From Spain to Texas, it’s been a busy month for the Net Natives team.

From Sept. 13-16, we attended the 32nd annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference in Barcelona. Then, we packed our bags and headed to Houston, Texas, for the 78th National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Conference from Sept. 22-24. 

In case you weren’t able to attend one or both of the events, here are a few of the highlights we wanted to be sure you didn’t miss.  

EAIE

More than 6,300 participants from 90 countries joined this year’s virtual and in-person conference programming. This year’s theme was “the future in full color,” which embraced the forever-expanding resources for internationalization. According to the organization’s website, “The theme explored how we, as practitioners, can draw on this diverse pallet to paint a vivid and inclusive picture of our shared future.”

The opening plenary was delivered by Yalda Hakim, a news anchor and correspondent, who spoke on her experiences as a journalist in some of the world’s most war-torn states, reflecting on what’s going on in the world today and how international education can play a role in creating a better future for all. 

Attendees could also attend a variety of workshops, sessions, campus experiences, and networking events ranging from singing in the EAIE choir to early bird yoga. 

Not only was Net Natives among the more than 200 exhibitors who participated in the EAIE Exhibition, Amelia Pavlik, our content and campaigns manager, delivered a conference session on marketing strategies to improve yield among admitted students. (The session was based on experiences in her previous role as a communication manager at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia). Plus, Jennifer Lonchar, our vice president for strategy and partnerships, was interviewed during the event for the Destiny Benders podcast on her thoughts on international education and her experience in higher education. Listen to it here.

On the last evening of the conference, we had a chance to connect with colleagues at our cocktail reception, which was held at the BlackLab Brewhouse. In between conversations and drinks, we danced the night away to the live band — which played a show-stopping version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”     

The event closed out with a keynote delivered by Jimmy Nelson, an indigenous peoples photographer, who shared stories on traveling and communication, and how his experiences have changed the way he views travel. 

The Net Natives team at EAIE.

Members of the Net Natives team gathered at EAIE’s opening reception. This year’s conference attracted more than 6,300 participants from 90 countries.

Net Natives' booth at EAIE

Net Natives was one of more than 200 exhibitors who participated in the EAIE Exhibition.

Net Natives' Amelia Pavlik (left) and Jennifer Lonchar (right).

During the conference, Amelia Pavlik (left), our content and campaigns manager, delivered a conference session on marketing strategies to improve yield among admitted students. While Jennifer Lonchar (right), our vice president for strategy and partnerships, was interviewed for the Destiny Benders podcast on her thoughts on international education and her experience in higher education. Listen to it here.

Net Natives hosted a drinks reception at the BlackLab Brewhouse.

On the last evening of the conference, we had a chance to connect with colleagues at our drinks reception, which was held at the BlackLab Brewhouse.

Attendees enjoying the live band.

In between conversations and drinks, we danced the night away to the live band — which played a show stopping version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

NACAC 

More than 6,000 participants from across the United States participated virtually or in-person in this year’s NACAC conference. Before the event, NACAC’s Chief Experience Officer, Shantel Goodman-Luckett, shared a welcome message that outlined the organization’s mission of “empowering college admission counseling professionals through education, advocacy, and community.” 

The conference itself lived up to this mission statement — attendees had access to more than 100 education sessions, pre-conference seminars, and workshops. There were also more than  35 live-streamed education sessions offered for virtual attendees. 

Net Natives was at the event, serving as one of the 175+ exhibiting organizations. Throughout the three-day conference, we ran into many familiar faces, which included colleagues and guests from our pre-conference cocktail party. Hosted at The Patio Yard @ The Rustic, it gave us a chance to connect with attendees over specialty cocktails, light appetizers, and lively music. 

When we weren’t busy talking to fellow higher education professionals, we were enjoying some of the speeches at the event. A major highlight was “A Conversation with Billy Porter.” The actor, singer, and activist spoke about resilience and overcoming adversity, which were some of NACAC’s key themes. The event closed out with a social at Avenida Houston, giving attendees an opportunity to unwind after a busy weekend. 

The Net Natives team at NACAC.

The Net Natives team gathered outside the NACAC venue. The conference drew in more than 6,000 attendees from across the country. 

The Net Natives drinks reception at The Patio Yard @ The Rustic.

Ahead of the conference, we hosted a drinks reception at The Patio Yard @ The Rustic, which gave us a chance to connect with other attendees. 

Attendees posed for photos throughout the drinks reception.

The evening went by quickly as we chatted with colleagues over drinks, appetizers and music. And we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take some fun photos on the venue’s oversized furniture.

The Net Natives team's booth at NACAC.

The conference kicked off on Sept. 22. Net Natives was one of more than 175 exhibitors in attendance.

One person won an Oculus Quest at our booth.

In true Net Natives fashion, we hosted a cornhole tournament and an Oculus giveaway at our booth. Jeff Kallay from Echo Delta (left) stepped to accept the prize on behalf of  Trent Gilbert from Birmingham-Southern College, who was on a plane when we announced the results. Congrats to Trent on the win!

Wondering what we’re up to in October? Be sure to check out this upcoming Net Natives programming:  

Upcoming Events

The PIE Webinar- MBA Market 411: The Scoop on How to Stand Out in the Crowd

Date: Oct. 5th

Looking for marketing strategies that can help your MBA program stand out to prospective students? Join Net Natives for a one-hour webinar, where we'll share how some of our clients are finding their niche in this competitive program market—and how you can do the same. 

Dive Deeper Slate Webinar

Date: Oct. 25th

Need help improving your lead generation? In this webinar, we'll discuss the challenges people face when trying to identify what is causing bounce rates and form abandonment, examine how these issues can greatly impact conversion at the top of your funnel and look at the impact all of this can have on the user experience. Stay tuned for the registration link!