Submit A Session Proposal 

ESSAE is currently accepting proposals for presentations on a variety of timely topics all 2017-18 programs. Sessions should cover both high-level strategic topics for current and aspiring Executive Directors and CEOs and provide tangible takeaways that attendees can implement right away. Sessions that incorporate elements of interactive learning, small group work, and peer-to-peer learning are highly encouraged. Advanced educational session proposals can also be focused on Association Staff, Meetings Professionals and Industry Partners – providing coveted CAE/CMP domain related material. All submissions must include session title, description and/or summary and learner outcomes.

Tips for your proposals

Content is king - If you really want to impress the ESSAE audience, pack your presentation with powerful content. 

Make it compelling - The ESSAE audience is composed of association executives, their staff, meeting professionals, and industry partners who run the gamut from hotel sales managers to professional service providers and consultants. Learning levels are diverse, with the majority of participants being high level/theoretical to mid-level/practical. 

Be authentic and vulnerable - Don't be afraid to speak of failure as well as success.

Customize - Be sure your content truly speaks to the association audience and is customized to their unique situations.

Knowledge sharing is the most effective marketing - Sales pitches disguised as education will result in poor ratings and lost opportunities.

Desired Topic Areas

While we have captured many topic suggestions from our event survey results, the list below is not an exhaustive one! Don't see your topic listed below? Submit anyway! We are happy to receive your creative presentation ideas. 

Association Executive
  • Employee Management & Engagement Trends
  • Compensation & Benefits Trends
  • Advocacy, Government Relations, Lobbying, JCOPE, PAC
  • Volunteer Board Relations & Management
  • 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 and Internal needs
  • HR, Paid Sick Leave, Engaging Staff
  • Project & Time Management
  • Working from Home and Other Employee Benefits
  • NFP Revitalization Act 
  • Association/NFP Insurance, Legal Trends                                                                    
  • Engagement (Events and/or Membership)
  • Mobile Apps, Website, Technology
  • Event & Email Marketing
  • The Media & Your Message 
  • 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
  • Attracting Millennials, Engaging the Next Generation
  • Impacts on Association Membership
  • Volunteers & Committees
  • Ethics & Standards
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Creating Membership Value
  • Surveys & Polling Techniques

Meetings & Events

  • Event Trends, Disruptors, New Engagement Tactics and Meeting Design
  • Housing Piracy
  • 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
  • Audio/Visual Treads and Hacks
  • Attendee Engagement

























Submission Schedule: 

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

  • Meetings, Membership & Marketing Institute (April 13): Submissions Due February 22, 2018
  • Annual Conference (June 21, 2018): Submissions Due April 16, 2018
  • CEO Symposium (September 2018)
  • Harvest Highlight (Oct/Nov 2018)

All submissions should include: 

  • Contact Information: Name, Credentials, Title, Organization, Email Address, Phone, City & State
  • Session Title, Description and Learner Outcomes
  • Speaker Biography

Will your presentation include any of these elements?

  • Live Polling
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Q&A or Panel Discussion
  • Facilitated Roundtables
  • Other Form of Audience Engagement (please provide details)

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.