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Request for Proposals - 2020 Annual Conference
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Share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at the 2020 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference and Expo May 18-21 in Asheville, NC.

How to Apply | Key Dates | Evaluation Criteria | Suggested Topics | Target Audiences
Speaker Guidelines and Reimbursement Policy
About the Annual Conference | Assistance

How to Apply

  • Proposals will be accepted ONLY through our website (
  • You may submit more than one proposal.
  • Please prepare the following items for each submission:
  1. Headshot (to be used if selected)
  2. Contact information (including mobile number)
  3. Brief biographical sketch of ALL presenters
  4. Session title – brief is appreciated
  5. Focused, clear learning objectives
  6. Target audiences
  7. Well-written description of session (to be included in conference brochure if selected)
  8. AV needs
  9. Leader presenter’s name, this person will be contacted regarding the proposal

Key Dates

  • All proposals should be submitted online no later than November 29, 2019.
  • The LeadingAge North Carolina Education Committee will meet in December to select proposals.
  • The Committee will notify applicants of their selections via email in January. Applicants will not be notified of the official status of their proposal until all final selections are made.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. The Education Committee seeks proposals that are high-quality, well-organized, demonstrate best practices, engage and inspire innovation in the field of aging.
  2. The Committee prioritizes well-written, thoughtfully prepared presentations that highlight trends, are thought-provoking, creative, and that are relevant to Life Plan Communities/Continuing Care Retirement Communities and the field of long term care.
  3. Multidisciplinary panels are encouraged, along with interactive or shared-learning formats that allow participants to retain information that is germane and applicable to real life and workplace settings. 
  4. In session evaluations, our attendees value speakers who deliver relevant and current perspectives and that do not serve as advertisements for services or products (in keeping with our speaker guidelines.)
  5. Submissions will be evaluated by LeadingAge North Carolina’s Education Committee with the following criteria:
  • Innovation, creativity and originality of topic
  • Timeliness and relevance of subject matter
  • Practical applicability of topic to aging services
  • Qualifications, expertise and experience of presenter(s)

Suggested Topics

  • Finance – risk management, financing models, contract types, mergers and acquisitions, planning
  • Technology – data management, innovations, quality of life
  • Public policy
  • Regulation – compliance, survey preparedness, changing models, continuous quality improvement
  • Workforce development – education, mentoring, diversity initiatives, benefits, succession planning
  • Recruitment and retention – inclusion, implicit bias, change management, civic engagement, creative programs, workforce issues
  • Affordable housing – operations, trends, innovations, funding, best practices, resident and board support
  • Best practices in clinical care settings –quality of care, evidence-based wellness, end of life, research
  • Innovative/cutting edge programs and services – green sustainable design, universal design, community benefits, civic engagement, mission-driven programs
  • Leadership development – succession planning, governance, ethical practices, emotional intelligence
  • Legal issues for aging services-workforce, residents and families
  • New business models/partnerships
  • Diversity and Inclusion of staff, board and residents
  • Marketing, Development and Public Relations – branding, market research, trends, sales techniques, fund development approaches, public relations, media communication strategies, social media
  • Additional related topics welcome

Target Audiences

  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • Administrators
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Department Managers

Speaker Guidelines and Reimbursement Policy

  1. Sessions at the Annual Conference are intended to educate and support learning and, therefore, presenters may not sell, promote or pitch any specific products and/or services.
  2. Copyrighted materials should not be reproduced as part of PowerPoint presentations or handouts without permission from the owner/author and should be cited appropriately.
  3. LeadingAge North Carolina does not pay concurrent session presenters honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g. travel, lodging or copying), or waive conference registration and/or trade show booth fees.
  4. Presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the day of their presentation and may attend other sessions on that same day. Additional days will require a separate registration form and payment. All selected presenters will be required to register for the conference.
  5. Presenters grant permission to LeadingAge North Carolina, or anyone acting on their behalf, permission to photograph, film, or otherwise record and use their name, likeness, image in publications, advertising materials, or in any other form, in any media without compensation.
  6. Selected presenter agrees to provide an electronic handout of presentation, PDF formatted, no later than a week prior to conference.

About the Annual Conference

The LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference and Expo is a three-day gathering providing high quality educational sessions, product exhibits and networking opportunities. The event is our largest of the year, and an excellent opportunity for community and business members to gather and share.

In 2020 our theme is Together.

We’re a community of aging services professionals dedicated to one common purpose: advancing the lives of thousands of elders at every stage of their lives. Whatever your individual role, you have an integral part to play at the 2020 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference — from exchanging ideas and experiences with colleagues state wide to exploring bold new strategies for propelling our field forward.

TOGETHER, we celebrate older adults and their contributions to our communities.


Please contact Leslie Roseboro, Education Committee Chairperson, at the LeadingAge North Carolina office at: 919-571-8333 or

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