NHRMA 2019 Conference
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As the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) celebrates its 81st anniversary, NHRMA’s goal is to ensure a lively and valuable learning Conference & Tradeshow for every participant.



NHRMA is 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 in 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 2019 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, November 30, 2018.


Proposal Status Notification

You will be notified of the status of your proposal no later than January 11, 2019. Please hold the conference dates of October 9-11, 2019 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. The NHRMA Conference Committee will be reviewing many proposals, so understand that we will not be able to consider proposals submitted with incomplete information.


Proposal Content Requirements
  • 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/SHRM number, if your program has been pre-approved for credits 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 2019 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 January 11, 2019.


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


Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops will last 3 hours — Wednesday, October 9

Concurrent Workshops will last 1 to 2 hours — Wednesday, October 9 – Friday, October 11


2019 Workshop Presentation Formats

The 2019 NHRMA Conference will employ a unique perspective. 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. Proposals that only discuss one state's laws or policies will not be considered for presentation. The goal is to comprehensively engage participants to provide a highly rewarding conference experience with maximum value.



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


  • Talent Acquisition and Retention – The pressure to source and retain top talent is impacting organizations on a global scale. In addition, organizations are faced with the added challenge of keeping up with ever-changing, and costly technology. While securing top applicants is an ongoing struggle, organizations need to find innovative ways of integrating proactive talent acquisition and retention strategies. Presenters will provide insight into successful/relevant recruitment trends that involve utilizing current technology to acquire and retain employees in today’s challenging environment.
  • Global HR - Having a firm grasp on global employment practices is becoming more and more of a requirement for HR employees each year. Presenters will share their expertise on managing employees (hiring, performance, payroll, terminations – and more!) addressing both national and international jurisdictions.
  • Strategic LeadershipStrategic leaders are the focal point for organizational learning. They promote a culture of inquiry, and they search for the lessons in both successful and unsuccessful outcomes. Strategic leadership defines leadership styles and how to streamline organizations and engage the workforce. Attendees will learn these different leadership approaches, and how they can impact the organization’s vision, direction, growth, and success.
  • Compensation and Benefit Strategies – In today’s tight labor market, your compensation and benefits strategy is more important than ever. You have three choices: lead, lag or match the market.  Presenters will provide ways to develop a compensation philosophy that aligns with the work culture within an organization, supports the organization, and achieves balance between direct and indirect financial compensation.
  • Legal Compliance – Attendees will learn about legal, legislative, and regulatory developments impacting employment and HR practices and will glean guidance for both ensuring compliance and forecasting legal developments on the horizon.
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity are becoming more and more important as diversity is directly tied to company culture and financial performance. Attendees will learn how to better evaluate and articulate the strategic business value of diversity in the workplace as well as specific strategies that will enable them to build more diverse and inclusive cultures in their organizations.


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. Anyone 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 widescreen Microsoft PowerPoint (16:9). 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.
  • Notify the conference planners if any presenters are changed or added before the conference. 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 providing 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 in PDF format to the conference website or to any other electronic source for distribution.
  • Submit your proposal by November 30, 2018. Please keep the Conference dates available until notified of submission status.