text: "Competition Rounds". From L to R: Blue circle with "one" handshape, text: "The Hot Seat, Private interviews & observation during the NAD Conference", 2nd pink circle with "two" handshape, text: "Pitch and Network, Mingle with the audience and pitch during the Competition FInal, audience will vote for their favorite!" Third green circle has "three" handshape with text: "The Vision, Top contestants will present their platform during the Competition Final."

NOTE: this is the tentative competition timeline for 2022.

Pre-Competition Round: Application

  • March 1, 2022: Preliminary application deadline (additional points will be rewarded)
  • April 2, 2022: Final application deadline
    • The Committee will inform you if your application is accepted.
  • Few days prior NAD Conference: Retreat at Orlando, Florida (Exact dates: TBD)

Competition Rounds: July 1 – 5, 2022

There are three rounds to go through before the final competition. Each round will be evaluated and scored by judges and the Committee.

  • Round 1: The Hot Seat — Contestants will have a private interview with the surprise judges and be observed throughout the entire week at the NAD Conference.
  • Round 2: Pitch and Network — Contestants will share their “elevator” pitch with conference attendees.
  • Round 3: The VISion Platform — Top contestants will move up to the final round and share more about their pitch. For this round only, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

More details are in the contestant packet (coming soon)!