Become a WRPA Speaker

Request for Proposals

The deadline for 2021 Speaker Presentation Proposals has passed.
Thank you to all who have submitted!

Thank you for your interest in submitting a presentation proposal for 2021 WRPA Conference & Tradeshow.

WRPA would love to hear your session ideas for one of our upcoming events. We are constantly on the lookout for new speakers. We want to know what are you doing that is different, what experiences can you share, what are your best practices, and more. Please review the information below to learn more. 


It is WRPA's goal to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by professional presenters. WRPA event attendees represent a broad spectrum of the recreation and parks industry. Participants are industry professionals from entry-level employees to executive-level personnel.

WRPA members represent a wide variety of professional disciplines including, but not limited to: recreation programming, park maintenance, park planning, golf course management, administration, marketing/public relations, facility management, aquatics, athletics, youth/teen services, special events, capital project management, and public land management.

WRPA members come from a variety of communities and programs, so their perspectives and challenges vary greatly. The audience also reflects a range of experience levels, from longtime WRPA members to people who are just starting to investigate the park and recreation profession.

Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected. 


Selection Criteria

WRPA seeks to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by creating balanced programs that are comprehensive and reflect a multitude of perspectives. We will select sessions based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the proposal, including completeness of the application
  • Focused and well-defined topic
  • Relevance to the park and recreation profession
  • Practical application of material
  • Presentation skill(s) and experience of the proposed speaker(s)
  • Applicability to a statewide audience


Commercial/Promotional Presentations

Presenters/speakers may NOT sell, raffle, or otherwise promote a product, service, or organization in which they have a financial interest. 


Speaker Agreement

If your proposed education session is selected, the lead presenter will be required to sign a Speaker Agreement that may include the following general information


Getting Started

Before starting your proposal, we suggest you review the list of content below that is requested in our speaker application form.

WRPA Conference Education Session Proposal Reference Guide

General Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a speaker for the Washington Recreation & Park Association. The information requested in the following Session Proposal form is necessary to ensure the Conference Education Committee (CEC) has the information needed to review and evaluate your proposal. If your session is selected, detailed information is also needed to ensure that WRPA can approve your session for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). WRPA offers trainings year-round and your session proposal may be considered for a variety of training programs.

Speaker Proposal Questionnaire

Page 1:

Contact Person:
Email Address:
Phone Number:
Name of CEC member you have been working with, if applicable:

Page 2: Session Basics

Session Title:
Session Description:(80 words maximum)
Has this session been previously presented for WRPA?
If yes, what training and when was it presented?

Page 3: Session Information

Provide a clear explanation of why this session is needed by WRPA and the session's learning objectives. The needs assessment should identify a problem and solutions to the problem. Learning outcomes or objectives are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of attending the session. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitude.

Needs Assessment: (100 words maximum)
Learning Objective #1: (25 words maximum)
Learning Objective #2: (25 words maximum)
Learning Objective #3: (25 words maximum)

Primary Subject Area:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Aquatics
  3. Business Operations: Customer Service/Marketing/Finance
  4. Career Development
  5. Equity & Inclusion
  6. Leadership & Management
  7. Maintenance & Operations
  8. Planning & Design
  9. Risk Management

Secondary Subject Area:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Aquatics
  3. Business Operations: Customer Service/Marketing/Finance
  4. Career Development
  5. Equity & Inclusion
  6. Leadership & Management
  7. Maintenance & Operations
  8. Planning & Design
  9. Risk Management

Page 4: Main Speaker Information

Lead Presenter Name:
Lead Presenter Job Title: Lead Presenter Employer:
Lead Presenter Email:
Lead Presenter Phone:
Lead Presenter Bio: (80 words maximum)
Lead Presenter Speaking Experience

  1. Past Speaker at WRPA Annual Conference or Fall Summit
  2. Past Speaker at Other WRPA Training
  3. Professional Educator
  4. Professional Development Trainer
  5. Staff Trainer
  6. Professional Speaker
  7. No Previous Experience
  8. Other

Page 5: Additional Speakers (Optional)

Generally, no more than two presenters are allowed for a 1.25-hour session and no more than four presenters are allowed for a 2.5-hour session.
Speaker 2 – Name, Job Title, Employer:
Speaker 2 – Email:
Speaker 2 – Bio (80 words maximum):
Speaker 3 – Name, Job Title, Employer:
Speaker 3 – Email:
Speaker 3 – Bio (80 words maximum):
Speaker 4 – Name, Job Title, Employer:
Speaker 4 – Email:
Speaker 4 – Bio (80 words maximum):

Page 6: Preferences

The 2019 Annual Conference will be held April 21 – 23, 2020 at the Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington.

I prefer my session to be scheduled at the following time

  1. Morning
  2. Afternoon
  3. Does not Matter

If my session is not selected for the upcoming annual conference, I am interested in being considered for future WRPA conferences and professional development trainings.

  • Yes
  • No

Page 7: Set-up Requirements

Rooms are typically set up theater or classroom style for 40 to 100 people, depending on room size. Rooms are set standard with a screen and projector, a podium with one wired microphone, and an HDMI connection for laptops. Please tell us more about what you may need for your session to run smoothly.

Every effort will be made to accommodate speaker requests, but may be limited due to budget or availability of equipment. Speakers are required to bring their own PC compatible laptops and projector remotes as they will not be provided.

Room Needs

  1. Wireless or Lavalier Microphone
  2. Additional Microphones (e.g. for Panels)
  3. Flip Chart with Markers
  4. Internet Access
  5. Audio Patch to Play Sound/Video from Your Computer

Other Instructional Methods

  1. Lecture
  2. Audience Participation/Hands-on Practicum/Demonstration
  3. Panel Discussion
  4. Small-Group Discussion
  5. Other Please describe any special accommodations needed for speakers(s):

Page 8: Honorariums & Travel Reimbursements

WRPA works with a small budget to pay for speaker honorariums. Any proposal with a speaker who requires an honorarium will be reviewed separately from the other proposals and be held to different selection criteria based on budgetary and programmatic needs. If fees are not requested via this proposal form, it is assumed they will not be required or requested at a later date.

• No, I will not require an honorarium and/or any additional fees
• Yes, I will require an honorarium or additional fees

If you answered “yes”, what is your total speaker fee: What does the above fee include:

  1. Airfare
  2. Lodging/Hotel
  3. Car Rental/Airport Travel
  4. Meals
  5. Other