WANT TO SPEAK AT THE NEXT CULTURE SUMMIT?

Note: We are currently not accepting speaking proposals for 2020.   

Interested in speaking or leading a workshop at Culture Summit?  You’ve come to the right place! If you’re an expert with a culture transformation lesson, case study, innovative approach, or a bit of culture-jedi-wisdom to share, we want to hear from you.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive and the limited number of speaking slots, we’re unable to reply to everyone, however, we do read every application.  Please note that we are unable to pay speaking fees at this time. There is no deadline to apply, we will accept submissions until all speaking slots are filled.

We offer several opportunities to be involved:

  • Keynote presentation (30 min + 5 min Q&A)
  • Speak on a panel (45 min)
  • Lead an interactive activity (60 – 75 min)
  • Lead a workshop (workshop day only, two sessions, 120 min per session)

To get started, please review the content below to get a sense of our audience and what we look for in speaker applications.

There are a few key things that separate a great pitch from one we won’t read a second time. As you begin to write yours, use this page as a resource for what makes a good Culture Summit speaker submission.

A Good Pitch

Introduces a focused topic that explains to us what the audience will learn your presentation; what are the takeaways? what can they apply immediately the next day? A good pitch should be submitted with a short bio explaining your relevance and why you are the best presenter on the topic.

A Focused Topic

Your pitch needs to focus on a topic related to workplace or organizational culture transformation.  It should be relevant to culture champions who make up our audience. Refrain from pitching generic topics.  You don’t need to convince our audience why culture is important, they’re already bought in.

Instead, get specific. Here are some examples from past talks:

  • The Path to Gender Equality in the Workplace
  • Rethinking What it Means to Create an Outstanding Employee Experience
  • The Importance of Rituals on Company Culture
  • Creating Inclusive Cultures in Our Workplaces and Communities
  • Create a Purpose Driven Workplace

Don’t worry about having a clever title as we workshopped all of these.

Explains to the Event Organizer What the Audience Will Learn:

Don’t write your description to sound like marketing or sales teasers. Instead, write details about your topic including takeaways and specifics about the content.  Use language that shows you’ve put thought into this topic and are bringing all your experience and expertise to the table.

In your pitch, explain what the audience will learn and what you are actually going to talk about.  Do share the tactics, frameworks, and insights the audience will leave with. Your pitch should be a book report on your talk.

Note: Culture Summit does not allow sales pitches on stage.

A Short Bio Explaining Your Relevance:

Your bio explains why you should be picked, why you should be listened to, and how you’ll connect with our audience.

Ready to Apply?  Great, Here are the Next Steps:

First, view the opened ended questions on the application form.  This will give you time to formulate your answers ahead of time before submitting.

Next, our theme for 2020 is Human Centered Leadership.  As you prepare your submission, please keep in mind how you can best incorporate and exemplify the theme.

What speakers for Culture Summit 2020 get:

  • 1 non-transferable pass for admission to the conference.*
  • 1 non-transferable pass for the VIP Dinner for yourself.
  • 1 pass for admission to the conference for you to give away for free to anyone of your choosing.
  • 1 coupon for 15% off general admission to the conference for you to share with friends, colleagues, and any professional audiences (social media, newsletters, etc.).

*If you need travel assistance — for non-Bay Area speakers — there are limited funds for travel and lodging reimbursement, which will cover some of your costs, but not all.

Culture Summit is a proud member of the 50/50 pledge and women speaker initiative.  If you’re ready to apply, click on the button below and fill out the application form.  Applications will be accepted until all speaking spots are filled. If considered, we will be in touch with you.  Thank you!

This speaker application page was inspired by Erica McGillivray’s post for CMX Summit.