Preparing Your BOSS 2017 Proposal

BOSS: Building Organizational and Sector Sustainability BC One-Day Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference Presenter Criteria

How Presenters Are Selected

Vantage Point and the BOSS organization team work together to select presenters that advance the educational objectives of BOSS.

With a commitment to continuous learning and development, BOSS will:

  • develop knowledge, competencies and skills that will assist leaders both in their current roles and their careers
  • encourage the translation of knowledge gained at the conference into their organizations
  • increase awareness of challenges faced by (and solutions to) BC’s not-for-profit leaders
  • build a network of generative leaders working towards the betterment of BC’s not-for-profit community

After submitting, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your speaker proposal. A BOSS team member will contact you to let you know if you have been selected to present.

If you are selected, Vantage Point will notify you and send a presenter agreement to be signed and returned within one week of receipt, as well as request any other materials necessary at that time. 

The following rubric will be used to evaluate all proposals in the refereed proposal review process

  • Does the title and abstract clearly describe the session?
  • Is the proposed topic timely and/or appropriate?
  • Is the content suitable for Executive Directors/Senior Leaders, Board Members, Emerging Leaders or all? Does the session appeal to all or two of our target audience groups (EDs/Senior Leaders, Board members, Emerging Leaders)
  • What are the session outcomes? Are they leadership focused?
  • Will this session positively contribute to the conference and to leadership in BC’s not-for-profit sector?
  • Are the format and session type selected for the presentation the most appropriate to the topic and format of the presentation?
  • Is the session designed to be interactive and engage the audience?

Note: the conference has limited presenter complimentary registrations (only one complimentary registration per session). Any co-presenter will be required to pay the conference registration fee.

Please refer to the next two sections, “What We Look For” and “What We Avoid,” for further information on our selection criteria.

What We Look For

The BOSS organization team is eager to hear from presenters who are making an impact on leadership in BC’s not-for-profit sector. To fulfil their expectations, these are the kind of things we seek out when considering proposals:

  • Education + Engagement
    Write a compelling session description that tells a story. Demonstrate that your proposed topic will connect with the audience by being engaging, innovative, and informative. Prove that you will captivate your listeners.
  • Focus on the Positive
    So often not-for-profit presentations focus on what is not available: time, people, money… scarcity. BOSS highlights the abundance of talent, assets and resources already at hand to our sector. We’re confident that focusing on the positive opportunities in front of us, combined with the application of these resources, can solve our most challenging issues.
  • Details, details, details
    Outline the “how” Participants want you to reveal insider information and the step-by-step of the journey in achieving the results, not just the results themselves. They want to put into practice what you did to accomplish your goal—and they can only do that if you show them how you did it. Teach the participants how to be great, just like you.
  • Be specific and be different
    Show that you alone are the authority to present on your proposed topic.
  • Relevance and accessibility
    Read up on the conference tracks and target audience profiles. Sessions addressing the expectations of two or more audience profiles will be weighted higher.

What We Avoid

  • Selling from the stage
    Participants attend BOSS to learn rather than be pitched a product or service. If you are a vendor/agency, you may want to instead present a case study on a client/customer that highlights successful application of a product or service, or opt to demonstrate your expertise in a subject area.
  • Generic session titles/descriptions
    If we can’t surmise what exactly you want to speak about from your write-up, people thinking about attending the event who read such a description probably will not be able to, either. Be specific. Give us a precise play-by-play of what you would like to present.

How to Apply

To submit a presenter proposal, complete the online form.


If your proposal is selected, you will be asked to:

  • Edit all materials used in your session to BOSS brand standards
  • Email your PowerPoint Slides, Handout (PDF files), data charts, or other presentation materials to the BOSS Team by the deadline of September 15, 2017


  • May 26, 2017: Proposals due
  • June 2, 2017: Notification of selection
  • June 9, 2017: Deadline for presenters to accept selection
  • June 30, 2017: Final date for presenters to edit abstracts
  • September 5, 2017: Deadline to submit final presentation

AV & Media

The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room:

  • Projector
  • PC laptop running Windows (Mac computers will not be supplied)
  • Microphones will be supplied as needed in larger rooms
  • Wireless presenter remote
  • Screen (Note: Presenters should plan to provide their own specialized equipment e.g. speakers)

Presentation Repository

If your presentation is selected, your presentation will be available publicly as a PDF or PowerPoint file on The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included on the site.

Additional Resources for Presenters

t: 604 875 9144
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5


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