Call for Session Proposals

Share your experience as a housing and community development professional by submitting a session proposal for the 2021 NAHRO National Conference.  At this point, NAHRO is tentatively planning for an in-person conference in Phoenix. 

The Call for Proposals submission site will open in late February. Access to the submission site will be found on this web page. 

Session Proposal Guidelines
NAHRO is looking for your best session proposals on current and emerging issues, best practices, and strategies to handle challenges facing the industry.  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.   Different types/styles of presentations also encouraged…debates, round-table discussions, etc. 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. Sales pitches for products or services are not a fit and will not be considered.

Session proposals should fall under one of the following topic categories: Commissioners, Community Development, Public Housing, Section 8/HCV, Repositioning, Moving to Work, Organizational Management and International.

Submissions should be complete with: session title, session description, (3) learning objectives, and identified panelists.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Sessions will occur in-person in Phoenix on October 7-8; please insure panelist availability prior to proposal submission.

NAHRO seeks to meet the goals of its Diversity Statement by encouraging diverse panelists. We ask session coordinators to be mindful of this objective when coordinating panels.

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.  Proposal status will be provided by early summer. If selected, all session participants will be expected to adhere to all indicated policies, procedures and deadlines.

Please note: NAHRO is unable to provide speaker stipends or cover any speaker travel expenses.