What makes a conference truly extraordinary? Food? Venue? Name badges? Event bags? Sure those little details are nice, but honestly, it’s the speakers. You can have all the bells and whistles in the world at your event, but the true value lies within the knowledge and perspective of those who grace the stage and give your attendees actionable items to take back to their companies.

We’re now looking for dynamic speakers for next year’s Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM16). Here’s a quick promo video with some details in case you missed it:

Maybe I’m a little biased, but I think DirectEmployers does a phenomenal job with constructing the conference program. The majority of our sessions feature current industry practitioners who are able to share first-hand experience, or have “street cred.” Attendees find them more relatable and it helps make each presentation more engaging.

What about the presenters? What’s in it for them? All kinds of good stuff:

Get your name on the speaker circuit. We have helped several HR professionals through their speaking debut at our conference. Our audience is open and supportive with breakout sessions ranging from 30-100 depending on the topic. It’s a great atmosphere to get your feet wet!

Receive feedback from your peers. One of my favorite aspects of DirectEmployers Association is the constant dialogue between Members. Sometimes it’s one-off conversations or large groups, but Members are eager to help each other out in a positive and productive manner. When presenting, you can use the opportunity to see what others think of your initiative, or seek out ideas for future iterations. The networking benefits everybody involved.

Build up your resume. Be it ours, or another event, showcasing your expertise by presenting at industry conference is a great resume builder. It’s also a great way to polish those presentation skills for your current role. For many sessions, we also submit for HRCI credit, so you could have an official HRCI accredited presentation on the books. How cool is that?

Expand your company’s brand awareness. Many Members’ brands are household names, but with over 800 companies, there are quite of few that are not. Taking the stage allows exposure to the 300+ attendees who could be future consumers, business partners or provide great employee referrals.

DEAM16 Call for Speakers graphicThe deadline for DEAM16 speaker submissions is Friday, July 31, 2015. Submit now!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share your recruitment marketing and OFCCP compliance experience with an extraordinary group of individuals that make DirectEmployers Association pretty darn cool.



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