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Call for Proposals 2019

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Details and Timeline

The Call for Proposals for GIA's 2019 Annual Conference is now open! The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, March 15, 2019. Learn more about the conference theme and other details here.

To submit conference proposals, please click below on our online Session Proposal form: 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This form will not save drafts and will not save information unless you click "submit." We recommend copying and pasting your information into a Word document if you cannot complete the form at one time. Save your work and complete the form when you are ready to submit all of the information. You will receive a confirmation email after clicking submit. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the form was not successfully submitted.

Who May Submit Proposals

Members of Grantmakers in Aging and Prospective Members (who meet all eligibility requirements for membership) may propose conference sessions. Click here to inquire about membership in GIA.

Session Designers

Individuals submitting proposals are considered Session Designers. Responsible for all aspects of the session content, Session Designers develop and finalize content, identify and confirm all speakers/panelists/moderators, remind all speakers/panelists/moderators to register for the annual conference and identify appropriate supporting materials and handouts.

GIA staff and the national Program Planning Committee will work with Session Designers to ensure the presenters and moderators achieve the conference goals and objectives and standards of quality.

Session Format

Sessions last 75 minutes. We are seeking sessions that offer a highly interactive format and use innovative approaches.

Please limit the number of speakers in your session so that the conversation can go into greater depth rather than provide a superficial treatment of a wider range of issues or perspectives.

Proposal Criteria

  • Clear lessons or ideas for other funders: Sessions should provide participants with understanding and/or practical tools that will help them grow as grantmakers and/or strengthen their work. In telling the story of the work, sessions should give a behind-the-scenes look at, for example, the rationale for the strategy, the lessons learned, and the transferability or implications for other funders. The choices and decisions that led to particular outcomes can be tremendously useful as peer grantmakers look to apply them to their own grantmaking.
  • Topical: We are looking for a wide range of topics that showcase new and emerging work and innovation and break-through models. Additionally, we look for sessions relevant to what’s happening in aging today and that anticipate future issues in the field.
  • Diversity: Aging is a subject ripe with possibilities ranging from housing, hunger, transportation, and health to art, sexuality, generativity, and purpose. Proposals that reflect America’s rich diversity of racial, socio-economic, cultural, identity, and disability status, both in their subject matter and their presenters, will be particularly welcome.
  • Relevant to different types of funders: GIA’s conference participants are a diverse group of grantmakers working on issues across the aging continuum–active aging to the frail elderly–with a wide range of strategies, budgets, and scope of geographic focus.
  • Well-conceived learning format: Sessions should be designed with thoughtful, relevant learning objectives and then be crafted to meet them. Speakers should bring depth, experience, and energy. Moderators should be experienced and have a plan and the skill to keep speakers on time and the discussion flowing. Most important—participants must be engaged as active learners and be provided with significant and well-designed opportunities for open discussion and interaction. 

Suggested formats for consideration:

  • Facilitated Discussion – session opens with speakers who frame an issue, followed by an open and thought-provoking discussion with session participants.
  • Hands-on Workshop – session is structured around hands-on exercises in response to a scenario or small-group discussions of a defined topic that might include problem-solving in response to a scenario or simulations.
  • Issue Deliberation – session offers opposing views using a talk-show format in which speakers are interviewed.
  • Site Visit

Associated Costs

All presenters and moderators must pay the 2019 conference registration fee, at the reduced GIA member rate and are responsible for all costs associated with travel, meals and accommodations.

Session Designer Responsibilities

  • Make any necessary refinements based on recommendations by the national program planning committee.
  • Invite presenters and moderator for the session.
  • Provide GIA staff for all presenters and moderators with contact information, headshot photos and bios (GIA will follow up with logistical information) through the Call for Proposals submission tool.
  • Plan and participate in call(s) with presenters, moderators and GIA staff.
  • Identify and share session resources/slides with GIA staff for distribution.

Submit proposals using this online form:

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This form will not save drafts and will not save information unless you click "submit." We recommend copying and pasting your information into a Word document if you cannot complete the form at one time. Save your work and complete the form when you are ready to submit all of the information. You will receive a confirmation email after clicking submit. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the form was not successfully submitted.

Selection Process

All proposals will be reviewed by the national Program Planning Committee, composed of representatives from GIA member organizations and GIA staff. The conference program includes conference intensive sessions, short talks, conference sessions, and more informal roundtable discussions. While proposal submission does not guarantee selection, we will explore opportunities to include the wealth of expertise represented in proposals received. The national program planning committee will choose a final slate of sessions.

Notification of Acceptance

Session designers will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 2019. Please note, GIA may request alterations to a proposed session so that it more closely reflects the goals and objectives of the annual conference. If two session proposals are similar, the designers may be contacted to determine if they would be willing to collaborate.

Questions?

Please contact AK Consulting Group at (850) 523-4200 or at amyk@akconsultinggroup.org.  

Call for Sessions 2019 Timeline

March 15       Deadline for submitting session proposal
By April 30 Session designers are notified about the status of their proposal
May 20-24                               Session designers work with GIA to make any necessary refinements, confirm speakers, and finalize session description for promotion
May 30 Final session description and speaker information due to GIA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional deadlines will be provided to the designers of selected sessions.

 

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