Speaking Proposal Guidelines

Think you have what it takes to be a speaker at FinNext 2019? We KNOW you do. Just pick a topic you're passionate about and share it with your FP&A peers. This is your time to shine.

Please keep in mind that FinNext 2019 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.

The deadline for submitting proposals is COB August 31, 2018. Proposals are selected by a task force of FP&A and corporate finance practitioners. Decision notifications for all proposals will be delivered in October.

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Proposal Guidelines

All FinNext 2019 Proposals Must Include:

  • Title
  • Description (Max 250 Words)
  • Why Is This Topic Important to FP&A Practitioners (Max 250 Words)
  • Two Learning Objectives/Session Key Take-Aways
  • Content DimensionType
  • Session Format Type
  • Knowledge Type
  • Submitter Info
  • Speaker(s) Info (There must be at least one speaker listed on every proposal)

FinNext Session Dimension Types:

  • Financial Acumen:  Content in this dimension emphasizes how FP&A translates corporate business strategy into a financial plan, and supports the enactment of that plan through resource allocation. Additionally, processes discussed focus on generating input and insight through financial analysis, supported by enabling technology.
  • Technology & Data:  Content discussed within this dimension focuses on how technology enables new capabilities for individuals and teams, and how data is a key economic asset leveraged throughout business analysis and operations. This may include how technological infrastructure of hardware and software impacts the management and utilization of data.
  • Personal & Team Effectiveness:  The content presented in this dimension supports the continued development of FP&A practitioners as the trusted advisors to the business by building credibility, partnerships, and effective communication channels. Practitioners continue to build their digital skill sets, while simultaneously growing in areas of emotional intelligence, communication and collaboration which are critical to working effectively across the organization.

FinNext Session Formats:

You will be asked to select a format for your presentation, and to form the content of your presentation around it. Please see below for the format choices:

  • Campfire Session: An expert begins by presenting an idea to the audience. After this brief intro, the shift focuses to the audience broken out in roundtables. Exchange ideas with your table, then join the bigger conversation with the entire group, led by the presenter.
  • Case Study / Simulation: Analysis of persons, groups, events, decisions, periods, policies,  processes, or other systems that present a problem followed by a path or resolution.
  • Expert Panel: An informed discussion and/or debate on a topic by up to three people with contrasting or complementary points of view, moderated by a chairperson, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.
  • Interactive Discussion / Roundtable: An experienced facilitator or pair of facilitators leads a group discussion with a clear focus that addresses identified subject matter. Knowledge is shared from both facilitators and the session attendees. These sessions may have a maximum of two facilitators, one of which must be a corporate practitioner.
  • Interview or Moderated Discussion: May feature an expert who is confident with addressing a whole range of questions and a skilled moderator who can lead an engaging discussion and moderate audience Q&A.
  • Pecha Kucha: Focused, fast-paced seven-minute sessions that may include a maximum of twenty images of slides. Pecha Kucha presentations may have a maximum of one speaker who must be a corporate practitioner.
  • Thought Leadership Series (Lecture): Short, carefully prepared talks focused on strategies, processes or techniques that impact finance practitioners or the industry, foster learning, inspire or support personal development. The session should be up to a twenty-minute talk by no more than two presenters (one of which must be a corporate practitioner) followed by five to ten minutes of audience Q&A.
  • Workshop: Facilitated discussion featuring in-depth knowledge sharing that utilizes audience activity and practices to deliver the content being presented. Activities may include organized individual or group work to deliver subject matter being discussed.

FinNext Session Content Types:

  • Tactical:  The hands-on skills and knowledge needed to accomplish work.
  • Strategic:  The structure and decision-making that drive performance.
  • Disruptive:  The concepts, technologies, and dynamic markets that impact how work gets done.

If selected, the description of your proposal may need to be edited to align with AFP stylistic and brand standards. 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.

Session Guidelines:

  • 7 Minute Pecha Kucha Talks may have a maximum of one speaker who must be a corporate practitions
  • 30 Minute Thought Leadership Series sessions may have a maximum of two speakers
  • All other sessions will be sixty minutes in length
  • Interactive Discussions/Roundtables may have a maximum of two facilitators
  • Panel Discussions may have a maximum of three panelists and one moderator
  • Only ONE financial institution representative, consultant, or solution provider is permitted per session
  • Session descriptions should include:
    • A clear and concise explanation of the strategic motivations for developing or implementing the particular solution, and how this solution continues to drive business results.
    • A discussion of the cost savings and/or revenue enhancement; quality improvement; risk reduction; and improved efficiency and/or productivity as appropriate.
    • Why this topic or concept is important to FP&A practitioners
    • A clear view of what skills, tips or strategies one would acquire from attending this session.
  • Additional Session Information:
    • All speakers must agree to provide a substantive presentation deck to accompany their session, regardless of the format. The presentation must be presented AFP’s standard template and will be accessible to all event attendees. 

The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is committed to advancing the success of 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 Tech Lounge and for the numerous networking activities AFP provides.

Prohibited Sales Activities Include:

  • Product demonstrations of any kind outside of designated areas.
  • Extensive highlighting of any product or service and contrasting it with others without prior approval.
  • Conducting sign in sheets, mass collection of business cards or roll call.


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