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2021 NBEA Annual Convention

New Orleans, Louisiana March 30 – April 2, 2021

New Orleans

The NBEA 2021 Annual Convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the New Orleans Marriott, March 30 – April 2. In 2021 we look forward to “mixing it up” with traditional events along with some new convention features. There will be a streamlined convention schedule with an abundance of concurrent sessions that guarantee something for everyone, keynote speakers to spark your passion and drive, and new networking opportunities including a Grand Welcome Reception to be held inside the Tradeshow on Wednesday evening, a combined NBEA/BERC Awards Luncheon, and evening networking events (tickets may be required).

We look forward to seeing you all in NEW ORLEANS!


PROPOSE AN EDUCATION SESSION HERE for NBEA or for the Business Education Research portion of the conference.


REGISTER NOW ONLINE   |  DOWNLOAD A HARDCOPY FORM TO MAIL IN (PDF) (If you paid for last year's canceled onsite convention and have credit, NBEA will send you a coupon code before the end of October so you can register with your discount. See the FAQs below.)

Hotel Information

Follow this link to reserve your room and receive special rates at the official NBEA Convention Hotel - The Marriott New Orleans  

Single: $175.00 per night
Double: $175.00 per night
Additional Person: $20.00

The hotel has agreed to make no other rates lower than these for the dates provided meaning you get the best deal possible on staying at the convention hotel.  Rates are good from March 26 through April 4, 2021.

NBEA Hotel Room Block Reservation Deadline: March 5, 2021

Creole Queen Networking Dinner Cruise (Optional)



Business Education Networking Cruise (For in-person registrants only) - Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Experience the lively sounds of traditional New Orleans music while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in our elegantly appointed dining room. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on our promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This nighttime cruise is pure New Orleans.

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Boarding
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sails

Fee: $84 Members ($94 non-members) and requires a convention registration.

View more information about the cruise. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the registration deadlines?

  • Registration Opens – October 8, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters – January 29, 2021
  • Early Registration Deadline – March 1, 2021
  • Online Registration Closes – March 19, 2021

What is included in the cost of registration?

To better serve our attendees, the cost of registration this year is will include:

  • Admittance to all sessions
  • Welcome reception on Wednesday, March 31 or virtual networking session for those virtual attendees.
  • NBEA/BERC combined Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 2

What events require additional/optional ticket purchase?

  • Tickets to the Thursday night networking event aboard the Creole Queen can be purchased separately during registration.
  • NBEA will be hosting the test for the W!SE Certification exam. Admittance for the exam will be $50.

Why does virtual attendance registration the same cost as live registration?

Regardless of whether you are attending virtually or in person, the sessions are being broadcast on location and NBEA is committing to substantive expense to facilitate a virtual option to the conference.  Although it may seem that the cost of putting on a virtual event could cost less than a live event, NBEA will be incurring substantial costs for sponsoring a number of session facilitators who will be in charge of setting up and hosting each onsite session. However, virtual attendees can also consider the substantial savings in travel and lodging.


  • Convention registration is required to attend any session, activity, or meal function. A $50 processing fee will be charged for registrations canceled by March 2, 2020. After that date, no refunds will be made – NO EXCEPTIONS.

I have a credit from last year’s convention, how do I register?

  • If you opted to receive a credit for NBEA’s 2020 Convention, you will receive (via email) a coupon code to use for your registration in late October.  If you have not received a coupon code, please contact

I have a credit from the 2020 convention, but I’m not going to attend the 2021 convention. What are my options?

  • Registrants for the 2020 NBEA Convention in Boston were given the option to request a refund or a credit (if we received no response, the attendee received the credit option).
  • Those who opted for credit were given access to the 2020 Virtual Convention and free registration for 2021.
  • If you do not plan to attend the 2021 Convention in 2021, we highly recommend attending virtually. A refund on last year’s registration will be less the cost of the 2020 Virtual Convention ($149) and the cancellation fee ($50).

Which sessions will be broadcast virtually and/or recorded?

Note: The live keynote session with Bobby Jindal will be broadcast to virtual attendees but NOT recorded.

Broadcast & Recorded:

  • Concurrent sessions
  • Exhibitor Sessions
  • BERC Sessions
  • My Favorite Assignments
  • Award Ceremony

How is COVID being handled?

NBEA will monitor and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the local guidelines in New Orleans. In addition, each registrant will be required to agree to a COVID disclaimer at the time of registration.