#ACSN2019 CALL FOR FACILITATED WORKSHOPS, BREAKOUT SESSIONS & ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION LEADERS 

Submit your proposal by Friday, February 22, 2019 - EXTENDED!
Presenters will be selected and notified no later than April 1, 2019. Selected volunteer presenters will be included in conference promotions.  

SUBMISSION TIMELINE:

  • January 15, 2019 – RFP opens for submissions 
  • February 22, 2019 – Deadline for program submissions 
  • April 1, 2019 – All presenters notified of acceptance 
  • April 12, 2019 – Presenters confirm acceptance 
  • July 2, 2019 – All handouts due to ACSN 
Submit Your Proposal >> 


Questions?
Email Aubrey McLaughlin.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION LEADERS 

Want to lead a round table discussion? Attendees will spend 35 minutes at 2 different tables during the roundtable session – so you will lead 2 discussions on the same topic back-to-back. 

Individual roundtable presentations typically include a short presentation (5-10 minutes), followed by discussion and questions from table participants. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. Discussion topic leaders are expected to have experience and a strong interest in the topic they lead. 

The four topic areas for round table discussions are: 

  1. Audience: new grads, veterans, moms returning to work, second act careers, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, international workers, and other nontraditional alumni, etc. 
  2. Technology: social media, mentoring platforms, networking platforms, online assessments, webinar platforms, online resume reviews, etc. 
  3. Programs: career change weekends, alumni networking events, reunion career workshops, student & alumni networking, mentoring programs, etc. 
  4. Best Practices: resumes, marketing, webinars, just starting a program, tracking, metrics, career assessments, etc. 

BREAKOUT SESSION PRESENTERS 

Want to be a breakout session presenter? There will be 3 concurrent sessions running at each time slot (for a total of 9 breakout sessions). Sessions are 50-75 minutes long. 

We encourage submissions that focus on the following topic areas: 

  • Programming and Engagement focused on Meeting Alumni Where They Work
  • Innovative and Dynamic Virtual Engagement Strategies
  • Life and Career Stage Alumni Programming
  • Creative Collaborations across Campus Units and Local Institutions
  • Mass Engagement vs. Smaller Scale Niche Career Programming
  • Navigating Career Transitions vs. Climbs

FACILITATED WORKSHOP LEADERS

Want to be a facilitated workshop leader? These sessions are designed to be interactive in nature as a way to facilitate dialogue between the presenter and the attendees in the session. As a guide, the workshop is about 1/3 presentation style to share information, with the remaining 2/3 of the session to allow for facilitated discussion. Sessions are 50-75 minutes long.

 We encourage submissions that focus on the following topic areas:

  • Programming and Engagement focused on Meeting Alumni Where They Work
  • Innovative and Dynamic Virtual Engagement Strategies
  • Life and Career Stage Alumni Programming
  • Creative Collaborations across Campus Units and Local Institutions
  • Mass Engagement vs. Smaller Scale Niche Career Programming
  • Navigating Career Transitions vs. Climbs

FAQS FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL 

Will I get paid to present? 

No, all presenters and discussion leaders are doing so on a volunteer basis. Each will require their own paid conference fee.

Who typically attends this conference? 

Career counselors, coaches, alumni relations professionals, and other specialists who work in colleges and universities and provide services to, and programs for, alumni.

How will proposals be evaluated? 

Each program proposal will be evaluated on the degree to which it meets the following criteria: 

  1. Demonstrates “best practice(s)” in career development for alumni 
  2. Relevant and timely to conference topic areas 
  3. Overall appeal of program content 
  4. Well-articulated presentation of program content 
  5. Clear learning objectives for attendees. 

What makes a good proposal? 

Our conference attendees desire sessions that provide compelling content, such as: 

• New or surprising topics that have an impact on the attendee’s school or how they perform their job 

  • Ideas that challenge an existing belief or status 
  • Great basic content with a compelling new argument behind it 
  • Valuable time-saving tactics or takeaways 
  • Ideas that can be implemented immediately 
  • Practical knowledge and solution-based tools and approaches that can improve the delivery of alumni career services 
  • Hearing your story and how they can translate it to their office 
  • Sessions that educate or inform them about something new – please do not submit a proposal that is focused on marketing a product that you sell