Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Share your knowledge and experience by becoming a CalSAE content leader! We're a CAE Approved Provider of year-round educational programs led by experts in the association community including association professionals, consultants, and industry partners. We love "what if..." thinking as well as the practical, high-level "how-tos". So, we invite you to be creative, think outside the box, and take some risks in putting together a proposal for an upcoming CalSAE meeting or event.

Now that we've been through one of the toughest years and things are starting to get back to some sort of normalcy, we're ready to start looking ahead with topics that are thought-provoking and focused on how to build on what we've learned.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PST

Submit Proposal — The submission process is currently closed. Please stay tuned for reopening dates.

Proposal Tips

  • Content is King — Especially for ELEVATE since the initial review will be “blind,” meaning that your name, company, and bio won’t be revealed until later in the process.
  • Make It Compelling — Our audiences are typically composed of non-profit association executives, their staff, and industry partners who run the gamut from hotel sales managers to professional service providers and consultants. Learning levels are diverse, with the majority of participants being high-level/theoretical to mid-level/practical.
  • Be Authentic & Vulnerable — Speak of failure as well as success.
  • Challenge Yourself — If it's canned, it's Spam and not the gourmet experiences we're looking for.
  • Knowledge Sharing is the Most Effective Marketing — Our participants are savvy professionals. Sales pitches disguised as education will result in poor ratings and lost opportunities.
  • Be Interactive — Our programs are a terrific opportunity to learn from participants as they learn from you and each other. The ability for attendees to engage with each other (and develop relationships) is an important part of the experience.

Proposals will go through a review process by our various committees. Selections for Seasonal will be made by the end of August 2021 and ELEVATE will be towards the end of the calendar year. All other programs will be at various times depending on the event date, at which point, submitters will receive an email to confirm whether their proposal has been selected or not. Please note, if you submit your proposal prior to an event date being set, we will contact you to confirm your availability.

Honorarium & Travel Reimbursement (if applicable)

  • Honorariums are not provided for most CalSAE events. Travel stipends may be provided for those without the financial support of their company and who are traveling a long distance to participate. Please indicate any special requests in your proposal.
  • ELEVATE & Summits - Content leaders selected through the Call for Proposals receive discounted registration and are encouraged to participate in other programs during the conference.

Educational Opportunities

  • Seasonal Spectacular
    December 14-15, 2021
    SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
    Sacramento, CA
  • ELEVATE Annual Conference
    April 25-27, 2022
    Resort at Squaw Creek
    Olympic Valley, CA
  • Membership & Marketing Summit
    June 17, 2022
    Sacramento, CA
  • All Other Programs

Ideas or Questions?

Not a speaker or facilitator, but have a great idea for a CalSAE program or speaker, or just have general questions about submitting a proposal? Please contact Heidi Ursino, Director of Operations.

Submit a Magazine Article

You can also share your expertise with the association community by contributing an article for The Executive magazine.