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NCA Convention Keynote Speakers

NCA General sessions are intended to inform and inspire. From artists to economists, our speakers are selected for their unique perspectives and compelling stories

You’ll laugh, you’ll learn - and you’ll have plenty to talk about during the networking coffee breaks!

Limited NCA 2020 keynote speaker sponsorships available

NCA 2020 Keynote Speakers

Simon T Bailey

Simon T. Bailey


Breakthrough strategist, motivational change agent, author, and former Sales Director for Disney Institute

Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their future.


Scott Clemons

Scott Clemons


Chief Investment Officer, Brown Brothers Harriman

G. Scott Clemons is an expert on what's next for the coffee economy. Not only does he break down big-picture issues brilliantly, but he does so in an accessible and engaging way. Don't miss this crowd favorite!


Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard


Publisher and Futurist, Forbes Media

One of the most influential and respected figures in the technology, economic, and business worlds, Rich Karlgaard advises audiences on how to harness an organization’s strengths to maximize business opportunities in a fast-changing global marketplace.



More about the NCA Convention

#NCA2020 | March 5-7 | Austin, TX

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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