The 2018 Call for Presentations is now closed. 

Call for Presentations

BOMA International is seeking engaging presenters and timely education topics for the 2018 BOMA International Annual Conference. Is this your moment to share your expertise, knowledge and insight with commercial real estate professionals from across the country and around the globe? Take this powerful opportunity to make a major impact on a global industry.

We strongly encourage you to read through all of the information on this page or download the PDF – for those who have submitted in the past, there are new requirements for 2018 proposals – but, if you must skip through to specific topic, you will find links below to each section.

. To find out more about what BOMA is looking for in a proposal - and to increase your chances of acceptance - read the Tips, Guidelines and Rules

Who Attends?

The BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo attracts commercial real estate professionals at every knowledge level seeking the best practices, the most important trends, and the newest insights to build their property business.

Attendees at the BOMA International Annual Conference include:

  • Property and Building Managers
  • Owners and Investors
  • Asset Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Building Engineers
  • Developers/Builders
  • Architects/Designers
  • Leasing Agents/Brokers
  • Suppliers of Products and Services for the Industry

See a breakdown of our 2017 attendee demographic.

Types of Sessions We're Seeking

Audiences at the BOMA International Annual Conference are looking for more that surface level ideas on the education sessions. Our attendees are looking for genuine discussion and dialogue on solutions to problems they are facing in their buildings. Take some time to review the focus of each track as well as specific topic suggestions. 

Click on the tracks below to see the specific topics that BOMA is looking for.

This track is designed to help property managers and asset managers gain further knowledge about the asset management function within commercial real estate. This track will cover policies, leases negotiations, and decision-making skills.

  • Technology for automating accounting and finance in CRE
  • Managing the relationship between an asset manager and a property manager
  • Impacts of decisions
  • Managing risks
  • Key econmic indicators 
  • Leasing/lease negotiations
  • Big data and analytics
  • Adding value to the bottom line
  • How funds operate
  • High value vs. low value tasks

Subjects that identify solutions to reduce daily operating costs, more efficiently manage buildings, and maintain smooth building operations inside and out are the focus of this track. Specifically, consider these topics:

  • IoT: ROI, utilizing data collected
  • Technology solutions for common property management challenges
  • Developing preventative maintenance programs
  • Metering and sub-metering
  • Developing a training program
  • Construction management
  • FitWell program, session targeted to building operations and management
  • Service contracting
  • Micro-grids
  • Retro-commissioning and commissioning
  • Developing an operating manual
  • Life-cycle cost analysis on building improvements

Building Operations and Management Subtracks

  • Energy Efficiency: Commissioning, demand response, lighting, metering, operating efficiency
  • Environmental Responsibility: Districts, EV charging, building certifications, renewable energy, water, waste
  • Major Building Systems: HVAC, roof, sprinkler systems, vertical transportation
  • Services: Janitorial, pests, security, waste management
  • Management Decisions: Certificates of insurance, compliance, emergency/crisis planning, financing, warranties, risk management
  • Data Management: Data collection, data analytics, privacy, securing data
  • Technology: Cyber security, connectivity, IoT, apps, wi-fi

These sessions focus on sustainability, durability, occupant productivity, energy efficiency and technology in buildings; these sessions influence improvements of processes, aiding in the reduction of your building’s carbon footprint and lowering expenses while maintaining a highly optimized building. 

  • High performance from a property manager's perspective
  • Building certifications moving beyond infrastructure and focusing on occupants
  • Water  and waste efficiency
  • Big data and analytics - proactively using collected data
  • Engaging with tenants on sustainability efforts
  • Cyber security risks specifically related to smart, connected technology in high performance buildings
  • Financial incentives for retrofits
  • Indoor air quality
  • Managing buildings and building systems with fewer resources
  • Performance contracting

High Performance Subtracks 

  • Energy Efficiency: Commissioning, demand response, lighting, metering, operating efficiency
  • Environmental Responsibility: Districts, EV charging, building certifications, renewable energy, water, waste
  • Major Building Systems: HVAC, roof, sprinkler systems, vertical transportation
  • Services: Janitorial, pests, security, waste management
  • Management Decisions: Certificates of insurance, compliance, emergency/crisis planning, financing, warranties, risk management
  • Data Management: Data collection, data analytics, privacy, securing data
  • Technology: Cyber security, connectivity, IoT, apps, wi-fi

This track keeps attendees informed on this rapidly growing sector of commercial real estate and provides high-level sessions covering trends, new technology and is looking for sessions that provide expert technical information for industrial property managers.

  • New, emerging, and disruptive technologies
  • Solar and today's energy options.
  • Conversion - trends to convert asset types to serve industrial uses
  • Air cargo
  • Encouraging tenant engagement in energy saving initiatives
  • Building and managing the modern industrial warehouse
  • Industrial trends - intermodal, new ports, etc.
  • Retail conversion to e-commerce
  • Preparing for hazmat
  • Benchmarking industrial properties
  • Case studies/storytelling: sharing interesting and unusual situations and the solutions implemented
  • Low and high volume logistics
  • Safety, risk and environmental Management
  • Real Estate Law - exposures relating to industrial tenancy

Sessions in this track concentrate on professional and personal development and on maximizing your career potential, as well as sharpening the talents and leadership skills of attendees.

  • Effective F2F communication
  • Building a diverse and inclusive team
  • Social media in the workplace
  • Stress and time management
  • Effectively managing remote teams
  • Being an effective leader at every stage of your career 
  • 21st century leadership: navigating unique generational, cultural, personality, and work style differences to create and be a part of an effective team
  • Leadership theories, concepts and styles
  • Being an industry leader

Sessions in this track explore strategies to create successful operation plans and how to use effective design techniques to address evolving tenant workplace needs and demands.

  • New and emerging technology trends
  • Collecting data and measuring returns on building changes/improvements
  • Concierge level management
  • Case studies of successful tenant/management communication 
  • Dealing with challenging tenants
  • Trends in building amenities
  • Trends in space design
  • Measuring tenant satisfaction
  • Effective tenant satisfaction surveys - including what to do with the data collected
  • Innovative tenant events
  • Managing tenant relationships through major building renovations
  • Appealng to an increasingly diverse tenant base
  • Marketing a building through a repositioning

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To find out more about what BOMA is looking for in a proposal, read the Tips, Guidelines and Rules. 

Information Required to Submit a Proposal

The online submission form will ask you for the following information: 

Create and save all proposal information in a word document FIRST, and then copy and paste the information into the submission form. 

  • TITLE (max 125 characters): This is the first impression for your presentation. Is it informative and engaging? Is it active, i.e., what, exactly, is the take away? Does it accurately reflect the session topic? Is it short and to the point (the title does not have to explain everything attendees will learn)?
  • SESSION DESCRIPTION (max 600 characters): A well-written description clearly identifies the purpose and intent of the session. It also peaks the interest of the reader and encourages them to attend the session. To be effective the description should: preview the content and the learner outcomes (what will they learn); clarify the relevancy of the topic (why they need to know it); and highlight the benefits of attending the session (what they will be able to do with this information).
  • NEW! SESSION FORMAT: Sessions will be 60 minutes. Please choose ONE of the following session formats (see PRESENTER DETAILS below for definitions of presenter types):
    • Topic Forum: 10-15 minute presentation followed by group discussion and potential report outs. Presenter types: presenter, facilitator
    • Structured Discussion: Presentation(s) geared to inspire discussion among audience members throughout the session. Presenter types: presenter, facilitator
    • Panel Discussion: Moderated discussion between panel members with audience questions addressed. Presenter types: moderator, panelist
    • Case Study: Presenter discusses a real-life problem and/or solution to a problems and invites audience participation. Presenter types: presenter
    • Group Exercise: Participants are divided into small groups and given a specific task to complete or problems to brainstorm solutions. Solutions can then be shared after the conference. Presenter types: facilitator, presenter
    • Idea Exchange: Moderator or facilitator leads a discussion among participants. Presenter types: moderator, facilitator
    • Interactive Lecture: An informative and instructional speech with time specifically allotted for Q&A. Presenter type: presenter
  • LEARNING APPROACH: Identify the type of information will be presented to the session attendee. Is it a tangible, hands-on skill developing session, or a solutions-based session? Select the best option
    • Skill Building: How-to, tactical instruction
    • Best Practices/Lessons Learned: Sharing real work experiences, case studies, strategies
    • Problem Solving: Identification, examination, and analysis of solutions to a particular problem or issue
    • Concept Exploration: Discussion on higher-level ideas, strategies, and/or issues important to CRE professionals
  • FOUR (4) LEARNING OBJECTIVES (max 500 characters): Learning objectives show the measurable outcomes of the session. Learning objectives are best expressed through active verbs such as: learn, discover, establish, assess, identify, examine, construct, etc. Tip: when developing you learning objectives, complete the following sentence: “after this session, attendees will know…, or will know how to.., or can confidently discuss…”
  • NEW! SESSION DESIGN/OUTLINE (max 1000 characters): Explain the flow of and how you will conduct the presentation. You are challenged to be informative, creative and interactive. Provide enough detail that reviewers can clearly visualize your presentation. Submit in the form of an outline.
  • TARGET AUDIENCE: Who benefits most from being in the room? Select all that apply.
    • Property/Building Managers
    • Building Owners
    • Asset Managers
    • Engineers
    • Facility Managers
    • Architects
    • Developers
    • Emerging Professionals
    • Mid-level Professionals
    • Season Professionals
  • NEW! TWEET YOUR SESSION (max 140 characters): Give us the tweet you would use to promote your session – remember, 140 characters or less!

PRESENTER DETAILS you will need to provide the following information for EACH SPEAKER

  • NAME
  • BRIEF BIO (max 250 words): bios are brief, in paragraph form, and focus on the credentials and professional expertise in the topic being proposed. 
    • Presenter – a presenter shares explanations of a given topic in an information session
    • Facilitator – a facilitator guides group discussion and/or decision making
    • Moderator – guides panelists and audience participation in a discussion or information session
    • Panelist – one of multiple topic experts chosen to share knowledge in a moderated discussion
  • REFERENCES Provide information on recent speaking engagement.
    • Date, location, topic, and website (if applicable/available)

Review the Tips, Regulations and Rules to better understand what exactly BOMA is looking for in a proposal. You are required to review the RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES in this document (and below) before submitting a proposal.


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Proposal Evaluation and Tips

The selection process is rigorous. Each year we receive over 250 submissions for fewer than 50 education session offerings. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance and timeliness of presentation topic to the commercial real estate industry
  • A well-defined focus and demonstration of "take home" value for conference attendees
  • Use of case studies, actual applications, and/or field data to demonstrate best practices and outcomes of ideas suggested in presentation
  • Creative and innovative approaches to delivering education
  • Speakers' expertise and experience as a commercial real estate practitioner
  • Adherence to submission rules and regulations—incomplete submissions WILL NOT be considered. This includes all requested information for each speaker being submitted. Please review the submission Rules and Regulations.

Notification of session selections will be announced by January 12, 2018.

Download our CFP Tips and Guidelines for more informaiton on tips for a successful proposal application (and common things that result in proposals not being accepted).

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Rules and Responsibilities

  • BOMA does not reimburse any travel expenses or pay speaker fees/honoraria for education sessions.

  • Presenters may be included in NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS. Please communicate with any presenters you are including to ensure they are not over-committed – if one of your presenters is in multiple other submissions that may impact yours being accepted.
  • Education sessions are required to be NON-COMMERCIAL. Presenters may not promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest. Any proposal deemed as a sales pitch will automatically be removed from consideration. 
  • Industry vendors and suppliers MUST INCLUDE speakers who can speak to the application or implementation of ideas or products discussed in the proposed session – customers, end-users, or clients.
  • Names, titles, bios and contact info for each speaker must be provided at the time of submission. Any submissions containing incomplete speaker info will be automatically disqualified after the submission deadline.
  • Submitters must INFORM each person recruited to be a part of the session of the rules and responsibilities and have PERMISSION from all speakers to submit their names for consideration. If a proposal is selected and the speakers were not aware of the submission, the proposal is subject to automatic cancellation and being replaced from a session on the wait list.
  • Each presenter, panelist, moderator, and/or facilitator associated with an accepted session will be required to review and officially accept BOMA International’s conference SPEAKER AGREEMENT and complete an ONLINE PROFILE.
  • All presenters MUST REGISTER for the conference. BOMA International offers a discounted registration fee for the conference or a complimentary, day-only registration for the day of the session.
  • Once a presentation is accepted, a new person cannot be added or switched out without prior approval from the CFP Review Committee.
  • For all accepted submissions, BOMA reserves the right to edit any submitted copy for promotional purposes.
  • Sessions at BOMA International Conference and Expo are scheduled on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The schedule is determined by balancing topics and target audiences. Individual schedule requests are considered only in extreme circumstances


Contact Sara Harr, Manager of Education & Meetings

(202) 326-6351