April 13-14 • Virtual


For full details, click here to view the NECA Now 2021 schedule.


Virtual Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session with Marcus Lemonis 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Morning Breakout Sessions 11:15 am – 11:55 am
  • People and Processes with Amanda King
  • We Are All More Than You Can See: Intersectionality & Diversity with Michele Sullivan
  • TSP: Truthful, Specific and Positive Feedback with Michael Allosso
  • Driving Innovation From Within with Kaihan Krippendorff
NECA Breakout Talks 12:10 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Leading a Culture of Risk Management with Jeremy Cheek
  • Developing Inclusion Platforms and Employee Resource Groups with Karen Bazela
  • Disciplined Innovation with Todd Hart
  • Becoming a Catalyst for Growth with Bob Eaton
Gatherly Networking or Golf Demonstration
12:45 pm – 1:55 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
  • The One And The Nine: Building Teams & Organizations That Win with Jake Wood
  • Inclusive Leadership: Break Bias, Lead Now with Torin Perez
  • Amplifii Your Virtual Influence with René Rodriguez
  • Building Company Strength Through Innovation, moderated by Tauhira Ali
NECA Breakout Talks 3:25 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Lead With Culture with LV Hanson
  • Effective Strategies for Building a Great Team with Steve Pemberton
  • Seeing The Lighter Side with Michael Allosso
  • A Culture of Innovation with Andy Hennig
NECA Update 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Plenary Session with Steve Pemberton:
A New Take on Diversity: Moving from Labels to Experiences
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Musical Guest Taryn Papa or
Virtual Jeopardy
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Virtual Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Morning Breakout Sessions 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • The Kindness Diaries with Leon Logothetis
  • The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce with Kim Lear
  • Navigating the Overload of Construction Software, moderated by Amanda Harbison
  • Becoming a Change Agent in Your Environment with Dr. Rubin Cockrell
Plenary Session with Lisa Sun: From an Idea to a Movement: Choosing Self-Confidence and Pivoting with Purpose 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
NECA Breakout Talks 12:15 pm – 12:35 pm
  • In My Experience: Why Mistakes are Useful with Tim Batty
  • Building Diversity & Making Work with Candace Bridges and Michele Hix
  • Six Steps to Innovation with Lisa Sun
  • Culture of Innovation with Shane Moll
Lunch: Gatherly Networking or Insider Secrets to Exploring the World of Wine Demonstration 12:50 pm – 2:00 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:15 pm – 2:55 pm
  • Getting Big Things Done: Leveraging Productivity and Optimization with Kim Lear
  • Diversity: Representation & Access with Lisa Sun
  • Harnessing the Power of Belonging to Activate High Performance and Organizational Resiliency with Seth Mattison
  • The Crucible: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom with Ron Bailey
NECA Breakout Talks 3:10 pm – 3:30 pm
  • The Importance of a Company Diversity & Inclusion Commitment with Joe Marchese
  • The Difference Between Leaders and Managers with Joel Smith
  • A Practical Approach to Inclusion and Equity with Diane Melsness
  • Leading High-Performance Virtual Teams: Strategies for Succeeding With a Remote Workforce with Seth Mattison
NECA Update 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Plenary Session with Mike Rowe 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Musical Guest Michelle Pesce or
Breckenridge Brewery Demonstration & Happy Hour
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Click here to view session descriptions


Value of NECA Now

For $400 per registrant, attendees of NECA Now will get access to:

  • 4 Plenary Sessions presented by some of today’s most sought-after thought leaders.
  • 32 highly engaging education sessions, available both live and on-demand. NECA has invested in a group of dynamic, professional speakers at the top of their fields, bringing attendees high-value sessions with presenters never before seen at NECA events.
  • An emphasis has been made on creating a more connected virtual event, providing additional networking opportunities with platforms to bring attendees together and enable interaction. No more just sitting and watching; NECA Now will truly bring NECA together, recreating the personal touch of the in-person meeting despite physical distance.
  • 2 interactive lunch sessions and 2 networking receptions.
  • Using a familiar interactive platform, attendees will have the ability to network amongst themselves, with Premier Partners, and NECA Staff. This is their chance to ask direct questions and get specific information on topics that matter to them.
  • On-demand sessions for 30 days.
  • Attendees get the full value of NECA Now’s renowned education and networking, for $650 less than the standard registration fee for the 2019 in-person event. This also excludes the cost of travel, lodging, and any productivity lost from being away from the office.
  • The $400 registration cost is good through March 30. After that date, the price increases to $500.

Quick Facts


NECA Now focuses on leadership development with presentations by top business experts. No reports, no speeches.


NECA Now plenary sessions begin and end with the professional and personal development information you need, delivered by nationally known keynote speakers.


Using a familiar interactive platform, attendees will have the ability to network amongst themselves, with Premier Partners, and NECA Staff. This is your chance to ask questions and get specific information on topics that matter to you.


Leadership • Diversity+Equity+Inclusion • Technology + Innovation

32 classes broken down into 4 paths offer you the opportunity to concentrate your learning in one segment, or to pick and choose across the disciplines. Create your experience to meet your needs!


NECA has invested in a group of dynamic speakers at the top of their fields, bringing you high-value sessions with presenters never before seen at NECA events.


Be sure to visit the exhibit hall! Our Premier Partners have new ideas, new research and solutions that will help your company advance to the next level. They stand ready to help prepare you to grow and remain competitive in this ever-changing marketplace. Join a group conversation or talk one-on-one with company executives. You’ll find helpful product demonstrations showcasing their newest innovations that you can apply in the office or on the job.


An emphasis has been made on creating a more connected virtual event, providing additional networking opportunities and platforms to bring attendees together and enable interaction. No more just sitting and watching; NECA Now will truly bring NECA together.

For questions or more information about NECANOW 2021,
contact: (202) 991-6318  • live@necanet.org




Marcus LemonisCNBC’s “The Profit,” CEO of Camping World and Gander Outdoors
TUESDAY, APRIL 13 at 10:00 AM

Best known for breathing life back into struggling small businesses on CNBC’s The Profit, Marcus Lemonis is more than a TV personality, he is a successful entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist.


Steve PembertonChief People Officer at Workhuman, Former Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
TUESDAY, APRIL 13 at 4:15 PM

Drawing upon his experience as the former Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, see how his approach brought increased shareholder value to Walgreens and Monster.com—and how it can be implemented by any company.


Lisa SunFounder CEO of retail brand and confidence company, Gravitas

What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Catalyzing confidence and inspiring innovation, Sun encourages audiences to choose self-confidence, and work to harness their “superpower.”


Mike RoweDirty Jobs, Somebody’s Gotta Do It

Best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series “Dirty Jobs.” Mike is also the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap.



NECA is always working to help communities in need both in the U.S. and around the world. This year, we are partnering with Team Rubicon, which serves communities by enabling veterans to leverage their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.

Founded following the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to over 140,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched more than 800 operations domestically and internationally. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Team Rubicon has pivoted to deliver disaster response and rebuild services in core mission areas and has expanded their scope of missions to meet unique community needs brought about by the pandemic.

Join us in raising money for this important cause! The NECA Now Silent Auction gives attendees the chance to bid on several amazing items. All proceeds will go to Team Rubicon.

Items up for auction include:

  • Signed Tom Brady Buccaneers memorabilia
  • Signed Tiger Woods memorabilia
  • Signed guitar from John Rich of country group Big & Rich (John will personally present guitar to winner at NECA 2021 Nashville this October!)
  • Signed and framed Jimmy Buffett guitar
  • Fine jewelry
  • And so much more!

Silent Auction Now OPEN

Bid now, before the auction closes on April 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET.  Winners will be announced on April 14, 2021 by 5:00 PM ET.