Business Leaders Find High Value in Executive Summits

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Written by Melanie Yamada

JUNE 8, 2023

C-level executives are currently leading through ongoing economic uncertainty and a volatile business environment. From inflation to supply chain issues, and from hiring skilled workers to retaining them, the challenges of the past few years have not subsided. Adding to their plate are new disruptions like generative AI and more scrutiny on budgets and resources.

It seems that there has never been a better time for executives to get together with their peers and collaborate on their shared opportunities and challenges. At just the start of our annual Executive Summit season over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen executive participation increase 40% over last year. 

In addition to connecting with peers, this is also the first time in years where all communities around the world are completely back to in-person gatherings. We are still seeing enthusiasm and excitement for returning to in-person programs.

Executive participation up 40% at Executive Summits in 2023

Executives are sharing feedback specifically about the opportunity to validate their ideas and strategies with each other. One CIO said, “It is great to get insights into how peers are dealing with similar challenges.” Another told us, “I find it valuable to connect with peers and hear what they are doing.” 

We have shared executive feedback before on the value of community, and one executive shared in the comments this time that they “really appreciate this community.” Here is a sample of what executives are saying about getting together in person at Evanta Executive Summits this spring: 

Meeting in person, the networking, and the interactive sessions were the best use of my time.”

I left the meeting wishing there had been a second day. I really like the focus on topics specific to my role and meeting peers that have the same challenges as I do.”

Learned so much – things I can apply right away, too!”

The content was relevant, timely and very useful.”

The experience provides easy access to peers in a day.”

The peer-to-peer conversations were particularly valuable.”

Executives are also complimentary of our partners participating in the Summits, with one saying they appreciate “more relaxed vendor discussions.” Another shared that the Executive Summit featured “great content from industry leaders and insights from tech firms and vendors without any hard sell!”

As business leaders get together to exchange their ideas and strategies, there’s never been a better time to join them in a highly engaging, content-rich environment. To learn more about how to partner with Evanta to connect with top C-level executives, get in touch at


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Melanie Yamada

Vice President, Marketing at Evanta, a Gartner Company

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