The 2020 NIB/NAEPB Virtual Conference & Expo

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The first-ever NIB/NAEPB Virtual Training Conference and Expo, slated for October 13-14, is shaping up to be a “can’t miss” event. This year’s conference will combine the critical information and training attendees have come to expect, with networking opportunities and an exciting virtual expo where they can meet one-on-one with exhibitors to discuss business needs and capabilities.

The conference will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, with a general session featuring speakers from the Defense Logistics Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in addition to a look at the challenges and successes of 2020. The general session on Wednesday, October 14, will feature updates from the U.S. AbilityOne Commission and the AbilityOne Commission Inspector General. On both days, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from some of the outstanding associated agency employees nominated for NIB’s employee of the year program.

Each day will offer Lunchtime Learning opportunities. Tuesday attendees can learn about the federal procurement landscape in the pandemic era, led by Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners. On Wednesday, attendees will have a chance to meet with NIB staff from departments including business development, channel management, operations, public policy, and more.

This year’s conference offers four training tracks, with sessions presented over two afternoons on the AbilityOne Program, Change Management, Advocacy on issues affecting the employment of people who are blind, and Professional Development. In addition, Wednesday will include federal customer training on the AbilityOne Program and mandatory source requirements and the Expo, with an exhibit hall of “virtual booths” for attendees to navigate to and access to learn more about the exhibitor, and even chat with a representative, just like at the in-person Expo.

On both days of the conference there will be dedicated time on the agenda to set up private meetings and otherwise reconnect with colleagues during the Training Conference and Expo. The virtual conference platform supports private messaging, meeting rooms, and other collaboration opportunities.

Registered attendees will have access to all live and pre-recorded sessions during the two-day event, including the general session, networking events, training sessions, and virtual expo, plus on-demand replay of all sessions. Sponsorships and exhibitor booths are also still available. To learn more, visit the 2020 NIB/NAEPB Virtual Training Conference and Expo event site.