WorldatWork Event Speaking Opportunities

Share Your Brilliance!

Our events are a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and insights with an engaged audience. Interested in presenting a session? Check out our upcoming calls for speakers to see which ones fit your areas of expertise. Plan ahead so you submit the best session proposal possible. 

Our events include: 

WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition

The Total Rewards Conference is our annual total rewards event in the United States. It's our largest conference. More than 1,500 total rewards, compensation, executive compensation, sales compensation, benefits and work-life effectiveness professionals attend each year. The Total Rewards Conference typically features more than 80 sessions.

The call for proposals for the 2019 Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition is open Sept. 10-Oct. 12. Visit the call for proposals page to see who we’re looking for and plan your session proposal.

WorldatWork Executive Compensation Forum

This annual executive compensation event hosts nearly 100 senior-level professionals who gather to engage in strategic discussions around the nuances and influences affecting executive compensation.

The call for proposals for the 2019 Executive Compensation Forum is open Oct. 22-Nov. 27, 2018. Visit the The call for proposals webpage to learn more about speaking at this event and to submit your session proposal.

WorldatWork Spotlight on Sales Compensation

Spotlight on Sales Compensation is our annual sales compensation event. More than 300 sales management, sales operations, HR and finance professionals attend each year. Spotlight typically features 30 sessions.

Next call for proposals: Early 2019 for the WorldatWork 2019 Spotlight on Sales Compensation (August 19 – 21, 2018, Chicago, IL).


Q: What kind of speakers are you looking for?

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Session speakers should have experience in the professions and topic areas relevant to each event. If you're a motivational speaker interested in keynote-speaking opportunities at our conferences, please email our Event Planning team.

Q: What speaker benefits do you offer?

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If we select your proposal, your speaker benefits include visibility, recognition as a thought leader and complimentary conference registration so you can attend sessions and network with peers. In addition, if you're a practitioner, an academic or a nonprofit organization representative, we'll pay for up to a two-night stay at a host hotel. 

Q: What makes a session proposal successful?

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Successful submissions are based upon a relevant topic, concept or idea, not on promoting products, services or proprietary information. 

Please note: We sometimes approach consultants, academics and other subject-matter experts with a topic and work together to develop a custom session.

Q: Are tech/demo sessions and sponsored sessions part of the CFP process?

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No. Tech/demo sessions (Total Rewards Conference) and sponsored sessions (Total Rewards Conference and Spotlight on Sales Compensation) are not part of the CFP process. They're sponsored sessions that allow you to promote your products and services to attendees. For more information about these sessions, including costs, contact the Visibility team.

Q: Why are there word and character limits for my session proposal?

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The character and word limits for some components of your proposal submission, such as the session title and description, ensure we can quickly and easily see the most important information about your session. If we select your session for a conference, the limits ensure attendees can quickly and easily decide whether to attend your session. Here's an example of a recent session description that appeared on the WorldatWork 2017 Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition website: 

Human-Capital Risk and the Future of Total Rewards: Are You Ready for What's Next?

Talent availability, employment relationships, corporate cultures and total rewards strategies are changing quickly. Globalization of workforces affects hiring and retaining qualified workers. Companies are becoming employment platforms and virtual workplaces. Corporate cultures are shifting to a focus on the short term and instantaneous. Risk-related scandals have become commonplace and frequently are related to human-capital and rewards factors. This session will help you: identify and address human-capital risk at your organization; develop a human-capital risk strategy that incorporates total rewards; and use total rewards to drive positive outcomes in terms of human-capital risk. 

Q: Who will review my session proposal?

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Our session proposal review team differs from conference to conference.

Q: How will you score my proposal?

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During the review process, we'll score your proposal using the following criteria:

  • Topic relevance
  • Learning points
  • Delivery format
  • Quality of speaker(s)*
  • Overall quality of submission.

*Please note: You must submit a bio, as we use it to evaluate you as a speaker.

You can find more details about the criteria on each CFP's webpage.

Q: How will I know if you accepted my proposal?

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We'll notify you if we accepted — or declined — your submission via email.

Please note: If we don't select your proposal, we may consider it for other opportunities at WorldatWork that allow you to share your thought leadership, such as writing an article or speaking or presenting in another setting.

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