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The Absolute MUST Attend Conferences and Events

December 8, 2017 Joe Mechlinski

 “You are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with”
- Jim Rohn

I believe that being successful is all about putting yourself in the right room with the right people.

There are thousands, of events, conferences, workshops, mastermind groups, and memberships to experience. It can be tough to navigate which ones are worth it.

So I’ve put together a list of the what I believe are the must-hit networks and events that will benefit you professionally and personally.



This is for you if you want to meet amazing people who are driven to make a difference in the world.

We are becoming conscious of the impact we have on ourselves, each other, and the world. In 2013, Gio Marciso started Archangel Academy which shows big hearted entrepreneurs how to make a bigger fortune by making a bigger difference in the world. This past September in Toronto, he brought together nearly 2000 entrepreneurs from all over the world to hear change-makers like Simon Sinek, Akon, and Lewis Howes speak. It was epic.

Date with Destiny
This is for you if you’re looking to discover your best self.

Even though I attended this event in Palm Springs in 2001, it still remains as one of the top five impactful days in my life. Tony is an insightful and inspirational teacher, trainer, and transformer of the human spirit. I am incredibly fortunate to have experienced this work in my early 20’s.

Mastermind Talks

Mastermind Talks
This if for you if you’re looking to learn, make connections, and gain a different perspective.

Jayson Gaignard, the founder of Mastermind Talks (MMT), is skilled at customizing these experiences to fit the needs of all different kinds of entrepreneurs. To provide you with a sense of the entrepreneurial diversity you'll find here, during my first MMT I was paired with Freeway Rick Ross, one of the most iconic drug kingpins in American History who is now an acclaimed author, speaker and mentor. MMT gives you the opportunity to tap into perspectives you normally wouldn’t access.

Experts Academy

Experts Academy
This if for you if you want to improve your content creation skills.

I became a New York Times best-selling author because of my book, Grow Regardless, to the credit of Brendon Burchard. Through Experts Academy, under Brendon’s guidance, I found my voice and brand, and gained the courage to write, market, and launch a book with the support of the EA team. Brendon is without a doubt one of the most authentic sages on the stage.



This is for you if you are looking to learn from industry trail-blazers and make meaningful connections.

The most authentic networking group I have ever joined. The founders Derek and Melanie do a fantastic job getting the right (and relevant) people in the room and curating amazing content. Don’t be fooled by their localized model, they give their members access to great minds from all around the nation.


This is for you if you value the importance of business and fun, and are seeking new adventures.

When it comes to changing the way business is played, this is the coolest group of global entrepreneurs around. Maverick offers unique, once in a lifetime experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. From entrepreneur sleep-away camp to themed parties on Necker Island with Richard Branson, this group is guaranteed to disrupt your thinking and behaviors.

Singularity Summit

Singularity Summit
This is for you if you’re a futuristic thinker and the first to adopt new technologies and innovations.

Singularity is the future of everything. It’s innovation on steroids. From artificial intelligence to 3D printing, Peter Diamandis has built an amazing ecosystem that allows members to plug into the future, get a glimpse of what is to come, and explore how we can begin to live into these new ways of existing, doing business, and thriving in our always-evolving world.

GENIUS Network

GENIUS Network
This is for you if are searching for an elite community of entrepreneurs from around the world who have your back.

It took me a bit to finally attend Genius Network’s annual event and explore the possibility of a membership. Frankly, I wasn’t sure this was the right room for me. But after attending this past November, I was blown away by the caliber of entrepreneurs who traveled from all over to be in the same room together. Joe Polish knows exactly how to connect with entrepreneurs, and get them to meaningfully connect with one another. Other members include: Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Verne Harnish, and Peter Diamandis.

SHIFT Society Small
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t have to be lonely.  

Here at SHIFT, we value these like-minded groups of people so much that we created our own membership group. SHIFT Society's focus is improving the greater good for humanity; our outreach is never focused on personal motives and is established on the premise that money and mission are not mutually exclusive. We work to build local businesses, partner with non-profits, heighten communities, and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

SHIFT Society melds the brightest business minds to continuously support and challenge each other. Our members take a multi-dimensional approach to business performance and growth, personal transformation, and social impact. It's more than elite camaraderie, it's a catalyst for lasting change.

To learn more about this amazing tribe click here.

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