Call for Presenters at 2018 ILG National Conference – due 10/23/17

Call for Presenters at 2018 ILG National Conference – due 10/23/17


The 2018 Industry Liaison Group (ILG) National Conference is seeking excellent breakout session speakers on affirmative action compliance; diversity and inclusion; and equal employment opportunity. Federal contractors from across the country will be converging on Anaheim, California for three and a half days of learning and networking. We encourage all interested speakers to submit a presentation proposal by completing our online submission form which is located at this web address: Also, if you know of someone you think would be a great presenter for our conference, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email invitation to them.

Proposal Deadline and Selection Schedule

The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Monday, October 23, 2017. We are aiming to complete the selection process by mid-January 2018. Selected speakers will receive specific directions regarding spring deadlines for submitting presentation materials. The event itself begins with an all-day preconference on Tuesday, July 31, followed by the main conference from Wednesday, August 1, through noon on Friday, August 3.

Who Should Submit a Proposal

We would appreciate hearing from long-time presenters as well as those who are new to presenting at the conference. Presenters typically include attorneys, consultants, community-based organizations, government employees, and federal contractors. If you’re a federal contractor with an innovative program or success story to share, we would love to hear from you. To help generate ideas, we are providing a non-exclusive list of potential topics.

Speaker Benefits

Speakers who are selected will receive complimentary admission to attend all conference sessions and participate in the meals and events. All other expenses (such as hotel and transportation costs) will be the responsibility of the speaker. There will be a maximum of two (2) complimentary registrations per presentation/workshop. Participation in planning or sponsoring the conference does not guarantee selection as a speaker.

Presentation Length

Preconference breakout sessions will be 90 minutes. The main conference breakout sessions will be 60 minutes. Speakers should either allow audience questions throughout their session or leave time for questions and answers at the end to encourage interactive workshops. Attendance at each breakout session typically ranges between 50 to 200 people. In 2017, approximately 400 people registered for the preconference and approximately 850 people registered for the main conference.

Instructions For Submitting a Proposal
To submit a proposal, please complete our online form which is located at this web address: If you wish to preview the online instructions and submission form, you may download a PDF here. You may also download a list of subject areas with example presentation topics. If you are an individual with a disability and you need a reasonable accommodation in the submission process, please contact one of our program committee co-chairs:
Karen Davis ( or 503-703-4360) or Christel Cantlin ( or 510-486-4897).


Criteria and Protocol

Criteria for Selection of Speakers 
We strive to offer a balanced schedule of programs to address current or emerging issues in affirmative action compliance; diversity and inclusion; and equal employment opportunity (EEO). Some hot topics may merit coverage by multiple presenters, but our overall goal is to offer a variety of perspectives and practical insights. Our theme in 2018 is Navigating the Waves of Change.

Some of the breakout sessions will be designated for optional educational tracks. At this time, we anticipate offering tracks for (1) academic institutions; (2) new practitioners (foundational classes); and (3) continuing legal education (CLE).

We will evaluate each proposal on a 1 to 5 scale based on how the proposal reveals (1) the quality of the lead presenter, including subject matter expertise and credentials; and (2) the quality of the presentation (important topic, substantive learning objectives, and robust coverage). Proposals will be given a plus for offering a creative or original topic or approach. If you presented at a prior ILG national conference, we will also consider attendee evaluations of your presentation. If you haven’t previously given a presentation at our conference, you are welcome to offer references.

No speaker is guaranteed an opportunity to speak unless confirmed in writing by one of the co-chairs of the program committee.

Speaker Protocol
All speakers at the ILG National Conference must have the primary objective of providing an educational, developmental, or strategic opportunity for attendees. Presentations shall not include any overt solicitation on behalf of any individual, vendor, product, or commercial activity. Instead, promotional opportunities are offered through the exhibitor and/or sponsorship process at the conference. For information on how to secure an exhibit booth or sponsorship, please see our conference website at 2018 ILG Conference .

In general, there should be no more than two (2) speakers per presentation. If for some reason you believe you need more, please provide an explanation. Please keep in mind that even if additional speakers are approved, the maximum number of complimentary registrations is capped at two (2) per presentation.

For information, questions, or concerns, please contact the co-chairs of the program committee:
Karen Davis ( or 503-703-4360) or Christel Cantlin ( or 510-486-4897).

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2018 ILG National Conference!
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