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.

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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 two 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.

Professional Development Program- Virtual Symposiums

Virtual symposiums are extended development events. The speaker should plan an interactive presentation to be followed up with group discussion in breakout sessions, which provides an opportunity to deepen the learning of the topic. Symposiums will run from 1.5-2 hours in length. This is an opportunity to expand your training experience into a virtual learning environment including activities and breakout discussions.

NOTE: The TOC Professional Development Chairs will work closely with you to ensure you have a dynamic session. TOC also provides all support for the seminars including link, call in number and a professional producer to handle introduction/closure. You are required to provide the slides/content.

Professional Development Program- Webinars

TOC’s Professional Development webinars are open to a large audience of training professionals across the country. Speakers should plan a 45-50 minute presentation to allow for Q&A at the end. Approximately 100-150 people attend our webinars.

NOTE: TOC provides 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.

Important information regarding session proposals:

  • Session range from 60-90 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.

If you have a new idea or further questions about a proposal, please contact programs@trainingofficers.org.

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.