JLA Account Manager Adam Harkness highlights speakers on the big conference themes of 2019…
At a pretty chaotic stage in the Brexit process as Parliament struggles to work out what to do next, there’s more uncertainty than ever before.
While no one can be sure what the outcome will be, or what impact it will have on us as individuals and organisations, there are excellent speakers who can at least shed light on the subject. Paul Johnson and Vicky Pryce look at the economic and public policy implications, and Lord Digby Jones sets out the course for trade deals. For audiences wanting to hear an EU perspective you can’t get closer than the lead representative of the European Parliament,Guy Verhofstadt .
Artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly hot conference topic these days – opening our eyes to 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 more mundane, but it is starting to have a very real effect on the way we work and the jobs we do. Speakers such as Daniel Hulme, Hannah Fry, and Lindsay Herbert work at the cutting edge of the technology but each have a different take on it and they’re all great conference speakers.
Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup & FIFA Women’s world cup
There will be a slew of big sporting events in 2019, and I for one can’t wait! It might be hard to top the excitement of last year’s World Cup in Russia, but these three could give it a run for its money.
As you can imagine there’s a huge number of ex-pros on the speaking circuit. While behind-the-scenes stories (told well) are always fascinating after dinner, the more thoughtful sportspeople turned conference speakers draw parallels with leadership and teamwork issues in just about every workplace. In 2019 the likes of Matt Dawson, Graeme Swann and Eniola Aluko represent the big three sporting events, but there are lots more from which to choose!
Plastics and Sustainability
Political shifts aside, the biggest threat we all face is climate change. With Brexit, Trump’s shenanigans, Putin’s posturing and everything else going on, it is regrettably pushed down the international agenda – but forward looking businesses are on the case.
Frustratingly David Attenborough has never taken on corporate speaking engagements. However, keynote speakers like the campaigner and extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh and sustainability strategist Gabrielle Walker are both business-friendly and wonderfully powerful advocates.
Asking around my colleagues, another of the themes that keeps coming up as we start the year is crisis management – which I have to stress is no reflection on life in the JLA office!
But with uncertain times comes the need for strong leadership, and there is a number of speakers in this area who provide some really useful guidance and lessons on how best to manage your teams through a crisis. Former MI5 head Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller and tech entrepreneur turned author Margaret Heffernan are two of my personal favourites. Ask your JLA Account Manager for more suggestions of conference speakers who aren’t just good in a crisis – they show how to benefit from it.
These are just a few of the topics that I expect to fill conference agendas in 2019 (though we can of course cater to any brief within reason). To enquire about any of the keynote speakers highlighted above, get in touch with your JLA Account Manager or give us a call on 0207 907 2800.