Call for Presentations

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CONFERENCE CURRICULUM
When developing the conference program, SHRM's goal is to provide a balanced program that meets the variety of skill levels and interests of the conference audience. The topics are based on The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), which describes the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge HR professionals need for effective job performance. For more information about the SHRM Competencies, click here.

A separate proposal must be submitted for each session type. You may submit the same topic for each session type, however, SHRM expects the descriptions and learning objectives to be written specific to the session type. Session types include:

  • Mega Sessions and Concurrent Sessions: These sessions are the educational backbone of the conference and vary from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the conference.
  • Preconference Workshops: These four-hour workshops are held before the conference and allow for in-depth discussion and learning on new approaches, best practices, and provide practical takeaways and learnings for our attendees.
  • Smart Stage Sessions:  These 18-minute sessions cover a wide variety of topics from tips to connecting with others at the conference and making the most of your conference experience to onboarding, recruiting strategies and leadership, etc. but the content should be concise given the short duration of these sessions. 

For select conferences, you will see questions under the "Additional Information" tab asking if the submission is for a Preconference Workshop, and a separate question asking if the proposal is for the Smart Stage. If the proposal is for a concurrent session, both questions must be answered "no."

A NOTE CONCERNING HONORARIA
SHRM has a tradition of using educational conference sessions as a platform for innovation in the field of human resource management. We look for contributors who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of payment in the spirit of networking, a purpose for which the Society was founded.

CREATING A SPEAKER PROFILE 
You must have a speaker profile prior to submitting a proposal. If you have not previously created a speaker profile, click on the name of the conference (during the recruiting period for that conference) to create one. Your login credentials will be emailed upon completion of your profile. Solo presenters are preferred. If you have more than one presenter for a session, only one co-presenter can be submitted in the proposal process.

PROPOSAL PROCESS IS CLOSED FOR ALL 2017 CONFERENCES AND 2018 CONFERENCES BEING HELD THROUGH THE SHRM ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JUNE.
  PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR TIMELINES

Call for Presentations Schedule

Click on the name of the conference to access the proposal forms. Each conference link is activated during the recruiting process only. 

SHRM Leadership Development Forum (Held in October) 
NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2018
ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON FEBRUARY 15TH. THE DEADLINE IS NOT EXTENDED.  
The recruiting process runs from October (the year before the conference) through February 15. Decisions are emailed to proposed speakers by April 30.

SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition (Held in October)
NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2018
ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE  COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON FEBRUARY 15TH. THE DEADLINE IS NOT EXTENDED. 
The recruiting process runs from October (the year before the conference) through February 15. Decisions are emailed to proposed speakers by April 30.

SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference & Exposition (Held in March)
Closed for the 2018 conference. Please check back in March for the 2019 conference
ALL PROPOSALS HAD TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME JULY 15TH. THE DEADLINE IS NOT EXTENDED.
The recruiting process runs from March (the year before the conference) through July 15.
Decisions are emailed to proposed speakers by November 30.

SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition (Held in April)
Closed for the 2018 conference. Please check back in March for the 2019 conference
ALL PROPOSALS HAD TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME JULY 15TH. THE DEADLINE IS NOT EXTENDED.
The recruiting process runs from March (the year before the conference) through July 15.
Decisions are emailed to proposed speakers by November 30. 

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (Held in June)
Closed for the 2018 conference. Please check back in March for the 2019 conference
ALL PROPOSALS HAD TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME JULY 15TH. THE DEADLINE IS NOT EXTENDED.
The recruiting process runs from March (the year before the conference) through July 15.
Decisions are emailed to proposed speakers by December 15.

Proof of Performance
Proof of performance is required for all speakers. SHRM strives to offer a balanced program of educational sessions and qualified speakers at our conferences. Proof of performance plays a strong role in the selection of proposals and is required to make the proposal complete.


The ONLY accepted forms of proof of performance are:

  • Video recordings of the proposed speaker presenting a session to an audience (preferred).

    and/or

  • A summary of evaluations from a program the speaker previously presented. Please do not send stacks of individual evaluations completed by the attendees. The programming committee needs to see the overall score of your session (average score from all who rated the speaker, not individual impressions).

DO NOT submit letters of recommendation, phone numbers, marketing brochures, audio recordings, interviews, books or articles. They DO NOT qualify as proof of performance. Because of the large number of proposals we receive and competition for a limited number of speaking slots is fierce, proposals sent without proof of performance are incomplete and will not be considered as part of the selection pool. 

Proof of performance files can be uploaded to your proposal under the section called “Supporting Files”.

It is recommended you begin securing the approved proof of performance now so you are able to submit a complete proposal by the deadline.

Our Mutual Commitment

We expect presenters: 

  • To acknowledge they are available to speak during any timeframe of the conference and as such will not request a change to the session time frame assigned, if selected.

  • To work closely with conference organizers before the conference and meet all deadlines.

  • To make no substantial changes to content, format, audio/visual needs, room set-up, identity or number of presenters without prior approval of conference organizers.
     
  • To design and provide high-quality PowerPoint presentations, in electronic format, by the deadline given. 

  • To recognize that a conference presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a showcase for promotion of business, practice, service or product. 

  • To give SHRM permission to audio and/or video record their session and to sync their onsite slide presentation with the recording for the purpose of selling, licensing to SHRM affiliates, or otherwise using the recording at a later time in any SHRM products, or those of its affiliates, in any media. Agree that SHRM shall be the exclusive owner of the synchronized recording, but that they will otherwise retain ownership of their onsite slide presentation. On the speaker’s request, SHRM will provide a downloadable copy of the recording. SHRM will grant permission to edit the recording and to post the recording on the speaker’s professional website (not another individual’s or organization’s) for the speaker’s own promotional and professional purposes. (Speakers selected to speak at the conference who do not agree to this will have the option of saying “no” on their Statement of Acceptance.)

  • To develop six (6) questions based on the key learning objectives of the presentation, with the corresponding correct answer and answer stems. A member of SHRM’s Educational Products team will contact accepted speakers to provide the templates and guidance regarding this requirement.

  • To respect SHRM as the sponsoring organization with either positive or neutral comments from the platform; and 

  • To be available for press interviews, if requested. Please remember that members of the press may be attending your session.

In return, SHRM will:

  • Provide speakers with a complimentary registration to the conference, including admission to General Sessions, the SHRM Exposition, concurrent sessions and social events. Preconference Workshops, Certification Programs and Seminars are the exceptions. 

  • Reimburse eligible preconference workshop and concurrent session speakers for the following expenses: Round-trip economy class airfare; ground transportation to and from the airport; reservation for the night prior to the speaker's presentation and the night of the presentation at a pre-determined conference hotel; actual cost of speaker's meals (on travel days and day of presentation only), not to exceed the following dollar amounts: Breakfast, with gratuity = $10.00; Lunch, with gratuity = $15.00; Dinner, with gratuity = $50.00. If a meal is provided at the conference, no reimbursement will be given for any other meal in its place. Itemized receipts are required. Please note that SHRM does not reimburse expenses for co-presenters.

  • Grant you valuable professional exposure
  • Provide you with a copy of your evaluation scores after the conference.

Questions?

If you have questions after reading all the information provided, you can email cfpshrm@shrm.org.

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