University of Wisconsin–Madison

Call for Proposals

We are seeking dynamic speakers to submit a proposal for the Leadership and Management Development Conference. Our goal is to provide high-quality sessions that engage, empower and energize attendees. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, skills, and talents with conference attendees, we encourage you to complete a session proposal to present at the conference.

Important Dates

  • Call for Proposals Due: August 18
  • Notice of Acceptance: August 25
  • Logistical Information Due: September 8
  • Presentation Materials Due: October 10

Submit a Session Proposal

Proposals are due by Friday, August 18

Please contact with any questions.

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Target Audience 
Most conference participants are full-time, non-instructional academic staff at UW-Madison serving as both emerging and advanced leaders. Other attendees include participants from various universities and affiliates within the UW System and the Madison community. The conference typically brings together 400 participants.

All selected speakers are provided with complimentary registration to attend the full conference, however, the Office of Human Resources does not provide an honorarium for presentations at the Leadership and Management Development Conference. Presenters should cover all their individual travel expenses if selected to present in-person.

Each facilitated breakout session will be either 75-minutes (single) or 2.5 hours (half day) in length and must be linked to one or more of the six (6) conference topics listed below. Individuals should refrain from self-promotion of products and/or services. Each proposal will be reviewed for:

  • Clarity: Well-defined learning objectives that can be met in the allotted 60-minutes
  • Relevance: Timeliness of topic/content is clearly stated; offers clear, specific, and useful best practices
  • Quality: Objective for the proposal is clearly stated and supported by the information provided; depth of information; measurable outcomes; expertise of proposed speaker(s)
  • Ability to Replicate: Viable, current best practices that can easily be replicated in participants’ units/departments; provides practical approaches that can be quickly adopted


Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity

Presentations would focus on teaching how to achieve a healthy, inclusive and engaging work environment.


  • Creating employee engagement
  • Eliminating culture and discrimination bias
  • Gaining different perspectives
  • Hostile/Intimidating workplace discussions

Relationship Building and Communication

Presentations should provide participants with tools to build connections and deepen bonds with their coworkers and other individuals.


  • Building trust with employees
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Giving and receiving constructive and effective feedback
  • Conflict management/resolution

Career Management

Presentations to focus on how participants can manage their own career growth.


  • Employee resources for their career growth
  • Career conversations with employees
  • Steps to develop your career
  • Using SMART goals

Personal Development and Workplace Skills

Presentations should provide tangible tools that focus directly on helping the participant improve their productivity at work.


  • Project management
  • Improving workplace performance
  • Time management for team development
  • Decision-making skills


Presentations are aimed at providing tools to participants that focus on improving their informal or formal leadership skills.


  • Performance coaching
  • Strategic planning and direction
  • Empowering others to lead
  • Authentic leadership


Presentations should focus on the well-being of the participant in a direct or holistic way.


  • Financial wellness
  • Mindful leadership
  • Creating an environment of well-being
  • Work/life integration