2019 Call for Speed Session Proposals

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise? Is there an experience that you or your agency has had that could benefit your peers and other communities? Consider speaking at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, September 24-26, 2019, so you can be a part of advancing our field.

Share Your Speed Session Ideas

­­NRPA invited enthusiastic professionals to share their unique ideas and experiences at our highly acclaimed Speed Sessions at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

Speed Sessions are unconventional 20-minute sessions covering a variety of topics — anything from sharing marketing and program ideas to telling an inspirational story. Whether you are a first-time or accomplished speaker, these sessions are a great opportunity to gain speaking experience on a national level without committing to a lengthy presentation.

Proposals were to be submitted electronically no later than March 30, 2019.

The Speed Session line-up is crowdsourced through an online vote in April. Vote for your favorite Speed Sessions now through Friday, April 26, 2019. Selections will be announced in early May.


Audience Information

Our goal is to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by top-notch presenters. Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected, and focus on NRPA's Three Pillars of Conservation, Health & Wellness, and Social Equity is appreciated.

Who Should Consider Submitting Proposals?

  •  Park and recreation professionals
  •  Park and recreation educators and related educators  
  •  Park and recreation students  
  •  Park and recreation vendors, contractors and related groups  
  •  Professional speakers and professionals aligned with park and recreation's mission
  •  Planners, Landscape Architects, Public Health Administrators, City and County Managers, Naturalists 
  •  Anyone else interested in sharing their knowledge with park and recreation professionals  
  •  Presenters should have experience speaking at state, regional or national conferences, schools or seminars

Dates to Remember

  • Proposal Submissions Accepted Beginning Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Conference Invitations: March 2019
  • Speed Session Call for Proposals - February 27 - March 30, 2019 
  • Session Materials Due: September 6, 2019
  • NRPA Annual Conference: September 24-26, 2019 – Baltimore, MD

Commercial / Promotional Presentations

Your presentation may NOT sell, raffle, or otherwise promote a product, service, or organization in which you have a financial interest.


Proposals were to be submitted electronically no later than March 30, 2019.