Bay Area Biz Events for Your 2016 Calendar

You’re a business professional in the Bay Area who’s on top of the conferences relevant to your industry. You’ve already got your hotel booked for Oracle Open World. You’ve practically got your lanyard for Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2016.

But you might not be on top of some key smaller events that are powerful networking opportunities for any Bay Area executive. Below is a list of some top events you’ll want to consider attending in 2016:

Mayors Economic Forecast, from the San Francisco Business Times
Feb 9, San Francisco
With both San Francisco and Oakland on the leading edge of so much change, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from the region’s top policy executives. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf headline along with Wells Fargo’s top economist.

Startup Grind’s Global Conference, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs
Feb 23 & 24, Redwood City
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. This year’s conference features an A-List of speakers. The lineup includes VC Marc Andreessen, Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe, Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook fame and VC Tim Draper – for starters. Presenting companies include SurveyMonkey, Hint Water, Sequoia Capital, Box, NextDoor, Udacity, Accel and even Coca Cola.

SAMCEDA Innovators: Awards of Excellence
March 11, Redwood City
With more bold new disrupters emerging up every year, the San Mateo County Economic Development Association’s Awards of Excellence consistently offer a “Who’s the next Google” crop of innovators every year. This year’s featured speaker is Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

20th Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership Conference
March 12, Berkeley
With the theme “Leading Today, Building Tomorrow,” this conference celebrates how far women in business have come in the past two decades and will empower future women leaders to achieve their greatest potential.


Bay Area Council’s Outlook Conference “Bigger. Better. Bolder.”
May 17, San Francisco
With its role as the public policy powerhouse, the Bay Area Council’s membership reads like a who’s who of corporate juggernauts. The organization’s annual Outlook Conference convenes the best and brightest business government, academic and community thinkers to tackle the region’s most challenging issues. You might rub elbows here with the Governor or one of the world’s billionaires.

SOCAP 16 / Social Capital Markets
September 13 – 16, San Francisco
Boasting a speakers list that includes such top names as William H. Draper and Van Jones, SOCAP is on the cutting edge of compassionate capitalism. The intersection of “money and meaning” brings together hundreds of the world’s most disruptive thinkers.

Burning Man
August 28 – September 5, Black Rock City, Nevada
The self-described “city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens,” does not take place in the Bay Area. It is not a business event. And this high-desert festival is definitely not a small event. Yet, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest business titans can be found here, year after year. What better place to make deals and rub elbows?


Looking for a great place to ride? Bay Meadows and the surrounding San Mateo area are bike friendly and offer many different paths to ride and sights to see. We even have a convenient bike map that you can download here, so you can decide exactly where to ride. Some resident favorites include the Bay Trail as well as Coyote Point Park.