Do you have experience and expertise that could benefit your colleagues? Why not share them with your peers as a presenter at TOC’s Professional Development Program? We invite you to share with the TOC community your experiences, tools, skills, and insights on relevant topics in training and human capital in the federal government.

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2018-19 Professional Development Program. We are still accepting proposals for the TOC Annual Institute (April 28 – May 1, 2019). The deadline for Annual Institute proposals has been extended to February 15, 2019.

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About the Professional Development Program

We are especially interested in exploring best practices with practitioners in government, who can provide rich examples and scenarios that will allow for effective learning transfer to the federal workplace. We are seeking creative, engaging, and topical presentations that speak to one of our Program Tracks:

  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development
  • Innovation
  • Learning Technologies
  • Training Design and Development
  • Learning Measurements and Analytics

Program Venues

The TOC Professional Development Program has four different development venues for you to share your knowledge, expertise or experience with our community. We are looking for speakers for each type of venue.

Monthly Professional Development Program

TOC holds a Professional Development Program in person once a month at the City Club of Washington, between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Approximately 75-80 people attend each luncheon. Speakers should plan a 45-50 minute presentation to allow for Q&A at the end.

Monthly Webinars

TOC holds a Professional Development webinar once a month. Speakers should plan a 45-50 minute presentation to allow for Q&A at the end. Approximately 75-100 people attend our webinars.

NOTE: TOC provides the all support for the webinar including webinar link, call in number and a professional producer to handle introduction/closure. You are required to provide the slides/content. No online presentation experience necessary, making this an excellent professional development opportunity.

Lunch and Learn

TOC has a quarterly Lunch and Learn to expose its members to other agencies, increase networking, and engage registrants. The intent is to move the Lunch and Learn across different agencies/organizations each quarter. Speakers should plan a 45-50 minute presentation to allow for Q&A at the end.

The Annual Institute Concurrent Sessions

TOC’s annual three-day face-to-face professional development event needs 20-30 concurrent sessions. These sessions feature one or two speakers and should provide attendees with relevant material in one of TOC’s Program Tracks. They should be 50-60 minutes in length and include dynamic, energetic delivery practices. If your proposal is selected for the Annual Institute, it will be slotted in the session that is most applicable to the content.

Important information regarding session proposals:

  • Session are generally 60 minutes in length, but please leave room for Q&A and discussion
  • Content should be relevant to the federal sector
  • Should have clearly defined objectives aligned with one of the Executive Core Qualifications and associated competencies
  • Attendants comprise of 70% federal employees, 30% external practitioners, vendors, and academics

TOC Program sessions are learning experiences first and foremost, and as such must be noncommercial in content and delivery. Your primary goal should be the attendee’s learning experience rather than showcasing your ideas or products and services. You will gain exposure for those things by providing something tangible for participants to take away. The more you can put yourself in their place in developing your session, the better your chances will be of being selected and receiving positive evaluations from participants.

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Proposal Review

Submissions are periodically reviewed by the TOC Program Committee. The selection process follows a rigorous online review of every proposal submitted. The TOC Program Committee also meets in person and by conference call to make recommendations for selections and assist in planning other program activities. Proposals are selected on the basis of information submitted. Submitters are expected to follow the instructions carefully and supply all requested information. Missing or incorrect information could make the proposal ineligible for consideration.

Selection Criteria

The proposed session must clearly apply to the target audience, fit into one of the six Program Tracks, and be delivered by a speaker with substantial topic knowledge and experience facilitating learning experiences and/or speaking to large groups.

Proposals are evaluated using the following additional criteria:

  • Completeness, accuracy, and clarity of the proposal; proposals that do not follow the instructions will be ineligible.
  • Content that is current and practical.
  • Programs and initiatives that demonstrate measurable business impact and results.
  • Clear, specific, and informative content which is directly linked to the learning goal.
  • Learning objectives which show application back on the job and can realistically be met in the time allotted.
  • A balanced slate of speakers representing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, organizations, and internal/external practitioners.