Call for Presentations

DEADLINE EXTENSION

Submission Deadline Extended to Monday, May 31, 2021

Entries must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 pm ET, Monday, May 31, 2021. No further extensions will be permitted.

Submit Your Proposal

Please note: The submission form is a Google Form. If you are unable to access Google Forms from your work computer, we ask that you access the submission form from a personal device. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

The past year presented countless challenges to our nation's economy and ELFA member businesses. Overall, however, the equipment finance industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience and durability. Today, the equipment finance sector is helping the nation get back to business by financing billions of dollars in equipment investment by businesses both large and small. As we look forward to emerging from the pandemic, the most successful equipment finance companies aren’t returning to “business as usual.” They are preparing to take advantage of new opportunities in the marketplace and adapting their business models to meet changing customer demands. Take Your Place Among Our Industry's Prized Resources

We invite you to submit a proposal outlining your presentation for a session at the 60th ELFA Annual Convention. Your proposal will be carefully reviewed and if selected, you will be invited to make a presentation or lead a discussion in-person at one of several time slots scheduled for Monday, October 25th or Tuesday, October 26th during the ELFA 2021 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort..

Please read this information thoroughly before submitting your proposal


We anticipate that vaccine distribution and other related developments regarding COVID-19 will provide the opportunity to return face-to-face for the ELFA Annual Convention, October 24-26, 2021 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, staff, and vendors. We ask that when you submit a proposal for consideration, you understand all speakers must attend the in-person event. We will be working through options for a hybrid event experience; however, all of our speakers and presenters will need to attend in person. In the coming months, ELFA will continue to work closely with the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort on top-level cleaning measures and other necessary protocols for our participants’ well-being, taking into account the recommendations of federal, state and local governments and health authorities.

As specific details for the event solidify, we will communicate regular updates with the Membership via email and on the conference web pages.

Session Topic Ideas/Issues of High Priority

The following are topic areas that you may consider addressing. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but is provided to serve as a general guide to the kinds of topics that are typically of interest.

  • Navigating the changing business climate post-COVID: Opportunities and threats
  • Meeting evolving customer demands
  • New technologies (e.g., AI, robotics, blockchain)
  • Lending in the digital age
  • Fraud prevention and cybersecurity
  • Data management: Making better decisions using data
  • Update on vertical market segments (e.g., technology, construction, medial equipment, aircraft, industrial equipment)
  • E-Signatures: Do they offer a competitive advantage? What is required?
  • How to build your workforce for the future - Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Read More 〉

  • Marketing Strategy 〉

  • The "Business" of Running the Business 〉

  • The Business Climate 〉

  • Funding/Capital Markets 〉

  • Human Capital Issues 〉

Session Format & Important Deadlines

Concurrent Breakout Sessions or Roundtable Discussions

Session proposals should describe the kind of format you will be using to present and share information.

  • Breakout Session: A formal presentation with several speakers, facilitated by a moderator. Q&A included as part of the presentation. The primary focus is to provide information and share knowledge on current or critical issues.
  • Roundtable Discussion: Sessions that foster interaction and networking in a less formal, more intimate setting. Attendee feedback over the years suggests that members place high value on the ability to exchange ideas and share best practices. If you submit a Roundtable proposal, it is assumed that you (or someone of your choosing) will lead a facilitated discussion, therefore please provide a sample list of discussion questions as part of your proposal.
Potential Session Dates: If your proposal is accepted, it will be placed in one of the following time slots.
  • Monday morning, October 25th
  • Monday afternoon, October 25th
  • Tuesday morning, October 26th
  • Tuesday afternoon, October 26th
Session Length: Sessions range in time between 90 minutes for morning sessions, and either 75 minutes or 90 minutes for afternoon sessions.

Important Deadlines
  • May 31, 2021: All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm Eastern Time, Monday, May 31, 2021
  • June 28, 2021: Acceptance notices will be distributed the week of June 28, 2021. All submitters will receive notification.
  • July 26, 2021: Final session descriptions and panelists names are due to ELFA.
  • October 4, 2021: Handout materials are due to ELFA on Monday, October 4, 2021
  • October 25-26, 2021: Session dates

Submit Your Proposal

Please note: The submission form is a Google Form. If you are unable to access Google Forms from your work computer, we ask that you access the submission form from a personal device. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

Please Note: ELFA anticipates that once again we will receive more proposals than presentations slots available. Please avoid submitting proposals that have too narrow an audience; proposals that have a substantially wider appeal will be given priority. In addition, please keep in mind, ELFA is committed to gender and ethnic diversity representation among session presenters. And most important: do not submit proposals that appear to be selling a product or supplying a service.

Selection Criteria

ELFA will make every attempt NOT to combine proposals submitted on similar topics from different proposals. While we want as many qualified individuals and companies represented on the convention program, we want to avoid diluting what might otherwise be an important session. Whenever possible, ELFA will select the best proposal submitted rather than combining proposals. However, when two proposals are compatible and combining them results in a higher quality session, ELFA reserves the right to ask individuals to work together in developing a single session.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  1. Timely information on selected topics of current interest that illustrate out-of-the-box thinking, demonstrating an ability to adapt to changing market conditions.
  2. Case studies that highlight value: application or introduction of new or improved processes, strategies, or products; or excellence in leadership or management of a company or business unit
  3. Research/benchmarking results that point to trends
  4. Sessions that stress peer-to-peer networking and information sharing
  5. Sessions that are of particular interest to specific market segments (e.g., small ticket, middle market, vendor programs) or emerging or growing markets (e.g., energy, infrastructure)
Additional Selection Criteria
  • Any one presenter or company may submit no more than two proposals
  • ELFA member companies will be given priority, however non-members may submit proposals as well
  • The topic is of interest to a sizeable number of the convention attendees.
  • The written proposal captures the most critical issues related to the topic to be presented or discussed
  • If appropriate, the proposal identifies additional qualified individuals (including consultants, professors, professionals and others) who will be included among the presenters. It is highly encouraged that your panelists, whenever possible, represent diversity in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and race.
  • The proposal suggests a presentation format appropriate to the topic (breakout session or roundtable discussion)

General Information You Should Know

  • The ELFA Annual Convention is the largest annual gathering of professionals in the equipment finance industry. Attendees are generally the most senior level staff, including CEOs, Presidents, General Managers, Marketing Directors, Sales Directors, Senior Vice Presidents and other professionals responsible for business development
  • Presentation handouts from sessions will be posted on the ELFA website and in the ELFA Events mobile app. They will be offered free to registered attendees and will be sold to other individuals at a nominal cost. . Handouts will not be posted without your express permission. Handouts will be posted in a PDF format, thus preventing individuals from tampering with or altering your original in any way.
  • A well-attended session generally has 40 to 60 attendees. Rooms will be set for social distancing, and other safety protocols will be implemented as recommended at the time of the conference.
  • All convention attendees, including presenters, pay the ENTIRE convention registration fee. However, if a speaker is a consultant or academic who would not otherwise attend the ELFA Convention, the convention fee may be waived.
  • Standard session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector, screen and microphone in a theatre type setting or round tables, depending on the session type. ELFA will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing for room set-ups for this October meeting. If you have additional requests for room arrangements, those details will be discussed AFTER session approval.

Authorization to Record & Live Stream Your Session

The ELFA will be audio and video-recording, as well as live streaming breakout sessions presented at the Annual Convention. The audio and video recordings will be posted on the ELFA website with the appropriate handout materials or power point slides and made available on the virtual platform for 60-90 days after the event concludes. Links to these resources will be provided to all convention attendees (both ELFA members and non-members) as part of their registration fee. All speakers must agree to being audio and video recorded. Please note: when submitting your proposal, you will be asked to indicate your willingness to have your session recorded and posted to the virtual platform and the ELFA website.

Entry Instructions

Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST, Monday, May 31, 2021.  

Entries will only be accepted electronically. Please click the button below to access the electronic submission form:

Submit Your Proposal

Please note: The submission form is a Google Form. If you are unable to access Google Forms from your work computer, we ask that you access the submission form from a personal device. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

Alternative Submission Method

If you are unable to access the electronic form, please follow the instructions below and submit a word document submission via email.

INCLUDING your cover sheet, please LIMIT YOUR ENTIRE PROPOSAL TO A TOTAL OF THREE (3) PAGES

  1. Please submit a Cover Sheet with your proposal that includes the following information:
  2. Any one presenter or one company may submit no more than two proposals.
  3. On the remaining two pages, please include as succinctly as possible in the following order:
    1. Presentation title
    2. One to three learning objectives
      (i) (by the end of this session/roundtable, attendees will have learned the following.)
    3. A 100-300 word abstract
      (i) (description of the session/roundtable content) including why this topic is important.
    4. Intended audience
      (i) (include general functional areas, e.g., corporate executive, marketing director, sales manager, etc.)
    5. If submitting a roundtable proposal, please provide a sample list of discussion questions as part of your proposal.
    6. Brief biographical information establishing credentials for all presenters. Please indicate if there are any expenses related to any of your intended presenters.
  4. The preferred method of submitting your proposal is via electronic form; however, if you are unable to access the form, please submit via email. Please email your proposal to Heather Staverman at hstaverman@elfaonline.org with an email subject line of “2021 Convention Proposal Submission URGENT”.  All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST, Monday, May 31, 2021.
Please note that proposals will be judged on the focus and clarity of the abstract, and the relevance, practicality, audience appropriateness, and transferability of the content.

Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST, Monday, May 31, 2021.