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Call for Topics – Frequently Asked Questions

What does the "Call for Topics" mean?

This is your opportunity to share your suggestions with the Foundation on thought-provoking, trending, and timely topics that are important to you and your colleagues. What do you want to learn more about that aligns with our Connections 2020 theme and is relevant to your work? Help us understand your professional education needs by letting us know which topics you would like us to explore.

How do I submit a topic?

To submit a topic, simply fill out the form at the link provided, describe your topic in 250 characters or less, and let us know which of the “place settings,” you believe this topic belongs. Topic submissions are due by Friday, July 12, 2019. To submit a topic, please click here. Please do not submit topics directly to the Foundation staff.

Do I have to speak at the conference if I submit a topic?

Submitting a topic does not require you to present or speak at the Connections 2020 conference. The Foundation will announce an open Call for Sessions to solicit session and other conference presentations in September 2019.

May I submit more than one topic?

Yes, you may submit more than one topic. However, each topic you submit must be on a separate topic form.

Do I have to identify potential speakers for my topic?

No, this is not required. However, we welcome your suggestions for potential speakers. You may suggest someone that you have heard about but do not know, a colleague, or even yourself as a potential speaker.

What if my topic does not fill into one of the identified "Place Settings?"

If your topic does not fit into one of the identified “Place Settings,” please select the “Other” category. Your topic should fit with our overall conference theme.

How will these topic ideas be used?

Topic suggestions will be reviewed by Foundation staff to assist with the content development and strategy for Connections 2020. Please note that submitting a topic does not obligate you to speaking role at the conference.

If my topic is selected, will I have to develop a session for that topic?

Topics will not be accepted not rejected. Instead, these topics will be used to help the Foundation staff to better understand the type of content you would like to see addressed at our conference.

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