Apartmentalize 2021 Schedule
(Subject to change)
Tuesday, August 31
Opening General Session: Erik Weihenmayer
The “No Barriers Life”
Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a “No Barriers Life,” describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve – in Erik’s words, to “climb” while others “camp.” Erik describes the key components for shattering barriers and pioneering possibilities, which start with a powerful “Vision” to guide us and a “Reach into the darkness.” By relentlessly innovating new systems and approaches along the way, we “Pioneer” our way to solutions. As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never experience. Erik calls this “Alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold. “With an alchemist,” he says, “you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they'll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.” This journey cannot happen alone. By building a great “Rope Team” that shares our vision we become stronger. The gifts we earn along our journey represent our personal “Summits,” but it is only when we share these gifts with others that we “Elevate” our communities as well as ourselves.
Wednesday, September 01
General Session: Diana Nyad & Lisa Bodell
At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, "I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team."
Lisa Bodell is a global leader on behavior change, whose skill-building firm has transformed hundreds of thousands of employees from Fortune 500 companies by showing them how to "eliminate the complexity" that holds them back and "get to the work that matters." Her talks offer a roadmap to eradicate the workplace complexity that is killing organizations' ability to be agile, fast and innovative.
General Session: Second City Custom Show
Second City Works is the B2B arm of the world-renowned comedy and improv theater, Second City. As the training ground of greats like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, Alan Alda, and many more, Second City has influenced the face of entertainment since 1959. But improvisation is about more than just being funny. It’s based on key tenets of communication, trust, authenticity, and collaboration – skills that are also vital for successful organizations. Second City Works will bring the award-winning improv and comedy skills that have brought them success and apply them to your world. Join us for this fun and creative performance customized specifically for NAA and the rental-housing industry.
Thursday, September 02
Closing General Session: Viola Davis
Davis is the first black actor to win the triple crown of Tony, Oscar and Emmy awards. She has also, with her husband, founded JuVee, a production company that focuses on giving voice to the voiceless.