Call For Speakers

Requirement and guidance for submitting sessions

Call for Proposals Is Now Closed.

The call for proposal is now closed. 

The conference will take place March 8-10, 2020 at Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon.  


Cascadia Educational Conference

The Washington and Oregon chapters of Meeting Professionals International come together once a year to host a high quality educational conference for the meetings industry. Conference attendees are a mixture of meeting planner professionals and meetings industry professionals (venues, caterers, AV companies, etc.) of various experience levels. This year’s theme is 2020 Vision: Scaling New Heights

Proposals for sessions can address any topic relevant to the meetings & event industry that falls within one of the ten CMP-IS Domains of Knowledge. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that incorporate the theme of the conference, “2020 Vision: Scaling New Heights”.  We are looking for a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced session topics.


Format Options

  • 60-75 minutes in length.
  • Prefer 60% of submissions to be advanced.
  • Multiple sessions considered.
  • No sales pitches, please.
  • All formats welcomed: Presentation, panel discussions, moderated debates, interactive group activities, etc.
  • Hands-on or interactive workshops are highly encouraged.
  • Provide a handout or takeaway for attendees.


Speaker Terms

  • Selected presenters will receive a complimentary one-day registration to the conference on presentation day. Includes education sessions and meals. If you would like to attend the full conference, please inquire about the full conference presenter rate.
  • Presenters will not receive an honorarium or be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in developing content or materials for sessions.
  • Hotel arrangements, transportation, and mileage to/from conference venue are the sole responsibility of the presenter.

2020 Cascadia Session Topics

Presentations should fall within one of the CMP-IS Domains of Knowledge. For your convenience, the CMP-IS Domains of Knowledge are as follows:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Meeting or Event Design
  • Site Management
  • Marketing
  • Professionalism

Submission Instructions & Timeline

Submit Session

Submit submission via the form link below. Session proposals are due by midnight, November 20, 2019.

Proposal Review

All proposed sessions will be reviewed and selected by December 6, 2019. If your session is selected, you will be notified by email.

Session Selection

If you are selected, you will be asked to provide a brief bio, professional .JPG headshot, and a brief session description to post on the conference website and in the conference program. Items will be due by December 15, 2019.

Ready To Submit Your Session?

All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference, contributions, and readability.