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17th Annual Delaware SHRM State Conference

October 5th and 6th, 2017

Call for Speakers - Invitation to Present


The Delaware SHRM State Conference and it’s affiliates invite speakers to submit a presentation proposal for our annual state HR conference. The conference will cover both strategic and tactical views of Human Resources. The two-day conference will be held at the Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware on October 5th and 6th, 2017 and will include concurrent sessions.  Expected attendance is over 400 participants. 


What is SHRM?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 289,000 members representing over 70,000 companies in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.


Below are the affiliates of the Delaware SHRM State Conference:


SHRM Delaware State Council, Inc. is comprised of State officers, chairs for various areas of expertise and activity, chapter presidents of the two SHRM chapters in the state, and any other SHRM member from the State who wishes to meet and have input and impact on the advancement of the Council. 


Delaware SHRM Chapter:

Delaware SHRM is proud to be affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Membership in Delaware SHRM is separate and apart from membership in the national SHRM organization. Human Resource professionals may choose to belong to both the local and national organizations to fully utilize the benefits unique to each.


Since 1974, DE SHRM has provided members with professional development, resources, tools, relevant and comprehensive information, education, legislative updates, leadership development and peer networking to enable members to make informed decisions, stimulate professional growth and enhance workplace contributions.


Over 400 HR professionals, representing large and small companies in all industries, as well as individuals providing products and services to the human resources community belong to Delaware SHRM Chapter. By contributing to the professional development of our HR community, we can positively impact the strength of HR leadership in Delaware organizations helping to make Delaware a place organizations want to grow a business.


DelMarva SHRM Chapter:

DelMarVa SHRM is also proud to be affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and just like the Delaware SHRM Chapter, membership in DelMarVa SHRM is separate and apart from membership in the national SHRM organization.


Formed in the mid 1980’s as a networking/informational venue for area human resource professionals, the initial focus was on small businesses in Kent and Sussex counties. The original name was the Southern Counties Personnel Group, then became the DelMarVa Human Resources Group, and is now known as DelMarVa SHRM. DelMarVa SHRM serves chapter members and SHRM members, while advancing the HR profession through education, advocacy, leadership, and community outreach. Monthly meetings are on relevant subject-area topics. In the past, meetings alternated between locations in Kent and Sussex counties, but are now held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. 


Over 100 HR professionals, representing a vast array of businesses, belong to DelMarVa SHRM.




Benefits of Presenting at the Delaware SHRM State Conference:


·        Waived Conference Fee (for a maximum of two active speakers per presentation).  Includes access to conference sessions, SHRM and HRCI recertification credits towards certification, lunch, breaks, social events and access to Exhibitor Hall.

·        Speaker’s name and company name on the Conference website and brochure.

·        Recognition for providing credible and accredited education that not only enhances the HR profession, but also your resume, while providing network opportunities and exposure to new professional contacts.


Conference Curriculum:


Our process for developing the conference curriculum is based on the goal of providing a balanced program that meets the variety of skill and interest levels of the conference audience presented by speakers of the highest quality who represent the diversity of the SHRM membership. 


Four tracks include:

  • Leadership
  • Master
  • Universal
  • Legal & Compliance


Speaker Honoraria:


Delaware SHRM State Conference has a tradition of using educational conference sessions as a platform for innovation in the field of human resource management. We look for contributors who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of payment in the spirit of networking, a purpose for which the Society was founded.


Presenter Application Process


1.      Choose a Topic


2.      Prepare your presentation proposal

·        Title of your presentation.

·        Brief description of presentation.

  • List learning objectives for your presentation.
  • List HR knowledge track that your presentation is linked. 
  • List SHRM Bock Representation/Alignment
  • Describe who is your target audience (i.e. Entry, Mid-level, Senior, Executives)
  • Presenter Experience – Provide a biography of your expertise and experience.


3.      Proposal Review

  • A committee will review each speaker application and select the speakers.
  • Review Criteria:

·        Relevance of the topic

·        Clarity of the proposal application.

·        Expertise of the presenter.

·        Notification on the status of submission will be emailed directly to the speaker.







4. Submit your proposal, along with a cover letter, to:

Laurie Sample, Chapter Administrator –Email to



March 16, 2017

*Proposals received after this date will not be considered.


5. Proposal reviews/speaker selection and notification is expected to be completed by April 30, 2017.


6. If your proposal is accepted, a Delaware SHRM State Conference Committee member will notify you no later than April 30, 2017.


7. If your proposal is accepted, speaker will be required to:

·        sign a speaker commitment form by May 15, 2017

·        request audio-visual requirements

·        submit a full biography and outline of presentation by June 1, 2017

·        submit final presentation by September 1, 2017.


 8. General provisions

  • Applicants are limited to a maximum of two applications per individual/organization on different topics.
  • Speakers are responsible for the presentation of their session and for bringing their own laptop. Delaware SHRM State Conference will provide a projector (remote operation may not be available) for the speaker’s laptop and a screen. Delaware SHRM State Conference Committeewill try to accommodate requests for additional/other AV or presentation equipment.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own hand-outs and obtaining copyright permission. Delaware SHRM State Conference will not be responsible for reproducing any handouts. Travel, housing and per diem costs are also the responsibility of the Speakers.
  • It is prohibited for Speakers to promote their own product within an educational session. Speakers may discuss the use of a product or service within the context of a case-study presentation only. Resources must be multiple and not focus on only one product or service. Speakers with products or services they wish to promote are expected to use alternate methods of promotion; such as being an exhibitor or a sponsor. 
  • Please email the Conference Chairperson with any questions – Ashley Eckard,


Our Mutual Commitment


We expect presenters:


  • To acknowledge they are available to speak during any timeframe of the conference and as such will not request a change to the session time frame assigned if selected;
  • To work closely with conference organizers before the conference and meet all deadlines;
  • To make no substantial changes in content, format, audio/visual needs, room set-up, identity or number of presenters without prior approval of conference organizers;
  • To design and provide high quality PowerPoint presentations by the deadline given;
  • To recognize that a conference presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a showcase for promotion of business, practice, service or product;
  • To respect SHRM as the sponsoring organization with either positive or neutral comments from the platform.


In return, Delaware SHRM State Conference Committee will:


  • Provide you with your evaluation scores after the conference;
  • Provide a complimentary registration for the conference, including admission to the exposition, educational programs and social events.
  • Grant you valuable professional exposure.



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