StackExchange has indicated that it's willing to send community leaders to relevant community events if it's particularly relevant (and if we agree to drop some UX.SE stickers here and there ;)).
Depending on the circumstances and location, we can also sponsor community leaders to attend an event on behalf of their site. We will subsidize your costs to attend, within reason, and provide you with a bunch of swag to use as an ice-breaker when introducing yourself. No, really!
It's our responsibility to approach them and take advantage of this offer - they're not experts in UX so they don't know which events are important to us and which we'd like to attend.
So which are they? Let's make a comprehensive list of upcoming events this year that you think someone from the UX community could attend. Try to list why the event is relevant and if you've been there, perhaps share your experiences.