NRPA Issues Call for Speed Session Proposals

Wait, What Are Speed Sessions?

Speed Sessions are ideas worth sharing. Information will be presented in a newer, unconventional manner on a variety of topics: anything from sharing marketing and program ideas to telling an inspirational story. Audience participation is strongly encouraged! The NRPA Annual Conference will be held September 25-27, 2018.

All proposals were due by midnight ET March 30, 2018.



  • Presentations are limited to 20 minutes or less (the extra 5 minutes allocated in the schedule is for speaker introduction and evaluation)
  • Limit of one speaker per Speed Session
  • No sales pitches of any sort are permitted
  • PowerPoint presentations are not required, but are limited to five slides or fewer
  • Speakers will not receive any compensation or registration discount for presenting

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

Selection Criteria

This year’s Speed Session line-up will be completely chosen the attendee. Be on the look-out for a voting ballot in early April of 2018. Selections will be announced in early May.

Commercial / Promotional Presentations

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

All proposals were due by midnight ET March 30, 2018.



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