Call for Session Ideas 

Frequently Asked Questions


What makes an aligned session idea?

The most interesting and engaging sessions tend to be the ones that offer different perspectives on the subject matter being presented. Diversifying your speaker set and crafting your session proposal as cross-cutting to complement each presenter's expertise will increase the chances that it's selected.


May I submit more than one session proposal?

Yes, idea submitters are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they would like. However, Summit organizers will only select proposals that are aligned with the UNITY Summit frame, key issue areas and format. We encourage you to focus on quality not quantity.


May I submit a proposal via regular mail, fax, or email?

Unfortunately, those options are not available as the online Call for Ideas is part of the latest advancements and in technology to offer a seamless automated UNITY Summit experience.


Does speaker recommendations need to be finalized before submitting a proposal?

Ideally, we would like to have a recommended set of speakers when you submit a session idea. However, if you need assistance with speaker suggestions, the organizers will help with securing speakers or panel suggestions if your session idea is selected.


How many sessions will be available for programming?

  • Movement-Building Strategy Sessions: 6-8

  • Practitioner Rap Sessions: 6-8

  • Leadership Studios: 6-8

  • Equity Examinations Workshops: 6-8

  • Healing and Liberation Practices: 6-8

  • SPARK Talks: 15-20


What if I think multiple session formats could work for the session idea I have?

Please select the session format you think is most appropriate as it will determine how many speakers/presenters you can input. You can list alternative session formats in the "Additional Information" section.


How and when will I know if my proposal is accepted?

Summit organizers will review each proposal and finalize the program in early June. Soon after, session managers will reach out to those whose ideas were selected by email.


If my session idea is selected, what happens next?

If your idea is selected, a session manager will contact you to confirm and go over the next steps. The first will be a session design introduction call with you and the speakers outlined in your proposal. From there, you will work with your session manager as needed to develop, finalize content, and logistics for your session.


Do I need to pay the registration fee for the conference if I am a speaker?

Yes. All speakers must register for the conference and pay the presenter/speaker reduced registration fee. Registration codes will be shared with speakers as part of the confirmation process. 


Can I submit a session submission if I am a member of Philanthropy Northwest?

YES! If you are joining us for the Philanthropy Northwest annual conference and UNITY Summit, you can submit a Proposal through this form. If you are only coming for the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference, you can still submit an idea. Please email Elyse Gordon ( for more information.


Will I be able to edit my proposal after I submit it?

No. You have the ability to save your session idea as a draft and edit as often as you would like until you are ready to submit. The final date for submitting ideas is April 30, 2019.  Deadline extended to May 6, 2019!



If you have questions or need help with submitting your proposal, contact JR Treto, Events by Lady K