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Why Attend?

The NAEP Annual Meeting is the premier higher education procurement solutions conference in the country.

This year's theme, "Enterprise Supply Chain Solutions - Make it so!" is all about Procurement: An emerging frontier. These are the sessions of the NAEP Enterprise. Trying to empower procurement professionals to seek out new ideas and opportunities to enhance their department, community and institution. To boldly go where no man/woman has gone before!

The original Star Trek television series was groundbreaking not only for its depiction of futuristic technology, but also for its precedent setting embracement of diversity. The show’s 1966 premiere came at a critical period in the struggle for racial justice and inclusion, being tucked between the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. NBC was not without risk by introducing the show’s weekly audience to an array of characters of different races, ages, cultures, sexes, religious beliefs, and ideologies. The crew of the USS Enterprise faced peril on a weekly basis, often barely escaping due to unconventional thinking and a never been tried before plan. That’s the sort of thinking that you get by fully embracing diversity and inclusion, just as Star Trek did over 50 years ago. 

As we meet in Kansas City in April of 2019, we want to demonstrate similar abilities of working together. Whether it is working within the procurement department or collaborating across departments within the institution, we all want to achieve success. Each session within one of the four Star Tracks, 1) Efficiency, 2) Inclusion, 3) Innovation and 4) Procurement will relate in some way to diversity and inclusion. We will also provide multiple opportunities for extended networking so you may share new concepts and discuss methods to implement these best practices after the meeting.

Register today so you may meet and network with over 400 of your procurement colleagues from schools large and small, public and private, across the country.


Annual Meeting Registration

Your full conference registration includes access to the Host Welcome Event on Monday evening, all keynote sessions and educational workshops on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and access to the Exhibit Hall Marketplace on Monday and Tuesday.


High Quality Educational Sessions Through Annual Meeting and Supplier Diversity Institute

During this year's annual meeting, we anticipate offering over 40 concurrent sessions. As an additional extension of the focus on diversity, we will present NAEP's Supplier Diversity Institute concurrently with the meeting. Six to eight sessions designed specifically for supplier diversity professionals will be available. Attendees may participate in sessions from both high quality educational programs.

Register for the 2019 Supplier Diversity Institute


Full registration includes continental breakfast Monday through Wednesday, the Exhibit Marketplace Grand Opening and Reception on Monday evening, lunch in the Marketplace on Tuesday and the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday. 

Guest Tickets and Registration

To edit your registration as well as add guest tickets, please sign into the NAEP website and go to the Annual Meeting registration page. Click on the green ‘register’ button. A pop-up box will appear asking if you want to add a new registration or modify an existing, select modify existing. This will pull up your current registration where you can add any optional spouse/guest tickets. Please indicate your guest’s name in the blank comment box. NAEP does not store payment information so you will be able to enter your own credit card for payment.

Handicapped Accessible

More information to follow.

What is the Registration Cost to Attend?

NAEP Member Rate (must be signed into website to receive)
A savings of $295 off the non-member rate!
Airfare* $240
Hotel Room: 3 nights at $189 per night $567
Transportation to and from the airport (via Super Shuttle)          $36
Meals (most meals covered by conference registration fee) $25
Total average cost $1668

* = Average airfare was determined by a review on 9/24/18 using Southwest Airlines flights from major hub cities across the country. Flights arrive typically on Sunday afternoon, April 7th, and depart Wednesday evening, April 10th. Cities surveyed were: Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Tampa, Charlotte, New York, and Nashville.

Welcome Event "Regiception" on Sunday Evening

We've put a fun spin on registration. Join us for networking, raffles, prizes, goodies, and a buffet!

More info to follow.

Letter of Justification

Let us help you attend the annual meeting. Simply download the justification letter to your supervisor explaining all of the benefits you will get from attending the NAEP 2019 Annual Conference and how they will help your institution. Edit and send! Be sure to also download the conference schedule to highlight the presentations and speakers you plan to see!

Future Annual Meetings

Plan ahead! NAEP has scheduled the Annual Meeting through 2023.

  • 2020: April 5-8, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN
  • 2021: March 14-17, 2021 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD (Outside of Washington, DC)
  • 2022: April 17-20, 2022 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX
  • 2023: April 2-5, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL


Register now.

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