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Annual Meeting News & Notes

Posted By NAEP, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Registration

Registration is open and the hotel room block is accepting reservations. Do not delay in making your plans to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting in Orlando at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from April 8-11, 2018.

Conference Program

We have sessions scheduled from Monday late morning all the way through Wednesday late afternoon. Specific sessions will be announced shortly on the website

Our Keynote Sessions

Our Opening Keynote Speaker will be Rick Wertsching, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Disney Theme Parks & Resorts. Rick will share his insights and best practices from the world-class Disney procurement department.

We are also pleased to announce that we will have a Chief Business Officer Panel Discussion with several CBO's from higher education institutions. Following our panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into one of four professional development topics. We will announce details very soon but come prepared to learn and engage in a unique way!

Our discussion workshops will focus on 4 areas:

  • Negotiations
  • Women in Leadership
  • Communications
  • Leadership from John Maxwell’s 21 Laws of Leadership

Hotel Reservations

All educational sessions and the exhibit hall will be in Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel. Please note that we anticipate that our room block at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel will fill up very quickly this year. Register for the conference and reserve your room as early as you can. To ensure our room block is available to our NAEP members, NAEP is limiting the number of rooms anyone can make in their name to two rooms per night. NAEP will also be periodically reviewing the hotel rooming list provided by Walt Disney World to ensure everyone in the NAEP room block is attending the NAEP 2018 meeting.

Room rates are available at the NAEP discounted room rate of $199 single/double plus applicable taxes ($25 additional person fee above double occupancy. A standard room accommodates a maximum of 5 people). Room reservations must be made no later than March 6, 2018 at this hotel. This discounted room rate is available from Thursday, April 5th through Thursday April 12th, as long as rooms are available. Room nights before and after the above referenced dates are subject to availability from Disney, if available, and at their prevailing market rate.

Sunday Night Host Welcome Event

Book your flights to arrive in time to enjoy a magical evening with NAEP and Walt Disney World® Resort! Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ will open a portion of their park just for NAEP conference attendees! Marvel at the Indiana Jones ™ Epic Stunt Spectacular! and then enjoy the park and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ® Starring Aerosmith at the other end of Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  NAEP has a few surprises planned for you during this fun and interactive adventure.

Vendor Hall

We have filled 100 exhibit booth spaces in our MarketPlace exhibit hall already this year! Come prepared to meet with many of your current suppliers and consortiums and meet many others that want to earn your business.

If you are a supplier to the higher education community, reserve your booth before they sell out! Contact Ashley Kmiecik to learn more.

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