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21-23 October 2019
Huntington Beach, CA

Call for Speaker Proposals

Thank you for your interest in speaking at GEO's 2019 Americas Regional Conference to be held 21-23 October 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. For your convenience, everything you need to submit your presentation proposal can be found on this page. Speaker proposal submissions for this conference will be accepted through 14 June 2019.

GEO's Americas Regional Conference is one of the industry's best, and most anticipated, events. It addresses the most pressing issues in equity and executive compensation today and is an exclusive learning and networking opportunity for strategic-minded attendees who are knowledgeable about employee share plans and interested in topics that address current issues vital to the application of equity in all of its core disciplines.

Attendees expect high-level program content that provides timely and relevant updates, including changes to existing laws and legal precedents, explanations of new laws and regulations, as well as tips and practical tools that can be implemented immediately. GEO's Americas Regional Conference aims to provide both new and innovative solutions for strategic and operational challenges and ideas on how to lead organizations forward.

Presentation proposals that are comprehensive and complete will receive the highest level of consideration. Proposals must be submitted via this website by 14 June 2019. Only complete proposals, including biographies and names of potential speakers, will receive consideration.

Please note:
Issuer speakers attend free of charge.
Provider member speaker rate of $1,399 applies to provider speaker registrations received by the speaker registration deadline.

What Information Is Needed to Submit a Proposal

In order to complete your proposal, please consult the following list before starting the process. If you begin the process with all the information below at hand, it should take a maximum of 10-15 minutes to complete your submission. Before you start, please ensure you have the following information:

  • Speaker Information - Please make sure you have name, company, title, address, phone and email for each of your speakers. This information must be included. Please ensure you finalize your presentation's speakers before completing the proposal process, including ensuring your potential speakers are authorized to travel and attend the conference. If your panel includes two providers and two issuers, all four speakers must be named in order to receive credit for these panelists in the process.
  • Speaker Biographies - For each speaker on the proposal, please ensure you provide their biographical information in Microsoft Word format via the upload process. This step is very important to the evaluation of the proposed presentation. Proposals without speaker biographies will not receive consideration.
  • Session Title, Description and Three Talking Points - These sections are the most important part of your presentation proposal. Session titles should be innovative, catchy and descriptive. Session descriptions should contain a minimum of 6-8 sentences and must thoroughly discuss your presentation. Please include three talking points to supplement your description. Your proposal has a better chance of being selected the more information included in this section.
  • Miscellaneous Information - Information required includes session type, audience level, and information on where the presentation might have been presented in the past. Please also indicate whether or not you would be interested in presenting your topic as either a webcast or at a local GEO chapter meeting. If you indicate you are interested, you may be contacted at a later date for one of these purposes.

What to Consider When Submitting a Proposal

GEO's Americas Regional Conference will focus on topics relevant to both public and private companies providing share plans to their employees located around the globe. Our multi-track approach will provide attendees a choice of sessions to address issues relevant to their role including strategic issues, administration considerations and regulatory, tax and compliance matters related to global share plans.

To ensure GEO's Americas Regional Conference is an EXPERIENCE attendees won't forget, we need sessions that incorporate the following:

  • Issuer involvement
  • Presentation uniqueness
  • Examples and case studies of real success (and successful failures!)
  • Relevant content for an experienced audience that stretches thinking and provides new approaches
  • Content which is delivered in an engaging way and draws on the experience of the attendees
  • Audience participation; application exercises that involve the participants
  • Practical tools that can be applied immediately in their organizations

Please note that “sales pitches” of any kind will not be considered; this is an opportunity to educate and engage the global share plan community, and it is not appropriate for service providers to use a GEO conference presentation as an opportunity to openly promote their firm’s services.

The audience at GEO’s Americas Regional Conference tends to be both sophisticated and generally knowledgeable about employee share plans. In recent years, the ‘typical’ issuer conference attendee works in stock plan administration, executive compensation, program design or compliance for their organizations.

Hot Topics

GEO is interested in topics that are relevant and timely for our audiences. When choosing your topic, consider the following topics of particular interest to GEO for presentation at this conference:

  • Recent developments in equity and executive compensation
  • Innovative plan design such as the use of cash instruments, etc.
  • Advanced issues for financial reporting, performance-based equity, restricted stock, etc.
  • Best practices and lessons learned related to the core disciplines of equity and executive compensation
  • Corporate governance emerging issues and trends such as shareholder lawsuits targeting stock plans and executive compensation
  • Issues related to private company equity awards/IPO issues
  • Treatment of equity awards in corporate transactions and reorganizations

Selected presentations are not limited to the above topics. Presentations that address the strategic application of equity in the above areas will be given priority in the selection process.

How to Submit a Proposal

All presentation proposals for GEO's 2019 Americas Regional Conference must be submitted via our online tool. Submissions close on 14 June 2019.

There is no limit to the number of proposals you or your firm may submit. A wide variety of submissions are needed in order to find the best-of-the-best, so all creative ideas are appreciated. Please remember, however, that incomplete submissions will not be considered.

What Happens After You Submit Your Proposal?

All proposals for GEO's Americas Regional Conference are carefully considered by a selection team. Once final decisions are made, GEO will notify everyone who submitted a proposal of the outcome.

If your proposal is accepted:

  • You will be notified of your acceptance status. Note that you will have a limited amount of time to notify GEO of any issues relating to the date and time of your presentation. While we will make every attempt to accommodate varying schedules, the final decision regarding conference scheduling rests with GEO. All presenters must be available to speak on each and any day of the conference and during all planned breakout session times.
  • Speakers are expected to follow all deadlines and standards set in place by GEO. All speaker leads will be required to participate in an orientation call outlining program specifics, and various other important items.
  • If you or any members of your presentation team are not registered members of GEO, you must join and pay any appropriate membership fee within 30 days of notification of your acceptance. For information on our different categories of membership, please visit our GEO Membership pages.
  • You must register for the conference and pay any applicable fees within the timeline communicated or your session will be declined.

GEO reserves the right to retract any offer to present that does not comply with the registration requirements outlined above.

If your proposal is not accepted you may be offered an opportunity to present at a local chapter event, or to convert your presentation proposal into a GEO webinar or article for future publication.

Payment & Registration Policies

All speakers must be 'paid-in-full' members of the Global Equity Organization. Due to a limited number of speaking slots, complimentary registration for speakers will be limited to issuer speakers only. Provider speakers who complete registration by the speaker deadline are required to pay the provider member/speaker rate of $1,399. Provider speakers registering after the stated deadline will be required to pay the registration rate in effect at time of registration.

We appreciate your interest in presenting at GEO's 2019 Americas Regional Conference to be held in Huntington Beach, California, at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on 21-23 October. If you have questions, please contact us.