Become a Speaker: WRPA Request for Proposals

The deadline for Speaker Presentation Propsals 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 download a copy of the WRPA Conference Education Session Proposal Reference Guide as a resource to prepare your responses. However, your session MUST be submitted online; completed word documents won’t be accepted.