The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities seeks proposals for presentations at the 2020 Alliance National Conference, to be held Oct. 19-21 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This event is for cross-sector human services leaders who are eager to learn, collaborate, and co-create solutions that advance innovative practice, policy, and research designed to achieve a healthy and equitable society.

The conference will focus on the following impact areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Educational Success
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Safety and Resilience
  • Thriving and Vibrant Human Services Sector

Along with established and validated knowledge, we welcome new and innovative thinking that disrupts conventional wisdom about how to address the most persistent challenges and barriers to change, effective practice, and leadership. To create a conference with diverse presenters and thinking, we welcome leaders from all sectors, disciplines, and perspectives. This includes expertise from community-based organizations, public agencies and organizations, technology, philanthropy, academia/research, and business sectors. 

Proposal Selection Process and Deadlines

All workshop proposals must be submitted online through the form below by Feb. 25, 2020. All required information must be included for proposal consideration. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance. Individuals will be notified March 12, 2019 if their presentations have been selected for inclusion in the conferences.

The Alliance will not permit any presenter to use his or her presentation to make a sales pitch for any specific firm, publication, or service. Presenters are not paid for their participation, but will receive a $75 discount on the full conference registration rate.

Conference Tracks

We seek proposals that address these topics:

  • Economic Opportunity: Advancing policies, programs, models, and systems that create living wages and pathways to financial well-being that support economic mobility and reduce poverty.
  • Educational Success: Advancing a cradle-to-career continuum of equitable educational supports for young people, their families, educators, schools, and communities to encourage the social-emotional learning, mental health, cognitive development, and academic success of all students.
  • Health and Well-Being: Advancing an integrated, holistic, prevention-first health model that responds to the social determinants of health and achieves improved outcomes, particularly for populations experiencing disparities.
  • Safety and Resilience: Transforming systems to work collaboratively to prevent and mitigate adversity, including abuse and neglect, so that children, adults, and families can thrive.
  • Thriving and Vibrant Human Services Sector: Advancing practices and policies that ensure a well-resourced and sustainable sector that invests in outcomes measurement, innovation and growth, and generative partnerships.

Content Focus Areas

Presentation Formats

We’re committed to delivering an experience with that promotes engagement, activates new relationships, and sparks innovation. Presenters are asked to consider which of the following formats allows for the best delivery of content and maximizes participation. All selected presenters will be invited to orientations to review the format expectations and position you for success.

  • Speed Reading: Book club converges with speed dating in this interactive format. Share a must-read book with conference participants. How It Works: Each session will feature three 20-minute rounds during which presenters will give overviews of their books to small groups of up to eight attendees and lead them in discussions about the book and its impact on their work.
  • Pecha Kucha: Put down your presentation clicker. For Pecha Kucha 20x20, you won’t need one because your slides are set up to automatically advance every 20 seconds. Just be ready to talk—share a great idea, something unexpected you have learned, or anything that sparks your imagination. This rapid presentation style is designed to spark conversations. How It Works: Five to seven presenters with 20-slide presentations that advance every 20 seconds will be grouped together. The 60- or 90-minute sessions will feature the short presentations and group discussion. Watch videos of Pecha Kucha presentations online.
  • Project-Based: Don’t just tell attendees about your expertise—choose this format and help them translate your advice into action. For Project-Based sessions, enrich an overview of your topic with hands-on practice and coaching for attendees. How It Works: Presenters will introduce their topics in less than 30 minutes and then engage attendees in hands-on applications of the topics. Session participants should have the opportunity to develop prototypes or examples. Presenters will also lead attendees in a discussion at the end of the session about what they’ve learned.
  • Design It Yourself: Suggest a workshop format of your choosing. Consider a panel discussion, world café, or other style. How It Works: It’s up to you—just remember, adults have a hard time retaining information from 90-minute lectures, so keep your delivery as participatory and engaging as possible.

Submission Requirements

Address all the following submission requirements in your presentation proposal. All workshop proposals must be submitted by Feb. 25, 2020 through the Alliance’s online submission form below.

  • Contact Information: Include full contact information including name, title, organization, address, phone, and email address for the lead presenter (or main contact person) and any co-presenters. If presenters or their organizations use Twitter, list their usernames for increased connection with participants and conference promotions.
  • Biography: Include a current biography for each presenter that is no longer than 200 words.
  • Presentation Title: Include a brief, descriptive title for your presentation.
  • Description: Describe your presentation in 350 words or less. Explain how your topic is practical and relevant for the attendees of this conference. Use compelling language that will not only clarify what attendees can expect but will also encourage them to attend.
  • Learning Objectives: List two to three learning objectives describing what attendees will learn from your presentation.
  • Track: Select the requested topic that best matches your proposal.
  • Content Focus Area: Select the focus area related to your proposal.
  • Format: Select the format of your presentation.
  • Presentation Methods: If you are proposing a “Design Your Own” format, describe the format/delivery methods you will use to engage the audience. Preference will be given to those formats that offer strong participant engagement opportunities.
  • Content Level: As excellent presentations are designed with the participant level in mind, indicate whether your content level is “Learner” or “Doer.” “Learner” sessions are for those who have limited experience with the subject matter and seek to be introduced to the topic. “Doer” presentations are for audiences with prior experience in the subject area who are looking to advance their skill and mastery.
  • Audience Type: Select all audience types who this workshop will benefit the most.
    • Board Member
    • Chief Executive
    • Executive Level Staff (i.e., Vice Presidents, Chiefs, etc.)
    • Director Level Staff (i.e., Program Director, etc.)
    • Management Level Staff
    • Professional/Clinical Services Staff
  • Prior Presentations: If this workshop has been presented before, list the conference(s) and date(s).

Direct questions to the Alliance Conferences and Meetings Department.