Breakout Session Proposals

YNPN Triangle NC is seeking inspiring presenters who can bring new and innovative ideas to advance the nonprofit sector and further develop emerging leaders at our 2019 #NonprofitSTRONG Summit on May 17, 2019, at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh.

Our conference will bring together over 200 nonprofit professionals for a full day of idea-sharing, best practices, and new connections. That’s why we need you – sector leaders – to share your ideas, best practices, failures, and wisdom. As a leader in your field, we are encouraging you to submit a session proposal.

The submission deadline is Sunday, January 13, 2019. DEADLINE EXTENDED! We are now accepting proposals until 5pm on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Breakout sessions are 75 minutes long, and we are looking for speakers who are interactive, engaging, and provide participants with tangible takeaways. Professionals from all fields and areas of expertise, including first-time conference speakers, are encouraged to apply.

Breakout session proposal submissions do not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision by February 15, 2019. Applicants may be contacted by board members of YNPN Triangle NC with additional questions.

Submit Your Proposal Today!



Here are some additional pointers for you to consider:

Pick timely topics. Look at what’s appearing in the news and industry publications (or trending on Twitter!) that directly impact nonprofit professionals and organizations

Have expertise on the proposed topic. Select subjects that are closely aligned with your current position and for which you are extremely knowledgeable. This allows you to incorporate firsthand experiences and examples of success stories (or challenges) in which you played a critical role. This does not mean you have to be a seasoned conference presenter.

Align your proposals with YNPN Triangle NC’s Competency Model. When feasible, ensure your topic touches upon or relates to your area of expertise. While we are open to additional presentations that don’t completely fall within these competencies, the majority of sessions selected will align.

Review last year’s sessions. By viewing last year’s program, you can see the types of topics selected and some of the takeaways that we’re looking for in a presentation. While some high demand sessions may be back this year, we strive to create new and better programming each year.

Submit with another presenter. Co-presenting can provide a broader take on a topic and add energy to a presentation. Attack an issue or problem from more than one viewpoint.

Make sure your proposal is well-written and completed in full. Your proposal is similar to a job application and should be treated as such. When you consider that the Summit Committee reviews and evaluates a large number of proposals each year, incomplete or poorly written session proposals won’t be considered. Remember to include the required outline with your proposal. If you have previously presented on the topic at another conference, provide your presentation slides via email to the committee.

Have others review your proposal before submitting. Make sure someone else reads your proposal before submitting.

Submit on time. Late submissions will not be considered.

Submit your proposal by January 13!