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2014 GEO National Equity Compensation Forum (NECF)
The Call for Speaker Proposals is now closed

DATE: 9 September DATE: 11 September


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Thank you for your interest in speaking at GEO's regional one-day NECF events to be held in New York City at the NASDAQ MarketSite on 9 September and in San Diego at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort on 11 September. Presentation proposal submissions closed on 30 May 2014. If you have questions regarding the speaker selection process, or need assistance with a proposal that you have submitted, please contact Robyn Shutak at or our general GEO email at

GEO's NECF is one of the industry's best, and most anticipated, annual events. It addresses the most pressing issues in equity 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 NECF aims to provide both new and innovative solutions for strategic and operational challenges and ideas on how to lead organizations forward.

Attendees will leave GEO's NECF with tips to improve their operations through exceptional knowledge, shared experiences and access to tools they can use immediately. GEO needs your expertise to create education that will aid attendees in improving and fine tuning their skills.

Presentation proposals that are comprehensive and complete will receive the highest level of consideration. Proposals must be submitted via this website by 30 May 2014. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

To begin the submission process, please follow the links below:


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. Please ensure you finalize your presentation's speakers before completing the proposal process. Proposals that include speakers that are "to be determined" will be considered with only the speakers identified. 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 equivalent consideration with those that have them included.

  • 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. The more information included in this section, the better chances your proposal will have of being selected.

  • Miscellaneous Information - Information required includes session type, audience level, and information on where the presentation might have been presented in the past. In this section, please indicate whether you would like your submission to be considered for GEO's regional one-day NECF event in New York, San Diego or both cities. 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 NECF will focus on topics relevant to both public and private companies providing share plans to their employees located across 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 share plans.

To ensure GEO's NECF is an EXPERIENCE attendees won't forget, we need sessions that contemplate the following:

  • Issuer involvement

  • Uniqueness of presentation

  • 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; 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 National Equity Compensation Forum 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 NECF:

  • 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 2014 regional one-day NECF events must be submitted via our online tool.

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 NECF are carefully considered by a selection team.

Once final decisions are made, GEO’s Executive Director 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.

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.

You have the right to understand why your proposal was not accepted.


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 will be required to pay regular registration rates in order to secure their speaking slot.

We appreciate your interest in presenting at GEO's 2014 regional one-day NECF events to be held in New York City at the NASDAQ MarketSite on 9 September and in San Diego at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort on 11 September. If you have questions regarding the speaker selection process, or need assistance in crafting an appropriate proposal to present, please contact Robyn Shutak at or our general GEO email at


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