How to Submit a Conference Session Proposal
April 18-20, 2018 – Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Become a part of the most exciting regional industry event of the year!
Call for Proposals Deadline: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 11
Our audience is comprised of mid to top-level professionals who are looking well beyond introductory education. Therefore, we are looking for speakers who:
- Tackle important new topics that have an impact on the industry
- Offer a new approach or another way of thinking about current topics
- Present fresh and inspiring ideas on treasury and finance topics
All submissions must be educational in nature and not feature overt marketing or direct selling for a single company or product, although mentions of products and services are acceptable in order to illustrate learning points. In short, sales pitches are not allowed!
WHAT YOU GAIN AS A CONFERENCE SPEAKER
- Recognition of being associated with a highly respected Treasury industry event
- Visibility and credibility for you and your organization
- A complimentary full conference registration
- Excellent networking opportunities
- CTP Recertification Credit
Early bird sessions – 50 minutes in length.
Concurrent Sessions – 75 minutes in length. Concurrent sessions allow speakers to present information on a wide variety of topics. Proposals should offer tangible, meaningful take-away value to the audience, including customer perspectives, lessons learned, best practices and performance metrics. It is strongly recommended that financial institution and vendor/service provider submissions include a user/customer co-presenter.
Workshops – 150 minutes in length (split by ½ hour break). Workshops allow the speaker to present to a limited audience on a topic in-depth, using a variety of interactive training techniques. Presenters are expected to provide tangible, meaningful take-away value to the audience.
LEVEL OF PRESENTATIONS
The level of presentation is identified by the submitter and is based on expected audience experience and knowledge. Session attendees evaluate the presentation by the appropriateness of the level and the ability of the speakers to meet the described objectives. It is very important to accurately identify the level of your session. The Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to modify the level and will instruct submitters accordingly so that they may meet audience expectations.
Fundamental sessions require little or no previous knowledge of the topic material by attendees and should emphasize the definition of terms and description of key concepts. These sessions take the “who, what, when, where, why and how” approach.
Intermediate sessions requite a basic knowledge and some experience in the topic area by the attendees. Brief emphasis on terms is recommended. The focus should be on “How does it work?” and the user benefits, and should include detailed examples. Some evaluation of alternative methods would be appropriate. Key words could include execute, perform, apply, accomplish and measure.
Advanced sessions require a working knowledge and considerable experience in the topic area by attendees and may further require basic or working knowledge in one or more related areas outside the specific topic area. The focus should be on “Can I apply this to my organization?”, “How do I implement it?”, “How to evaluate it?”. Key words could include: integrate, conceptualize, analyze, evaluate and implement. Examples and calculations may be fairly complex and only new technical terminology should be specifically defined. Also included in sessions of this level are in-depth evaluations of alternatives.
CONFERENCE TRACK DESIGNATIONS
Concurrent sessions are assigned to one of seven program track designations. The track designations for the 2018 New England AFP conference are as follows:
- Treasury Operations
- Asset Management
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Planning & Analysis
Submitters must designate the appropriate track designation when submitting session proposals.
Proposals submitted for the 2018 New England AFP conference are reviewed by the respective Conference Track Committees. The members review and critique session proposals according to specific evaluative criteria, including:
- Relevance to the industry.
- Originality of material.
- Overall perceived quality of session content.
- Timeliness of topic.
- A well-defined focus.
- Completeness of presentation proposal.
- Inclusion of corporate practitioner
- Appropriate inclusion of customer/end-user co-presenters.
- Perceived take-away value for attendees.
- Speaking experience of presenters.
- Participant evaluations of presenter at previous New England AFP events, if applicable.
- Uniqueness of approach to the topic or of presenter perspective.
Please have the following information available before you start.
• Your full contact details – name, telephone number, email.
• A short biography (max 500 characters allowed)
• Your photo (headshot preferred in jpg/gif/png format)
• If co-presenting – second speaker details including email address
• Title of the proposed session (try to make this interesting, if not quite intriguing)
• Target audience
• Description of the proposed session/s including three learner outcomes or takeaway points
Include all in a Word document and sent by email to: email@example.com.
REVIEW PERIOD: Proposals will be reviewed by the NEAFP Conference Planning Committee during November-December 2017.
NOTIFICATION TO PRESENTERS
All who submit session proposals will be notified in early January, 2018 as to the status of their proposal.
Speakers are expected to provide their own laptops loaded with their presentations at the Conference. Each breakout room contains a LCD Projector and Screen.
New England AFP does not typically compensate speakers for travel or accommodation expenses. We view speaking opportunities at New England AFP 2018 as mutually beneficial – an opportunity to present yourself and your ideas to an influential and engaged audience together with a chance to leverage free PR opportunities including the potential for coverage in our website, blog, social media, press releases and features. We are always interested in developing interesting stories about educational content for press coverage.
Final presentation handouts are due by March 26, 2018 and will be reviewed by the Conference committee. PDFs of slides/handouts will be loaded on a password-protected web site for attendees to view/print prior to the event.
Please contact Maureen Rubel, Conference Coordinator (800) 958-6263