Introducing a New Breakout Session for Young Professionals at the NCA 2018 Convention
The NCA Next Generation Council is proud to announce its first annual NCA Convention Breakout Session on Thursday, March 15 at 9:30am, open to all Next Gen delegates and prospective members.
This pre-conference session is aimed at providing the under-40 coffee community with tailored content that will be especially relevant to attendees. While there will be organized presentations, this is intended to be an informal event. Our goal is to fill a room with Next Gen coffee constituents and provide helpful information, as well as a platform to ask questions and voice what they want out of the NCA’s Next Gen initiatives (we’re still a very young initiative, after all).
By William “Bill” Murray, President & CEO, NCA
This post was originally published on LinkedIn
For over twenty years, I worked for the motion picture industry. Networking has always been the lifeblood of Hollywood – even while it was maddeningly difficult.
Take film industry conventions.
Hollywood has a couple of typical industry conferences, but most gatherings revolve around film festivals – often in glamorous, expensive places. There’s seldom a big exhibit hall with vendors – instead, filmmakers show clips of their work in private rooms, writers “pitch” scripts in one-on-one meetings, and deals are made at unadvertised parties.
There’s a secretive, fluid mystery to everything that’s happening, and always the sense that you are missing something. That uncertainty is complemented by the chaos of autograph seekers, paparazzi, and publicists all jockeying for attention. Unless you know how to “work” a film festival, you might as well stay home.
While networking at film festivals and association conventions may seem to have little in common, there is one key aspect in which they are similar: if you plan to network at either, you’ll need to have a strategy and go prepared.
For association conventions, here’s what’s key:
Editor’s note: The NCA Next Generation group is a growing initiative to support young professionals who are passionate about coffee, and develop future leaders across the industry.
Ready to get involved? We’re now accepting applications for three non-officer positions on the NCA Next Gen Council. (While NCA Next Gen is open to everyone, NCA membership is required for Council positions.)
Learn more about NCA Next Gen, or join now. The NCA Next Gen Council will be presenting a breakout session at the NCA 2018 Convention in New Orleans – hope to see you there!
In this new and fast-paced world, keeping current with industry news and events can be demanding.
The NCA Next Generation Council is proud to announce our new series of newsletters to help keep you, the next generation of leaders in the coffee industry, up to date on all things going on in the coffee world. (Check out the inaugural issue here.)
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates
Meet the crema of the crop.
The NCA Next Generation initiative was launched last year to help support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry. (NCA membership is not a prerequisite to join.)
Led by a volunteer board of emerging leaders, the Next Gen group has worked for the past year to develop new networking opportunities, professional development programming, and NCA social media initiatives.
The first Next Gen Breakout Session will be held at the NCA 2018 Annual Convention on March 15 in New Orleans. The educational session will include leadership lessons, investment insights for a young adults, and information on how to get involved.
Here, Brandon Jackson, Vice President in Commodities & Logistics, Brown Brothers Harriman, and the first Chair of the NCA Next Gen Committee, talks about why we need new voices to help guide the coffee industry’s future – and what to expect next.
By William (Bill) Murray, President & CEO, NCA
Volunteers building a bee habitat at the NCA 2015 Coffee Gives Back Day of Service
Over the past seven months, as we’ve been communicating more about what’s happening at the NCA, we’re increasingly getting questions about engagement – or, to put it another way, we’re being asked by our members “How can I get involved with the NCA?”
There are a lot of good reasons to get involved. For starters, did you know that people who volunteer live longer?
When you couple this with research – covered by The New York Times – suggesting that people who drink coffee may live longer, one might conclude that if you drink coffee AND volunteer you’ve got a lot of upside.
That’s even before you consider that volunteering will help you make some great networking connections, gain experience for your resume, raise your profile and give you the satisfaction of helping your colleagues and industry association.
By William (Bill) Murray, President & CEO, NCA
Bill Murray and Bruce Goldsmith at the Coffee Association of Canada
The NCA is moving into the future – I’ve even upgraded from my archaic BlackBerry to a new Android. [Ed. note: Finally!]
This week, we’re officially kicking off the new NCA website redesign. While the behind-the-scenes work won’t be visible to members for some time, our work will ultimately strengthen the Association and enable us to deliver even more value in today’s rapidly changing industry.
At the same time, on an ongoing basis we’re looking for opportunities to reach out to NCA members large and small, as well as to our allies.