NACD ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TO VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING FORMAT
Last week, the NACD Executive Board announced that it had made the difficult decision to move NACD’s 75th Annual Meeting to a completely virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held online from Feb. 1-10, 2021 through NACD’s virtual hub and will celebrate the theme “NACD’s 75th Anniversary: A Diamond out of the Dust.”
Although we are all disappointed not to be meeting face-to-face in New Orleans, where we could greet our fellow members of the conservation family with handshakes and hugs, the safety of our members, our partners and our staff remains NACD’s top priority.
With our 75th anniversary, we are looking to the future, and we see this virtual meeting format as an opportunity. In 2020, as an organization, we’ve had no choice but to adapt and to challenge ourselves to take on the onus of examining ways to improve our diversity, equity and inclusivity. Moving the annual meeting to a virtual format will reduce the cost of participation for meeting attendees. It will allow more flexibility in attendance, as meeting-goers will be able to network and view breakout sessions and leadership-oriented speakers from the comfort of their own homes and offices. And we believe by providing a more accessible meeting, we have an opportunity to reach more of our 17,000 conservation district officials and a greater range of conservationists–in age, experience and geography–than ever before.
We’re looking forward to hosting a more innovative meeting than ever before, with the same quality of breakout session presentations, informative symposia and inspiring leadership-oriented speakers as you’ve come to expect with NACD’s Annual Meetings.
Please stay tuned to your email for updates, or subscribe to our annual meeting newsletter if you haven’t already, as registration will be launching soon. If you have any questions or comments about the virtual annual meeting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Association of Conservation Districts:
The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.