Proposal & Session Guidelines

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Proposal Guidelines

All Proposals Must Include:

  • Title
  • Description (short paragraph)
  • Topic Area/Track
  • Why the Topic Is Important for Treasury and/or Finance Practitioners
  • Learning Objectives/Key Take-aways (one sentence each)
  • Session Delivery Format
  • Suggested Length
  • Name, Title, Company, and Bio of Each Speaker
  • At Least One Identified/Confirmed Speaker

There must be at least one speaker included on each proposal. The name of the corporate practitioner is not required at the time of the submission; however, there must be an indication of the type of practitioner (role, title, etc.) that is planned for the speaking slot. In cases where similar proposal topics are being evaluated, proposals that identify the practitioner speaker(s) are considered to be more complete submissions.  

AFP 2022 Educational Sessions are a non-commercial venue offering unbiased information to attendees. Sales pitches for products or services in the proposals are strictly prohibited and will be rejected immediately.

Proposals are selected by a task force of senior corporate treasury and finance practitioners. The deadline for proposals is close of business (5 PM ET) on February 18, 2022. Decision notifications for all proposals will be delivered in early April.

Knowledge Types:

Sessions will be categorized in one of three knowledge types based upon the makeup of their content. Those knowledge types are:

Operational: Session content is meant to improve skills and tactics for addressing challenges in the treasury and finance space.

Strategic: Session content is meant to drive organizational change and strategy.

MindShift: Session content features topics whose content is tied to the implementation and/or use of disruptive technologies in the treasury and finance space.

Session Delivery Formats:

You will be asked to select a format for your presentation, and to form the content of your presentation around it. Please see below for the format choices:

Campfire Session: Presentations with interactive discussion with the audience. Facilitators bring prepared remarks and targeted questions to pose to the audience to stimulate the conversation, supporting those in attendance to learn from the speaker(s) as well as others in the room.

Case Study: Analysis of persons, groups, events, decisions, periods, policies, or other systems that are studied holistically by one or more methods.

Innovation Series: Short, carefully prepared talk focused on new strategies, processes or techniques that impact the treasury or finance industry, foster learning, inspire or support personal development.  The typical session should be an up to 20–25-minute talk by a single presenter followed by 5–10 minutes of audience Q&A.

Interview or Moderated Discussion: May feature an expert who is confident with addressing a whole range of questions and a skilled moderator who can lead an engaging discussion and moderate audience Q&A.

Expert Lecture: Speaker(s) present in standard lecture format, with time for audience Q&A at the end.

MindShift Stage: Brief, innovative presentation focused on the practical applications of emerging technologies using case studies. Presentations must include how corporate practitioners are utilizing the technology being discussed, discuss how it has impacted their organizations, and should be a 20–25-minute talk followed by 5–10 minutes of audience Q&A, featuring no more than 2 speakers.

Panel Discussion: An informed discussion and/or debate on a topic by up to three people with contrasting or complementary points of view, moderated by a chairperson, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.

Simulation: Speakers present business scenarios, display possible choices for the audience to make in response, record the audience decisions, and discuss these findings under the framework of effective change management. (May not be a product or service demonstration).

Roundtable: Facilitator(s) begins by presenting an idea to the audience. After this brief overview, the focus shifts to the audience broken out into groups. Exchange ideas with your peers, then join in a bigger conversation with the entire group, led by the facilitator(s).

Workshop: Speakers present content that is very hands-on in nature and includes group activities. Workshops are generally better for teaching skills that require interactivity and individual participation to learn. 

We would prefer a more thorough and specific description for the task force’s review in order to ensure an understanding of the topic to be presented.

Session Guidelines:

  • 30-minute sessions (Innovation) may have a maximum of two speakers
  • 60-minute sessions may have a maximum of three speakers
  • 75-minute sessions may have a maximum of speakers, which includes a moderator
  • Only ONE financial institution or solutions provider representative or consultant is permitted per session

Session Descriptions Should Include:

  • A clear and concise explanation of the strategic motivations for developing or implementing the solution, and how this solution continues to drive business results.
  • A clear view of what tips, skills or strategies one would acquire from attending this session.
  • A discussion of the cost savings and/or revenue enhancement; quality improvement; risk reduction; and improved efficiency and/or productivity as appropriate.

Please note that, if accepted, the submitted description will be edited to align with AFP stylistic and brand standards.

Additional Session Information:

All speakers must agree to provide a robust, substantive presentation deck to accompany their session, regardless of the format. Panel discussions and/or moderated interviews are required to provide presentations as well that support the discussion of the overall topic and help to summarize the key take-aways for the audience. All presentations must be delivered using the PowerPoint template that AFP provides.

AFP’s mission is to provide unbiased educational content for its members and certification holders, who make up the majority of the audience. Speakers must not engage in any sort of sales activity during their session. Sales activity is reserved for the exhibit hall and for the numerous networking activities AFP provides.

Prohibited Sales Activities Include:

  • Product demonstrations of any kind.
  • Extensive highlighting of any product or service and contrasting it with others.
  • Brochures or flyers with sales take-aways will be digital and available through the planner.
  • Conducting sign in sheets, mass collection of business cards, or roll call.