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NACRO is proud to announce details of its virtual conference, July 13-15, 2021:

  • The conference will offer three days of programming, taking place from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET, using Remo.
  • Each day will include a keynote speaker, networking and concurrent sessions featuring a variety of best practices and useful tips for corporate relations professionals.
  • Cost of the conference has been reduced to $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers that register by June 15. After June 15, prices increase to $350 for members and $450 for nonmembers.
  • NACRO swag and snacks will be sent to those that register by June 15.
  • New this year – institutional registrations! Members may purchase discount codes for anyone at their institution to attend the NACRO Conference at a discounted rate (regardless of NACRO membership). See registration discount levels below.

Institutional Registration Rates:











1-5 Registrations



1-5 Registrations


6-10 Registrations



6-10 Registrations


11-15 Registrations



11-15 Registrations


16+ Registrations



16+ Registrations



To take advantage of the institutional registration rates, follow these steps:

  • Members determine the number of colleagues at their institution who can attend Conference (regardless of NACRO membership).
  • Members purchase the appropriate discount package code from the NACRO website. That member will receive the discount code via email.
  • Members share the discount code with colleagues at their institution that have confirmed they will attend Conference. Members manage the number of attendees and use of the discount code.
  • All attendees will need to register individually, using this code to indicate registration has already been paid.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference as an individual.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference with the institutional registration form. (A NACRO member will need to complete the form and purchase the institutional package).

NACRO Membership Information:

If you are not a current NACRO member, we encourage you to sign up for membership when registering for the conference to take advantage of all member benefits. Annual membership is $220. To streamline the conference registration process, effective April 20, 2021 the NACRO membership year will run from April 1 - March 31 of the following year. Purchasing your membership will set your account active until March 31, 2022.

For more information please contact us at: [email protected].

Keynote Sessions:

Pivot: Today and tomorrow, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going in corporate relationships in higher ed
Speaker: Daryl Weinert, Carnegie Mellon University

NACRO Financial Metrics Survey: What We Learned in Year One
Speakers: Tim Hausman, University of Missouri; Audrey Metcalf, Washington University in St. Louis

C-Suite Perspectives on University-Corporate Partnerships for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Speakers TBA

Approved Concurrent Sessions:

Partnership in Practice: Google.org and Morehouse School of Medicine use data to inform healthy equity driven policy response to COVID-19
Session Designer: Aimee Ahmed, Morehouse School of Medicine

Industry Perspectives: Build Holistic Employer and University Partnerships
Session Designer: Megan Evangelista, Dell Technologies

How To Streamline Capstone Programs
Session Designer: Jason King, University of California-Irvine

Basics of Intellectual Property for Corporate Development
Session Designers: Mike Rondelli, University of North Texas; Joon Cho, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Forging Corporate Partnerships in the AI Era
Session Designer: Katheryne Rehberg, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Industry Panel: How to make your faculty stand out for sponsored research
Session Designer: Kevin Leland, Halo

Universities Connecting with Corporations: The Role of Place-Based Corporate Partnerships
Session Designer: Brian Darmody, Association of University Research Parks

Best practices on holistic approach to corporate relations
Session Designer: Gayathri Srinivasan, Emory University

Career Services & Corporate Partnerships: Next Level Engagement
Session Designer: Sheila Shedd, Arizona State University

Deere and Iowa State University: A Successful Partnership Based on Innovation
Session Designer: Mark Boeck, Iowa State University

Building Cross Campus Collaboration to Elevate Grantseeking Capacity
Session Designer: Melanie Kelleher, Towson University

Climate Action as a Driver for Corporate Engagement
Session Designer: Eric Howard, Second Nature

Increasing Diversity in Engineering with a unique HBCU/Industry Partnership and Program
Session Designer: Anca Castillo, Arizona State University