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Annual Conference Speaker Proposals Due April 10
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Jeannie Rhee

The Sixth Annual Conference of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. ("AWI") will be held Thursday through Saturday, October 22-24, 2015, at the Renaissance LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  We want you to be a part of it!  

AWI’s members and conference attendees include internal Human Resources professionals, private investigators, internal auditors, loss prevention specialists, in-house counsel, attorneys who work as neutrals, attorneys who litigate but are acting as investigators for a particular investigation, and consultants with Human Resources backgrounds.

We encourage you to submit a proposal to speak at the 2015 Conference.  AWI will consider all speaker proposals, although preference will be given to AWI members.  We are excited to get the best possible program ideas and fabulous speakers . . . so please join us!

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rita or Jen Doughty. Thank you for contributing to the success of AWI’s Sixth Annual Conference!

NOTE: Submissions are now closed, thank you for your interest!

I. Speaker Proposal Requirements

Each presenter must complete and submit the following items:

  • The online proposal submission form
  • A professional biography, not to exceed 200 words
  • A high resolution, color photo headshot
  • Agreement regarding participation in an AWI educational program
  • Co-presenters must also submit their headshot, bio and agree to the same terms by completing the co-presenter form

Deadline to submit Speaker Proposals is April 10, 2015

II. Presentaion Guidelines and Expectations

  • All presentation materials are due on or before Friday, August 28, 2015. Submission instructions for accepted proposals will be distributed this summer.

  • Presenters will be required to submit an electronic copy of all presentation materials, including PowerPoint/Keynote presentations and Word documents/program materials, as they will be available on the AWI website prior to the Conference. The electronic materials must be in Microsoft Word (doc), PowerPoint (ppt), or Adobe PDF so that they can be loaded and accessed on AWI's PC.

  • In addition to the presentation materials, presenters are expected to provide substantive written program materials. Substantive written legal program materials are required to request MCLE credit.

  • PowerPoint presentations are encouraged and will be loaded on AWI's PC. Flipcharts and whiteboards will not be available, as the room is too large for them to be properly used.

  • Presentation materials will not be disseminated during the conference. Participants can download presentation materials in advance of the conference or elect to pre-purchase printed materials at the time of registration.

  • Presenters may not promote or sell any products or services during the presentation (even subtly) or in the supporting resource materials.  Commercial advertising is prohibited.

  • The Annual Conference Committee reserves the right to modify the proposed program title and description.

  • Presenters who wish to attend any conference session (other than their own) must complete the registration process and pay the conference registration fee.

  • III.    Criteria for Selection of Speaker Proposals

    The Annual Conference Committee will review all proposals.  Due to the remarkable growth and interest in our organization in recent years, we are unable to select every proposal submitted.  The Committee will select the speakers and programs it determines will likely be the most appropriate, useful, and interesting for attendees.  Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

    • INNOVATION: New, innovative insights and approaches to issues that are/will be of critical importance to investigators and other professionals.

    • SIGNIFICANCE/RELEVANCE: The significance of the subject matter to investigators and other professionals, and concepts and strategies that have clear application and/or that will assist attendees in being more successful professionally.

    • EXPERTISE: Presenters should have a high level of knowledge and expertise in the subject matter. Session content must be current and include written resource materials to support the topic.

    • PRACTICALITY: The seminar should contain tools and strategies that can be applied to assist investigators and other professionals in making significant contributions in their work organizations and/or to their professional growth.

    • MOTIVATION: Presenters should be capable of motivating individuals to attain high levels of success professionally and personally.

    • PRESENTATION SKILLS: Presenter must have experience delivering effective, stimulating and dynamic presentations, as well as the ability to engage the audience in interactive experiences that enhance the learning process.  Presenters should be familiar with visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles.

    Review Topic Ideas