Main Stage

Main Stage

Visionaries, Influencers and Honorary Guests - All on One Stage.

New this year, the Opening Keynote, select General Sessions and the brand new NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration are all taking place on the Main Stage, located on the Show Floor.

Main Stage

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Main Stage

April 9 - 11, 2018 | North Hall


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Session Highlights

Special Events

NAB Show Opening

Monday, April 9 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us for the opening session for the 2018 NAB Show, which will feature the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Robin Roberts as well as the Opening Keynote and State of the Industry address by Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

Sponsored by Blackmagic

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Mon 9

On-Floor Programming

The Future of Profits is Purpose

Monday, April 9 - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Social capital can transform your business. Millennial employees want to work for companies that share their values. Media-savvy consumers prefer to buy from brands that do good. So how do you define your company purpose? How can it unlock value across your entire business? How does purpose scale business growth, productivity and impact? In this eye-opening keynote, Simon Mainwaring, CEO of We First and strategist to many of world's top purposeful brands, shares compelling research and best practices for how to ensure purpose inspires all stakeholders to build your business. Brand guru, Roy Spence, joins Simon to reveal insider tips used by leading organizations such as Walmart, Southwest Airlines and GE. Sit in on this session to learn how to leverage purpose for a profitable and impactful future.

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Mon 9

We are Broadcasters Celebration

Tuesday, April 10 - 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Informing communities. Helping neighbors in need. Providing a lifeline during emergencies. Reporting the facts and uncovering the truth. This is what broadcasters do best. This event celebrates local radio and television stations' vital role in our communities and their ongoing commitment to innovating to better serve their listeners and viewers. 

Highlights during this celebration include the presentation of the TV Chairman's Award to an individual who is blazing trails in the industry and impacting the future of television; the recognition of 10 stations for their tremendous year-round commitment to community service with the Crystal Radio Awards; and the presentation of the Engineering Achievement Award to individuals for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry.

The 2018 TV Chairman's Award recipient is Actress Kristen Bell.

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Tue 10

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Other Education Opportunities