Call for Sessions
The 2024 Call for Sessions is open until December 15. Notifications to submitters will be sent on or around January 15, 2024.
DESIRED TOPIC CATEGORIES
High Performing Teams
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Culture & Retention
Direct to Consumer Distribution
Creating Operational Efficiencies
Outsourcing & Vendor Relationships
Systems & Data
Equipment & Automation
Partner Data Integration
Benchmarking, Metrics & KPIs
PREPARING A SESSION PROPOSAL
Type of Session – presentation or discussion format
Working Session Title – doesn’t need to be catchy
Session Description (max 60 words)
Three (3) specific, actionable Participant Take-aways (max 25 words each)
Presenters or Facilitators
Presenters and facilitators are required to register for the full conference, and receive a discount of 25-50%
Presenters and facilitators must know they are being submitted and have agreed to participate and abide by WERC's terms and conditions
Full Name, Title, Company, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Valid Email Address, Category, and Business Type is required for all proposed presenters and facilitators
SUBMITTING A SESSION PROPOSAL
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FAQs and Terms & Conditions
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You can edit your profile and submissions or create new submissions at any time prior to December 15, 2023
Your proposed session will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and evaluated based on the following criteria
Session is led by a Practitioner
Session contains no commercialism (commercialism is strictly prohibited)
Topic is timely and relevant
Take-aways are clear and valuable
Level is appropriate for the audience (intermediate to advanced)
Presenter or Facilitator
Includes recognized leaders in the industry
Presenter is appropriate to the topic
Prior WERC engagement
WERC membership status
FAQs AT A GLANCE
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Who can submit a session?
Sessions should be submitted by a Practitioner (shipper or first party, or operations role)
Suppliers and Consultants are also permitted to submit proposals but are required to include a customer/practitioner/shipper in their proposal as the lead presenter (with a valid email address)
Proposals from PR or marketing firms are not permitted
Special consideration is given to current WERC members, corporate members, certified facilities, solutions partners, and volunteers
Note: Submitters should select Login and then find and select "New User" to create a profile (no other profiles are connected to this process)
Can I talk about how great our product is during the session?
Sessions should provide solid educational value to the audience
Commercialism in educational sessions is strictly prohibited
Sessions that hint at a sales focus will not be selected by the Committee
Commercial session time slots are available for a fee by contacting
(note: purchased session time slots are not part of this submission process)
Do presenters have to register?
Full-conference registration is required of all presenters and facilitators on or before January 31 to remain on the program
Presenters receive 50% off and facilitators receive 25% off registration
View published registration rates
Complimentary speaker registration is not available
What happens if we change a presenter?
After a proposal is accepted, should any of the presenters change or cancel, the affected session will be subject to reconsideration by the Conference Committee
Presenters not registered by January 31 will be considered to have cancelled their participation, and the affected session will be subject to reconsideration by the Conference Committee
When will I hear if my session has been selected?
Sessions submitted on or before September 30 will be notified on or around November 30
Possible statuses are:
On Hold (pending further review and consideration)
Sessions submitted between October 1 and November 14 (and sessions having received an On Hold status from the September 30 deadline) will be notified on or around January 15
When will I know what day and time my session will occur?
Session time slots will be assigned in January 2024