences these days as it is an exciting, and sometimes scary field of research.
In the movies we’re led to believe it will either kill us all off, a la Skynet, or render all of our jobs useless so we can live a life of luxury. The reality at the moment is much more mundane, but will start to have a very real effect on the way we work and also the jobs we all do. Speakers such as Daniel Hulme, Hannah Fry, and Lindsay Herbert are all working at the cutting edge of the technology but all have a very different take on it, each of which would be great at a tech conference.
Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup & FIFA Women’s world cup
There is a slew of big sporting events coming up in 2019 and I for one cannot wait! It will be hard to top the fantastic World Cup in Russia last year, but these three could give it a run for its money.
As you can imagine there are a huge amount of ex-pros who are all on the speaking circuit and whilst hearing about the behind the scenes stories is always fascinating and always great after-dinner, the leadership and business parallels will all have great benefits for the workplace. People like Matt Dawson, Graeme Swann and Eniola Aluko represent each of the big 3 events, but there are lots more of course!
Plastics and Sustainability
Pushing politics aside, the biggest threat we all face across the world is climate change and with Brexit, Trump, Putin and everything else going on in the world it is wrongfully pushed to the side whilst world leaders squabble amongst themselves.
Asking around the JLA office for any themes people think will be more prevalent in 2019 and crisis management came up a few times, which I have to stress is no reflection on life in the office!
But with uncertain times comes the need for strong leadership, and there is a large number of speakers who specialise in the area who will all be able to provide some really useful guidance and lessons on how to best manage during a crisis. Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller and Margaret Heffernan are two of my personal favourites in this area, but do ask your JLA Account Manager for more names if this is something that your business could benefit from as we will all have our favourites.
These are just a few areas that I think could be big in 2019, but we can of course cater to pretty much any brief within reason. If you’d like to enquire about any of the keynote speakers mentioned or anything else at all, do get in touch with your JLA Account Manager or give us a call on 0207 907 2800.