Call for Speakers / Facilitators!

SHRM-Atlanta is actively planning our annual two-day conference SOAHR 2018: Be the Catalyst, to be held at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta on March 27 and 28, 2018.  SOAHR, one of the largest HR conferences in the southeast, provides HR professionals and business leaders with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge educational content while creating meaningful relationships with over 1,000 peers.

Our conference programming team will be very intentional, evaluating learning that supports the theme and program focus.  We are specifically looking for content and facilitators that can inspire our audience and give them opportunities to experiment with or apply new skills.  We are looking for speakers and facilitators who will engage and educate our HR audience while providing actionable take-aways that can be immediately implemented.  Conference sessions may be either one-hour presentations or 2-3-hour educational workshops.  

For SOAHR 2018, we are looking for expertise in the following key areas:

HR TechKnowledge – Examples include Leveraging Self-Serve Technology – How to Help Employees Adopt, Social Media Tools, Learning & Development Courses – What are the Best Virtual Options (and how to determine the ROI), Recruiting on Mobile – How to Optimize Technology for Mobile Recruiting, Communicating Benefits on Mobile – Optimizing the Experience, and People Analytics At-a-Glance.

HR Building Brave Cultures – Examples include Driving Social Change, Cultural Intelligence, and Building a Culture of Accountability.

HR and The Business – Examples include Partnering with Leaders to Advance Change, Merger and Acquisition Survival Guide, Business Finance – Level I & II, and Advancing Business Acumen.

HR Everyday – Examples include all things related to the lifecycle of an employee, sourcing, recruiting, on-boarding, mentoring, employee retention, and performance management.

Legal-Ease – Examples would include timely and relevant legal updates specific to the organizational HR audience.


The deadline for conference submissions is Wednesday September 6, 2017.  Final speaker / facilitator selections will be announced by the end of September 2017. If you are interested in submitting a presentation please follow the instructions below. 

Submission Instructions

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Selection Guidelines

SHRM-Atlanta accepts submissions throughout the year for consideration. As we review and consider current HR trends, evergreen topics, and the needs of our Atlanta HR and business community, we will leverage our speaker database to search for relevant presentations.  Our consideration will include content relevance, clearly defined and applicable learning objectives, alignment to the SHRM BoCK™, tangible takeaways and effective facilitation of learning. We will evaluate and consider individual speaker recommendations, applicable feedback and ratings* (if a previous speaker).

A Note Concerning Honoraria - SHRM-Atlanta has a tradition of offering professional development programs that encourage 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 learning and networking, a purpose for which we were founded.


Choosing Content for Submission

We ask that content address one or more of the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), which describes the behavioral competencies and HR Expertise (knowledge) HR professionals need for effective job performance.  When submitting presentations for consideration, you will be asked to indicate which SHRM BoCK™ competency and/or domain your content addresses.

For more information about the SHRM Competencies, CLICK HERE


Speaking Opportunities

Annual SOAHR Conference: This two-day conference features high profile keynote speakers, mega-sessions and 30+ concurrent educational sessions. The conference delivers professional development with relevant and timely content, as well as formal and informal networking opportunities.  HR professionals can also earn continuing education credit for their HRCI or SHRM certification. Typical attendance is 1000+, includes a resource partner showcase, and is held at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Annual Symposium: This one-day symposium features one or two high profile keynote speakers and 16 concurrent educational sessions. In additional to current HR trends, experience HR Boot Camp and network with peers. HR professionals can also earn continuing education credit for their HRCI or SHRM certification. Typical attendance is 250-350, includes a resource partner showcase, and is held at The Infinite Energy Center.  

Chapter Meetings:  Afternoon/evening programs featuring a keynote speaker. Typical attendance is 150 to 300 and will include a networking reception. Location will vary.

Power Breakfasts: Morning programs typically featuring a moderated panel discussion with a focus on high-level, strategic topics. Typical attendance is 100 to 150, breakfast is provided. Locations will vary.

Regional Development Communities (RDC): Afternoon/evening regional programs featuring relevant content and a speaker. Attendance varies from 25 to 50 and includes snacks and drinks.  Location is geographically dispersed throughout Metro Atlanta (Cobb, Gwinnett, Intown, N. Perimeter).

Webinars: Convenient online education that is included as part of your SHRM-Atlanta investment. HR professionals can earn continuing education credit for their HRCI or SHRM certification.