2018 Call for Session Proposals



NAHRO’s 2018 Summer Conference - Call For Session Presentations

2018 NAHRO Summer Conference
Innovate 2018: IMAGINE
July 27-29, 2017
Marriott Marquis San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

Share your experience as a housing and community development professional by submitting a session proposal for consideration as a presentation at the 2018 NAHRO Summer Conference. The Summer Conference consists of H/CD industry educational programming to include 24+ concurrent educational sessions. 

Session Proposal Guidelines
The Summer Conference is the second of NAHRO's three Innovate 2018 events: IMPACT, IMAGINE, and IMPLEMENT. At the Summer Conference, we are looking for sessions that encourage conference-goers to IMAGINE: to dream big and think out of the box about the future of the affordable housing and community development industry. Sessions should focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, and strategies to handle challenges facing the industry, and should fall under one of the following identified topic categories: Public Housing, Section 8/HCV, Community Development, RAD, MTW, Commissioners, Organizational Management and International.

Ideal are speakers who reflect our audience and can share their experiences and expertise, as well as, provide new thinking. We are interested in your thoughts from your own experience, building on what's worked (or not) in your agencies, organizations or communities. Case studies, hands-on solutions, and strategy explorations are encouraged. Presentations can be designed for all levels of experience – from fundamental to intermediate to advance. It’s very important that sessions are presented in ways that actively engage and challenge the audience – presenters should include application exercises that involve attendees and should draw on the experience of attendees. Attendees should leave sessions with knowledge and practical tools that can be applied immediately in their organizations. While we welcome proposals on all topics, sales pitches for products or services are not a fit and will not be considered.

Session proposals should fall under one of the defined topic categories.  Download topic categories and and suggested session subject matter ideas HERE.

Proposals must be submitted on-line by Wednesday, March 21.  Submissions should be complete with a clear and concise session title, description, three learning objectives and identified panelists. Sessions are 90 minutes long; time should be inclusive of an audience q&a period. 

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

NAHRO seeks to meet the goals of its Diversity Statement by encouraging diverse panelists (including race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation) for all its conference sessions. We ask session coordinators to be mindful of this objective when submitting recommendations for moderators/speakers.

Approximately 50% of conference attendees are CEOs/executive directors; 35% are commissioners; affordable/public housing and community development professionals, i.e., asset managers, HCV specialists, and attorneys make up the balance.

Selection Process
Each submission will be reviewed by a select team of industry professionals.  You will receive a status report on your submission by late April. If selected, all session participants will be expected to adhere to all indicated policies, procedures and deadlines. This will help ensure that all information is posted and published in a timely manner for our attendees to view and that all of your session needs are met.

Please note:

  • NAHRO is unable to provide speaker stipends or cover any speaker travel expenses. There is no flexibility on this.
  • Confirmed session speakers who wish to attend the full conference will be eligible for a discounted conference registration fee of $295. 
  • Sessions will be scheduled on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.  We do not accept speaker requests for a particular day or timeframe; therefore, please confirm all panelist availability on those days prior to submission of a proposal.  
  • Audiovisual equipment: NAHRO will provide a standard audiovisual equipment setup which includes a laptop, screen, LCD projector, podium mic and table mics for panelist head table.  Any needs above and beyond this are at presenter expense. 
The Call for Session Proposals for NAHRO's National Conference & Exhibition will open in late March 2018. 
QUESTIONS? Please e-mail us at cprogramming@nahro.org so we can assist you!