Call for Presentations
Sometimes change gives us a fresh perspective — and sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. If you have expert knowledge in an emerging area of commercial real estate, then we want to hear from you. Share your insights and expertise and be recognized as a leader by speaking at the 2021 BOMA International Conference & Expo. Simply submit a proposal summarizing your topic and credentials, and you could help train the next generation of CRE professionals.
For BOMA 2021 we are specifically looking for topics that focus on these overarching topics that have applications throughout the commercial real estate industry:
CRE Workforce Development -– talent identification, recruitment and retention, as well as leadership and communication skills
Emerging Trends and Technologies – what's coming that will affect building operations, investment, development, leasing and management
The Evolving Workplace – providing the spaces and amenities that will help you recruit and retain tenants and increase the value of your assets
Health and Wellness – best practices for creating and maintaining safe and healthy commercial properties for building occupants
The Call for Presentations closes November 20, 2020.
Before you submit - thoroughly review the information on this page. To review a specific a topic, you will find links below to each section.
For tips on how to create a sucessful submission click here.
Education Tracks and Topics
Audiences at the BOMA International Annual Conference are looking for more that surface level ideas on the education sessions. Attendees instead are looking for genuine discussion on solutions to problems they are facing in their buildings.
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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:
ProTip: Create and save all proposal information in a word document FIRST, and then copy and paste the information into the submission form. The system may time out if a proposal is not submitted quickly and you will lose your progress.
*max character count does include spaces'
- 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? TIP: the title does not have to explain everything they will learn, that’s the job of the description!
- SESSION DESCRIPTION (max 600 characters*): This is where you should explain the objective of your session – what do you want the attendee to know? A well-written description will clearly identify 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).
- SESSION FORMAT: Session will be 60 minutes. Please choose ONE of the following session formats
- Structured Discussion: presentation(s) geared to inspire discussion among audience members throughout the session. Presenter types: presenter, facilitator
- Panel Discussion: moderated discussion by 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
- 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
- SESSION DESIGN/OUTLINE (max 1000 characters*): In this section, please explain in detail how you plan to execute the session format you selected and how the design of your session will help to meet your session objectives and learner outcomes.
- FOUR (4) LEARNER OUTCOMES (max 500 characters*): Learning outcomes describes what an attendee will know or be able to do as a result of attending your session. Outcomes are best expressed through active verbs such as: learn, discover, establish, assess, identify, examine, construct, etc. Tip: when developing your outcomes, complete the following sentence: “after this session, attendees will know…, or will be able to..., or can confidently discuss…”
- TARGET AUDIENCE: Describe who should attend your session. Who in the CRE profession/world is your session targeted to?
- TWEET YOUR SESSION (max 280 characters): Give us the tweet you would use to promote your session – remember, 280 characters or less (including spaces)!
PRESENTER DETAILS you will need to provide the following information for EACH SPEAKER
- DESIGNATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS (if apply)
- JOB TITLE
- BRIEF BIO (max 2000 characters*): bios are brief (we recommend 250-300 words), in paragraph form and focus on credentials and professional expertise in the topic being proposed.
- PRESENTER TYPE
- 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 a group of subject matter experts (panelists) and audience participation in a discussion or information session
- Panelist – one of multiple topic experts chosen to share knowledge in a moderated discussion
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Proposal Evaluation and Tips
Submissions are evaluated by BOMA International's CFP Review Committees, which consist of BOMA staff, industry volunteers and other subject matter experts:
- Demonstration of take home value for the conference attendees - 30%
- Take home value is shared through the learning approach, four (4) learning objectives and session format
- Relevance to the CRE Industry – 25%
- Clearly defined topic focus – 20%
- Innovative presentation techniques and audience engagement – 15%
- Use of case studies and storytelling, interaction with audience, applications and/or field data
- Demonstrated presenter skill/expertise – 10%
For more tips and tricks, see our guide: Tips For a Successful Proposal.
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 Responsibilities.
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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 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The schedule is determined by balancing topics and target audiences. Individual schedule requests are considered only in extreme circumstances
Contact Erica Smedley Cox, Director, Conference Programs