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Retreat: Learning

Learning What We Need to Learn...
...Sharing What We Long to Share.

NAPAMA’s 2021 Agents and Managers Retreat will retain our long-held purpose of networking, sharing best practices, gaining vital knowledge, and, at the same time, providing an opportunity to reset, refocus, reenergize.

In order to provide you with the most critical and time-sensitive professional development we can, we will defer finalizing session topics and leaders, working on feedback you provide over the coming weeks. We all have learned how quickly things can change in our world, demonstrating how flexible and dynamic we need to remain. We anticipate starting to finaliize topics in January and will fill some slots later, insuring that we address what are the most pressing issues at hand. But remember, this is YOUR Retreat—time for you to reenergize. We have kept the days short so you can do that. But, if you need more time on your own, you should feel comfortable in skipping out of a session that does not match your needs. 

We know that conversations surrounding COVID-19 will need to continue, but there will be other issues you will want addressed. Starting in October and continuing into the early Spring, we will be asking you what is most critical to you and who may be best to volunteer as session leaders. We look forward to your suggestions through webinars, emails, and surveys.

  Preliminary Schedule  

The Preliminary Outline

On Day One: Sunday, May 16

Our first full day for the Retreat, starting with registration around noon., will include a time to break into one-on-one conversations to share an array of experiences and begin our networking. We will also allow time that afternoon for a discussion of an additional timely topic to be decided closer to our convening. That will be followed by a beer and wine reception at the hotel and then time to enjoy The Big Easy on your own or with colleagues.

On Day Two: Monday, May 17

On Monday, we will start with a hot breakfast. Then, before and after lunch, we will spend time in sessions that you will help design. By mid-afternoon, we will break and have opportunities lined up to see some area sites in a group or on your own. Later, plan to join in the dine-arounds at nearby restaurants specially selected.

On Day Three: Tuesday, May 18

On our final day together, again following a hot breakfast, we will organize several roundtables led by colleagues on a variety of topics. These will be determined both by your suggestions and other recommendations from colleagues. We will than have a working lunch followed by an informative NAPAMA meeting, giveaways, and more, ending at 2:00 p.m. with a special surprise for those that can hang on a bit longer.

Pre- and Post-Retreat

Those arriving on Saturday, May 15, will be provided with a variety of options for exploring the Crescent City of New Orleans for Saturday night and Sunday morning. We will also provide suggestions on what to do if you stay beyond Tuesday’s meetings. Check the preliminary schedule for more details as well as special arrangements made with the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles for an extended stay (limited availability) and late check out (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Suggestion Box

Our suggestion box is always open. If you have ideas for the professional development team to consider, please email your Retreat Director at any time.

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