NACA® Summer Series
NACA® Summer Series

We are excited to announce the new NACA® Summer Series, which will provide campus professionals and students with live virtual educational opportunities to hone skills and add to their résumés. This eight-week series will be led by content experts from across the country. 

The program is designed so you can register for the entire series or choose one or more of the individual weekly topics that fit your or your students' educational needs. Participants will receive at least five hours of instructional time per week and a certificate of completion from NACA. An overview of each week in the series is provided below.

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Concert Management | Programming Board | Marketing | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Identity | Diversity Equity & Inclusion - Advocacy, Activism & Allyship | Student Government | Leadership | Esports
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Concert Management

Concert Management - Week of June 1

In light of the Association’s support of “Blackout Tuesday,” Concert Management Week will now begin on Wednesday, June 3. You can view the updated schedule below. We know this last-minute schedule change may cause some inconveniences. If you are unable to make a session, they will be recorded for you to view at a later time.

Go backstage to learn how to successfully manage shows of all sizes and venues. Get insider knowledge on what to do pre-show, day of show, and post-show.

During this week, students and professional staff will learn:

  • Tips & tricks focused on how to promote and manage small and large-scale concerts
  • Insider industry knowledge from staff and professionals in concert/live event management
  • How to ensure your concerts remain relevant in a virtual world

Wednesday, June 3: 1:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Thursday, June 4: 3:00 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Friday, June 5: 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed Concert Management Schedule

Programming Board

Programming Board - Week of June 8

Train your board of the foundations of campus programming for success this upcoming year. Students and professional staff will participate in separate tracks tailored to their specific needs.

During this week, students will learn:

  • Event Management
  • Board Recruitment & Retention
  • Strategic Planning & Assessment

During this week, professional staff will learn:

  • Event Management
  • Student Supervision & Management
  • Professional Development utilizing the NACA Competencies

Monday, June 8: 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Tuesday, June 9: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Wednesday, June 10: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Thursday, June 11: 2:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed Programming Board Schedule

Programming Board Week Featured Speakers - Stan Pearson & Katie Riggs


Stan Pearson II, MBA is an Award Winning bi-lingual Speaker, Motivational Comedian & Event Host. Stan has been consulting companies & speaking professionally for over a decade. He started as busy student leader, evolved into a Capitol Hill Intern who would later commit to being a Student Affairs Professional before he began touring as a Speaker & Diversity Consultant.
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Katie Riggs

Katie Riggs is the Chief Event Strategist at Riggs & Co, an experience design firm based in Zionsville, IN.
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Marketing - Week of June 15

Are you prepared to not be able to rely on flyers, chalking, and food incentives to entice students to attend your events? This week will cover a mix of traditional marketing techniques and innovative solutions for today's uncertain campus climate.

During this week, students and professional staff will learn:

  • Marketing and recruitment basics
  • Social media best practices and communications plan
  • Accessible and inclusive marketing practices

Monday, June 15: 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Tuesday, June 16: 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET (students)
Wednesday, June 17: 2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (professionals)
Thursday, June 18: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed Marketing Schedule


Marketing Week Featured Speaker - Johnny Earle

Named “Top Innovator in Retail” by the Boston Globe, Johnny started 16 businesses before he was 16 years old. At 19 he founded Johnny Cupcakes, and grew the business from a “joke” to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand with a worldwide cult-like following.

Johnny has given hundreds of keynote speeches for events, companies and schools, including TEDx, Apple and MIT.
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The first 100 Marketing Week registrants will receive a custom, limited edition Johnny Cupcakes/NACA t-shirt!


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Identity - Week of June 29

Who are we? Come engage in a brave space to learn diversity, equity, and inclusion fundamentals and how our identities impact our communities.

During this week, students and professional staff will learn:

  • Fundamentals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The intersections of their identities
  • The dynamics of power, privilege, and white fragility

Monday, June 29: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Tuesday, June 30: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Wednesday, July 1: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Thursday, July 2: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed DEI-Identity Schedule

Nsella Ward

DEI - Identity Week Featured Speaker - Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor

Some people know her as the former notorious attorney who defied the system during the Black Lives Matter movement, or one of the top female slam poets in the world, or the professional troublemaker for the National Organization for Women, the largest Women’s Organization in the world. Those who have heard her speak know that this wasn’t always her story.

Before she became Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor she was Caramel the sex worker. When you hear her speak live, she tells an addictive story of resilience and how you can be your own superhero, even when the world thinks you’re a villain.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Advocacy, Activism, & Allyship - Week of July 6

How do we empower voices to be shared, heard, and represented? Engage in sessions to learn how to support marginalized populations and develop inclusive communities.

During this week, students and professional staff will learn:

  • The distinctions between advocacy, activism, and allyship
  • How to support advocacy, activism, and allyship during COVID-19
  • How professional staff can support student advocacy, activism, and allyship

Tuesday, July 7: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Wednesday, July 8: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Thursday, July 9: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Friday, July 10: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed DEI-Advocacy, Activism & Allyship Schedule


Student Government - Week of July 13

Prepare your student government leaders for success in their roles for this upcoming year. In addition to specific training for student government leaders and professional staff, all participants will have the opportunity to engage in individual or group consultations.

During this week, students will learn:

  • Foundations of effective leadership
  • Fundamentals of student government operations
  • Building working relationships with higher education administration

During this week, professional staff will learn:

  • Fundamentals of student government advising
  • Utilizing NACA NEXT to assess student learning and impact
  • How to prepare for an unknown fall term

Tuesday, July 14: 
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET office hours (optional)
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET networking activity (optional)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET sponsored activity (optional)
Wednesday, July 15: 
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET office hours (optional)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET sponsored activity (optional)
Thursday, July 16:
12:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (professionals and students)

Detailed Student Government Schedule

Adam Grabowski

Student Government Week Featured Speaker - Adam Grabowski

Comedian & Speaker ADAM GRABOWSKI is the 4-time National College Comic of the Year who has performed at over 750 campuses across 49 States and was featured on America's Got Talent!

Having toured for over a decade, Adam speaks on the importance of empathy and eliminating the stigma of discussing mental health as part of his #SayItAnyway campaign. Now, Adam uses his comedy shows and keynotes to inspire leadership and advocate for social justice! 

Wednesday Evening Activity - Hypnotist Tim Miller

Hypnotist Tim Miller

International Motivational Hypnotist Tim Miller (Hypnotizing America) has created powerful LIVE VIRTUAL PROGRAMS to invoke positive mental health during the pandemic. Tim, his wife Michelle and dog Panda, have traveled both nationally and internationally with their motivational and entertainment experiences. From Top 5 U.S. Corporations, Universities to SOLD OUT audiences at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA, Tim has motivated a remarkably diverse group of attendees. In 2019, Hypnotizing America was voted SHOWCASE ACT at 3 National Association for Campus Activities Conferences, along with BEST SHOW by National Booking Site "The Bash".
Tim spent 20 years as a Mental, Physical and Emotional Health Educator, along with graduate work in assisting people with addiction, loss, and anxiety. As a former NCAA Division 1 Head Football Coach, Tim’s energy cannot be matched. Tim and Michelle have been married for 30 years and have 3 adult children and 1 granddaughter, Elani. Get ready to be motivated to make positive change in your life when attending one of their Healthy Living Seminars or Hilarious Stage Shows.


Leadership - Week of July 20

Find the leader in you. This week uses the relational model of leadership as the foundation for students to become leaders and professional staff to develop student leaders.

During this week, students will learn:

  • The five components of relational leadership: purpose, inclusive, empowering, ethical, and process
  • How to use the components to understand their leadership, manage conflict, motivate others, and utilize inclusive practices
  • How their personal values affect their leadership style

During this week, professional staff will learn:

  • How to design training using the relational leadership model
  • To connect training concepts to leadership and workplace skills
  • How to adapt leadership training to a virtual format

Monday, July 20: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (students)
Tuesday, July 21: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (students)
Wednesday, July 22: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (students)
Wednesday, July 22: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET (professionals)
Thursday, July 23: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET (professionals)
Friday, July 24: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET (professionals)

Detailed Leadership Schedule

Leadership Week Keynote Presenters (Professional)


Dr. Adam Peck has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University for more than 12 years. He is the author of more than 45 scholarly publications. He served as editor of the book, "Engagement & Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education" (NASPA Press, March 2017). He recently co-edited, "Leadership Development in Student Employment, New Directions for Student Leadership" with Dr. Kathleen Callahan. He serves as editor of the Scholarship to Practice section of the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship. He has presented keynote speeches to colleges and universities around the country and throughout the world.

Dr. Peck earned his bachelor's degree in Theatre from Lewis University, a master's degree in Communication Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Michael Preston
has served as Executive Director of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities since July 2015 where he works with The University of Central Florida, The University of South Florida, and Florida International University on collaborative projects designed to increase retention, improve graduation rates, and ensure graduates are career ready. Previous to taking on this unique role, Dr. Preston served the students of The University of Central Florida since 2011 as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement where he oversaw a comprehensive involvement program including entertainment programming, student organizations, volunteer and service programs, and student government.

Dr. Preston has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years and is commonly asked to speak and present on topics such as student affairs assessment, personal career development, student engagement practices, and developing student leadership competencies. In addition to his work in student affairs at UCF, Dr. Preston is also a faculty member in the Higher Education and Policy Studies department where he teaches on the subject of Organization and Administration in Higher Education.


As executive director of National Association of Colleges and Employers, Shawn VanDerziel leads the association of 13,000+ professionals at more than 3,000 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment of college students and alumni.

Prior to joining the NACE staff, Shawn was with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for 23 years, where he most recently served as chief human resources officer and as chief of staff. His earlier roles included a corporate recruiting position with Norrell Corporation and a position in higher education as associate director of student enrollment at National Louis University.

Leadership Week Keynote Presenters (Student)


Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., is a peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online. In 2014, Nwadike launched the Free Hugs Project to spread love in response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Nwadike has made major news headlines for his peace-keeping efforts and de-escalating violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Nwadike has made many appearances on news programs worldwide, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News. Ken was the keynote speaker at the 2017 NACA® National Convention,  a speaker at the 2018 and 2020 national events, and several regional NACA events.

Ken is a favorite on campuses nationwide and is frequently invited to return.  Ken engages students in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism. His keynote and interaction with students creates unity and builds community, reminding them that we are all humans in need of love.


Jael Kerandi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to the United States when she was 18 months old. She is the youngest of five children. Jael is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management. She is majoring in Finance and Marketing with minors in Leadership and Business Law. She is currently interning with Microsoft in the Finance department. Jael is passionate about creating a better world for future generations. Jael served as the first Black Undergraduate Student Body President at the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as the Ranking Representative to the Board of Regents. She has a deep love for football but enjoys watching almost all sports. She also enjoys babysitting, fitness (specifically weight lifting), and baking. Fun fact: Jael doesn’t use an alarm clock to wake up.  Jael is passionate about racial justice and ensuring that our institutions are held accountable. Jael chose to call for her University to sever ties with the Minneapolis Police Department after the murder of George Floyd, happening less than 20 mins from the Twin Cities Campus. It was important that as a representative of students, Jael spoke up. The University holds values in diversity and inclusion and those values do not align with the murderous actions and history of the Minneapolis Police Department. Students who are paying tuition deserve better. Students needed to know that the University valued Black Lives, today not tomorrow.


Esports - Week of July 27

What are esports? This week provides the knowledge and tools to launch a successful esports program on campus.

During this week, students will learn:

  • To cultivate a collegiate esports community on their own campus
  • The fundamentals of shoutcasting and streaming
  • To promote a campus esports program

During this week, professional staff will learn:

  • The fundamentals of campus esports programs, including Discord basics, game overviews, and casual vs. competitive gaming
  • To assess esports programs
  • To create a roadmap for developing esports engagement on campus

Monday, July 27: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Tuesday, July 28: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Wednesday, July 29: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET (professionals and students)
Thursday, July 30: 1:00 p.m. ET - until (professionals and students) [NACA Esports Open]

Detailed Esports Schedule

Esports Week Panelists & Keynotes
Tyler Schrodt - Founder, Electronic Gaming FederationTyler Schrodt
Tyler Schrodt founded the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) in 2015 and has grown the organization from a single collection of high school esports teams to a full-scale federation across collegiate, high school and youth esports ecosystems. The EGFC collegiate league features a nationwide collection of Division One schools from across the Power Five, Big East, MAAC conferences culminating in a bracketed championship much like the NCAA Final Four®.  EGF’s nationwide high school league has schools from Alaska to Connecticut and culminates in the EGF High School National Championship at Walt Disney World® Resort held at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Tyler’s vision to put the students first, ensure transparency and empower member schools has elevated EGF to a leadership position in the industry.


Scott Novis

Scott Novis is a serial entrepreneur with two engineering degrees and is named on 11 patents. A 20-year video game executive and former Vice-president for the Walt Disney Company, with credit on 15 video games. He created the mobile video game party industry when he founded GameTruck, which has entertained more than 10 million children over the last decade and a half. He launched Bravous Esports in 2018 to bring together the best in positive coaching and competition in an inclusive, positive community environment. A leader in campus life esports events, Bravous Esports is breaking of the stereotype of gaming as an isolated activity with its Virtual Esports Open, and in-person Esports Open programs.


Kurt Melcher
Kurt Melcher is a higher education professional and the Executive Director of Esports at Intersport.

Registration & Pricing

Full Summer Series (access to all eight weeks)
First login*: $999/series
Each additional login: $799/series
Non-Member login: $1999/series

A La Carte Weeks (access to a specific week/topic):
First login: $149/week
Each additional login (same week as first login): $99/week
Non-Member login: $299/week

Weekly registration is good for one user. Schools cannot substitute users between sessions in the same week.

Most weeks have group sessions and live work that can't be made up at a later date, and are designed to be completed synchronously.

Special pricing is available if you need to register more than 4 people for the series or more than 8 people for a specific week(s), please contact Karen Johnston.

*If your institution purchases a full summer series login and you would like different people from your institution to attend different weeks, you may share one series login as long as only one person is participating any given week. If you would like multiple people from your institution to attend each week, you must purchase additional logins. Questions can be directed to

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