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Demonstrate your thought leadership with the world's largest IR community
Submit session ideas and speakers to be considered for all NIRI Professional Development events. The 2015 Annual Conference submission process is now closed. At any time speaker interest for Conference, and sessions submissions for seminars and webinars may be submitted.

How to Submit

Review the helpful tips on this page.  You may submit as many ideas or interested speakers as you wish by first creating a Submission Account.  You will receive via email a link to the online submission form.  We recommend that you use the Session Submission Preparation Form, before filling out the online version, to gather your thoughts and appropriate information.
When submissions are ready, fill out all fields in the online form to create a concise representation of your session idea.  Submissions only will be accepted via the online form.
Interested speakers may be submitted for consideration without submitting a session concept. Follow instructions provided via email after a submission account is created.
Selection Criteria

The core principles of NIRI Professional Development promote world-class education that offers insightful content that advances the practice of investor relations, professional competencies, and the stature of IR professionals.
Ideal submissions succinctly demonstrate relevancy to IR practices, hot topics and forward looking ideas. Sessions representing multiple corporate practitioner views are typically the highest rated and most valued by attendees. Practitioner views may offer greater insight when supported with the aggregate experiences of counselors or providers who have addressed relevant challenges.
Thought the submission process for Conference is closed, submissions for Annual Conference were reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee, a group of volunteer IR practitioners tasked with identifying timely and practice-relevant topics. To ensure continuous improvement and increasingly higher standards, the Committee follows a well-structured process of topic prioritization, submission evaluation, quality control checkpoints, and deliberative discussion.
Submission Sections
Please provide session details, including a proposed session title, category selections and a concise description. Ensure that the specific details provided are targeted to the intended audience.
Session Types
Topic Vignette: An approximately 20-minute presentation delivered by an individual with great passion for the topic. The presentation is followed by a short Q&A session led by a facilitator. This format is similar to those delivered at TED events. The most effective sessions of this type challenge conventional wisdom and present controversial views.
Plenary/General: A presentation to the full group of attendees. Topics and speakers must be compelling to this large audience and representative of the global IR community.
Structured/Panel: A traditional-style session with one to four instructors or speakers instructing attendees on how to meet a standard, best or leading practice with regards to a specific topic or function. Content comes from speakers and the session covers fundamental to advanced understanding of the topic or function. Panel discussions with moderators are included in this group.
Workshop/Case-Based: Similar in kind to a structured session, workshops focus on in-depth instruction of practice(s) highlighted through the use of case studies or exercises. Constructive interaction, useful data and actionable material are key elements of successful workshops.
Key Learning Objectives and Session Material
Learning objectives identify behavioral outcomes attendees should learn from the session. (Hint: "After attending the session, attendees will be able to ...")  Session-relevant actionable material, such as checklists and sample documents, are strongly recommended.
Lead Speaker/Moderator
The lead speaker or moderator is the primary contact for sessions and will be tasked to drive the on-time completion of session deliverables (e.g., preparation of conference calls, slide deck, actionable material, etc).
Identify speakers to join the lead speaker/moderator in delivering the session. (Note: In cases where co-speakers are not yet known, but will be included in the final session, identify the target speakers, their desired expertise and the topics they will cover.)
Other Information
Provide information to assist in the review of the submitted session. The Terms and Conditions box in this section must be checked in order to have a session reviewed.
Consider Session For...
NIRI Event Types
Annual Conference: The largest IR event in the world offering three days of education, networking and product and service discovery.
Seminar: One- to three-day events of less than 120 attendees focused on single topics, or multiple topics related to a function.
Symposia (industry-specific forums/small conferences): One- to two-day events structured for approximately 100 attendees.
Online Coursework: Skills development coursework available online and on demand.
Webinars: Single or multi-part one-hour sessions with audio and content delivery via a web presentation platform. These events often are available for replay for up to six months after the original delivery.
Tips for a Successful Submission
1.   Be brief, be brilliant
2.   Have a concise answer to 'Why Now?'
3.   Include practitioners on panels, practitioners like to hear from practitioners
4.   Complete entire submission form
5.   No product or service pitches
Terms and Conditions
The submitter agrees to the following terms and conditions when submitting a session idea:
  • The presenter(s) identified in the submission have or will obtain rights to use intellectual property, thoughts, concepts, or reproductions provided with the submission and ultimately presented in any final form.
  • NIRI conferences, seminars and webinars are platforms for respectful sharing of and deliberative discussion about leading ideas. Presenters agree to demonstrate thought leadership without promotion of products or services.
  • Listed speakers may be contacted with regards to the submission to: verify information; expand on session topic or concept; or, consider session reformatting, combine with another session, or change speakers.
  • Session is submitted with the permission of listed speakers.
  • Hotel, travel, and other expenses are not covered, speakers are responsible for their expenses
  • Sessions are accepted at the discretion of the National Investor Relations Institute and its member-based peer groups and committees.
Please address inquiries to Tammy Dang or Mike Hyatt .
Steps to Submit
1.   Read information on this page
2.   Understand terms and conditions
3.   Download Session Submission Preparation Form and develop session concepts
5.   Follow email instructions to submit online only
6.   Mark as "ready" for review completed submissions and submitted speakers
2015 Annual Conference
The 2015 Annual Conference submission process is CLOSED. The Conference is June 14-17 in Chicago, Illinois.

Submissions for other NIRI educational events are accepted all year.