Call for Speakers

We are seeking 60-minute presentations on a variety of timely topics all 2017 programs. Sessions should be creative! Single speaker, pro-con style, panel discussion, or even round table discussions are welcome! Attendees are looking for interactive and engaging sessions. All submissions must include session title, description and/or summary and learner outcomes. Advanced educational sessions should be focused on Association Executives, Meetings Professionals and Industry Partners – providing coveted CAE/CMP domain related material. 

Per Event Survey results, topic suggestions include: 

Association Executive: Employee Management & Engagement Trends, Compensation & Benefits Trends, Advocacy, Government Relations, Board Relations & Management, JCOPE, Political Action Committee, Lobbying & Requirements, Non-Dues Revenue, Incorporation (501c 3, 4, or 6 requirements), 401k and Investment Options for the Non-Profit World, Volunteer Management & Recruitment, Association Management, Leadership and Succession Planning, Employment Contract & Negotiation, Technology

Marketing: Engagement, Mobile Apps, Event & Email Marketing, The Media & Your Message (speaking to the press), Social Media Trends for Associations, Using Social Media to Grow Business (Business Development Strategy), R.O.I., Using LinkedIn to Engage Members, When Social Media Goes Wrong, Enhancing Online Visibility/Presence.

Membership: Attracting Millennials, Impacts on Association Membership, Volunteers & Committees, Ethics & Standards, Recruitment & Retention, Creating Membership Value, Surveys & Polling Techniques.

Meetings: Trends, Social Media & Technology, Hybrid Events, Webinars, Contracts and RFPs, Creating a Positive Working Relationship Between Planner and Supplier, Food & Beverage Trends, Program Development, Marketing, Sponsorship, Exhibitors/Hosted Buyer Trade show, Audio/Visual Treads and Hacks

And so many more! 

  • Do you have an innovative idea that would help your fellow association peers?
  • Have you come across creative techniques or methods that have saved money or staff time?
  • Did you discover ways to tackle those same challenges we all face each year?

We'd love to hear about it. We want to create the best content and experience for our attendees!

Submission Schedule: 
Submissions will be reviewed by the ESSAE staff and Program Committee. Submit your presentation proposal(s) to

  • April 7 - Triple M: Closed
  • June 1 - Annual Conference: Submissions Due April 10, 2017
  • September - CEO Symposium: Submissions Due June 30, 2017
  • November - Fall in to Autumn: Submissions Due August 30, 2017

NOTE: Presentations must be educational. We understand that our speakers wish to network with attendees and showcase their services, but we kindly ask that your presentation not be a sales pitch. Networking time will be made available to speakers, sponsors, and attendees for this purpose. We appreciate your cooperation. We will keep all presentations and speaker information on file in the event your presentation is not selected for a particular program.