Know Before You Go

Monday, October 19, 2020
6:00 pm EDT

SECURE Virtual Event

First things first.

Have you confirmed your attendance and created your event credentials?
This is the ONLY way to access the virtual NPower Gala.


Great, you are all set. 

On October 19th, head here and use the same credentials.

Remember: you had the choice to use your LinkedIn account or create a new event account with name, email & password. 


You’ll need an account first before you can access the gala. As an invited guest:

  • Search for an email from [email protected]
  • Click the secure URL link in the email to accept the invitation. 
  • Create your event credentials by using your LinkedIn account (recommended) or creating an account with name, email address & password.

Can’t find the email? No worries, just go here and enter the email address that received the original invitation. If you are an invited guest, a new email will be sent and you may follow the instructions above.  


The Hubb virtual event platform works best on Chrome, Edge, or Firefox. Make sure to enable javascript on your browser and disable any pop-up blockers when in the virtual NPower Gala. A reliable internet connection will ensure you won’t miss a thing.

Many of the virtual events will be hosted on Zoom. Please confirm your computer supports Zoom Meetings and Webinars before you join the virtual gala.


Keep that camera on and dress to impress. Most will be in business casual, but do not be afraid to get fancy.


While 2020 has limited some options, we are excited to offer the ultimate flexibility for your gala meal. All gala guests who have confirmed their attendance before October 19th will receive a $20 credit to GrubHub/Seamless to be used on the night of the gala. More information and the required expense code are available in the Dinner Delivered section of the virtual gala.


The NPower Gala is a truly virtual event. Start your evening in the Welcome Lobby and explore the different rooms and experiences. Keep track of time as you won’t want to miss the main stage program at 6:30PM located at YOUR TABLE. The left navigation offers quick links and more opportunities to explore. Be sure to update your profile with your headshot by clicking My Profile at the bottom. 



The registration team will be live supporting all registration and event access hiccups and issues on the day of the gala (October 19) from 10AM – 7PM EDT.

If you have any issues getting into the gala, please contact:  [email protected]

InSide the gala

Once inside the event, we will have a team of staff members ready to answer any questions. Just open the “Live Help Desk” chat window on the bottom right corner of the virtual event and someone will be there to quickly assist. Available on October 19 from 8AM – 8PM EDT.


5:30PM - 6PM

Virtual Event Opens


Acquaint yourself with the virtual event platform, learn about NPower, plan out how you will spend your evening, and update your profile to include a headshot and other information.


The Networking Lounge will be open for large group networking. Chat with everyone in the Zoom meeting or find individuals to connect with in the Guest List.

Sponsor Shop

Learn about gala sponsors in the sponsor expo hall. The Accenture Booth is a “can’t miss” stop with special live programming and networking opportunities.

6PM - 6:30PM

Opening Sessions


Join us in the Networking Lounge for large group networking. At 6:10PM, the Zoom meeting will break into randomly sorted, smaller breakout sessions for more effective networking.

Discover NPower

Learn about NPower from a live expert panel with members of the NPower Strategic Partnerships and Program teams, an NPower alum, and a corporate partner.

Hire Alumni

Peruse digital resume cards from qualified and vetted NPower alumni who are ready to fill your tech roles. 

Dinner & Drinks

Watch New York City Chef Aaron Bashy prepare a seasonal surf & turf menu of grilled oysters, seared skirt steak with fall vegetables, and a compound butter duo paired with the NPower Sour cocktail.


Connect with fellow gala guests individually in the One-on-One Meetups section. Select the person you would like to meet and provide a time and your preferred virtual meeting platform link to send a request. Meeting times available all day Monday 10/19/20 and Tuesday 10/20/20.

Live Trivia

Spend 30 minutes having a bit of fun before the main program starts. The Live Trivia Contest will include a wide array of questions on topics like diversity and tech to food and entertainment. Prizes will be sent to the top winners after the gala.

VIP Exclusive Networking Experience

From 6PM – 6:30PM, VIP guests will have special access to a unique tech celebrity networking opportunity. Tech icons from across industries will join the NPower Gala and host intimate networking sessions in private Zoom Meetings. Only VIP guests may access and reserve spots in these special rooms. This is a prized opportunity for face-time with leaders in the tech world. Room seats are limited and we recommend VIP guests access the event early (starting on Friday, October 16th at 5PM EDT) to reserve the rooms they would like to join. 

David Reilly
David Reilly
CIO, Global Banking and Markets
Dean Del Vecchio
Dean Del Vecchio
EVP, Chief of Operations and CIO
Vittorio Cretella
Vittorio Cretella
Chief Information Officer
Larry Feinsmith
Larry Feinsmith
Managing Director and Head of Global Tech Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships
Mojgan Lefebvre
Mojgan Lefebvre
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology & Operations Officer
Jim Adams
Jim Adams
CTO for Enterprise Infrastructure Operations & Technology
Guy Chiarello
Guy Chiarello
Chief Administrative Officer
Howard Boville
Howard Boville
Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud
Debra King
Debra King
SVP, Chief Information Officer
Paul Daugherty-v2
Paul Daugherty
Chief Technology Officer


Ellyn Shook-v2
Ellyn Shook
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer
Sandy Carter
Sandy Carter
Vice President, Public Sector Partners and Programs

6:30PM - 7:15PM

Mainstage Program


This is it. This is when the real fun starts. Award-winning journalist and gala emcee, Soledad O’Brien, will open the program to set the stage for the evening. We will hear from NPower CEO Bertina Ceccarelli and the organization’s strongest advocates. Our fearless honoree Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, will share her candid insights in an intimate fireside chat with Soledad. A resilient NPower alum will share his story of trials and success. We will close the program with a competitive and surprise-filled text-to-pledge segment to raise the critical funds we need to truly rewire opportunity and make a lasting impact in the communities we serve. 


Julie Sweet



Soledad O’Brien


7:15PM - 8PM

After party & Networking

After Party

It wouldn’t be an NPower Gala without an after-party. Enjoy a special, interactive performance from award-winning hip hop improve group Freestyle Love Supreme. Prepare by watching their recently released Hulu documentary: We are Freestyle Love Supreme.


Spend your remaining time at the gala exploring the platform and engaging with on-demand content and resources. Consider hiring a ready-to-work NPower graduate, find ways to deepen your engagement, and learn how your support will make the difference. 


Networking continues in the Networking Lounge for large group networking. At 7:30PM, the Zoom meeting will break into randomly sorted, smaller breakout sessions for more effective networking.


We encourage you to keep your camera on with your best business casual. But, don’t let that stop you from dressing up, it is a gala after all!

Make your way to the One-on-One Meetups space where you can request virtual meetings with any other gala guest for Monday, October 19th and Tuesday, October 20th. Simply pick a time, find the person you’d like to connect with, input your preferred virtual meeting link (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams etc.) and send. The invitation will go straight to the person’s email inbox and the meetings take place entirely outside of the event platform. 

We recommend arriving to the virtual gala a bit early, at 5:30PM to get comfortable with the platform, update your profile with a headshot, and plan your evening. The fun starts at 6PM with an array of options for how you can spend your first 30 minutes of the gala. At 6:30PM you will join your gala table to watch the 45 minute program together while catching up and networking in table’s chat box. The after-party kicks off at 7:15PM with a special musical performance from Freestyle Love Supreme or you can choose to continue networking in the Networking Lounge.  

The main program will be a live video feed directly to your gala table room. Access your gala table by clicking on Your Table in the main lobby at 6:30PM. At your gala table, you may chat with fellow table guests in the chat box. 

No, while we recommend using your LinkedIn account credentials to access the gala, you may choose to set-up a traditional account using your name, email and a password. If you go that route, please note that you will be required to complete a short secondary email verification.


Not a problem at all. The system will still link your gala invitation with your LinkedIn credentials access. Everything in the gala will still be fully linked to your work email, or the email address where the initial invitation was sent. 

You may access the gala at on October 19th at any time during the day. Enter using the same credentials you created when you confirmed your attendance (either with LinkedIn or by setting up an account).

Feel free to explore the virtual platform and decide how you would like to start the evening. The Networking Lounge & Accenture Expo Booth will open at 5:30PM EDT and official events begin at 6PM. 

While we believe that everyone is a VIP, for the constraints of this event, only designated VIPs may have access to the 6PM – 6:30PM tech celebrity networking sessions. To see if you are a VIP, look at your profile and it will show “General” or “VIP” under Guest Type.

If it is October 19th, click on the “Live Help Desk” chat window on the bottom right corner of the platform. Someone will be there to help you right away.