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 equipped 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 is now open! Click here to register.

Mark your calendars for future NAF Next dates!

Sunday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

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



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


$625 Early Bird (by May 31)
$725 Regular Registration

The first 125 registrants will receive a complimentary ticket to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located in Washington, DC.

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

The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is SOLD OUT. Overflow hotel accommodations are available at a discounted rate at the Mayflower Hotel. A complimentary metro pass will be provided at check in for transportation to and from Wardman Park. To book, please email conference@naf.org or call (734) 926-0980.

Receive 10% off online bookings for Super Shuttle. Click here to book.


See below for the 2018 agenda-at-a-glance.

Sunday, July 8, 2018
10:00am – 7:00pm
1:00 - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference workshops
1:00 - 2:30pm
NAFTrack Program of Study
2:45 - 4:15pm
NAFTrack Program of Study
4:00 - 5:00pm
New to NAF Part 1
Monday, July 9, 2018
7:30am – 5:30pm
8:30 – 10:30am
Academy Themed Networking
8:30 - 10:30am
Year of Planning Session
10:45 - 12:00pm
Learning Sessions A
12:15 - 1:50pm
Let Your Voice Be Heard: Opening Plenary and Lunch
1:50 - 2:15pm
2:15 - 3:30pm
Learning Sessions B
2:15 - 5:00pm
NAF Data Reports Lab
3:45 - 5:00pm
Learning Sessions C
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
7:30am – 6:30pm
8:30 – 10:30am
Leading the Way: Breakfast and Plenary
10:45 - 12:00pm
Learning Sessions D
12:00 - 2:00pm
Lunch on Own
Banner Distribution
12:00 - 6:00pm
NAF Next Expo
2:00 - 3:15pm
Learning Sessions E
3:15 - 3:45pm
AICPA Bank on It Tournament
3:45 - 5:00pm
Learning Sessions F
NAF Data Reports Labs
5:00 - 6:15pm
6:30 - 9:00pm
Celebrating Our Future: Celebration Dinner
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
7:30am – 2:00pm
7:45 – 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00am
Breakfast Year of Planning Session
8:30 - 10:00am
Super Sessions
10:15 – 11:45am
Industry Updates: Preparing Students for Success
12:00 - 1:30pm
We are Future Ready: Lunch and Closing PLENARY
1:30 – 2:00pm
Banner Distribution
2:00 - 4:00pm
New to NAF Part II
NAF Data Reports Lab
NAFTrack Program of Study
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.

Congratulations to the 2018 award winners!

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.

Dr. Kuldip ThusuCEO, Alta Clinic, Dinuba, CA
Michelle DuttonCEO, MBD Associates, New York, NY
Wendy KallergisPresident & CEO, Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association, Miami, FL

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.

Diana RamosHarmony Magnet Academy, Academy of Engineering, 2012, Porterville, CA; Engineering Intern, Honeybee Robotics, Pasadena, CA
Khalia BraswellPhillip O. Berry, Academy of Technology, 2008, Charlotte, NC; Founder & CEO INTech Foundation, Inc.
Nashara FrazierMiramar High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, 1996, Miramar, FL; Area Manager – Miami, Expedia Inc.

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.

Angelica MeltonAcademy of Finance Director; Sanderson High School, Raleigh, NC
Camille Ramos-BealPrincipal; Palomares High School, Academy of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Jonathan SmithCampus Academy Lead for Emmett J. Conrad NAF Academies, Dallas, TX


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

  • Thomas Penny
    Donohoe Hospitality Services

  • Antoinette S. Mitchell Ph.D.
    Assistant Superintendent
    Postsecondary and Career Education
    Washington, D.C

  • Ursula Burns
    Retired CEO, Xerox
    Executive Chairman
    VEON Ltd

  • John B King Jr
    Former US Secretary of Education
    President and CEO of The Education Trust

  • Rob Cato
    Executive Director
    NA Channel Chief

  • Dr. Victor Rios
    Professor and Author


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.

2018 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.


2018 exhibitors:

Site Visits

We will be hosting a series of site visits on Wednesday from 2-5 PM. Pre-registration is required.

Marriott Wardman Park
The Marriott Wardman Park, celebrating its 100th year, is 195,000 square feet of stunningly updated event space customized for gatherings large and small. Located in Northwest DC’s Woodley Park neighborhood, participants in this site visit will get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the hotel and conference spaces.

Tudor Place (Georgetown, $20 Fee includes ticket plus transportation on the Metro)
Overlooking Georgetown and the Potomac River, Tudor Place contains 15,000 items dating from the mid-18th to the late 20th centuries. Belonging to George and Martha Washington, it is one of the largest Washington Collections on view outside Mount Vernon. The Archive holds a collection of 5,000 books and a Manuscript Collection of 300 linear feet that includes early land records, maps, photographs, moving pictures, diaries, household receipts, correspondence, and one of only three letters extant from George to Martha Washington.

National Portrait Gallery ($10 Fee includes transportation on the Metro)
The National Portrait Gallery occupies a portion of the Old Patent Office Building, a National Historic Landmark. Located just south of Chinatown in downtown Washington. This gallery has several exhibits of portraiture including: American Origins, American Presidents, Champions and 20th Century Americans. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to explore and discover creative approaches to enhance your students’ classroom experience.

National Zoological Park
One of the oldest zoo’s in the United States, The National Zoological Park was founded in 1889. Its mission is to “provide engaging experiences with animals and create and share knowledge to save wildlife and habitats”. Participants in this site visit will get to see smokey bear, giant pandas, elephant trails, the cheetah conservation trail and even an animal demo in the park.