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RNL National Conference

RNL National Conference
Register by June 21 after June 21
1 to 5 from an institution $735 each $785 each
6 to 15 from an institution $715 each $785 each

Join us for a comprehensive higher education conference featuring more than 150 sessions

RNL National Conference Schedule at a Glance
See the hour-by-hour schedule and session descriptions.

See the hour-by-hour session schedule and descriptions.

Discover innovations, insights, and intelligence from campus professionals, higher ed thought leaders, and RNL experts who have worked with institutions of every size, type, and mission. You’ll find sessions for everyone on campus covering:

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Hear nationally renowned keynote speakers

Wes MooreWes Moore
Bestselling Author of The Other Wes Moore

Michael SorrellMichael Sorrell, EdD
President, Paul Quinn College

Kim LearKimberly Lear
Researcher, speaker, Millennial behavior expert

Read more about our keynote speakers.

Location and Accommodations: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Make accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will host all conference sessions.

All rooms at the Gaylord Opryland Resort are sold out. See below for alternative accommodations.

All conference sessions will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center:

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 889-1000

Alternative accommodations

Accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort have sold out. Conference attendees are encouraged to book accommodations at these nearby hotels:

The Inn at Opryland, a Gaylord Hotel
(0.5 mile from the Gaylord Opryland Resort)
Rates starting at $140/night.  Book now.

Hyatt Place Nashville/Opryland
(0.8 mile from the Gaylord Opryland Resort)
Rates starting at $150/night.  Book now.

Residence Inn Nashville at Opryland
(1.0 mile from the Gaylord Opryland Resort)
Rates starting at $150/night.  Book now.

Conference agenda

Wednesday, July 24

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration check-in/Exhibit area open
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Opening keynote session:
Sumit Nijhawan, President and CEO, RNL
Wes Moore, author, The Other Wes Moore
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Opening reception

Thursday, July 25

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration check-in/Exhibit area open
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Hosted continental breakfast
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote session: Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Hosted lunch
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
5:00 p.m. Free evening to enjoy Nashville

Friday, July 26

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration check-in/Exhibit area open
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Hosted continental breakfast
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote session: Kimberly Lear, researcher, speaker, generational expert
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. 13 concurrent breakout sessions
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closing keynote session 
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Closing reception: The Water Coolers comedy troupe
5:00 p.m. Conference adjournment

What attendees say about attending the RNL National Conference

“Inspiring data and information for higher education. Thought provoking for future planning.”

“This conference blew away my expectations in every aspect.”

“It’s a conference I’ll definitely attend again as the value and quality are awesome.”