2017 Call for Session Proposals

The Call for Session Proposals for the 2017 National Conference is now open. 

Please read thru all instructions below carefully.  Proposals must be submitted thru the on-line submission tool (below) by Friday, May 12.

Share your experience as a housing and community development professional by submitting a session proposal for consideration as a presentation at the 2017 NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition. The National Conference consists of three days of educational programming to include 45+ concurrent educational sessions.  Sessions will fall on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.  

Session Proposal Guidelines
NAHRO is looking for your best session proposals.  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.   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.  Sales pitches for products or services are not a fit and will not be considered.

Session proposals should fall under one of the following identified Topic TracksPublic Housing, Section 8/HCV, H/CD Finance, Community Development, Commissioners, Organizational Management and International. Download topic track descriptions and suggested topics HERE.

Proposals must be submitted thru the on-line submission tool by Friday, May 12.  Submissions should be complete with a clear and concise session title, description, three learning objectives and identified panelists. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Sessions should be designed to be 90 minutes in length inclusive of time for audience Q&A.  In an effort to affirm the NAHRO diversity statement and to provide an inclusive and diverse conference, we ask that you seek to put together a diverse and representative panel of speakers, wherever possible.

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 team of member volunteers and staff.  The criteria for selection includes: overall quality of the proposal; focused, well-defined, relevant, and timely topic; practical application of material; presentation skill of the proposed speaker(s); and applicability to a national audience.  You will receive a status report on your submission by early July.

Please note: NAHRO is unable to pay speaker fees or cover any speaker travel expenses.  Confirmed session participants (speakers) will be eligible for a discounted conference registration fee of $295 should they want to attend the full conference.

To create a submission, please follow the steps below. 

Click HERE for a training guide on the online submission tool, if needed.

  1. Click on the button above to create a submission.
  2. If you do not already have an account in CATALYST (the online submission tool), click on Register.  You will need to create an account/log-in (different from your NAHRO website log-in.) 
  3. Enter your email address, password and confirm password. Click the Sign up button.  An email will be sent to you to confirm your account.
  4. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled, “Confirm Account.”
  5. You will receive an email to now log in.
  6. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission.
  7. Read the Instructions tab.
  8. Complete all the required fields on all the tabs.
  9. Click “Save,” on the bottom right of your screen after you complete each tab.
  10. Cick on the “Publish” button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.

Questions?  Email conferenceprogramming@nahro.org