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Top 5 Conferences Coming to Oklahoma City in 2018

Oklahoma isn't just the heart of The Heartland -- it's also a popular spot for business travelers in search of continued learning and networking opportunities. If you're a professional seeking a place to learn more about HR best practices, marketing and more, Oklahoma City conferences offer some of the best information out there.

While you're in town, be sure to check out the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Oklahoma City Museum of Art. When it's time to get down to business, one of these conferences will offer the right amount of panels, mingling and take-home materials.

1. National Tornado Summit & Disaster Symposium

When: February 26-28, 2018

Where: Cox Convention Center

The National Tornado Summit & Disaster Symposium is an annual conference bringing together a variety of stakeholders related to natural disasters. If you're working in insurance, emergency management or meteorology, you'll find a wealth of relevant knowledge at your disposal during the three-day event. Topics of discussion include things such as assessing and responding to active threats, wildfire preparation and evacuation plans, and disaster area search and rescue. The schedule includes general and breakout sessions. Registration for the conference is limited, so buy your tickets as soon as possible.

2. LeadHR Oklahoma Human Resources Conference & Expo

When: April 24-26, 2018

Where: Embassy Suites Norman

The OKHR Conference brings together human resources professionals from around the state to learn about new innovations and best practices. From learning how to create a culture of listening within your organization to bulletproof background check policies, you will walk away armed with techniques to grow your HR practices. Registration for the conference includes access to lecture sessions and networking events.

3. Women in Leadership Conference

When: June 6, 2018

Where: Cox Convention Center

Women at all levels of professional status are welcome at the Women in Leadership Conference. In 2018, the conference will celebrate its ninth year. While the event aims to train the next generation of senior female leaders, it invites people from all industries and level of employment to attend. Presenters include inspirational industry leaders and from a variety of disciplines; past speakers have included CEOs and executive coaches. Other conference activities include leadership training and networking, and you can earn CPE credits. Registration for the conference is sold individually and for teams.

4. Environmental Design Research Association Conference

When: June 6-8, 2018

Where: Renaissance Convention Center Hotel

EDRA brings together engineers, designers and other stakeholders. The conference focuses on vital issues, like housing design and policy and resilient community planning. Information is presented through expert speakers and detailed research in a series of panel sessions. The topic for the 2018 event is "Social Equity by Design: Designing Connections Through Community." Registration for the EDRA Conference, once open, includes access to all discussions and expert panels. Networking opportunities with fellow environmental design professionals is also available.

5. Confluence Conference

When: September 20-21, 2018

Where: Tower Theatre

Want to dominate the digital marketing game? The Confluence Conference is the place to be in 2018. The event has a line-up of more than a dozen speakers tackling topics including SEO, social media and content marketing. Learn from the best, and then discuss marketing methods and challenges with other professionals. Registration for the two-day event grants access to all speakers and networking, plus a swag bag.

If you're a business traveler with a heart for the heartland and a thirst for knowledge, Oklahoma City conferences are a must-do item on your agenda. Arrive prepared to network, learn, and bring home some take-aways for the rest of your team.

Are you planning on checking out any of these Oklahoma City conferences in 2018? Share with fellow business travelers in the comments below.