NRPA Announces Vernā Myers as the Keynote Speaker for the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference

Ashburn, VA (March 24, 2023)

Vernā Myers to lead an inspiring discussion on inclusion and innovation at the premier event for parks and recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce Vernā Myers as the keynote speaker for the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference. Myers is an accomplished author, inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader and social commentator. Her insights on diversity, equity and inclusion have made her a highly sought-after speaker around the world.

Myers is known for her powerful and inspiring talks on how to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world. Her keynote address will be a highlight of the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference. Attendees will gain valuable insights and strategies for advancing equity and inclusion in their work.

Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer and founder of The Vernā Myers Company. In 2018, she took on the inaugural role of VP, Inclusion Strategy at Netflix where she leads a diverse team of talent in curating and implementing strategies to integrate cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity into all aspects of the organization’s global operations. In 2021, Myers was named by Diversity Woman as one of the top 100 Black Women Executives.

"We are thrilled to have Vernā Myers as the keynote speaker for the NRPA 2023 Annual Conference," said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. "Vernā's expertise and experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion will inspire attendees as they work to create more inclusive parks and recreation programs for their communities."

The NRPA Annual Conference is the premier event for park and recreation professionals, and this year's event promises to be the best one yet. This year, the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference will take place from October 10-12, 2023, in Dallas, Texas, and will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The NRPA Annual Conference brings together more than 8,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers, and features three days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and the latest products and services in the industry. Registration opens May 8.

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About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit