Game Plan is gearing up for this year’s N4A Conference hosted by the National Association for Athletic Advisors that kicks off this Thursday in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel and Conference Center. Nearly 1,000 college athletic professionals will be in attendance to discuss the industry’s toughest topics and newest ideas on improving the student-athlete experience.

With the launch of a new brand and website, and the release of the newest version of Game Plan – we are excited to turn our attention to this weekend’s N4A festivities.

Looking over the N4A agenda, it is loaded with top industry professionals who will be hitting on the hot topics that all athletic departments are thinking about. With so many speakers and so little time, we wanted to share Game Plan’s picks for the presentations and topics we’re interested in following more this week:

Tim Elmore, Founder, Growing Leaders – Elmore’s leading research on the millennial generation puts him at the forefront for delivering effective student-athlete communication strategies.

Patrice Feulner and Brady Rourke, “Advice for Aspiring Directors” – Turnover is a hot issue in athletic departments at any level so this topic should deliver an inspiring discussion.

Casey Finnel and Stephon Fuqua, “Building a #DreamTeam between Coaches & Advisors” – Game Plan has long been an advocate for unifying the student-athlete experience and now more than ever coaches and development staff need to be on the same page in order to do so successfully. This duo will certainly hit on all points.

“Go for the Win: A Collaborative Model for Supporting Student-Athletes” – Game Plan is built around unifying the student-athlete experience and we truly believe this is the key to a program’s and a student-athlete’s success in the future.

“Empowering Student-Athletes and Preparing Them for Life After College” – The panel of speakers for this topic represent some great small programs so it will be interesting to see how these big initiatives are broken down into solutions that will support programs of all sizes.

For the 6th year in a row Game Plan is fortunate to be a sponsor of the conference. So stop by our booth in between presentations to check-out live Game Plan demonstrations, register for our upcoming webinar, and learn more about the industry research Game Plan is doing.

Also, be sure to catch Game Plan founder, Vin McCaffrey speak on various topics throughout the three-day event:

Research Showcase, Friday, June 10 at 12:00 – 1:30 PM; and Saturday, June 11 8:00 – 9:00 AM: Game Plan will be presenting and highlighting information at the showcase regarding student-athlete identity and the transition out of athletics

NCAA Life Skills Symposium, Friday, June 10 at 2:30 – 4:45 PM: Game Plan CEO Vin McCaffrey will be speaking at the NCAA Life Skills Symposium presentation on keys to comprehensive student-athlete development

“Going Pro – Leveraging Aspirations For Professional Athletics into Foundations Toward Championship Lives”, Saturday, June 11 at 5 PM: Game Plan CEO Vin McCaffrey will be speaking on a panel about a student-athlete’s transition beyond college athletics

Stay tuned for more highlights from the conference. We’ll be tweeting and blogging live updates as we have them! If you’re attending, we look forward to seeing you later in the week!