National Conference

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Learn Today. Lead Tomorrow.

Every year, NatCon brings together students from across the country, inspiring speakers, leading employers, higher education professionals, nonprofits, government agencies, and thought leaders. Over 2,500 attendees joined us for NatCon 2020 in Los Angeles last January.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

SVA seeks to partner with corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations that share our mission to transform the skills and experience of student veterans and military-connected student to ensure they achieve their greatest potential.

2020 Speakers & Participants

Deshauna Barber

Miss USA 2016, U.S. Army Captain, motivational speaker

Simon Sinek

Author of multiple best-selling books on leadership, unshakable optimist


GRAMMY-Nominated singer-songwriter

Kirstie Ennis

Athlete, Marine Veteran, Pat Tillman Award recipient

Jamie Gray Hyder

Actress, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Ron Meyer

Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal and Marine Veteran

Sam Woolf

Singer-songwriter and top 5 finalist on American Idol

Rudy Reyes

Actor, stuntman, martial artist, and Marine Veteran

Jo Ling Kent

NBC News Business & Technology Correspondent

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 3

7:30am Registration Opens
1:00-2:00pm Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:30pm Refreshment Break
2:45-3:45pm Breakout Sessions
4:00-6:00pm Opening Ceremony
6:00pm SVA Campus Opens

Saturday, January 4

7:00-8:00am MVP Training
7:30am Registration Opens
8:00-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-10:30am Breakout Sessions
10:45-11:45am Breakout Sessions
11:45am-1:15pm Lunch
1:15-2:15pm Breakout Sessions
2:30-4:30pm Keynote Address
4:30-5:00pm Refreshment & Networking Break

Saturday, January 5

8:00-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-10:30am Breakout Sessions
10:45am-12:15pm Keynote Address
12:15-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-2:45pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm SVA Campus Closes
3:00-4:00pm Breakout Sessions
6:00-9:30pm SVA Honors Banquet