Many organizations are starting to announce the dates of their annual conferences, conventions, and summits. Many individuals book their attendance immediately while other individuals either shy away or just don't like to attend them for fear of not knowing someone, having to travel or for the lack of entertainment. However, it should be known that these types of gatherings are a great way to do some social networking and to learn or exchange some valuable ideas. Many of them are focused on providing individuals with personal and professional development opportunities to take their career to the next level. Key note speakers share details such as who mentored them, who they are mentoring, and how they were able to become successful at what they do. There are many different types of conferences and summits that are related to what your needs are. It is just a matter of going online and doing some research or going to your employer and finding one that is right for you.