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NFBPA -- FORUM 2019 -- Call for Presentations

National Forum for Black Public Administrators

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NFBPA -- FORUM 2019 -- Call for Presentations is OPEN



Leading & Engaging Communities – FORUM 2019

April 3-7, 2019 Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is the nation's premier association of African American public service professionals in a multitude of disciplines. The "FORUM" is NFBPA's annual conference which is the capstone of our professional development programs; designed to meet the learning needs of conference attendees at all levels to include emerging, evolving and experienced professionals. Visit for more information.

Do you have bright ideas to combat old problems? Innovative solutions for new problems? Insights into daily challenges in your agency? Inspiring words for both new and established administrators?  Inter-agency case studies? Examples for infusing technology in planning, analysis and reporting? Tips to use data to drive decisions? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please develop a session focused on four FORUM tracks.

Track One Leadership, Innovation and Talent – How to Stay LIT in the Workplace

Track Two Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity: Paths to Strong and Safe Communities

Track Three Local and State Government Engaging with Your Community-Equity and Social Justice Causes

Track Four IT, Financial Resource, Acquisition, and Community Development

Submit a presentation proposal NOW and join the other dynamic public servants from key agencies, city managers and elected officials delivering important industry content to your peers.

For four days, the nation’s leading public decision-makers and policy leaders will discuss top-level trends, leading edge technologies, best practices and critical paths in sessions designed to help navigate the complex issues facing local, county and state administrators. FORUM 2019 features dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, an exhibit hall showcasing leading corporate partners and industry suppliers and awards presentations other signature events.

The planning committee reviews each submission for alignment in content areas, geographic balance (city, county, state) racial/ethnic/gender diversity of the presenters and collaboration among public, private sectors and non-profit sectors.


NFBPA promises our conference attendees that we will provide them with an exceptional learning experience and essential tools that will make them and their organization more successful.


Join us in Orlando, Florida for workshop sessions scheduled for Thursday, April 4 – 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday, April 5 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Submission Deadline: The deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018. A limited number of workshop spaces are available.

Start planning your proposal NOW!


To view FORUM 2018 workshops please click here.




  • FORUM Sessions


Provide relevant content for a diverse audience that stretches thinking and provides new approaches; Deliver the content in an engaging manner as appropriate using multi-media; Provide examples and case studies of real successes and lessons learned from failures; Include application exercises which engage the attendees and stimulate discussions; Offer practical tools that can be applied immediately in the attendees' organizations.



Workshops – 75 minutes – One moderator and up to four Speakers

Speakers guide attendees to solve problems, share ideas and consider new techniques and perspectives to emerging issues.


Small Group Discussion – 45 minutes – One Speaker – Table Rounds – A Maximum of __10__ sessions

Single emerging topic for audience to discuss. Attendees must have an opinion on the subject and be willing to actively contribute to the discussion.


Ted Talks 45 minutes – Ideally One Speaker – Theater – A Maximum of __10__ sessions

NFBPA seeks presenters who are: Experienced in facilitating industry-related workshops, seminars and educational offerings; Experienced in adult education and designing interactive learning environments and Able to implement innovative learning techniques. Do you have an idea from your community that you want to share with the who’s who of the Black Public Administrators? 


New Idea Session – 20 minutes – One Speaker – Theater— A maximum of __10__sessions

Introduction of new idea or process to be used in agencies. Audience explores the feasibility of the new idea and offers the presenter feedback.



  • Invitation to Present

NFBPA is pleased to invite you to be part of a distinguished group of workshop leaders, educators and practitioners who will provide practical ideas, new technologies and relevant information to help meet the challenges and rewards of public service careers.


This Call for Presenters is your invitation to volunteer to be a Panelist or Moderator of a FORUM 2019 workshop. Within this document are the Conference Tracks and Workshop descriptions. Please note that the Tracks and Workshops have been pre-determined and this invitation is for persons who will moderate and present the workshops. The workshop descriptions shape the content, with expectations that the Presenters and Moderator will deliver information and impart their knowledge in an effective manner to satisfy differing learning styles. We welcome talented Panelists and Moderators who are practitioners, educators and researchers and have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter of the selected  workshops and possess excellent communication skills.


  • Plan Your Submission

Please review, in detail, the content of the remainder of this document prior to submitting your Request to Present. Incomplete submissions may result in your request not being considered.



To receive adequate review of a Request to Present, ensure that ALL information required is provided and submitted no later than Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If you have questions, please email them to For prompt response, please title the subject of the email: "Call for Presenter Question".




FORUM 2019 will be held: Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830  (Disney Springs Area) Orlando, FL


Workshops are scheduled for one hour and fifteen minutes and will occur in the blocks of time as follows:


Date Block Tentative Time

(Subject to Change by NFBPA)

A 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 B 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Friday, April 5, 2019

C 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

D 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.







It is envisioned that each workshop will have one (1) Moderator and no more than four (4) Panelists/Presenters.


Moderator: The Moderator plays a crucial role in the preparation and management of the workshop. The Moderator sets the context, drive the panel discussion, and engage the panelists and audience in an interactive dialogue. The Moderator introduces each panelists and the general outline of the program as well as ask questions of the panelists and take questions from the audience. The Moderator synthesizes what he or she hears throughout the program so that the discussion is focused and key points are highlighted.


Prior to the conference, the Moderator is responsible for contacting the Panelists, and holding conference calls to  coordinate the flow of the workshop.  The Moderator convenes the Workshop promptly at the designated time, introduces the Panelists and provides a wrap-up at the closing of the workshop. The Moderator is also responsible for remaining within the time frame of the workshop.


Panelist/Presenter: The primary role of a Panelist is to Prepare, Share and Present. Preparation may or may not include

the development of a written paper; however panelists are requested to not read papers or lecture. In preparing for the

workshop, NFBPA encourages that each panelist prepare an outline of his/her remarks and use interesting delivery

techniques, including but not limited to power points and the use of  other  audio visual aids. Panelists are encouraged to

work collaboratively with one another to incorporate interactive techniques into the full workshop. .



Workshop Panel Composition: NFBPA prefers that not all of the Panelists for a workshop come from the same organization, unless a specific model of a new innovative program or a case study is proposed as the entire content of the workshop. Presentation of diverse perspectives, opinions, and observations are valuable to the conference attendees.


Presenter Participation Policy

In order to encourage broad participation, participants may not present in more than one workshop.


Workshop Panelists & Moderator Fees/Travel

NFBPA is unable to fund presenter travel, lodging, honorariums, or other fees. Persons selected to present or moderate will serve on a voluntary basis. Presenters will be given a reduced registration fee of $525As a panelist or moderator, you may register at the Early Bird rate  through  Thursday, January 31, 2019. All related travel expenses and hotel accommodations will be at the presenter's expense. Participation in the conference program is limited to one workshop session per person, regardless of role (moderator, presenter, or discussant). Speakers/Presenters must be available to present Thursday, April 4 through Friday, April 5,   2019.



NFBPA endeavors to qualify our workshops for Continuing Education Credits. In order for workshops to be considered for CEUs, NFBPA is required by the educational institution issuing the CEU's to submit full resumes for each panelist. Therefore, it is required that a resume or vita be submitted for each Panelist and Moderator.  Resumes should be sent to the NFBPA National Office immediately following the submission of the Request to Present. Failure to do so may eliminate the Request to Present from consideration.



Each workshop room will be equipped with a podium and microphone. Additional audio visual equipment (LCD projector, computer, and screen) is provided upon request. Panelists who desire to use audio visual equipment are required to submit an electronic version of his/her presentation based upon the instructions they will receive upon proposal acceptance. All presentations must include the name of the workshop with the presenter's name(s) on the first slide. If a presentation is not received by the deadline established for submission, the presentation equipment may not be available. Personal laptops cannot be used for presentations.



Workshop sessions may be recorded and Panelists are requested to grant permission to have any PowerPoint presentations placed on the NFBPA website after the conference. The Panelist will be identified and given full credit as the author of his/her Power Point. More information on this subject will be provided in subsequent correspondence.


As part of NFBPA's environmental conservation efforts, we no longer print and distribute handouts onsite.



Membership in NFBPA is not required to be a panelist. However, membership is highly encouraged and other considerations being equal, preference will be given to applications from members. Information about joining NFBPA may be found at


Non-Commercial Policy

Attendees are seeking valuable educational sessions and are always critical of presenters or sessions that are self- promotional. It is an NFBPA conference policy that panelists/presenters may not use a conference session for commercial sales pitches, self-promotion or unwarranted criticism of a product and/or service provider. Speakers are not permitted to distribute a specific company's promotional literature, brochures or sales materials in any form within the session.