Do you have a question about speaking, attending, or sponsoring an ALI conference?

Speaker FAQ’s

When does Call for Speakers open? When are submissions due?
Once an event is placed on the website, Call for Speakers is open. It will remain open, on average, for the next three weeks or until all speaker slots have been filled.

How many speaking slots are available?
When we start the process we typically plan out 13 speaking slots. However, based on session submissions and what is trending in the industry this may change each event.

What speaking opportunities are open? What are the different types of sessions?
There are two main types of sessions that have open speaking opportunities at ALI conferences: regular 30-minute end-user case study sessions and 2-hour consultant led hands-on workshops. End-user case study sessions require exactly that, an end-user. Mid to senior level executives willing to share their organization’s story, experiences and practical advice typically fill these sessions.

Consultant-led hands-on workshop sessions are extremely popular and are limited to 3-4 sessions per conference. These are interactive sessions where the submitter acts as a facilitator to encourage and develop conversation and involvement from the session participants around the topical area they have submitted. These sessions are on the pre-conference day and typically have between 7-15 participants.

We are also always open to the idea of innovative talks, lightning rounds, and panel sessions. Submitters should be very explicit in their submission as to the type of session they are suggesting. Detail is important.

How are sessions selected?
A first level review by the Conference Producer maps submissions topically to where they would fit into the schedule. Submissions are then passed along to management for further review. As a whole, we are tasked with creating a program filled with content that will be compelling, interesting, fresh, and actionable for attendees of ALI conferences. We look for innovative formats, complete submissions, and unique perspectives. Submissions should not be repeats of presentations made elsewhere and anything that even smells a little bit like a sales pitch will not make it through the review process.

How do I increase my odds of getting selected?
Each conference we receive more submissions than we can accept. While there are definitely some repeat presenters (only top rated), we do seek to ensure the majority of our speakers and presentations are brand new for each conference. Well thought out, complete, unique submissions are rewarded. Content that is intermediate to advanced scores the best—this audience is well beyond entry-level definitions.

Don’t shy away from controversy—this is a forum for industry discussion, and debates and out-of-the-box thinking are appreciated—challenge the audience with unconventional thinking.

What are the main reasons sessions don’t get selected?
Believe it or not the #1 reason is incomplete submissions—the session detail portion of the submission is the most important piece of the entire submission. Sales pitches are also extremely easy to spot and we are quick to eliminate them from consideration. We also get a lot of very similar submissions, and with a limited number of sessions we have to choose the sessions and the presenters that we think best address the topic. And remember: ALI conferences bring together a sophisticated, senior-level audience. Basic sessions don’t make the cut, nor do past presenters who’ve been poorly evaluated by attendees.

What resources does ALI offer to speakers?
We take great pride in creating a solid peer-to-peer educational offering. Our conferences provide you with the opportunity to network, connect, and collaborate with your peers in a setting unlike any other. Use this opportunity not only to share your own success and challenges you’ve overcome, but also inspire others who are currently in your same position.

As a speaker you’ll be provided with an all-access pass, an opportunity to bring a colleague along with you, an exclusive discount to share with your network, and a detailed contact list so that you may continue the conversation with your peers long after the conference has ended.

How do I submit my proposal to become a speaker?
Either complete the form on this page or return to our homepage and click on the event you are interested in speaking at. There will be an “Interested In Speaking” tab, which will provide you with the speaker form. Download a copy of this form, fill out in detail, and submit it to the producer listed.

Attendance FAQ’s

What is included in my registration fee?
Full conference registration fee includes:

  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • ALI notebook, pen, and folder with handouts
  • Digital copies of each presentation
  • Complimentary coffee & refreshment breaks throughout each day
  • Open-bar networking reception
  • Detailed contact sheet of all participants

What is the dress code?
Attire is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses, and, most importantly, comfortable shoes. We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.

Can I use my mobile phone during the conference?
As a courtesy to presenters and other attendees, we ask that you kindly turn off your mobile phones or set them to vibrate during sessions. We understand you may still need to take calls so please feel free to quietly exit the room to attend to them.

How can I obtain a copy of a presenter’s presentation?
For each conference you attend you will be invited to a secure dropbox for conference participants only. Presentations will be made available online after the conference.

Will my photo be taken during the conference?
ALI takes photographs during its meetings and events for use in future conference and promotional materials. By participating in this conference you grant ALI the right to use your photograph for such purposes.

Why is there no venue listed on the conference website?
We work diligently to ensure that all of our conference venues provide the following: reduced room rate for participants, central location with plenty of restaurants and shopping within walking distance, and easily accessible from the airport. In addition the venue must also meet our meeting requirements. While we aim to have the venue confirmed by the time the completed agenda is online, unfortunately it doesn’t always happen. If you do register for an event prior to the venue being confirmed you will be called immediately once it is so that you may make your reservation.

I am a member of the press. Do you offer a special press registration rate?
ALI welcomes the professional editorial staff of print, online, and broadcast media. We do not offer complimentary registrations, but are willing to discuss a discounted rate in exchange for marketing assistance. Please complete the form on this page to contact us about a press pass.

Sponsor FAQ’s

Why should I sponsor an ALI conference?
We value our relationships with sponsors and consider you to be an active participant and an asset to the conference. We do not promise exclusivity at our conferences, if interested in being an exclsuive opportunity we do have a specific Gold Package that will need to be purchased.

Every package created is overflowing with benefits; here are just a few of them:

  • Each event brings together a different audience of senior-level executives from a variety of industries – you’re not likely to meet the same person twice
  • Our 17-year track record of highly regarded conferences reflects our dedication and success
  • Many well-known and respected decision-makers attend our conferences looking for someone to provide them with the solution they need
  • You’ll get significant value through our conference promotions that utilize a variety of marketing avenues
  • You’re not treated as just a sponsor. We don’t believe in having a separate exhibit hall. Instead we provide you with prime real estate in the same area that all sessions take place allowing you to be an active participant and really get to know the audience on a deeper level

Is there an advantage to submitting a sponsorship application early?
Absolutely! Although we strive to provide all of the benefits to each and every sponsor, some benefits, such as addressing conference attendees, are limited and available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting a sponsorship application early gives you a much better chance to secure yourself a spot and be included in all promotional materials. Plus, don’t forget that the earlier you submit a sponsorship application, the further ahead you can plan for each conference.

Why is the number of available sponsorships limited?
ALI limits the number of sponsors because we’ve found that there are only so many tables attendees can realistically visit to understand the services being offered. It enables attendees to concentrate on those sponsors’ services, to build relationships with those sponsors, and to thoughtfully gather materials to make decisions.

When do I need to have my sponsorship application submitted?
For us to include your company’s name and logo on conference promotional materials included with your sponsorship level, you must complete and submit your application, payment, and company logo no later than 30 days prior to each conference you are sponsoring. However, sponsorship spots and benefits are limited in quantity, so the earlier you submit your application, the better chance you have of securing a spot.

How can I gain more visibility at a conference?
The most visibility one can gain will come with the Gold Package, which will allow you to be the only sponsor at the event. We also have a number of different opportunities to sponsor breakfast and networking receptions that will provide you with the chance to address the audience during this time.

May I and/or other representatives attend the conference sessions?
Yes, we certainly encourage your company’s participation throughout the conference which is why we include one conference registration with each sponsorship opportunity. Depending on your sponsorship level and the number of people you would like to attend sessions, discounted registration fees may apply.

What are the different sponsorship opportunities available?
To receive a pricing sheet and the list of sponsorship opportunities available, please complete the form on this page and include the name of the conference(s) you are interested in sponsoring.

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