NHRMA 2018 Conference

Call for Presentations


With our 80th Annual Conference, NHRMA’s goal is to create a lively and valuable learning and networking experience for every participant.

We are seeking proposals for workshops that will:

  • Engage each participant in dialogue about future human resource issues facing our business communities.
  • Introduce innovative programs that are successful and sustainable into the future.
  • Cover hot topics that are relevant for the variety of experience levels of the HR professionals that will be attending the conference.

If you have a topic that you believe fits with these goals, we invite you to submit a presentation proposal for the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) Annual Conference & Tradeshow. We are looking for presenters with proven expertise and public speaking ability. All conference presenters will receive admission to the conference free of charge.

Deadline for Submission

Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, December 1, 2017.

Proposal Status Notification

You will be notified of the status of your proposal no later than Thursday, December 21, 2017. Please hold the conference dates of September 5-7, 2018 available until notified of your proposal status.

Preparing to Submit

Please read through these instructions thoroughly for a full understanding of the process prior to submitting your proposal. We will be reviewing quite a few proposals, so understand that we will not be able to consider proposals submitted with incomplete information.

  • Presenter contact information
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation summary / workshop description (no more than 100 words)
  • Three to five learning objectives
  • Brief speaker biography
  • Proof of performance
  • HRCI number, if your program has been pre-approved for credit in the past

To Submit a Proposal

Complete the online submission form and provide the required information. If your presentation is selected, the information provided on the form will be used in conference publications, including, but not limited to, brochures and the conference website. The NHRMA 2018 Conference Committee reserves the right to edit your presentation title, presentation description, and/or your biographical sketch as necessary, taking care not to alter the intended meaning.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Written notification of selection will be sent no later than Thursday, December 21, 2017.

If selected, the conference registration fee will be waived; however, lodging, transportation and other costs related to participating in the Conference are the presenter’s responsibility.

Presentation Options

Paid Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops will last 3 hours — Wednesday, September 5
Concurrent Workshops will last 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours — Wednesday, September 5 – Friday, September 7

2018 Workshop Presentation Formats

The intent of the conference is to provide a variety of presentation topics to attract different clientele, while also increasing the degree of interaction among the participants. Presentation style is as important to the success of this conference as is the specific topic proposed by potential speakers.

The Conference Committee invites experienced speakers to propose sessions that will fit into one or more of the tracks described below, with content relevant to HR employees in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. The goal is to comprehensively engage participants to provide a highly rewarding conference experience with maximum value.

2018 Workshop Tracks

  • Global HR - Having a firm grasp on global employment practices is becoming more and more of a requirement for HR employees each year. Share your expertise on managing employees (hiring, performance, payroll, terminations – and more!) throughout international jurisdictions.
  • Talent Acquisition and Strategy - In today’s talent-based economy, the workforce itself is arguably the most important tangible asset of most organizations. As a result talent acquisition, and retention pressures have never been greater. Today’s workforce does not feel financially or emotionally bound to employers the way previous generations may have, so getting applicants in the door is no longer the primary objective. Organizations now need to respond with proactive talent acquisition and retention strategies. Presenters will provide ways to acquire and retain employees in today’s changing environment.
  • Legal and Legislative Update - Presenters will share legal, legislative, and regulatory developments impacting employment and HR practices and will glean guidance for both ensuring compliance and the implementation of best practices.
  • Total Rewards – In today’s tight labor market, your total rewards strategy is more important than ever. Presenters will provide ways to develop total rewards strategies and tactics that align with the work culture within an organization, supports the organization, and achieves a balance between direct and indirect financial compensation.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Attendees will learn how to foster awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues through thought leadership, strategy development, resources, and professional development. Attendees will learn how to better evaluate and articulate the strategic business value of diversity in the workplace, enabling them to build more diverse and inclusive cultures in their organizations.
  • Business Acumen and HR Strategy - Attendees will be provided with the business acumen needed to identify new opportunities, define organizational goals and initiatives, and implement effective strategies to help the business gain a competitive advantage. Presenters will focus on how to define, communicate and implement HR Strategies that support the culture and goals of the organization.
  • Personal and Leadership Development 

Each proposal should indicate the workshop track most appropriate for it.

Proof of Performance

NHRMA seeks experienced presenters with proven speaking ability – those who are engaging while maintaining command of their audience and who can provide proof of performance. Any of the following formats below would be acceptable. Please note that NHRMA will not be able to return any of the proof of performance provided.

  • Local SHRM chapter referrals or references – please provide names and contact information of an individual associated with a SHRM chapter who have attended or can vouch for your presentation content and style.
  • Evaluation summaries that show your quality ratings and scores from previous speaking engagements. Please include the number of attendees present and your topic, and explain the ratings received.
  • Videos of yourself presenting a workshop. Promotional videos about your organization or highlighting products and services or interviews on a television show are not acceptable proof of performance.

Submitter Responsibilities

  • Meet all deadlines. 
  • Once accepted, provide your presentation in electronic format to NHRMA no later than the deadline provided upon confirmation of selection. The format should be in MS PowerPoint. You must present the workshop content as you describe it in your submission.
  • If possible, include ”Next Steps” or recommended actions for attendees to encourage practical application after the workshop.
  • Consistent with the presentation format, include at least one two-person or small group exercise that can be facilitated in a theater-seating environment (no tables) to encourage attendee interaction as a way to further illustrate your message and as another form of conference networking.
  • In your workshop, announce that your presentation can be downloaded from the conference website.
  • Understand the audiovisual equipment that’s provided and make additional equipment requests on or before the deadline provided. Last minute requests may not be possible to accommodate.
  • Do not add a co-presenter or change the identity or number of presenters without approval. Submissions with multiple presenters must be submitted as a single proposal. All proposed presenters must agree to terms and conditions of the Call for Presentations.
  • Honor NHRMA’s commitment to provide meaningful, applicable education by not promoting the presenter’s practice, services, or products. Your business logo may only appear in the footer of your presentation or on handouts. We encourage you to include your contact information on a closing slide so that attendees may contact you should they desire to do so.
  • Respect NHRMA as the sponsoring organization and potential workshop sponsors with either positive or neutral comments during your presentation.
  • If selected, allow NHRMA to copy your presentation materials to the conference website, to a conference USB drive, if sponsored, or to any other electronic source for distribution.
  • Submit your proposal by Friday, December 1, 2017. Please keep the Conference dates available until notified of submission status.