Virtual PD

NAA offers a variety of opportunities for professional development through meaningful content, conversations, and connections. These opportunities are designed to strengthen the afterschool workforce and youth program quality by ensuring afterschool professionals and leaders are equipped to support young people, families, and communities.

Webinar: Engage, Connect, and Network at NAA17!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00PM EST

Designed for all speakers (including poster presenters), Dallas Host Committee, NAA Board, NAA Affiliate Leaders, and all exhibitors who are attending NAA’s 2017 Annual Convention.

In an age where information can be found with one click and we count “likes” as engagement, conventions hold the promise of meaningful in-person connection with like-minded colleagues. Only through thoughtful and strategic planning will this promise become a reality for participants. If it does, they will become the best ambassadors, sharing their positive results as evidence that this convention is providing not only valuable content, but opportunities to build a strong professional network.

This webinar prepares the NAA board, convention presenters, and affiliate leaders to fulfill their role as hosts creating a convention culture of inclusion and effective engagement. We will discuss macro concepts (e.g. what makes a convention feel vibrant?) and specific steps to take (e.g. welcoming participants into your space to encourage interaction prior to the program).


Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark. Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. His clients have included Marriott International, Cornell University, and PA Consulting to name a few. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and shares how through his signature session, “Art of the Schmooze.”