Attend These St. Louis Conferences While Traveling for Work in 2018

St. Louis is home to the iconic Gateway Arch and quality smokehouse barbecue. But the appeal of the city doesn't end there. It also lures in a lot of business travelers with professional events. Conferences in St. Louis range from the artistic to the scientific and everything in between.

When you want to network in St. Louis and pick up a thing or two about your industry, these events are the ticket. You'll learn more about how to succeed in your field or gain new skills for a hobby, all while networking with other people who share your passion. Here are six personal and professional development conferences taking place in The Gateway City in 2018.

Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

When: March 27-28, 2018

Where: TBD

Upping your marketing game can change the entire way you do business, and you'll learn all about how to change the marketing game at the biggest digital marketing conference in the midwest. At the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, you have access to speakers from companies like Pinterest and Google and plenty of time to network with other digital marketing professionals. Registration for the conference to be announced.


When: April 3-4, 2018

Where: St. Louis Union Station

Shutterfest bills itself as more than a conference -- it's also an experience. More specifically, it's an opportunity to shoot photos, network with fellow photographers and even party a bit. In between socializing, you can also take part in hands-on speaker workshops with topics including "Speedlights for Beginners" and "Storytelling in Fine Art." Sessions are available for all skill levels. Registration to ShutterFest includes all conference events.

Gateway to Innovation

When: May 16, 2018

Where: America's Center

No matter your industry, innovative IT can bring your corporation to the next level. The Gateway to Innovation conference brings together more than 1,000 of the top minds in IT each year. From the interactive, peer-driven breakout sessions to leadership development panels and keynote speeches, you are given every opportunity to learn about the current trends in IT and how to take your technology to the next level. Registration to the conference includes the welcome breakfast, panels, breakout sessions and all other agenda items.

Midwest Women Business Owners' Conference

When: May 17, 2018

Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis

If you're a woman living in the middle of the country with a C-suite title and sense of ambition, the MWBOC will pique your interest. At the conference, you will have access to business thought leaders on panels and in a networking setting. You'll dive into a variety of topics, such as how to avoid common business challenges and best practices for corporate culture and growth. Registrationto the conference grants access to all 1:1 interviews, discussions and networking.

Penned Con

When: September 20-22, 2018

Where: St. Louis City Center Hotel

Writers and voracious readers alike flock to Penned Con each year to meet their favorite authors and geek out with fellow word nerds. Stop in on a business trip to St. Louis, or make a special trip to learn more about perfecting the craft of writing and getting published. Conference events include master class workshops and panels, book signings, and keynote speakers. In all, more than 100 authors show up, and proceeds from the conference go to the charity Action for Autism. Registration to the conference is now open.

American Society of Botanical Artists Annual Meeting

When: October 11-13, 2018

Where: TBA

If you are an experienced floral painter or work at one of the nation's botanical gardens, the ASBA Conference is your kind of networking in St. Louis. The conference includes hands-on workshops, lectures, panel discussions and more related to the creation of artwork using florals as inspiration. Technique showcases help you learn to use watercolors and other materials in a new way, while mixers give you the chance to meet with fellow artists. Registration will be open beginning in mid-2018.

Looking to incorporate conferences into your 2018 business travel itinerary? Let us know which St. Louis conferences sound appealing to you.