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Women Connect Speaker Application

Women Connect

Do you have expertise that other professionals need to hear? Want to make valuable connections and build credibility? Speaking at a Chamber event is a great way to do just that. We’re looking for topics and speakers that break the mold, challenge attendees and think outside the box. If your workshop is edgy, empowering and inspiring, Women Connect wants you for our 2018-19 fiscal year.

Proposal review and notification process
The Chamber will review submissions received for relevance. All interested presenters must complete an application, regardless of whether you have been a previous Chamber speaker. Submissions will be forwarded to the Women Connect committee for review, evaluation and reference checks. A Chamber staff member may contact you if additional information is needed.

The Chamber, along with the committee, will complete an in-depth review of submissions and make selections based on topic, clear learning objectives and other elements detailed in the selection criteria. If you are a previous speaker, prior program evaluations will also be considered.

The Chamber will notify all applicants of their status by August 1.

Selection criteria

  • Presenters will be evaluated on topic relevance and strength of the submission.
  • References will be checked to ensure selection of first-rate presenters. Final selection will be based on:
    • Session objectives are clearly articulated and achievable in the time allotted.
    • Session is fully described and is designed for the adult learner.
    • Expertise is related to the session content.

Presenter guidelines

  • Presenters must work for a Chamber-member business that is in good standing.
  • Presenters will refrain from promoting products and services during the presentation.
  • Presentations are typically 60 minutes in length followed by Q&A.
  • Presenters will not arrange a substitute speaker without permission from The Chamber.

What do our speakers get?

  • Exposure: A room full of engaged business professionals will hear your message
  • Promotion: We’ll share your session and bio online, on social media and in print to thousands
  • Credibility: Position yourself as a thought-leader in your area of expertise
Get noticed
How we’ll let our audience know about your session.
You’ll be promoted on our homepage, event calendar and website, seen by thousands.
In email
An invitation will be sent to our list of 10,000 Chamber members.
Social media
Social media
Event information will be posted to our Facebook page and Twitter account.
On paper
On paper
Your event information and photo will be in our monthly Bridge newsletter.

Instructions for submission
Completed forms and all supporting materials must be submitted online to The Chamber no later than May 31.
Questions? Contact Bobbi Jo at 218.359.0525 or brehder@fmwfchamber.com.

While the purpose of this call for presenters is to select quality speakers for the Women Connect series, applicants may be asked to speak at other Chamber events in the future.

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