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! The call for session proposals is now open and will close on June 4.

With the uncertainty around COVID-19, NAHRO is tentatively planning for a hybrid conference (in-person plus a limited virtual component) and is still determining what that might fully look like. As such, we expect that sessions will occur live and in-person in Phoenix over October 7-8. Accordingly, prior to proposal submission, please insure that your panelists can and want to travel and attend an in-person event.

After you click to submit, you will need to create an account in the Catalyst system to submit a proposal. This is not the same as your NAHRO website log-in.

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…panels, 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. Click here for topic category descriptions.

  • Commissioners
  • Community Development
  • Public Housing
  • Section 8/HCV
  • Repositioning
  • Moving to Work
  • Organizational Management
  • International

Submissions should be complete with the following.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

  • session title
  • session description
  • (3) learning objectives
  • identified panelists

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 make up the balance.

Selection Process:
The Call for Proposals submission period will end June 4.  Each submission will be reviewed by a select team of industry professionals. Proposal status will be provided by July 1.  Sessions will occur over October 7-8; as such, please insure availability over those dates as we are unable to accept day/time requests.  If/when selected, all session participants will be provided confirmation of session day/time at that time.  All participants are 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.