The Call for Speakers is OPEN for ScaleHR 2020.

Do you love strategizing how HR functions can better support organizational growth, business transformation and/or the workforce of the future?  Do you have research, expertise, experience or perspectives to share with our HR and business professionals who want to more strategically address workforce challenges in order to remain competitive in their industries?


If so, then we invite you to submit content for one of our 8 micro-learning strategy labs at ScaleHR 2020!  Yes, you read right – micro-learning strategy labs.  No, it’s not your typical conference breakout session, but a fun impactful alternative. Intrigued?  Then read on.


The 2020 ScaleHR conference Call for Speakers gives individuals the opportunity to send proposals to speak and participate in one of the 8 micro-learning strategy labs at our annual conference. A micro-learning strategy lab is a unique rapid-learning development format which combines the principles of micro-learning (short bursts of knowledge or insight) and innovation strategy labs (using ideation and strategic thinking to move ideas further, faster).


The audience participates in a guided experience of:
1.  better understanding the new knowledge presented on a topic
2.  using the power of group think to ideate relevant options for them and/or their organization
3.  strategizing the viability of applying option(s) of choice back into their company, business or organization


As a presenter, you will be given 5-8 minutes to present riveting content, forward-thinking ideas, best practice solutions, enlightening case studies and/or ground-breaking perspectives on the identified topic. Only having 5-7 minutes will require that you eliminate any fluff and be laser focused on bringing a ton of true value to conference participants. 

You will then participate on a panel on said topic, followed by you serving as a mentor to the table teams during the guided strategy session.  Your time commitment as a topical speaker will be one hour in length, although you will be welcome to remain for all or part of the rest of the conference.   

ScaleHR 2020 Micro-learning Strategy Lab Topics


Topics are currated each year from survey feedback gained from profiles of ScaleHR’s typical attendees:  HR leaders, people leaders, and HR service providers. 

For 2020, we are looking for content that supports specific learning related to and requested by our target audiences regarding the following 8 topics:


How D&I Will Drive the Business Strategy of the Future


Chopping Up HR Legal Hot Potatoes – Legal risks and implications which are on the horizon.


Peeking Around the Corner on “What’s Next”  That Could Impact the World of HR


Re-thinking how to attract, place and ensure the right talent is in place for organizational success


Reimagining What It Means to Become an Employer of Choice


Don’t Go At It Alone:  How to scale by developing strategic partnerships and joint ventures with other entities


Build – Buy – Borrow?  How to immediately bridge the talent gap


Debunking Myths & Understanding the Next-Gen Technology Transforming the HR Industry and the Workforce

Get more details on each of the 8 topics by downloading the 2020 ScaleHR Topic Track Description document.

The ScaleHR 2020 conference committee’s goal is to curate outstanding content, in effort to provide attendees the opportunity expand his or her expertise, as they think about preparing for the future. Proposed presentation topics typically range from presenting evidence-based approaches to sharing unique viewpoints.

Below is the timeline for ScaleHR 2020 speaker-related announcements:

  • Content submission deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Notifications of speaker status will be sent by Friday, April 17, 2020 
  • Final presentations of selected speakers must be submitted by Friday, August 14, 2020  

*please note that all times for deadlines to expire are 11:59 pm Pacific Time

CONFERENCE DATES:  September 23-24, 2020

Please note the email address supplied in the Submission form will be how the committee conducts correspondence regarding the results. 

We invite you to submit a proposal and add your voice to how companies and organizations should prepare for “what’s next” regarding their people-related initiatives and work streams. 


For detailed information, please review EACH of the documents below: 

Submit Your Interest In Being a Presenter at ScaleHR 2020

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