Tuesday, October 13 | PRECONFERENCE EVENTS
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12:00 - 5:00 PM  | Design for Delight (D4D) Virtual Training

  • Registration is now closed.

3:00 - 4:30 PM | EEVF for Everyone

  • Learn more about NACCE's Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund from the perspective of our founders and participating colleges, entrepreneurs who have been funding, and funding committee members who have determined which entrepreneurs are ready to begin/expand their businesses! This event will be hosted virtually via ZOOM Webinar. 

6:00 - 7:30 PM | NACCE's 2020 Pitch for the Trades - Presented in partnership with the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation

  • Hear from NACCE's 2020 Pitch for the Trades finalists as they compete for up to $50,000 of a $125,000 total prize fund! Learn more at
Wednesday, October 14
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9:00 - 10:00 AM | Opening General Session

Welcome from our Title Sponsor | Brittany Chambers, EdD - Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon 

Dr. Brittany Chambers is an educator, entrepreneurial enthusiast, and tech researcher and advocate with a demonstrated history working in the business industry. She is a graduate with a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and Adult Learning from Teachers College of Columbia University.

She helps lead the Verizon Innovative Learning Program that nearly 50 of our NACCE member schools participate in.

Challenge Into Opportunity with Dan Bavaro, Founder of Bavaro Brands

Dan Bavaro, founder of Bavaro Hospitality which currently employs over 100 people in four Bavaro restaurant locations, is preparing to co-launch a fast-casual Italian chain that will be the foundation for a national franchise. He helped pioneer true Neapolitan-style pizza in U.S., and his line of gourmet sauces, first introduced in 2012, is distributed to more than 2,000 major retailers. A native of New Jersey, Dan dropped out of high school, but after obtaining his GED and at the age of 19, he built a two-million-dollar luxury chauffeur business, which he then sold six years later to the third-largest chauffeur company in the world.

10:15 - 10:30 AM | 2020 NACCE Awards Presentation

During this session, we will honor NACCE's 2020 Entrepreneurial President of the Year, Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year, and our 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Join us!

10:45 - 11:45 AM | Breakout Sessions 1

  • I Can! (I can become a plumber while in prison) with Lisa Preston and Richard Cuprak from Rio Salado College (AZ) INTERMEDIATE | Workforce Development & Non-Credit Programming Track 

  • New Start for Women: An Entrepreneurial Mindset for Equity with Mindy Kole and Anita Bleffert-Schmidt from SUNY Ulster (NY) INTERMEDIATE | Academic Programs Track 

  • Creating an Entrepreneurial Community College Isn't Just For Students with Kishore Dash from Paradise Valley Community College (AZ) and Gary Schoeniger from Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (OH) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

  • Eagle2Eagle and Faculty2Faculty with Ravi Brahmbhatt, Richard Gosselin & Christine Mompoint from Houston Community College (TX) INTERMEDIATE | Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Track

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | Virtual Exhibit Hall

Interact with our virtual exhibitors! Hear how their products and services will help solve some of your most pressing challenges. All of our exhibitors have eGift cards and other fun giveaways!

12:30 - 12:45 PM | Digital Badging with NACCE

You've earned it. Get the recognition you deserve! Learn more about the digital badges that you can earn as a NACCE member.

1:00 - 2:00 PM | General Session

Entrepreneurship For All - Why Business Ownership Matters? with Brian Hamilton, Founder, The Brian Hamilton Foundation

Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s first fintech company, which was one of the largest providers of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity firm in 2018. He is also the founder of the Brian Hamilton Foundation and Inmates to Entrepreneurs, both national organizations committed to making entrepreneurship for all.

Why Leadership Matters with Dr. Carlos Turner Cortez

In 2015, Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D. was named President of the largest noncredit adult educational institution in the nation. San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) has served San Diego since 1914 and has an annual enrollment of more than 45,000 students.

2:15 - 2:30 PM | NACCE Meets Demonstration

Learn more about NACCE's newest member benefit, NACCE Meets! Learn how this platform will allow you to connect with NACCE users around North America, engage in important initiatives, take action, grow yourself and share best practices.

2:30 - 3:30 PM | Breakout Sessions 2

  • Growth Recipe: Expanding Entrepreneurial Programs from Nonprofit to Government Entity with Kishore Dash, Dina Preston-Ortiz, Paul Dale, Andre Thomas and Abdu Dahr from Paradise Valley Community College (AZ) INTERMEDIATE | Academic Programs Track 

  • Preparing K12 Students for Success in Community College Entrepreneurship Programs with Dr. J.D. LaRock and Jason Delgatto from NFTE (NY) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

  • Pandemic Pivots That Deliver and Fund Small Business Empowerment with Sandra Louvier, Dr. Zachary Hodges, David Regenbaum, Austin Tenette and Rebecca Schultz from Houston Community College (TX) INTERMEDIATE | Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Track

  • Boredom Busters in the COVID AgeConnecting Students to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Virtual, Co-curricular Engagement with Tracy Timby from Bucks County Community College (PA) BEGINNER | Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Track

  • Lessons from the Pandemic: Leveraging the Entrepreneurial Mindset During COVID-19 with Tim Putnam from North Iowa Area Community College (IA) and Ryan Arnold from North Idaho College (ID) INTERMEDIATE | Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Track

3:45 - 4:45 PM | Breakout Sessions 3

  • Building Access to Workforce Solutions - A Collaboration with Ellen Kirton and Greg Wilson from Pima Community College (AZ) INTERMEDIATE | Workforce Development & Non-Credit Programming Track

  • Nicolet MyWay: Removing Barriers to Serve the New Adult Learner with Kate Ferrel, Alan Javoroski and Ellen Mathein from Nicolet College (WI) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track

  • Teaching Intellectual Property Rights Through Dynamic Case Studies with Dave Kappos (former Director of the USPTO and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property) and Jelani Odlum from The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (CA) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

  • Keep Students Engaged While Converting Your Entrepreneurship Offerings To Online with Josh Fegles &  Justin Hardersen from LivePlan (OR) and Peter Thorsson from Lane Community College (OR) BEGINNER | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

5:00 - 6:00 PM | Networking Activity & Virtual Chocolate Tasting

Thursday, October 15
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8:00 - 9:00 AM | Breakout Sessions 4

  • Social Entrepreneurship Community of Interest Workshop with Marie Lapidus from Harper College (IL) and Michael Pink from Investing in Communities (IL) ADVANCED | Academic Programs Track

  • Sustaining a Makerspace with Dena Thomas Aouassou from Central New Mexico Community College (NM) BEGINNER | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

  • Entrepreneurship and the Barter Trade Economy with Tony and Trish Holden from UpliftNow (NC) ADVANCED | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

9:00 - 10:00 AM | NACCE Membership Bingo - WIN A PRIZE

Are you maximizing your NACCE member benefits? Come learn all about what NACCE has to offer you!

10:00 - 11:00 AM | Breakout Sessions 5

  • Engagement Coaching To Build Healthy, Well-Rounded Entrepreneurs with Stephen Berry from Anne Arundel Community College (MD) INTERMEDIATE | Workforce Development & Non-Credit Programming Track

  • Internationalize Your Courses with globalEDGE, a Free Website for International Business Education with Jade Sims and Erkan Kocas from MSU CIBER (MI) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track 

  • See Rock City...and Entrepreneurial Opportunities with Kent Hill from Fayetteville Tech Community College (NC) and Garnet Chapin from Environmental Design Partners LLC (NC) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

  • Hacking Student Engagement with Matt Poyle from Lorain County Community College (OH), Zach Mikrut from Kent State University (OH) and Ravi Brahmbhatt from Houston Community College (TX) BEGINNER | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

  • Learn More About Intuit Education Offerings with Ryan McAllister and Josh Phelon from Intuit (CA)| Product Education Session

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Virtual Exhibit Hall

Interact with our virtual exhibitors! Hear how their products and services will help solve some of your most pressing challenges. All of our exhibitors have eGift cards and other fun giveaways!

Noon - 1:00 PM | General Session

Real World Entrepreneurial Lessons with Rey Ybarra, Author & Producer, Shark Tank Effect + Previous Shark Tank Panelists - LaDonte Lotts, Jovon English & Tisa Washington!

Based on the popularity of last year's session, we are happy to welcome back Rey Ybarra and previous Shark Tank participants as part of our NACCE 2020 Keynote Speaker line up!

Rey Ybarra is the author of Conversations With Shark Tank Winners featuring 14 entrepreneurs from the iconic hit TV reality series. He produces/moderates his entrepreneur panel presentation featuring a variety of Shark Tank entrepreneurs and has toured the country producing his panels with some of the most successful organizations for small business owners, entrepreneurs, business professionals & college business students! He is currently producing his online series Crush It Successfully featuring many of his Shark Tank entrepreneur friends along with special guests offering powerful business strategies for the current pandemic we are currently experiencing! To sign up for his full online series, go to

1:00 - 1:30 PM | Nametag Contest - Prizes Here Too!

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Breakout Sessions 6

  • Opportunity Workshops at HCC with Ravi Brahmbhatt, Maya Durnovo and Dana Sturdevant from Houston Community College (TX) BEGINNER | Workforce Development & Non-Credit Programming Track

  • Expanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Communities: A Pathway To Infiltration with Heather Rissler, Tim Putnam and Anthony Riesen from North Iowa Area Community College (IA) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track 

  • Getting Out Over Your Skies with Cole Chatterton from Portland Community College (OR) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

  • How To Z Imagine: Student, Employee and Community Engagement Synthesized with Caron Sada from Paradise Valley Community College (AZ) and Bruce McHenry from South Mountain Community College (AZ) ADVANCED | Entrepreneurship 101 Track

  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs with Rob Herndon and Gary Schoeniger from Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (OH)| Product Education Session

2:45 - 3:45 PM | Breakout Sessions 7

  • Partnership Lifecycle with Amy Cox, Liz Pettinger and Emily Redinbaugh from Bellevue University (NE) INTERMEDIATEWorkforce Development & Non-Credit Programming Track

  • Entrepreneurship For Every Student: Integrating Entrepreneurship into CTE Programs with Ana Greif and James Craig from Pima Community College (AZ) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track 

  • Veterans and Veteran Entrepreneurship: Better Understanding Both with Matthew Harper from State College of FL Manatee-Sarasota (FL) INTERMEDIATE | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

  • InventOR: Connecting Students, Entrepreneurs, Employers and Economic Developers with Cathy Kemper-Pelle from Rogue Community College (OR), Colleen Padilla from SOREDI (OR) and Juan Barraza from Portland State University (OR) INTERMEDIATE |  Entrepreneurship 101 Track  

4:00 - 4:15 PM | Capital Cities Community College Consortium (C5) Announcement

4:15 - 5:15 PM | General Session

CEO/Author Fireside Chat with Brown & Corbin| Leading with Effectuation: Bird in hand opportunities, navigating risk, creating a 'crazy quilt' of partners, making lemonade out of lemons, and piloting your plane effectively to an unknown future of opportunity.

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. 

Friday, October 16
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8:00 - 9:00 AM | Breakout Sessions 8

  • VentureDash: The Best Way To Run a Business Plan Competition with Erik Pedersen and Amara Kniep from NetWork Kansas (KS) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track 

  • Learning How To Communicate Persuasively With AI: The Key to Business Success with Dr. Stefanie Boyer and Scott Randel from RNMKRS (RI) BEGINNER | Academic Programs Track 

  • Portable Skills: A Backpackers Guide to Competencies with David Gaudet from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (CA) BEGINNER | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

  • Developing Mindset for a VUCA Future with Dennis Stauffer from Innovator Mindset (MN) BEGINNER | Entrepreneurship 101 Track 

9:00 - 10:00 AM | General Session

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Addressing the Digital Divide with Verizon - Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Brittany Chambers, EdD - Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon - Moderator 
  • Jeff Smith - Director of Innovation & Equity, NACCE 
  • Xinying Yin, Associate Professor in Science Education, Cal State San Bernardino - Panelist
  • Mathew Ratliff, Coordinator of Community Development Programs, Patrick Henry Community College - Panelist
  • Chloe Gibson, Verizon Innovative Learning Student, Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Panelist
  • Victor Hannan, Verizon Innovative Learning Student, New Mexico State University - Panelist
  • Devan Herman, Verizon Innovative Learning Mentor, University of District of Columbia - Panelist

10:15 - 10:30 AM | The Impact of Makerspaces on Equity, Inclusion & Diversity with Jeff Smith and Gabriella Yacovone from NACCE (NC)

10:30 - 11:30 AM | Lessons from the Leadership Summit (Series 1) 

  • Infusing Innovation & Entrepreneurship into your Organization to Foster Culture Change with Dr. Rebecca Corbin from NACCE (NC), Dr. Rufus Glasper from League for Innovation in the Community College (AZ), Dr. Caron Sada from Paradise Valley Community College (AZ) and Dr. Ron Thomas from NACCE Emeritus Advisory Committee (MN)

  • Funding & Revenue Generation Today: Creativity, Flexibility & Solutions with Joseph April from Convergent Nonprofit Solutions (NC), Dr. John Rainone from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (VA) and Dr. Anthony Wise from Pellissippi State Community College (TN)

  • Strategies for Advancing Equity in Higher Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Panel Discussion with Ji Mi Choi from Arizona State University (AZ), Onyeka Obiocha from Yale University (CT), Shaheen Mamawala, Phil Weilersten and Eli Velasquez from VentureWell (MA)

12:00 - 1:00 PM | General Session

Taking Care of Yourself, Your Team and Your Board During Turbulent Times with Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, self-care advocate and Managing Director, TN Market Executive of Bank of America- Private Bank

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders is an executive leader at Bank of America Corporation, where she serves as the Tennessee Market Executive for the Private Bank business. In this role, Tiffany is responsible for growing business in the region, focusing on high net worth families, institutional clients and prospects throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Virtual Exhibit Hall

Interact with our virtual exhibitors! Hear how their products and services will help solve some of your most pressing challenges. All of our exhibitors have eGift cards and other fun giveaways!

2:30 - 3:30 PM | Lessons from the Leadership Summit (Series 2)

  • A Leader's Journey to Clarity with Dr. Destry Dokes from San Jacinto College District (TX)

  • At Risk Students: Retention and Success NSLS Pilot at St. Petersburg College with Ashleigh Smith and Hannah Stoneburner from National Society of Leadership & Success (NJ)

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology Panel Discussion with Tom Downs from Downs Government Affairs (D.C.), George Comollo and Dr. Suzanne Johnson from Green River College (WA), Dr. Jennifer Lindon and Bart Massey from Hazard Community & Technical College (KY), Dr. Jim Murdaugh and Albert Wynn from Tallahassee Community College (FL)

Closing remarks from Dr. Rebecca Corbin will be emailed to registrants on Friday afternoon.