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Future ERE Event Speaker Proposal Process

Corporate vs. third party

ERE looks for speakers who are experts in corporate, government, military, or nonprofit recruiting. That’s really who these guidelines below are for. If you’re interested in becoming a speaker, email ERE’s Editor in Chief, Todd Raphael at

On the other hand, if you’re interested in speaking to the third-party-recruiting audience associated with The Fordyce Letter, you’ll want to contact us about the Fordyce Forum (see, just email Todd at

Who, when, and where

ERE usually has two large conferences a year for corporate recruiters (see These are often held in San Diego, California in the Spring, and Hollywood, Florida, in the fall. The conferences attendees are heads of recruiting departments at large companies, front-line recruiters, recruiting directors and managers, managers of recruiting for; non-profit organizations, government, school, and military. Many journalists, professors, consultants and vendors in Human Resources, recruiting and talent management also attend. For more information on our attendees, please contact ERE’s Director of Marketing, Scott Baxt at

Pre-conference and regular conference

Pre-conference workshops, to a small audience (approximately 30 to 40 attendees) run around three hours, or six hours for a full day. Regular breakout sessions run 60-75 minutes


We encourage questions and discussions during each presentation — as opposed to just the end. In fact, some of the best presentations aren’t really presentations at all — they’re really group discussions.

The audience

They’re pretty demanding. ERE members — some of them have been to ERE conferences before, and we want to make sure they get something new every time. Others are brand new — but they’re not looking for recruiting 101 or “how to do a background check.” They’re looking for the latest, the newest, things others aren’t doing, but will be in the future. ERE usually covers topics — like recruiting with videogames — that at the time of the presentation seem futuristic, and soon after, become more common

The topics

Let’s talk this one out after you contact us. It’s hard for us to suggest a topic, when you’re the expert in what you’re up to.

Video and press

Your presentation will be filmed, and will be online. Press and industry bloggers may be in attendance. We will work with each presenter to ensure that your presentation is executed smoothly with plenty of preparation and lots of feedback ahead of time by our team. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact our Conference Director Kate Bruener at

What to do now

If you might want to present, step one is to contact Todd Raphael and indicate the topic you’re interested in. Maybe you have a video of a past presentation, or references, or speaker ratings, and can send that, too. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kate Bruener, ERE Conference Director,

Todd Raphael, ERE Editor in Chief,