Special Events

Opening Mega Session with Shawn Achor

Shawn Anchor
Positive Genius:
The Happiness Advantage

Founder and CEO, GoodThink
Fri., March 4 | 10:15-11:45 a.m.
General Assembly Theater

“We can increase our success for the rest of our lives and happiness levels will flat-line, but if we can raise our level of optimism, deepen social connections, or raise happiness, it turns out every single business and educational outcome we know how to test for improves dramatically.” —Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor, considered one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, brings unique insight into the lives of students gained from his experience on the Harvard University faculty and his study of 1,600 Harvard students. His research has made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time, his PBS lecture has been seen by millions, and he’s a two-time bestselling author. In this session, he’ll share practical strategies for improving satisfaction and performance, resulting in positive changes that cascade to others around us.

Mega Session with Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison
Building Connections in the Changing Landscape of Work

Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs
Fri., March 4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
General Assembly Theater

“We are witnessing the greatest fundamental shift the world has ever seen in the way we organize, collaborate, connect, and contribute.” —Seth Mattison

Take a look around your organization today; there’s a good chance you’re working alongside three and possibly even four generations of talent. The workforce is moving inexorably toward greater diversity, and this dynamic can create crippling challenges, or game-changing advantages. The organizations that thrive will be those where the strategic perspective that lies within every generation is recognized, valued, and tapped.

Seth Mattison advises many of the world’s foremost organizations on building relationships, leading teams, connecting with colleagues, and ultimately positioning themselves to win in the new world of work. Join Mattison for an in-depth look at how to nurture and harvest the best ideas, and adapt more quickly and proactively to changes in the marketplace. Foster a culture of stewardship in careers, capabilities, resources, and values.

Mega Session with Victoria Labalme

Victoria Labalme
Communicate, Connect, and Come Alive!

Sat. March 5 | 10:15-11:45 a.m.
General Assembly Theater

What can our businesses learn from the performing arts? A lot.

When it seems that to-do lists are endless, the pace of change is accelerating, and crisis management threatens to displace planning, it’s easy to get sucked into a “crazy busy” mindset and lose sight of what really matters—building relationships with those you serve in the campus community.

In today’s world much of our communication comes in quick sound bites and through virtual means. Given this, are you truly ready for opportunities to meet with your staff, students, faculty, and administrators students face-to-face? Are you clear on your intention, message, and value proposition? Are you leaving a lasting impression—or do you unknowingly blow it?

Performing artist and communications catalyst Victoria Labalme will share secrets that top producers and directors know, and your organization will benefit from. Learn how to stage a conversation, meeting, or presentation for maximum impact. Discover the keys to mastery level listening skills. Reconnect with your passion, regain perspective, and learn how to “stop time.”

NACS 2016-17 Board of Trustees Installation will be held at the start of Saturday’s Mega Session so all can share in this honorary celebration.

“The Mega Sessions are worth the trip alone…always thought provoking and inspiring.” —CAMEX 2015 Evaluation Respondent

CAMEX Opening Reception

Minute Maid Park

Fri., March 4 I 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Club Level, Minute Maid Park

Sponsored by:
College House Lulu DK Lifestyle LLC Total Computing Solutions National Student Day NACS Foundation

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at CAMEX’s “Opening Night” at the home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. Celebrate the kickoff of the 93rd Campus Market Expo on the Club Level with a spectacular pole-to-pole view of the field, great food, friendship, and fun. Bases are loaded. Don’t miss this homerun event!

This event is included in CAMEX/CCRA Value and First Timer Registrations. CAMEX badge and/or separate ticket are required for entry. Tickets are available for purchase at Registration until noon on Friday March 4.

The College Store Magazine’s 21st Annual Fashion Show

The College Store Magazine’s 21st Annual Fashion Show

Sat., March 5 I 4:30-5:30 p.m.
General Assembly Theater

Get ready for fall! Experience the latest in campus apparel in true high-fashion style. Find out what’s hot in collegiate style during our annual runway event. NACS volunteers and 20/30 Club members enter through the VIP entrance for special seating.

Sponsored by MV Sport

Night at the Aquarium

Houston Downtown Aquarium

Sun., March 6 | 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Houston Downtown Aquarium

Sponsored by: indiCo NACS Foundation NACSCORP Partnership

Formerly the closing event on Monday, it’s now on Sunday to make it easier to attend. Join the NACS subsidiaries for an evening at the Aquarium—an opportunity for light food, fun, and good company. Get your ticket pack at the event to enter for a chance to win a gift basket or an iPad Air at the subsidiaries' booths during trade show days.

This event is included in CAMEX/CCRA Value and First Timer Registrations. No additional tickets will be sold due to space limitations. CAMEX badge required for entry.)