Annual Conference

Guide for Speakers

GFOA Virtual Conference

GFOA's virtual conference relies on many volunteer speakers to share their experiences, communicate best practices, and work together to advance excellence in government finance. Our members attend the conference because of the quality of our presentations and the ability to take home and implement practical strategies for improving their own organization. Thank you in advance for your contributions and please know that we very much appreciate your time and effort, especially at this difficult time to help make our conference a success. Please read the speaker guidelines and complete the Speaker Confirmation Form (below) to confirm that your agreement with the outlined policies and procedures.

Session Schedule and Deadlines

Each session will have a GFOA staff person as session coordinator. The role of the coordinator is to work with all speakers assigned to the session and help deliver a high quality presentation. Speakers that do not complete tasks by the dates listed may be replaced. All speakers can expect to work with the session coordinator for the following:



Complete the Speaker Confirmation Form

April 1, 2021

Participate in Speaker(s) Kick-Off Conference Call

April 12, 2021

Work with Session Coordinator and other Speakers to Complete Session Outline

April 26, 2021

Participate in Second Conference Call with Other Speakers / Determine if Presentation will be Pre-Recorded or Presented Live

May 3, 2021

Submit Draft Slides to Coordinator

June 7, 2021

Final Presentation Materials Posted to Conference Website

July 6, 2021

Attend 1-hour Speaker Training

Week of July 5-16, 2021

* Note: GFOA will utilize session outlines to promote and market sessions ahead of conference. Additionally, outlines and materials will be posted to the LMS ahead of conference. Therefore, it is important that speakers submit slides prior to the deadlines listed above.

Session Promotion

GFOA will be using the newsletter, email blasts, and social media to promote sessions and speakers leading up to the conference. GFOA will also be posting videos to GFOA’s website to help promote sessions. If you would be interested in assisting GFOA to promote your session, please indicate so on the speaker information form and provide your Twitter handle.

Speaker Presentation Materials

An electronic copy of the final PowerPoint presentation slides including any handouts will be posted to GFOA’s LMS and be made available as a download for all attendees the conference. Presentations will also be available after the conference for approximately six (6) months. By accepting the invitation to speak at GFOA’s annual conference, all speakers must allow for their presentation to be made available for attendees to download and print.

GFOA has a virtual conference PPT template for participants to use. GFOA does allow presenters to use their own slides templates and formats, but strictly prohibits presentations that constitute promotion or advertising. This includes pervasive or inappropriate use of logos.

Speaker Agreement and Confirmation Form