NBAA’s 2022 Leadership Conference a Big Success

With nearly 400 attendees on hand for a sold-out slate of Professional Development Program (PDP) offerings, two outstanding networking sessions and a roster of all-star speakers, the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2022 Leadership Conference exceeded expectations on every level.

Organized under the event’s co-chairs – Business Aviation Management Committee volunteers Dave Salvador, with Gogo Business Aviation, and Brad Self, CAM, with VF Corp. – this year’s event featured the conference’s most compelling speaker lineup to date.

Discussions focused on next-level thinking, setting an example through positive influence, motivating a superstar team, ensuring organizational health and safety and creating a dynamic workplace where innovation can thrive. View the full speaker lineup for the Leadership Conference.

“Our dynamic speakers helped us leverage the ways that the COVID-era’s challenges can translate into empowerment, excellence and being our authentic selves as we all return to service,” said Jo Damato, CAM, senior vice president, education, training and workforce development. “The enthusiastic turnout for this year’s event demonstrates that people want to gather to share lessons about leading not just through the pandemic, but beyond it.”

The highly successful Leadership Conference comes on the heels of NBAA’s standout opening event for 2022, a Regional Forum held Feb. 2 at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport (OPF), which drew nearly 2,500 attendees and featured a sold-out exhibit floor, along with 16 aircraft on display, a slate of education sessions, a focus on the future workforce and more.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said the back-to-back successes of the Regional Forum and Leadership Conference point to similar results for the association’s forthcoming events. “This is an extraordinary and exciting time for our industry,” Bolen said. “The energy and enthusiasm at the Regional Forum, and again this week at our Leadership Conference, has been off the charts. This bodes extremely well for our upcoming events, including the 2022 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2022), which is shaping up to be a great show.”