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, March 9, 2017 1:00PM EST

Designed for registered participants of NAA’s Annual Convention.

Conventions hold the promise of meaningful, in-person connections with like-minded colleagues - opportunities that are simply not possible through email and social media. With that in mind, NAA is making a concerted effort to foster a Convention culture of inclusion, effective engagement, networking and relationship building. A little planning prior to your attendance will reward you with a more meaningful experience and a strong professional network - one that can support you year-round!

Participants of the Webinar will learn:

  • Ideas and steps for creating your own strategic networking plan for Convention.
  • Ways to maximize even small networking moments that occur throughout the event.
  • How your personality and energy level is a factor and specific tips for both introverts and extroverts.

Seasoned participant of NAA’s Convention?
We’ve got you covered! The webinar will discuss how stepping into a “host” role by welcoming less seasoned participants and promoting engagement between participants can assist you with your own networking and leadership goals.


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.”