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NCA Networking & Events

Program at a Glance   Bill Murray's Convention Networking Guide

Whether you're new to the industry or an experienced veteran, it's easy to see that the coffee community is unlike any other: driven by passion, commitment, and plenty of caffeine.

One of the most important aspects of the NCA Convention is the opportunity for leaders, innovators, and experts from across the industry to connect and learn from each other. 

There’s no other event like it for companies looking to build relationships, grow their business, and navigate today’s rapidly changing market.

Fortunately, “networking” doesn’t have to mean beige walls and bologna sandwiches. (And don’t worry - we hate small talk, too.)

Here are some tips to make the most of the NCA Convention's many networking and social events:

      • Learn the basics of convention networking with NCA CEO Bill Murray's handy guide
      • Mix and mingle at the Welcome to Texas Celebration kick-off (Thursday 7-10pm , Griffin Hall 2nd Floor)
      • Keep the fun going and enjoy drink specials at the NCA Happy Hour (Thursday 10-11pm, JW Marriott Lobby Bar)
      • Have a cup with a colleague at the Networking Coffee Breaks (Friday 10:30am - 11:00am and Saturday 10:10 am – 10:35am, JW Grand Foyer, 4th Floor)
      • Break bread at the catered buffet lunch (Friday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, JW Grand Salon 4‐5, 4th Floor)
      • Eat, drink, and be merry at the popular Friday night theme party
      • Let loose (and take in the view) at the rooftop Farewell Celebration (Saturday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Pool Deck, 5th Floor)
      • Volunteer at the NCA Coffee Gives Back Day of Service
      • Explore the 2020 Exhibitor Hall and Sponsorship opportunities for your brand
      • Discuss industry issues at one of the educational breakout sessions
      • Join the NCA Next Generation group for young coffee professionals

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5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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