About

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

Important Updates

Registration for NAF Next 2018 opens March 12. Check back here for the link.

Mark your calendars for future NAF Next dates!

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

Logistics

NAF Next 2018 will be held in Washington, DC Sunday July 8 through Wednesday July 11.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

$625 Early Bird
$725 Regular Registration

HOTEL INFORMATION:
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

 

Agenda

See below for the 2017 agenda-at-a-glance. Check back soon for the 2018 agenda.

Jul
9
Sunday, July 9, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
NAFTrack Studio
10:00am – 8:00pm
NAF Next REGISTRATION
4:00 - 5:00pm
New to NAF Part I
Jul
10
Monday, July 10, 2017
7:30am – 5:30pm
NAF Next REGISTRATION
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
Break
3:15 - 4:30pm
Learning Sessions B
NAF Data Reports Lab
Jul
11
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:30am – 6:30pm
NAF Next REGISTRATION
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
Reception
6:00 - 9:00pm
Celebration Dinner
Jul
12
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30am – 2:00pm
NAF Next REGISTRATION
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

Awards

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

Speakers

NAF Next features highly reputable and diverse plenary speakers that will take the big stage with stories and ideas that will inspire conference attendees. Below are our speakers from 2017. Check back soon for 2018 speaker announcements.

  • Sanford I. Weill
    Founder and Chairman
    NAF

  • 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
    Lenovo

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

  • Sanjiv Yajnik
    President, Financial
    Services
    Capital One

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

Sponsors

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

Exhibitors

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.

 

2017 exhibitors:

Site Visits

2018 information to come