General Sessions


Ben Nemtin

Writer, Inspirational Speaker and Television Personality

Tuesday July 13, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

SNA is excited to welcome inspirational speaker Ben Nemtin to address #ANC21 attendees at the Opening General Session. A #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of MTV’s top-ranked show “The Buried Life,” Nemtin is the co-founder of The Buried Life movement. Its message of radical possibility has been featured on news outlets nationwide and television programs including “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Hit with depression in his first year of university, Nemtin was forced to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. In a borrowed rickety old RV they crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with former President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Nemtin’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally. See what could be next for your own bucket list with insight from this amazing keynote address.


Crystal Washington

Technology Strategist and Futurist

Thursday, July 15

Join SNA in welcoming Crystal Washington, a sought-after keynote speaker who has entertained and educated audiences around the globe. As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Washington takes complex social media, app, and web topics, and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. 

Washington’s clients comprise Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE and she has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes and is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.

Washington is the author of the books One Tech Action: An Efficiency Guide for Busy Non-techie Professionals to get More Done, Build Better Relationships, and Enjoy More Free time and The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business.

In this Closing General Session, you’ll be wowed by Washington’s energy, passion and expertise as she details the future of technology (while making it so much less intimidating!)—all while keeping you laughing!

Get a sneak peek of Crystal’s #ANC21 presentation

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