Session Tracks and Learning Formats

Session Tracks

Get Smart
Attend these sessions if you’re looking to hone your skills in some of the most challenging practices in contract management. If you’re new to the profession, this track is where you’ll also find voices of wisdom and experience on the essential basics every practitioner must master. 

Get Ready
If you’re looking for insider tips, tricks and analysis on hot issues, innovations, and what’s coming in contracting, this is your track. Sleepless over supply chain risk?  Confused about the state of CMMC? Stymied by software acquisition? Curious about contracting bots? Enticed by the ease of OTAs and CSOs? 

Get Ahead
You know that true success in our field takes more than just knowing the rules. Communication, collaboration, negotiation, influence, and leadership are just as important. And that is true whether managing contracts or your own career. This track offers deep dives and the best current thinking about the personal skills and organizational culture you need to succeed. 

Learning Formats
Whether you seek short bites of learning, deeper dives into topic areas, thought leader discussions, or all of these, NCMA’s learning formats meet you where you are and help take you where you want to be. With options for inspiration, peer learning, in-depth exploration, and hands-on training across a wide range of subjects, you’re in control of your own professional development. Keep your skill set competitive and fresh with content taught by some of the most innovative, inspiring, and creative leaders in contract management, procurement, and acquisition.


General Session Keynotes
General Sessions will connect the contract management community around the theme for this year’s conference: Get it Done: Solutions from the Front Lines.  Sessions will shine a light on the front lines of the contract management profession—the people working hard where the rubber meets the road with real-world experiences and innovations to inform and inspire.  (In-Person and Virtual)

Breakout Sessions
Traditional one-hour breakout sessions covering important updates, lessons learned and profession outlook.  (In-person and select sessions offered virtually)

Deep Dives
Two-hour deep dive sessions feature complex topics that need more time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Join a deep dive for an interactive experience where you’ll learn and practice new strategies to use on the job. (In-person and select sessions offered virtually)  

Immersive Workshops
These three-hour, highly interactive workshops give hands-on experience. These sessions are for those looking for experiential learning and a full picture of the entire acquisition lifecycle or full immersion in a complex problem-solving scenario. Gain real-world skills by working across government and industry. (In-Person Only)

Innovation Alley
Innovation Alley will feature rousing, hourlong interactive showcases of technology, acquisition, and practice innovations. Audiences will be invited and expected to participate actively in exploring with the presenters throughout each session. (In-Person and Virtual)

Informal, attendee-driven, small-group discussions on common challenges in the industry with opportunities to share best practices, tips, and insights.  GCMS will feature more exchanges than ever for more opportunities to connect. (Exchange sessions will be offered in-person only).