2018 Education

Executive Exchange Program

When: Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Executives seeking career advancement are the perfect candidates for NAA’s Executive Exchange Program. Start the day in with front row seats with Game Changer Mark King, President of Adidas™, then join him for a private continental breakfast with Q&A.. In the afternoon, dial into executive-level content for two more breakout sessions.

To participate, simply add it on (free of charge) with your full conference registration, or register for the Executive Exchange Only pass, starting at $250.

General Sessions

Mike Rowe

Thursday General Session Speaker: Mike Rowe, Executive Producer and Show Host Best known for the hit TV series Dirty Jobs

Thursday, June 14 | 12:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
From the Baltimore Opera to QVC shopping channel, Executive Producer and Show Host Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. Through his work with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, traveling as an apprentice on Dirty Jobs, and now on Facebook’s groundbreaking series Returning the Favor, Mr. Rowe has taught us to appreciate people who aren’t afraid of a hard day’s work.

General Session sponsored by: General Session sponsor: The Home Depot

Alex Rodriguez,

Friday General Session Speaker: Alex Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp, 2009 World Series Champion

Friday, June 15 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
A 3-time MVP for the NY Yankees and 14-time all-star, Mr. Rodriguez is not only one of the greatest athletes in the world, but also a rental housing champion as the founder of a tremendously successful, fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm, A-Rod Corp. 

General Session Sponsored by: CSC ServicWorks

Shabnam Mogharabi

Saturday General Session Speaker: Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO of SoulPancake & New York Times Bestselling Author

Saturday, June 16 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
With more than 15 years of experience in media and entertainment building startups and organizations with an emphasis on digital content, social platforms, production and news, Ms. Mogharabi is CEO of SoulPancake, an inspiring company she co-founded with actor Rainn Wilson that creates daily positive, socially conscious videos about human connection. 


Game Changers

Jonathan MildenhallThe Power of Purpose

Wednesday, June 13 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Jonathan Mildenhall, former CMO of Airbnb, will discuss how a brand can become a beacon of hope and shine a light of optimism and happiness by taking a social stand and defying stereotypes. Leave feeling energized to find your passion and purpose in what you do.


Nick Riggle
Being Awesome: Self, Creativity, Community

Thursday, June 14 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Author and Philosopher, Nick Riggle, explores the origins and importance of being awesome. Learn how to develop strategies for being more awesome, more often. Awesome people are creative community builders whose generosity, social curiosity and cooperativeness make them inspiring leaders, team players and unfailing friends.

Curt Steinhorst Thriving in the Age of Distraction

Thursday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Curt Steinhorst, Entrepreneur and Founder of FocusWise, covers the very connected world we live in and how it has fundamentally altered the way people work, engage, communicate and relate to one another. Learn the great challenges we face in a constantly-connected world, revealing: How did we get here? How deep does this distraction issue go? And where do we go from here?

Robyn BenincasaWin as One: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

Thursday, June 14 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer, talks about what the world's most successful teams have in common. The ability to upgrade their "teamwork" to Human Synergy! She'll share her most epic and meaningful moments in Adventure Racing to showcase how Human Synergy pushed them farther and faster in pursuit of their goals.

Mark KingUnleashing the Potential of People

Friday, June 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
According to Mark King, President of Adidas North America, there’s only one thing that allows a company to sustain success over a long period of time and that’s the quality of people that you have. It’s all about the environment that you create and the people you attract because talent isn’t at the top of the organization – it’s company-wide.


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