2019 NCRA Convention & Expo - Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

NCRA Board of Directors Meeting

9–10 a.m.

National Speed Contest

12–5 p.m. Sponsor Registration and Expo Hall Move-in 

5:30–7 p.m.

National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) Reception – by invitation only

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
7 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration Open
8:30–11 a.m. NCRA Annual Business Meeting
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop: Day 1 – registration required
(0.7 CEU) (Day 1+2= 1.125 CEUs)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Vendor Training Workshops (0.7 CEU) – registration required for these individual workshops

Stenograph – CATalyst Training
Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph, LLC 

Greta Duckett, RPR, CRR, Certified DigitalCAT Trainer

Gigatron Software Corporation – It’s All about Optimization!
Rick Louie, Supervisor of StenoCAT Product Support, Gigatron Software Corporation

Advantage Software/Eclipse
Jeremy Thorne, Director of Research & Development, Advantage Software/Eclipse

9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Expo Hall Move-in
1–2:30 p.m.  National Realtime Contest 
1:30–5:30 p.m.  Punctuation Workshop –  registration required  (0.4 CEU)
2–5 p.m. 
National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) Meeting
3–6 p.m.  Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Boot Camp – registration required (0.3 CEU)
5:30–7:30 p.m.  Opening Reception in Expo Hall ticketed event
Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
6:45 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration Open
7:30–8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast in Expo Hall Exclusive benefit for those booked within the discounted NCRA room block at the Hyatt Regency Denver AND registered for a Convention package or workshop.
7:30-8:30 a.m. Student Breakfast and Welcome
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Expo Hall Open
8:30–10:30 a.m. 
NCRA Premier Session: Installation of Officers and Keynote featuring Erin Brockovich – session is open to the following registration packages: Full, Networking, Students, and Friday. For an additional fee, session is available for Saturday/Sunday package. (0.1 CEU)
10:30–11 a.m.
Coffee Break in Expo Hall
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

Back to School: A Day in the Life of a University of Wisconsin-Madison Staff CART Provider
Kristen Wurgler, RPR

CART: Oh, the Places You Can Go!
Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, and Becky Tallarico, RPR, CRR, CRC

Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Deanna Baker, FAPR, RMR, and Heidi Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC
Two Countries (and More) Divided by a Common Language
Georgina Ford, RPR, CRR

You Want Me to Do What? I Didn't Learn That in School
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
Darlene Williams, RPR, CMRS
12–1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
12:15–1:30 p.m. NCRF Angels Luncheon – by invitation only
12:30–5 p.m. Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop: Day 2 – registration required

(0.425 CEU) (Day 1+2= 1.125 CEUs)

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.125 CEU) 

Captioning a Sporting Event 101: Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey
Sandra Smith, RPR     

Great Answers to Tough Questions
Beth Gaige, RPR; Linda Hallworth; Kim Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC; Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR; Antonia Pulone; and Christine Phipps, RPR

How Voice Writing Technology Works: Dispelling Myths and Explaining Facts
Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, FAPR, CVR-CM-M, RCP 

International Depositions 101
Ian Hardy

Steno Speed Dating
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
Amie First, RDR, CRR, CRC, CPE; Lillian Freiler, RMR, CMRS, FAPR; Mike Hensley, RDR; Debbie Kriegshauser, RMR, CRR, CLVS, RSA, FAPR, IL-CSR, MO-CCR; Saba McKinley, RPR, CRI, CSR; Alan Peacock, RDR, CRR, CRC, FAPR; Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI; Kelly Shainline, RPR, CRR; Lindsay Stoker, RPR, CRC;  Jeffrey Weigl, RMR, CRR, CRC, CSR(A); and Doug Zweizig, RDR, CRR, FCRR
2:45–3 p.m. Coffee Break in Expo Hall
3–4 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

Remote Reporting: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Judith Lehman, RMR, CRI

Technology and Court Reporting: Just Trying to Survive, or Do You Want to Thrive?
Eve J. Barrett, RPR

The Fluctuant Freelancer
Early Langley, RMR

Your Most Valuable Realtime Tool
Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI  

Meet and Greet with the NCRA Board of Directors
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
4:15–5:15 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

Taxes: Questions and Answers
Meredith Glover, CPA

CART and its Many Remote Platforms Step-by-Step
Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CRC

Intersteno – The Best Business Expense You’ve Never Taken Advantage of – YET!  
Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, FAPR, CVR-CM-M, RCP

Knowledge at the Threshold of Reporting  
Dominick Tursi and Joshua B. Edwards, RDR, CRR
Vendor Showcase: Realtime Coach - Three Power Strategies to Pass Your Next Skills Test
Marybeth Everhart, MA, BS, RPR, CRI, CLR, CPE

Your Choice of Learning Zones
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
5:15–6:15 p.m. Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Exam – registration required
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019
6:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Registration Open
7–8:30 a.m.  
School Owners/Administrators Breakfast and Think Tank  by invitation only
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Expo Hall  Exclusive benefit for those booked within the discounted NCRA room block at the Hyatt Regency Denver AND registered for a Convention package or workshop.
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  Expo Hall Open
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

CART: Changing with the Times
Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE
Flying Fingers
Stacey Donison, RPR, CRR; Linda Hallworth; Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, CRC; Heidi Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Leah Willersdorf

Speedbuilding through Cinema
Marc Greenberg, CRI

The New Professional's Perspective
Rachel Barkume, RPR; Callie Sajdera; Jordan Groves; and Lisa Conley Yungblut, RMR, CRR

The Lost Art of Professionalism 
Marsha Naegeli, CMRS, CRI

Here Comes the Mic Drop
Tim Falks, CLVS

Roundtable Discussion with Educators and Firm Owners

Teacher track
Kelly Moranz, CRI, and Darlene Williams, RPR, CMRS

Your Choice of Learning Zones
(Student track 0.0 CEU)

9:30–10 a.m. Coffee Break in Expo Hall
10–11:15 a.m. Learning Zones (0.125 CEU)

Advanced Realtime Techniques: Strategies for Captioning and Beyond
Stacey Potenza, CRC, and Lindsay Stoker, RPR, CRC

CAT and AI: Getting the Most from Your Software 
Johnny Jay Jackson, Jeremy Thorne, Cindi Lynch, and Bob Bakva
Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy 
Mike Hensley, RDR

Preparing for the Realities of Presentation at Trial
Robb Helt

Vendor Showcase: Realtime Coach  Your Skills, Your Confidence, Your Power!
Marybeth Everhart, MA, BS, RPR, CRI, CLR, CPE

(Student track 0.0 CEU)
Debbie Kriegshauser, RMR, CRR, CLVS, RSA, FAPR, IL-CSR, MO-CCR, and Phoebe Moorhead, RPR, CRR
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.     
Awards Luncheon – ticketed event 
1:45–3 p.m. Learning Zones (0.125 CEU)

Google, Gadgets, and Apps
Cyndi Larimer

Making Your Life Easier with Realtime Macros
Alan Peacock, RDR, CRR, CRC

Promoting the Profession through Career Fairs
Cindy Isaacsen, RPR; Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, CRC; Lisa Wagner, RPR; and Penny Wile, RMR, CRR

From This to That
Lance A. Boardman, RDR, CRR; Marjorie Peters, RMR, CRR; and Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M, RCP

How to teach an NCRA A to Z™ Program
Carolyn Ruiz Coronado, RPR

Vendor Showcase: Stenograph

Good Reporter/Bad Reporter
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CRC, FAPR, and Debbie Kriegshauser, RMR, CRR, CLVS, RSA, FAPR, IL-CSR, MO-CCR
3–3:15 p.m. Coffee Break in Expo Hall 
3:15–4:15 p.m. Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

A Guide to Social Media for Post-Millennials: What to Post, How to Post, Why to Post  Including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr
Lauren Lawrence, RPR, and Matthew Moss, RPR 

The Power of Positive Thinking
Catherine Alley Teach, RPR, CRI

Cyber Security Incidents & Cases: Protect Your Data! 
Matt Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Mix It Up: A Look into Live Video Mixing Software
Marshall Fox, CLVS

Session TBD

Coaching Callie’s Climb, the Role of Professionals in the Internship Experience
Teacher track
Tambria (Tammy) Kelley, RPR, CRR; Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI; and Callie Sajdera

Your Choice of Learning Zones
(Student track 0.0 CEU)
4:15–5 p.m.  Snack Break in Expo Hall
7:30–11:30 p.m.   Member Recognition Gala – ticketed event

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

Beyond A to Z
Allison Hall, RMR, CRR

When Life Gives You Lemons
Kristi Johnson

Hot Topics in Ethics
Liz Harvey, RPR; Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, CRC, FAPR; and Monna J. Nickeson, RPR, CRR, CCR, CSR, CLV
9:45–11 a.m. Learning Zones (0.125 CEU)

There Is an Easier Way to Write That!
Johnny Jay Jackson

Phyllis Craver Lykken, RPR, and Liz Harvey, RPR


* Schedule subject to change


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Meredith Bonn

I can't wait to attend NCRA Convention in Denver because I love to see the latest technology, meet new people and explore a fun city! You truly never know when you are going to make a connection you will need professionally sometime in the future. I have met the most wonderful reporters, captioners and students that will someday be my co-workers. In addition to all that I always take away something that makes my job easier and faster when I get back. A good investment, no doubt!

Meredith A. Bonn, RPR, CRR, NCRA Board of Directors, Webster, N.Y.





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