2019 Annual Conference - Call for Session Proposals

If you submitted a proposal to present at the 2019 Annual Conference June 24-26 in Hartford, Connecticut, you will be notified in February 2019 regarding the status of the proposal(s).

Session Topics

We are looking for session proposals to cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning (best practices, new approaches to program assessment, learning outcomes, graduate outcomes)
  • Community Colleges and Small School Best Practices
  • Career Coaching and Counseling Best Practices
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Marketing and Technology
  • Employer Relations and Recruiting (best practices for HR recruiters, diversity recruiting)
  • University Partnerships (faculty/academic and alumni affairs/development partnerships with career centers)
  • Organizational Leadership, Hiring and/or Training Best Practices

Important Information 

  • Back by popular demand, EACE is offering ONE FREE conference registration per accepted break-out session. The free conference registration will be given to the lead presenter. Lead presenters may opt to transfer the complimentary registration to a co-presenter only. This offer is not applicable to speed learning presenters. You MUST register by the early bird deadline (April 30, 2019) to take advantage of the complimentary registration. 
  • Presentations are expected to stick closely to what is proposed on your form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. ALL co-presenter information must be included at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • Presenters will not be compensated.

  • ALL presenters are responsible for registering for the conference. If you are coming in to present your session at the designated time only, you must notify EACE HQ at [email protected] so a "Presenter-Only" badge is ready for you at registration. EVERYONE, including presenters, panelists and co-presenters need a name badge to access conference functions.

Tips for Submitting Your Proposal

  1. GIVE IT TIME - A good proposal takes time to create! Set aside a few hours to review past proposals, draft out your presentation outline, and craft your title and session description.

  2. TAILOR YOUR SESSION - Increase your chances of being selected by aligning with one of our topics above and think about a format that involves the audience and stimulates discussions (instead of straight lecture).

  3. MAKE IT CATCHY - The title and description you create now will be used for all promotional materials, so consider the audience, topic area and relevance to your presentation. Use action verbs and results-oriented words. Your title must be both attention-grabbing and give a good description of your session.

  4. GET CREDIT - Sessions that are SHRM or HRCI accredited have an increased likelihood of being selected for the conference, and tend to have higher attendance. Review the guidelines for HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) and SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). 

  5. SHARE TAKEAWAYS - Think about the learning outcomes. What information will attendees learn? What new insights will you cultivate? What best practices or how-to’s will you share? Answer the following: “By attending this session, attendees will gain…”

Download the tip sheet and view sample proposals.


Who can submit a proposal?

Anyone who has a relevant topic to share! We’ve had submissions from graduate assistants, faculty, career counselors, VPs, directors, recruiters and more. You do not need to be a member of EACE to submit a proposal.

Where and when is the Annual Conference?

The Annual Conference will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT June 24-26, 2019. The Hartford Marriott Downtown is connected to the convention center and will be offering conference attendees a discounted group rate on hotel rooms. Conference details are available on the website here. Registration is expected to open in December.

How long should my presentation be?

Break-out sessions are 60 minutes, speed-learning sessions are 20 minutes.

When will I know if my proposal was accepted?

Lead presenters will be notified in February 2019 on the status of your proposal and if it was accepted as a break-out session or will be offered as a speed-learning session. Yes, you will be notified if your proposal was not accepted as part of 2019 programming.

Can I transfer my complimentary conference registration?

Lead presenters may opt to transfer the complimentary registration to a co-presenter only. You must send an email to EACE Headquarters at [email protected] if you are transferring the registration to your co-presenter.

What do I need to bring?

EACE provides presenters of break-out sessions with a projector and screen, but you should bring your own laptop and adaptor. 

Can I distribute handouts?

Yes, if you would like to bring your own handouts, you are welcome to do so. The majority of session presenters upload their handouts and/or presentations to the EACE Mobile App. The app was downloaded by 96% of conference attendees last year, so it is an efficient way to share your documents. Presenters will be contacted closer to the conference will details regarding uploading documents and adding your headshot to your speaker portals.

EACE does not print presenter handouts.

Who should I contact with additional questions?

2019 EACE Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs: 

Kristin Eicholtz - [email protected]

Gerald Tang - [email protected]