#NMDN 2017 THEME:

Breaking down the walls

This year's conference is all about breaking down walls between people, countries, and perspectives. In a time where the powers that be are trying harder than ever to roll back the clocks on a progressive society, we're doing our part to counteract the hit, through travel. 

2017 #NMDN Panels/Workshops:

  •  TRAVELING UNDER TRUMP- WHETHER BASED IN THE U.S., OR TRYING TO ENTER THE U.S., IT'S UNDENIABLE THAT MANEUVERING UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED MANY ASPECTS OF TRAVEL. IN THIS PANEL WE BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING FROM THE TRAVEL BAN, TO HOW TRAVELERS OF COLOR ARE RECEIVED WHILE ABROAD UNDER THIS NEW PRESIDENCY.   

  • TRAVELING WITH DISABILITIES- BOTH OBVIOUS, AND HIDDEN, TRAVELERS ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE FOUND THEIR PERSONAL WAYS TO NAVIGATE THE GLOBE WHILE DEALING WITH DISABILITIES. OUR PANELISTS SHARE THEIR STORIES, TIPS, & REMEDIES FOR DEALING WITH AILMENTS BOTH SEEN, AND UNSEEN, BY THE NAKED EYE.  

  • DIVERSITY IN TECH & TRAVEL - TECH IS A HUGE PART OF DAILY LIFE, ONLY BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT IN CHARTING YOUR PATH WHILE ON FOREIGN LAND. AS A TRAVELER OF COLOR, WE WANT THIS PANEL TO BE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO DIVE HEAD FIRST INTO WAYS THAT TECH HAS AIDED IN YOUR TRAVELS, AND WHERE VARIOUS OUTLETS HAVE POTENTIALLY MISSED THE MARK-- GIVING FEEDBACK ON WAYS WE CAN UTILIZE TECH BETTER.  

  • THE SELF CARE CONVERSATION IN TRAVEL- WE ALL AGREE THAT 'SELF CARE' NEEDS TO MATURE FROM BUZZWORD TO ACTION ITEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT TRAVEL IS MANY TIMES SEEN AS AN ESCAPE FROM EVERYDAY REALITIES. WE WANT TO USE THIS PANEL AS A WAY TO TALK DIRECTLY TO SELF CARE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, AND THE ROLE TRAVEL DOES (AND CAN) PLAY IN IT.  

  • FINANCES & TRAVEL - WHEN WE BREAK DOWN THE TWO MOST PREVALENT REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE HESITANT TO START TRAVELING, IT USUALLY BOILS DOWN TO TWO -- FEAR AND MONEY. THIS PANEL DEBUNKS THE FINANCIAL MYTHS, AND GIVES TIPS AND TRICKS FROM TRAVEL AND FINANCIAL EXPERTS. 

  • TRAVELING WHILE MALE- THE CONVERSATION COMES UP AT LEAST EVERY SIX MONTHS. IN A GROUP OF 17,000 WHY IS TRIBE APPROACHING 90% FEMALE? WHY IS THIS THE TREND WE SEE AMONG TRAVELERS OF COLOR? WHERE ARE THE MEN? THIS PANEL IS OUR MOMENT TO GIVE OUR MEN THE FLOOR, SPEAKING OPENLY AND HONESTLY ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TRAVELING AS A MAN OF COLOR.

  • FIRESIDE CHAT W/EVITA ROBINSON: THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY-  WITH NOMADNESS AS THE FIRST TRAVEL GROUP TO CONSCIOUSLY TARGET MILLENIALS OF COLOR, EVITA ROBINSON CHARTED THE PATH FOR WHAT IS NOW AN ENTIRE MOVEMENT WITHIN THIS INDUSTRY. FRESH OFF HER TED TALK, HBO'S 'INSECURE' CAMEO, AND GROWING LIST OF KEYNOTES, THIS IS THE TIME TO ASK HER EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED TO. QUESTIONS WILL BE ANONYMOUSLY SOURCED AND PRESENTED BY OUR MODERATOR. 

  • NOMAD JR TAKEOVER - NOMADNESS LOOKS AT FUTURE GENERATIONS AS MUCH AS WE MARKET TO PRESENT DAY. SO MANY OF OUR TRAVELERS DOUBLE AS PARENTS. MORE FREQUENTLY WE ARE SEEING PHOTOS OF FAMILIES ABROAD, AND IN OUR CLOSING KEYNOTE WE HAVE A PANEL OF NOMAD JRS. WE WANT THEM TO IMPART THEIR WISDOM ON US ABOUT HOW TRAVEL HAS INFLUENCED THEIR LIVES. FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES.