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NACD CES® Experience - January 8-10, 2019

Begin 2019 ahead of the curve with advanced boardroom insights on the innovations and megatrends poised to disrupt every industry across the globe. 

NACD invites directors to the first-and-only board-focused experience at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®)—the world’s largest and most influential technology show. This exclusive opportunity, available only through NACD, is all-inclusive to provide everything you'll need to enjoy the show:

  • Official CES credentials with access to the show floor and select CES programming January 8–10, 2019
  • NACD's director-curated agenda (January 8–10) synthesizing the pivotal aspects of the show from a board lens
  • Private, expert-led tour of the CES exhibits most relevant to the future of business
  • Two-night stay at a Las Vegas hotel
  • All meals, where you’ll have a chance to debrief and engage in thought-provoking conversations with your fellow boardroom leaders

What is CES?

Celebrating 50 years of innovation, CES takes place every January in Las Vegas with 185,000 global leaders and start-ups from every industry and corner of the globe trying to visit nearly 3,800 booths for a glimpse of the next megatrend. CES has become the launchpad for groundbreaking innovation—from transistor radios in 1967 to self-driving fleet vans in 2017.

How will directors benefit from the NACD CES Experience?

Technology, coupled with the shifting landscape of consumer tastes and social and demographic trends, is disrupting business in every industry at an increasingly rapid pace. Directors must be more proactive than ever before in ensuring that their companies are alert to how these shifts impact the company’s risk profile and strategic plan.

The NACD CES Experience will cut through the buzz with private, director-curated tours, expert-led talks, and peer exchanges designed to hone in on the most relevant aspects of CES for directors.

Join NACD, your director peers, leading executives, and technology experts to discover how 2019’s innovations and emerging trends will affect your board—from challenging assumptions underlying strategy to disrupting your own governance practices and envisioning new opportunities for creating long-term value.

What directors say . . . 

"CES is the most important global innovation show. Multiple new disruptive technologies like AI, self-driving, AR/VR, robotics, wearables, IoT, etc., will dramatically impact future markets and potentially your industry. It is critical that boards be aware of these technologies and discuss the implications for strategy, investments, risks, and opportunities. CES is the one place that boards can actually experience these new technologies. I highly recommend that board directors attend the 2018 NACD CES Experience."

Maureen Conners
Director, Fashion Incubator San Francisco 
Former Director, Deckers Brands

"CES is not only about the future. It is also about 'what is now' and 'what will happen later in the year.' It's the future, yet grounded in reality. I go to CES because I can communicate to my boards about what's coming around the corner."

John Hotta
Director, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance Inc., Microsoft, Seattle Foundation
Former Director, Accenture PLC, AT&T Inc., NCR Corp., RAND Corp., Swedish Healthcare Systems
NACD Board Leadership Fellow


NACD Member Registration



*Price is inclusive of program registration and your first year of NACD Individual Director Membership

This is an NACD member exclusive event. Current price expires June 1, 2018.


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NACD is curating exclusive, director-focused programming over two days at CES 2019 that combines interactive tours of leading exhibitors, VIP seating, and thought-provoking conversations with seasoned directors, executives, business advisors, technology experts, and Shelly Palmer—the premier trend-spotter of CES.

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2019 Agenda Coming Soon. Sample Agenda from the 2018 Program:

Welcome Reception and Keynote Fireside Chat – 

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 

Meet your director peers over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after arriving at The Venetian Hotel.

7:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m. 

Cap off the evening with dinner at the CarneVino Restraurant and an intimate fireside chat with JT Kostman, PhD. who will encourage you and your director peers to begin thinking about the megatrends and innovations on the horizon.

Day 1 – Wednesday

This highly interactive day is filled with engaging conference sessions on how tech is changing industries and society—Travel and Hospitality Transforming with TechnologyHow Emerging Technologies are Building a Better WorldThe Diverse Consumer: Discovering, Identifying, and Evolving, and What Will TV Look Like in 2020? to name a few—and a private, director-centric tour of the technology that is changing the world:

VIP seating at the Shelly Palmer Innovation Series Breakfast—one of the most sought-after seats at CES—will set the tone with megatrends influencing everything you’ll see today, tomorrow, and in the year ahead.

Venture onto the CES exhibitor floor with your director peers and technology experts from The Palmer Group strategic advisors to see some of the most innovative companies shaping the business landscape. This exclusive, small-group tour includes immersive, governance-focused discussions and demos of the latest technology on display.

Wrap up the day with an exclusive networking cocktail reception and dinner.

Day 2 – Thursday

The half-day of programming includes engaging sessions like Next Generation Content Delivery, Innovation and MonetizationBuild your Own Alexa Gadget!Preparing America for Jobs of the FutureWhat's Happening in VR, AR and Robotics? and more, including a final peer-exchange lunch with guest speakers Maureen Conners, John Hotta, Sonya Sepahban, and Gerald Czarnecki—all sure to inspire diverse insights that you can apply in your boardroom, including how best to prepare your board to capitalize on these new opportunities.  


For a recap of CES 2017, read NACD's blog "What Happened in Vegas: Highlights From CES." 



Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Registration will include two-night stay in a nearby hotel to the CES showroom. NACD staff will reach out to attendees following registration to complete arrangements.


NACD Fellowship® Credits: 6 Skill and 4 Collaborative

6 Skill Credits 4 Skill Credits

This program offers Fellowship Credits for NACD members working toward attaining or maintaining NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.

Payment, Cancellation, and Transfer Policy

Event registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received. Each cancelled registration will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing no fewer than 30 calendar days before the event start date in order to qualify for a partial refund. If written notice is given within 29 calendar days of the event start date, registrants will forfeit the entire program fee unless it is transferred to another NACD program pursuant to the following transfer policy.

Application for transfer credit must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on which NACD receives written notice of cancellation. Transferred credit (less the $500 cancellation fee) will apply only to eligible NACD programs that occur within 12 months of a cancellation. Please submit all cancellations and transfer requests via e-mail to or via fax to 866-536-9044.