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Thu, Aug 20

ERG Summit

  7:30 – 8:15am: BREAKFAST
  8:15 – 9am: Opening, Inspire, Keynote
  9 – 9:45am: Session 1
  10 – 10:45am: Sessions 2a, 2b
  11 – 11:45am: Sessions 3a, 3b
  12 – 1pm: LUNCH w/ Keynote
  1 – 1:45pm: Sessions 4a, 4b
  2 – 2:45pm: Sessions 5a, 5b
  3 – 3:45pm: Sessions 6a, 6b
  4 – 4:45pm: Session 7, Closing

API Summit

  7:30 – 8:30am: BREAKFAST
  8:30 – 9:15am: Opening, Keynote
  9:30 – 10:15am: Session 1
  10:30 – 11:15am: Sessions 2a – 2e
  11:30 – 12:30pm: Sessions 3a – 3e
  12:30 – 1:15pm LUNCH w/ Keynote
  1:30 – 2:15pm: Session 4a – 4e
  2:30 – 3:15pm: Sessions 5a-5e
  3:30 – 4:30pm: Session 6, Closing

Welcome Reception

  5 – 8pm: Keynote, Entertainment

Fri, Aug 21

General Sessions

  7:30 – 8:30am: BREAKFAST
  8:30 – 9:15am: Opening, Keynote
  9:30 – 10:30am: Sessions 1a-1c
  10:45 – 11:45am: Sessions 2a-2c
  12 – 1pm: LUNCH w/ Keynote
  1:30 – 2:30pm: Sessions 3a-3c
  2:45 – 3:45pm: Sessions 4a-4c
  4 – 5pm: Session 5 

Diversity Career Fair

  10 am – 4pm

NAAAP Leadership only

  1 – 4pm: Board meeting

DC Evening Experience

  6 – 9pm Various Receptions around DC

Sat, Aug 22

General Sessions continued

  7:30 – 8:30am: BREAKFAST
  8:30 – 9:15am: Keynote
  9:30 – 10am: Session 6a-6c
  10 – 10:45am: Session 7a-7c
  11 – Noon: Session 8, Closing
  12-2pm: Networking Lunches 

NAAAP Leadership only

  12-2pm: Open Board meeting
  2-4pm: President’s Council meeting 


  5 – 6pm: VIP Reception
  5 – 6:30pm: Reception
  630 – 8:30pm: Dinner, Sponsor Recognition, NAAAP 100/Inspire Awards
  8:30 – 10pm: After-Party

Overview of General Session Programming

In addition to breakfast and lunch keynotes, the General Sessions (held Friday and Saturday) will have five tracks of programming.  The proposed tracks and session topics are below and are reflective of our Convention theme of “2020: Visionary Leadership.”  

Individuals or companies interested in speaking at the Convention should reference one of the sessions below.  We will also consider other topics or times to accommodate speakers.

Track A:  Visionary Leaders (panel discussions)

1a: F AM: Ted talks, part 1

2a: F AM: B-School profs discuss visionary corporate leaders

3a: F PM: Ted talks, part 2

4a: F PM: CEO roundtable

5a: Sa AM: Community leaders roundtable

6a: Sa AM: NAAAP 100 roundtable


Track B:  Entrepreneurial Vision (w/ National ACE) (workshops) 

1b: F AM: How to start and fund your dream company

2b: F AM: How to market your company and reach customers

3b: F PM: Legal and tax essentials and pitfalls of growing a company

4b: F PM: What do angel investors, VCs, and banks look for in funding a company? 

5b: Sa AM: How to start a socially responsible company

6b: Sa AM: Shark Tank pitch competiton to angel investors w/ real investment


Track C: Envisioning a New You (workshops)

1c: F AM: Assessing Aptitude

2c: F AM: Personal Branding and Professional Presence

3c: F PM: How to Reinvent and reinvigorate your professional self

4c: F PM: Media Institute: Effective Communications and Relationship Building

5c: Sa AM: Self-care and wellness: a study in creating a program and starting a movement

6c: Sa AM: Self-care and wellness: Mental health


Track D:  Alternate Vision

1d: F AM: How to get the most out of this Convention, for first timers

2d: F AM: Women in NAAAP: Work-Life Balance

3d: F PM: Women in NAAAP: Women in the Workplace

4d: F PM: Mentorship

5d: Sa AM: NAAAP Pride: Topic TBD

6d: Sa AM:  NAAAP Pride: Topic TBD


Track E: First and Second Looks: Imagining and Reinventing Your Career

1e: F AM: Traditional vs Nontraditional career paths

2e: F AM: Getting that job: resume, job sourcing, interview, and salary negotiation tips

3e: F PM: How to make an impact in the first 90 days of your job

4e: F PM: How to stop getting bored and start getting promoted

5e: Sa AM: Side hustle: Using your talents in a second job

6e: Sa AM: Recruiters discuss job salaries and hottest jobs of the coming decade

Letter of Justification

Love the sessions but still need a little extra push to convince your employer to invest in your Convention registration? Here’s a Justification Letter template that you can personalize to suit your own needs.

Curated Sessions

Our program is very diverse and we’re thrilled to have an amazing lineup of speakers from various industries. For your convenience, we’ve curated our speakers and their sessions into distinct leadership themes.


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