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|2020 Conference in the Americas Call for Pre-Conference Proposals|
Call for Pre-Conference Proposals
February 26 - 29, 2020 | Atlanta, Georgia
The Academy is celebrating its 27th annual conference in 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia from Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29.
Deadline for Proposals: October 11, 2019
Invitation & Information About Pre-Conferences
The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is currently inviting proposals for preconference sessions to be offered prior to the convening of the 2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.
Pre-conference workshops provide a tremendous opportunity for deeper learning around a specific topic area and/or for professional development1 for researchers, scholars, and/or scholar-practitioners. These sessions should be highly engaging and interactive sessions with clearly outlined objectives that can be achieved within the time frame of the session. And, they should deliver clear value for participants who attend.
AHRD typically offers 2-4 pre-conferences each year. They take place during the two days prior to the convening of the conference, and are typically 4-8 hour sessions that can be offered on one day or segmented between the two days (specific days/times to be negotiated with the conference team).
Proposing a Pre-Conference
A proposal for a pre-conference should include:
AHRD will not accept proposals for sessions that include descriptions of commercial products that a presenter is marketing.
Details Related to Pre-Conferences
AHRD commits to assisting with coordinating marketing, event registration, and other items as related to logistics prior to and at the session. As a part of this support, AHRD provides:
A participant fee for each pre-conference is set by the AHRD Conference Team in order to ensure these costs associated with the session are covered.
While AHRD works to keep the cost for pre-conferences as low as possible, sessions that require a budget to cover more than those resources outlined above may be considered if the number of participants who register ultimately supports the needs of the session. The AHRD Conference Team would determine a correspondingly higher fee. Note: Costs for any additional supplies or audio/visual equipment that are required (other than those outlined above) must be included in the proposal (see point #10 in proposal requirements), as these may also impact the registration fee.
Because participants pay an additional fee, sessions must be compelling enough to attract the intended audience. Pre-conferences that do not have the minimum registration required to “break even” on costs associated with the pre-conference will be cancelled. This decision is made one month prior to the scheduled pre-conference.
Criteria for Evaluating Pre-Conference Proposals
Proposals will be considered using the following criteria:
Submitting a Proposal for a Pre-Conference
Proposals should be submitted directly to Laura Bierema (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, October 11, 2019 (midnight PST).
Proposers will receive decisions and feedback in late-October. Pre-Conferences will be marketed beginning when the conference registration is available.
If you would like to explore your idea before submitting a full proposal, contact Laura Bierema (email@example.com).
Online Conference registration will be available in October!
About the Location: Atlanta, GA
Enjoy the Big Peach! Georgia's capital and largest city, Atlanta is a major Southern financial and cultural force and the focus of a metropolitan statistical area that covers more than 6,000 square miles and includes more than 110 municipalities. Open to diversity! People from all over the country, joined by immigrants from other lands, have flocked to Atlanta's mild climate, physical beauty, and job opportunities. Southern hospitality! Offering Old South graciousness blended with an ambitious zest for expansion and dominance, Atlanta has assumed an important position in national and international commerce.
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
AHRD has secured a special room rate of $168/night plus state and local taxes until February 6, 2020 or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center is located 25 minutes from Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta Airport, in walking distance from Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square and the Lenox MARTA Station, and provides easy access to the heart of the city. Take advantage of our superb location, situated moments away from Georgia Aquarium Atlanta, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, World of Coca Cola, CNN Studio, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.