2021 Call for Sessions

2021 Call for Sessions Opens December 1, 2020.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Proposals must be submitted by 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 25, 2021
Submissions are limited to one per individual or organization

  • DATES TO REMEMBER

    • Call for Sessions Opens: November 2020

    • Submission Deadline: January 25, 2021 (9:00 p.m. ET)

    • Peer Review: February/March 2021

    • Final Session Selections: April 2021

    • Proposal Status Notifications: May 2021

    Please Note: Late proposals cannot be considered for review; no deadline extensions or exceptions will be granted.

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  • SUBMISSION LIMITS

    • An organization can submit a maximum of one proposal (all proposals submitted by different individuals from the same organization, count towards this limit).

    • An individual can submit a maximum of one proposal and be included as an additional speaker/panelist in proposals submitted by other organizations.

    • To promote broad participation in the program, LeadingAge may limit the number of sessions an organization can participate in.

    • If duplicate proposals are submitted, only the most recent submission will be considered for review.

    Please Note: Speaker substitutions cannot be made once a proposal has been submitted.

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  • SELECTION CRITERIA

    All proposals are peer-reviewed. A committee of LeadingAge members considers the following criteria when evaluating the merits of each proposal:

    • Relevance of topic and applicability of concepts to aging services providers.

    • Experienced speakers, knowledgeable about the subject matter and LeadingAge audience.

    • Diversity of voices, perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences represented, including demographic diversity.

      Please Note: Given the high number of quality proposals we receive each year, only about 25% of submissions can be included in the final program.

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    • IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

      LeadingAge urges submitters to consider the following as they develop content and identify speakers for proposed sessions.

      • Sessions are expected to incorporate the LeadingAge member viewpoint vs. solely feature business firms or consultants.

      • Racial diversity and balanced gender representation on panels is strongly encouraged.

      • Sessions should include the voice of elders, especially when the content touches on the resident/client experience.

      • Be mindful of the language you use. Refer to LeadingAge’s Anti-Ageism Quick Guide to ensure your proposal reflects person-centered values and language.

      • Tailor the information to the intended audience; be specific about the topic’s relevance and applicability to a specific setting or professional discipline.

      • Consider education delivery methods that create opportunities for meaningful audience interaction and engagement.

      • Avoid focusing your session content around a specific product or service.

      • Start early. Don’t miss the deadline. Be creative.

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    • PROPOSAL COMPONENTS

      My.LeadingAge Account

      • you must have a My.LeadingAge login to submit a proposal. If you are submitting a proposal on behalf of someone else, you must log in using the proposal submitter’s My.LeadingAge account/email.

      Session Title

      • list a succinct headline that clearly conveys what your session is about.

      Content Summary

      • provide a clear, detailed description of the content to be covered in your 90-minute session.

      Learning Objectives

      • outline the key takeaways (specific skills and/or practical knowledge) the audience will gain by attending your session.

      Presentation Diversity

      • describe how your session will contribute to an inclusive and diverse program with respect to voices, perspectives, populations, topics, education delivery methods, and/or audience engagement.

      Education Track

      • select the topic area that best describes your planned session content:
        • aging services technologies
        • design strategies & solutions
        • diversity, equity & inclusion
        • governance & leadership
        • growth & mission advancement
        • living well with dementia
        • marketing & consumer behavior
        • mind, body & spirit
        • operations & performance improvement
        • policy, compliance & legal issues
        • workforce development

      Speaker Information

      • list job title, organization, contact information for each speaker as well as academic/educational background
      • provide an overview of each speaker’s knowledge and professional experience related to the proposed session topic/aging services field

      Please Note: We cannot make any changes to a proposal once it has been submitted. We recommend drafting/saving your responses in advance.

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    • FAQs

      Are deadline extensions granted?

      No. Proposals cannot be accepted once the submission site closes; no deadline extensions or exceptions will be granted.

      Do I need a MyLeadingAge account to submit a proposal?

      Yes. If you don't have a My.LeadingAge account, you’ll need to create one before you can submit a proposal. If you are submitting a proposal on behalf of someone else, you must log in using the proposal submitter’s My.LeadingAge account/email.

      Can I submit a proposal on behalf of someone else?

      Yes. You must use the MyLeadingAge account login for the intended lead speaker/submitter to do so. Speaker substitutions cannot be made once a proposal has been submitted.

      Can I update my proposal?

      No. We cannot make any changes to a proposal once it has been submitted. If selected, you will have an opportunity to update your session content and confirm new or additional speakers.

        What topics are included in the program?

        Sessions featured in the program cover a wide range of topics within each of the education tracks (refer to the PROPOSAL COMPONENTS section).

        Can I propose a keynote or Deep Dive?

        No. Thank you for the interest! Our keynote speakers and deep dives are by invitation only.

        Does LeadingAge pay speakers?

        LeadingAge does not provide travel, lodging or other financial compensation to speakers. Confirmed speakers are entitled to a complimentary daily registration on the day of their presentation or a $200 discount toward a full registration.

        Who can submit a proposal?

        Anyone working in aging services or a related field can submit a proposal. Proposals can come from members or non-members, residents/clients, business firms, consultants, vendors, academics, researchers, etc.

        Who attends the conference?

        The Annual Meeting is designed primarily for aging services providers, including life plan communities, assisted living, dementia care, nursing homes, adult day centers, home care and hospice agencies, and other providers of housing and supportive services for older adults.

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