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Wesley Hamilton

Wednesday, October 28 | 10:10am CST

Wesley Hamilton’s journey after surviving multiple gunshots in his abdomen will inspire every human on the earth. His quintessential stories of courage, strength and perseverance resonates with participants long after any talk he’s ever delivered. Wes instills the essential tools of positivity, self-awareness, empowerment, resilience, and acceptance in the face of any challenge. He believes “the highest human act is to inspire” – and that is exactly why he is profoundly affecting human hearts of all ages, races, lifestyles and backgrounds worldwide.

Wes shares one of the most powerful stories on the premiere of the hit show on Netflix’s Season 4 of Queer Eye (airing July 19, 2019), and has been featured countless times in the media, including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV and TMZ.

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Dr. Cortland Dahl

Thursday, October 29 | 10:10am CST

Dr. Cortland Dahl is a leading expert on the science of mindfulness and the cultivation of well-being. He is the creator of the Healthy Minds Program, and along with Dr. Richard Davidson and Dr. Christy Wilson-Mendenhall, developed a new scientific model of well-being based on contemporary neuroscience and classical contemplative frameworks.

Dr. Dahl has an eclectic background and spent years studying and practicing meditation around the world, including eight years living in Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. He has published numerous books and scientific articles, including translations of ancient Tibetan meditation manuals and neuroscientific accounts of meditation practice. In addition to his work with the Center for Healthy Minds, Dr. Dahl is the co-founder of a global network of meditation groups and centers.

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Stephanie Wagner

Thursday, October 29 | 10:10am CST

Stephanie’s passion for holistic well-being started with an interest in meditation that led her to study with some of the world’s most renowned teachers like Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, and Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Stephanie is inspired to bring mindfulness practice to as many people as possible and does this through her work as a trainer with Healthy Minds Innovations and as a facilitator with a global meditation community.

Stephanie is an accredited health and well-being coach (NBC-HWC), meditation teacher, group fitness instructor (NETA-CGEI), and wellness educator with a master’s degree in Integrative Health and Well-Being Coaching from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.

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Anti-Racism Panel Wednesday, October 28 | 11:45am CST
Take the opportunity to hear from a panel including NODA members and other higher education professionals who do diversity, equity & inclusion work to learn more about the anti-racism movement and how its principles can inform the personal and professional work of NODA members. Join them afterwards for a live Q&A conversation around topics discussed in their panel presentation.


  • Jonathan McElderry, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Students; Executive Director, Intercultural Center Wake Forest University

  • Lizette Rebolledo, Equity & Inclusion Officer, NODA; Director & Associate Dean of Students, New Student & Family Programs, Virginia Tech

  • Chelsea Williams, Founder & CEO, College Code

COVID-19 Panel Friday, October 30 | 12:05pm CST
Shift. Pivot. Unprecedented. These words have become part of our daily language as COVID-19 has changed how we approach and implement our work. This panel will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted and reshaped our field and ways that NODA members can navigate its impacts to continue to be nimble and relevant. Join us afterwards for a live Q&A with the panelists.


  • Teshieka K. Curtis- Pugh, Chief Nursing Officer at Encompass Health-Rock Hill, South Carolina

  • Dr. Michelle Boettcher, Assistant Professor of Educational, Organizational, and Leadership Development, College of Education, Clemson University

  • Dr. Aditi Srivastav, Director of Research at Children’s Trust of South Carolina

Hot Topic Workshops

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in an active discussion and work through intentional action planning with colleagues from similar institution types or working in similar program areas, depending on the topic. The goal of these sessions is that you walk away with ideas and action plans to assist you in your work. Topics will include:

  • This is not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Putting Equity and Inclusion into Practice

  • Did you check your e-mail?: Reassessing Communication Strategies

  • Crisis Management, Budgets, Virtual or In-Person, Oh My!: Planning During a Pandemic

NODA Talks

Friday, October 30 | 11:05am CST

The 2020 Annual Conference will once again highlight the voices of NODA members through "NODA Talks" - as one of our featured speakers this year, we have selected four NODA members to share their stories of how they are bringing their personal or professional visions to life. These members will share their unique perspectives on how they find focus and clarity in their work.


  • Maxwell Mattern - Assistant Director, New Student Services - University of California, Berkeley

  • Cora Bennett - Director, Student Orientation Programs, University of Oregon

  • Kyle Flowers - Associate Director of Residential Life FYE & SYE - Macalester College

  • Eena Singh - Assistant Director of Welcome Programs - New York University

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Spotlight Educational Sessions

Take part in an educational programming connected to the conference theme of Focus, Clarity, Vision. Each Spotlight session will be endorsed by a NODA Network. Not interested in the topics being offered during one of these live sessions? Take this time to browse our previously recorded Educational Session Presentation Bank!

Wellness Initiatives

Take part in an educational programming connected to the conference theme of Focus, Clarity, Vision. Each Spotlight session will be endorsed by a NODA Network. View a PDF of wellness tips for NODAC 2020.

  • Barre Fitness Class

  • HIIT Fitness Class

To participate in the live fitness classes will want to:

  • wear comfortable clothing (athletic wear) and sneakers

  • have space to move around

  • have a chair or counter for balance, if needed

  • have a mat or long towel for floor work

  • have light weights (1-3 lbs., water bottles are a good substitute)

  • have a towel and water