ELFA - Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equipping Business for Success


61st Annual Convention Call for Presentations

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 10, 2022

Entries must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59pm ET, Friday, June 10, 2022.

Submit Your Proposal

Please note: The submission form is electronic and uses a custom portal. We have found most people are able to access this portal; however, if you are unable to access the portal link from your work computer, we ask that you access the submission form from a personal device. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, no one can afford to stand still. The most successful equipment finance organizations are leveraging new developments in the marketplace and “Welcoming Change as Opportunity.”

At the 61st ELFA Annual Convention, we’ll examine key developments facing the equipment finance industry—business, economic, technological and legislative—and exchange ideas and solutions for positioning your business for success.

We have a lot to talk about: Changing workforce expectations... business model innovations... the growth of digitalization... new regulatory requirements... We’ll also address critical “people power” issues, from sourcing and developing talent, to driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to welcoming the next generation of leaders.

We invite you to submit a proposal outlining your presentation for a session at the 61st 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 10th or Tuesday, October 11th during the ELFA 2022 Annual Convention in Marco Island, Florida at the JW Marco Island Beach Resort

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, medical 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
  • What does “Welcoming Change as Opportunity” mean to your business?

Session Topic Ideas

  • Change as Opportunity >

  • 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 10th
  • Monday afternoon, October 10th
  • Tuesday morning, October 11th
  • Tuesday afternoon, October 11th
Session Length: Sessions range in time between 90 minutes for morning sessions, and either 75 minutes or 90 minutes for afternoon sessions.

Important Deadlines
  • June 10, 2022 : All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm Eastern Time, Friday, June 10, 2022
  • Week of June 27, 2022 : Acceptance notices will be distributed the week of June 27, 2021. All submitters will receive notification.
  • July 25, 2022 : Final session descriptions and panelists names are due to ELFA.
  • September 21, 2022 : Handout materials are due to ELFA on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
  • October 10-11, 2022 : Session dates

Submit Your Proposal

Please note: The submission form is electronic and uses a custom portal. We have found most people are able to access this portal; however, if you are unable to access the portal link 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.
  • 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. If you have additional requests for room arrangements, those details will be discussed AFTER session approval.

Authorization to Record

The ELFA will be audio-recording breakout sessions presented at the Annual Convention and will post these on the ELFA website synchronized with the appropriate handout materials or power point slides. These will be provided to all convention attendees (both ELFA members and non-members) as part of their registration fee. Recordings and handouts will not be posted without your express permission. Please note: when submitting your speaking proposal, please indicate your willingness to have your session recorded and your handouts materials posted to the ELFA website.

Entry Instructions

Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST, Friday, June 10, 2022.

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.


  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 “2022 Convention Proposal Submission URGENT”.  All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST, Friday, June 10, 2022.