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 12, 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
$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

Overflow hotel accommodations are available at a discounted rate at the Mayflower Hotel. Click here to book.




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

Sunday, July 8, 2018
10:00am – 7:00pm
1:00 - 2:30pm
NAFTrack Program of Study
2:45 - 4:15pm
NAFTrack Program of Study
1:00 - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference workshops
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
12:15 - 1:45pm
Opening Plenary and Lunch
1:45 - 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
Breakfast and Plenary
10:45 - 12:00pm
Learning Sessions D
12:00 - 2:00pm
Lunch on Own
Banner Distribution
2:00 - 3:15pm
Learning Sessions E
3:15 - 3:45pm
AICPA Bank on It Tournament
3:45 - 5:00pm
Learning Sessions F
3:45 - 5:00pm
Learning Sessions F
NAF Data Reports Labs
12:00 - 6:00pm
NAF Next Expo
5:00 - 6:15pm
6:30 - 9:00pm
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
12:00 - 1:30pm
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


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.

Nominations for 2018 are now closed. Check back soon to find out this years’ winners.


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. Below are our speakers from 2017. Check back soon for 2018 speaker announcements.

  • 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.

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.


2017 exhibitors: