Call for Proposals and Guidelines
Share your thought leadership with thousands of corporate treasury and finance professionals—apply now to lead an educational session at the 2014 Association for Financial Professionals Annual Conference in Washington DC, November 2-5 2014. Submissions will be accepted from November 19, 2013 through January 15, 2014.
All Proposals Must Include:
- Title (Seven Words Max)
- Description (150 words Max)
- Topic Area
- Two Pre-requisites
- Length (60 or 75 minute sessions)
- Speaker Names and Bios
- At least one corporate treasury and finance professional as co-speaker. The name of the corporate practitioner is not required for submission; however, there must be an indication of the type of practitioner that is planned for the speaking slot. In cases where similar proposal topics are being considered, the tie-breaker will be the caliber of the co-presenter proposed.
AFP's Annual Conference 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.
Deadline for proposals: COB January 15, 2014. Proposals are selected by a task force of senior corporate treasury and finance practitioners. Decision notification on all proposals will be done in March.
More Session Advice:
- Hour long sessions may have a maximum of three speakers. Hour and Fifteen minute sessions may have three speakers, plus a moderator.
- The due date for securing a corporate co-speaker(s) is May 15, 2014. AFP reserves the right to rescind its acceptance of your session if this requirement is not met.
- Only ONE financial institution representative or consultant is permitted per session.
- Complimentary conference registration for each speaker. As a nonprofit organization, AFP does not provide honoraria or travel expenses for presenters.
- CTP, CCM, and FP&A Recertification Credits for presenting a session on a topic pertinent to treasury, finance, and financial planning. For more information, see the AFP website.
- CPAs presenting a session are granted two CPE credits for presenting and one CPE credit for constructing the presentation materials.
Sessions Descriptions Should:
- Describe the problem, issue, or objective and the solution implemented.
- Explain the strategic motivations for selecting the particular solution.
- Discuss cost savings and/or revenue enhancement; quality improvement; risk reduction; and improved efficiency and/or productivity.
- If accepted, the description will need to be edited to no more than 80 words for marketing collateral and the program book. 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.
Additional Notes for Sessions That Are Accepted:
1.) All speakers must agree to provide a robust, substantive presentation deck to accompany their session, regardless of the format. The presentation must be presented on the PowerPoint template that AFP provides.
2.) 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. Sales activities include:
- Product demonstrations of any kind
- Extensive highlighting of any product or service and contrasting it with others; and
- Brochures or Flyers with a sales tone-all take aways will be digital and available through the planner
- Conducting sign in sheets or roll call-attendance may not be taken
3.) Power Point presentations are used by the speakers to support the subject matter they are presenting in the session. All Power Point presentations are accessible to registered conference attendees for one year after the conference has concluded and are highly valued by all conference registrants. Presentations must be submitted to AFP no later than October 17, 2014 so that they are accessible to registered attendees. Failure to meet this due date may mean the session will be cancelled.
Hot Topics for 2014
- How are
CPs managing risks? Risk culture
recovery (business continuity) – changing environment and frequency of risks
Procedural risk (de-risking financial procedures and processes)
Financial Planning and Analysis
- Level of
analytical tools are the most helpful
Track for FP&A, Attracting and Retaining talent, Define FP&A brand,
rising visibility of FP&A Professionals
to non-Financial entities
to the board
Path and Talent Retention
- Doing More with Less
forecasting – liquidity management and refining skills
Role of Treasury
- Bank fee
mapping and improvement
technology (innovation & automation)
- Treasury Regulations
bank relationship mgmt
differently to support the organization
integration within treasury operations
and other employee benefit cards
(improving efficiency and achieving 100% STP)
about forthcoming standards
organizations to straight through processing
people are managing payments? What are they doing differently?
and retaining talent
Stock Buy Backs
Placement, Credit facilities, Leasing, Convertible Notes
treasury structures and corporate tax
Cash Visibility and accessibility
- FX Risk
Regulations/ Basel III