Instructions on How to Submit a Speaking Proposal

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at Learning 2021, The Learning Leadership Conference. Please read the information below before you complete the submission form.

Submit a Speaking Proposal

Proposals are due by Friday, April 30

FAQs About Speaking at Learning 2021 Conference

What are the event dates?

The conference will be held Sunday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

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When are speaking proposals due?

Proposals are due by Friday, April 30, 2021.

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Where is the event located?

Learning 2021 will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA.

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What is the Learning 2021 Conference all about?

Learning 2021, The Learning Leadership Conference, explores the critical issues facing today’s Learning Leaders in our rapidly changing world. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with peers and industry leaders in a wide variety of discussions and experiences examining the strategies, skills, and solutions that matter most to our work and the organizations we serve. Whether you are an experienced leader looking to advance your career and help advance the field, or a learning professional new to leadership looking to build his or her skills, you’re sure to find the people, content, and community you need. Join your peers at Learning 2021 this November 7 – 10 at The Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

To get a better sense of what the conference is like, see the Learning 2020 Conference website.

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What is the program focus for Learning 2021?

Learning 2021 targets the evolving needs of today’s learning leaders, providing not only strategic and tactical guidance on learning, but on the leadership skills required to lead your teams and partner with business leaders.  The event features over 100 sessions exploring the topics that are critical to today’s innovative learning organizations. The program covers not only the knowledge and skills you need as a learning leader, but also the context that is critical to apply those skills towards the needs of the businesses we serve. 

Learning 2021 has always placed a spotlight on the latest innovations in learning, and this year will be no exception. We’ll be exploring all of the hot topics you have questions about, helping you put them into the context of the problems you need to solve and the people you need to support.

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What types and durations of sessions are offered at Learning 2021?

  • Concurrent sessions will be held Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 10. Session run times are either 45 or 60 minutes.
  • Optional one-day Pre-Conference Certificate Workshops will be held on Sunday, November 7.

Selected speakers will be assigned a slot by the Guild staff. If you have any scheduling conflicts, please note them on your submission form.

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Who is the target audience for Learning 2021?

Learning 2021 is an event built from the ground up with your entire learning team in mind. The program focuses on the strategic and tactical knowledge and skills needed at all levels, with a clear focus on exploring how learning professionals need to adapt to the changing needs of the organizations we support.

Regardless of your specific role, you’ll find practical solutions and approaches you can use immediately to solve your learning and performance support challenges.

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Who is eligible to present at these events?

As a community-based organization, we welcome any and all proposals. However, please bear in mind that all sessions accepted through this call for proposals must be educational and informational in content, representing the work of internal teams; no marketing or self-promotion is allowed.

Alternately, if you are a vendor or supplier interested in participating in the Innovation Showcase at this event and want to find out about promotional opportunities, contact Lenore Higgins.

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Are speakers compensated?

We are pleased to offer the primary presenter of each session a free full-conference registration. This free registration is given to the main presenter listed on the submission form. This registration cannot be shared or split. If a presenter is selected to conduct more than one session, only one free registration is issued.

The first co-presenter (if applicable) will be able to register for the conference at a substantially discounted rate (no other discounts apply). This discount cannot be shared or split. For any additional co-presenters, normal conference registration fees and discounts will apply.

Full-day workshop presenters, in addition, may have their travel and hotel costs covered. They may also receive a fee based on workshop attendance.

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What is required of me as a speaker from a technical standpoint?

  • Speakers must provide their own laptop or tablet and any software needed to run their presentation. If you require Internet access, your device must be able to connect to Wi-Fi; hardwire connections are not available.
  • Standard AV provided includes a computer projector, screen, speakers for the computer, and wireless access. Other AV equipment requested will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

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If selected as a speaker, what information and materials will I be required to submit?

  • A photo for use on the event website and other event materials. Photos must be formatted to be a minimum of 300 DPI, 3 by 3 inches, and in TIFF, JPG, or PNG format.
  • Session materials that will be posted for event participants before, during, and after the event. (Concurrent sessions only; workshop materials will not be posted on the resource site.)

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How do I submit a proposal?

It’s simple. Use the online CFP form and complete all areas of the form. You may submit more than one proposal, but you must submit a separate form for each session proposed.

NOTE: If your browser or computer crashes while you’re in the process of filling out this form, you can contact the David Kelly at to get access to your partially completed survey.

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I have additional questions—who can I reach out to?

If you have any questions about the proposal form, these instructions, or the event, or if you are unsure whether your topic is appropriate for this event, please contact David Kelly at

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