NAF Next is a dynamic professional development conference that brings together education, business, and community leaders to address some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy.

Working together with members from across the NAF network, all participants will leave the conference inspired and armed with practical and proven strategies to ensure all NAF students, teachers, and partners can Be Future Ready. Highlights include:

  • New information and ideas to further implement the NAF educational design
  • Cross-sector dialogue on innovative ways to engage the business sector
  • Opportunities for role-alike and peer-to-peer networking
  • Industry updates for academy themes
  • Regional and school planning time
  • Reception with cash bar and light complimentary food
  • Celebration dinner
  • Programming for business partners and advisory board members
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Important Updates

Mark your calendars for future NAF Next dates!

Sunday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 12, 2019 – Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

Sunday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Orlando World Center, Orlando, FL


NAF Next 2017 was held in Dallas, Texas Sunday July 9 through Wednesday July 12.


$625 Early Bird
$725 Regular Registration

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX  76051



DFW: After collecting luggage, customer must proceed to the phone bank located near the Visitor Information Center. Using the phone, customer must press the “Ground Transportation” button, press the “SuperShuttle” button, then pick up the phone, press the “Call Now” button, and wait 5 to 6 seconds for the system to dial and connect to dispatch. Customer can activate an existing reservation using confirmation number, or to book on the spot. Dispatch will provide instructions on where to meet the vehicle.

DAL: Upon arrival, customer must call 1 (800) 258-3826 and request Dallas Dispatch. After collecting luggage, customer may proceed to the pick-up spot designated by Dispatch.




See below for the agenda-at-a-glance. Information is subject to change.

Sunday, July 9, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
NAFTrack Studio
10:00am – 8:00pm
4:00 - 5:00pm
New to NAF Part I
Monday, July 10, 2017
7:30am – 5:30pm
8:00 – 9:45am
Breakfast and Opening Plenary - Engage: Ideas in Action
10:15 - 11:45am
Super Sessions
Year of Planning
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch on Own
1:30 – 2:45pm
Learning Sessions A
2:45 - 3:15pm
3:15 - 4:30pm
Learning Sessions B
NAF Data Reports Lab
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:30am – 6:30pm
8:00 – 9:45am
Breakfast and Plenary - Connect: Building a Diverse Workforce
10:15 - 11:30am
Learning Sessions C
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch on Own
12:00 - 3:00pm
Site Visits
1:30 - 2:45pm
Learning Sessions D
2:45 - 3:15pm
Break - Banner Distribution
3:15 - 4:30pm
Learning Sessions E
NAF Data Reports Lab
Launch Year
12:00 - 6:00pm
NAF Next Expo
4:30 - 6:00pm
6:00 - 9:00pm
Celebration Dinner
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30am – 2:00pm
8:00 – 10:00am
Continental Breakfast
Super Sessions
Year of Planning
10:15 – 11:45am
Industry Updates
12:00 - 1:30pm
Lunch and Closing PLENARY - Expand: Exponential Impact
1:30 – 2:00pm
Banner Distribution
2:00 - 4:00pm
New to NAF Part II
Deep Dives
NAF Data Reports Lab
NAFTrack Studio
2:00 - 5:00pm
Site Visits


Each year, NAF network members achieve remarkable things, and NAF Next is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent, effort, and dedication that transforms students’ lives.

View past awards winners below.

The Advisory Board Champions Award

recognizes those who have exercised extraordinary leadership in ensuring that all NAF students have the opportunity to participate in a series of work-based learning activities designed to prepare them for college and career success.

David CesarioGeneral Manager, Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL
Barbara ConversoAdjunct Professor, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
Jerry PedleyOwner, Mertek Solutions, Inc., Sanford, NC

The Alumni Award

recognizes NAF alumni who have achieved success in either college or career, or have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit that can be attributed in part to their academy experience.

Brian BradyNorthport High School, Academy of Finance, 1999, Northport, NY
Bierkis De LeonRichmond Hill High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, 2008, Queens, NY
Ana MedinaG. Holmes Braddock High School, Academy of Information Technology, 2012, Miami, FL

The Janet Linton Leadership Award

recognizes outstanding academy directors and educational leaders (including district administrators, teachers, principals, etc). Created in 2006, in memory of the late San Diego Academy Director, Janet Linton, the award honors extraordinary contributions and leadership within the NAF network, at the school, district and state levels.

Brandon FrameDirector of Business Partnerships and Development, High School Inc. Insurance & Finance Academy/Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
Patricia GregoryLead Teacher, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami, FL
Erik GroomsProgram Director, Academy of Finance Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, MD


NAF Next features highly reputable and diverse plenary speakers that will take the big stage with stories and ideas that will inspire conference attendees.

  • Sanford I. Weill
    Founder and Chairman

  • Diane Tavenner
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Summit Public Schools

  • Usamah Muhammad-Rodgers
    Superintendent, Strategic Initiatives
    and External Relations
    Dallas Independent School District

  • Honorable Jason Villalba
    Texas State Representative
    District 114

  • Manny Fernandez
    Office Managing Partner
    KPMG, Dallas

  • Rob Cato
    Executive Director
    Public Sector
    Workstation & OEM Sales

  • Leah Gilliam
    Vice President of
    Strategy & Innovation
    Girls Who Code

  • Sanjiv Yajnik
    President, Financial
    Capital One

  • Curt Steinhorst
    Certified Speaker
    Generational Trends
    The Center for
    Generational Kinetics


Gain exclusive exposure with as many as 1,500 national education and business leaders by sponsoring NAF Next! NAF Next sponsorship benefits include:

  • An opportunity to build and reinforce strategic relationships within several industries.
  • Reinforcement of your brand among a diverse audience.
  • Share your latest innovations and new products or services to a pertinent audience, and showcase your expertise and capabilities, particularly in the professional development space.
  • Increased marketing opportunities including visibility on the conference website, at plenary sessions, and in associated marketing materials.

If you have any questions or for information regarding sponsorships for 2018, please email Danielle Spitzer, NAF Assistant Director of Development at dspitzer@naf.org.

2017 Sponsors


Showcase your products or services to NAF’s network of leaders in education and business looking for effective ways to prepare high school students for college and career.

As many as 1,500 teachers, business partners, and local to regional level education leaders will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to build awareness of your brand, deliver your messages directly to potential customers, and network with educators from across the country.

NAF Next 2017 Expo
Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center

Tuesday July 11, 2017: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Set up available as early as 10:00am
Exhibitors can staff booths as early as 12:00pm and all booths must be staffed by 3:00pm

Cost: The cost for each exhibition table is $750. If you are interested in additional promotional opportunities for your organization, take a look at the 2017 sponsorship levels and a la carte offerings

What’s Included: Two chairs, skirting, power (if needed), and up to 2 people to staff your table. If you would like to attend the entire conference, including all sessions, meals and the Celebration dinner that immediately follows the NAF Next Expo, the additional cost is $625 per person. Dinner Only tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased on the first page of registration.

Additionally, if you or others from your organization are interested in attending 1-3 days of the conference only (and will not host a table), you can register as a participant for NAF Next 2017.


1.Click here to register

2.Select “I would like to purchase a table at the NAF Next Expo”

3.Continue through the online registration process

Hotel Reservations: Please click here for Hotel Reservations

Questions? Contact our Expo Manager, Sarah Tuckerman at (734) 926-0980 or sarah@osimeetings.com

2017 exhibitors:

Site Visits

Site visits add an extra element to the conference experience, providing participants with an inside look into how area businesses operate. Sign up for site visits when you register!

Tuesday, July 11

Gaylord Texan (No Charge) FULL
Visitors to the Gaylord Texan get a first class experience in Southern Hospitality! Meeting and conference planners recognize the Gaylord Texan as a premier location for large groups and conventions. Participants in this site visit will get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the hotel and conference spaces. Lunch is not provided for this on-site tour.

Capital One ($45.00) FULL
Garages have a revered status in Silicon Valley as centers of innovation and incubation for bright ideas. The Capital One Garage drives creativity into overdrive with its 36,000 sq. ft. collaborative office space staffed with approximately 200 people. The Garage thrives through constant innovation from cross-functional teams that power new ideas from rapid prototyping to in-market launch. Capital One’s brightest tech minds reimagine customers’ lending experience by breaking the boundaries of banking seamlessly between digital and physical spaces. Product managers, software engineers, and designers work collaboratively with development operations teams and solutions architects to pioneer inventive approaches to our auto and home businesses. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to explore this innovative workspace and discover creative approaches to enhance your students’ classroom experience.

Topgolf ($45.00) FULL
Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. With more than 30 venues worldwide (USA & UK), serving more than 13 million guests annually, Topgolf has become a go-to-destination for fun for all ages. Each Topgolf venue features climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round play, private meeting rooms, food, beverage, music and hundreds of HDTVs on which various sports games being shown. Topgolf also offers golf lessons, leagues, tournaments, corporate and social events and more. Join this tour to learn about Topgolf locally and nationally, internship opportunities in several states with NAF academies, and show off your golf skills to your peers. Lunch is included.

Wednesday, July 12

Gaylord Texan (No Charge) FULL
Visitors to the Gaylord Texan get a first class experience in Southern Hospitality! Meeting and conference planners recognize the Gaylord Texan as a premier location for large groups and conventions. Participants in this site visit will get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the hotel and conference spaces.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University ($45.00)
The permanent exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum examines the life and career of President George W. Bush. The exhibit brings the story of the President and First Lady’s leadership to life for visitors, by highlighting the principles they followed when making key decisions and by promoting an understanding of the Presidency, American history, and public policy.

University of Texas at Dallas Campus ($45.00)
Visit the University of Texas at Dallas! Participants will have a chance to meet with post-secondary partners, hear about the current trends, and make connections to their classrooms and communities back home