The 2017 edition of the conference was held at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on October 21, 2017 with the theme; “Strategic Leadership: The Rise of A New Class”. 

Participants came in from various locations across the country and guest speakers included Ms. Darcy Zotter, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Lagos; Prof. Joseph Mba, Robert Torren Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, Executive Vice Chairman, Ikorodu LGA; and Mr. Ubong King, Chairman, Protection Plus Services Limited.

APWEN was aslo present at the Conference.