Next Practice Partners



Looking to transform your organization from Best Practice to Next Practice?

Seeking to motivate your leadership to identify trends and proactively prepare for it?

Wanting to inspire your staff to believe in their ability to make a dent in the universe?

Our team, including Neelay Bhatt and Jason Elissalde, has keynoted (in person and virtually) in 25 states and on 4 continents. Their ideas have informed and inspired audiences ranging from a few dozen to a few thousand people.

Is your conference or agency still stuck to status quo or are you looking to see what’s NEXT?


  • A Return to Abnormal
  • Building a Culture of Inclusion and Listening
  • Leading with Your WHY
  • Next Practices in Parks and Recreation
  • Providing Disney-like Guest Service Excellence
  • The Power of One
  • Moving your organization from Best Practice to Next Practices
  • Telling Your Story TED Style: How to Speak So People Listen

International Keynotes

    • south-african-flag Academy of Leisure Sciences, South Africa (virtual)
    • new-zealand-flag Eventing The Future – Auckland, New Zealand
    • India Flag Aahān – Mumbai, India
    • switzerland-flagSmart Cities and Sport – Lausanne, Switzerland
    • china-flag Beijing Sports University, China
    • canada-flagParks and Recreation Ontario, Canada
    • canada-flag Atlantic Recreation and Facilities Conference, Charlottetown, Canada

National Keynotes

  • Agents of Change, San Diego, CA
  • Greenspace by Park Pride, Atlanta, GA
  • Kentucky Recreation and Park Society, Louisville, KY
  • Idaho Recreation and Park Association, Idaho Falls
  • Illinois Leadership Academy, Oakbrook, IL
  • Nevada Recreation and Park Society, NV
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Supervisor Symposium
  • Indiana Recreation and Park Association, Muncie, IN
  • Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society, Tulsa, OK
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society, Roanoke, VA
  • California Park and Recreation Society, Sacramento, CA
  • Connecticut Recreation and Park Association, Uncasville, CT
  • Connecticut and Massachusetts State Joint Leadership Summit, Sturbridge, MA
  • Florida Recreation and Park Association, Orlando, FL
  • Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks), Travers City, MI
  • Iowa Parks and Recreation Association, Davenport, IA
  • Maryland Recreation and Park Association, Ocean City, MD
  • Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, Minneapolis, MN
  • New Jersey Recreation and Park Association, Atlantic City, NJ
  • New Hampshire Recreation and Park Association, Keene, NH
  • New York Recreation and Park Society, Rochester, NY
  • South Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Greenville, SC
  • Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), College Station, TX
  • Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, Franklin, TN
  • Utah Recreation and Park Association, Hurricane, UT
  • Vermont Recreation and Park Society, Lake Morey, VT
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society Management Conference, Suffolk, VA
  • Wisconsin Recreation and Park Association, Kalahari Convention Center, WI

In addition, the Next Practice Partners team members have been chosen to present at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference for years and are consistently among the highest rated speakers at the largest parks and recreation conference in the world.

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Most agencies spend more money fixing a bathroom than they do on training their entire staff. When staff recruitment and retention is a huge challenge and customer expectations are higher than ever, investing in your staff isn’t just a nice to do but a need to do action.

Our team, including former Disney cast members and training specialists for Gold Medal park systems, has developed and delivered customized training including the largest parks and recreation training in the world for Chicago Park District’s 3000 employees, corporations such as Target and national governing bodies such as US Sailing.


  • Dealing with Difficult Service Situations
  • Storytelling for Impact
  • Building a Culture of Listening and Service Excellence
  • Developing an Innovative and Inclusive Organization
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

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