Conference Update

2016 NWCDC Call for Proposals

Professionals wishing to speak at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo may now submit proposals. Deadline is Feb. 26.
By: | December 10, 2015

There is no better forum for reaching a broad array of workers’ compensation professionals and showcasing your expertise than to speak at the National Worker’s Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo.


We are now accepting proposals to present at the nation’s premier workers’ comp conference with a Feb. 26, 2016, submission deadline for all applications.

NWCDC presents an unparalleled opportunity for workers’ comp professionals to hear breakout sessions with proven strategies for managing insurance arrangements and claims-handling challenges. It’s also known as the must-attend, annual event for meeting with work comp’s top decision-makers and the place to learn about personnel and product changes occurring among work comp service providers.

The conference will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Requests for proposal applications to present at the conference are available online.

Proposals that integrate employer presenters into session panels will once again receive our session-selection group’s priority consideration when we begin building the overall conference program.

Workers’ comp service providers, attorneys, insurers, physicians and other industry professionals also provide our conference attendees valuable ideas and information that the session-selection group will eagerly evaluate for potential presentations.

Including employers as speakers helps us deliver on our promise to provide breakout sessions featuring practical strategies.

We do select a number of session presentations that do not include employers.

But we have found that including employers on session panels helps attendees evaluate how well strategies and ideas ultimately perform in the workplace and how they actually impact workers’ comp management programs.

Including employers as speakers helps us deliver on our promise to provide breakout sessions featuring practical strategies.

We want employers and their service providers to speak on a broad variety of workers’ comp and disability-related topics. For that reason, submitting multiple RFPs is appreciated. Doing so may help your chances of being selected to present. We do ask, however, for original content not previously provided at other venues.

While ideas featuring innovative practices and strategies that reduce injuries and costs are welcome, we also encourage risk managers and workers comp managers to share their tried-and-true practices.

Reviewing the criteria guidelines we consider when selecting speaker proposals may be helpful for anyone completing 2016 conference RFP forms. The criteria guidelines include:

    • The extent to which a presentation would help attendees resolve real-world workers’ comp program challenges or claims problems.

  • The timeliness of the issues examined.
  • Potential for fresh perspectives from speakers new to the conference.
  • The depth of experience, credentials and expertise of the speaker in relation to their topic.
  • The speaker’s job description and their position within the industry with particular attention paid to increasing the number of participating risk managers and employer workers’ comp managers.
  • How well the topic blends with other presentations and the extent to which this creates a cohesive conference program addressing a broad mix of issues.
  • Public speaking and presentation experience of the speakers, when known.

For additional guidance or any questions you may have prior to submitting an RFP, do not hesitate to contact me at 208 286 1425. My goal is to build a better conference by helping you submit stronger RFPs.

Roberto Ceniceros is a retired senior editor of Risk & Insurance® and the former chair of the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo. Read more of his columns and features.

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