Call for Speakers for NACPA 2024 Breakout Sessions

NACPA Convocation 2024 Call for Breakout Sessions

Share your specific Church HR knowledge and experience with NACPA members at NACPA Convocation 2024, April 14 - 16th in Kansas City, Missouri.

When: April 14 - 16, 2024

Where: Kansas City Marriot, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO. Hotel Block Rate $159/night (available Oct 1)

Speaker Registration $625 (available Oct 1) 

All speakers are expected to register for NACPA 2024 themselves, and are responsible for booking their own hotel arrangements when the room block is released in the fall. If your session is chosen, you will be sent a Speaker Code in order to register at this special rate.

The 2024 agenda will be similar to our 2023 agenda: Two plenaries (chosen), 12 breakout sessions, as well as three hot topic roundtables (discussion lead sessions, no speakers needed). We are only requesting breakout speakers at this time. Please note, for 2024 there will be only 12 breakout sessions; three per time block, instead of the previous 16; four per time block, to better ensure discussion opportunities and enhance breakout session attendance. 

The breakout speaker schedule for NACPA 2024 will run from Monday, April 14, at 11 AM, local time - Tuesday, April 16, at 3 PM. All breakout sessions for 2024 will run 1 HR and 30 Minutes with the final 15 - 20 minutes of that time reserved for Q&A.

Click here for Example (2023) Convocation Program Schedule

Submission Process

Speaker Requirements

Persons who work within or have specific knowledge of Church Human Resources or secular Human Resource fields.

If you are from an HR vendor new to NACPA, please site Arch/diocesan and or Church communities that you have worked with as references within the submission form. Though the presentation may be relevant to your organization/practices, those presenting from a vendor/HR services organization are not allowed to utilize the presentation as an advertisement of your services

Members and Non-Members of NACPA are welcome to submit speaking proposals on issues and topics that you have traversed and now wish to impart your trials and successes with your fellow community.

Speakers will be notified by October 1, 2023.

Convocation Overview

NACPA's annual convocation allows members to learn from experts in HR and the world of HR in the Church; from those who have succeeded in creating a better and more prosperous environment, through the field of HR, within their communities. During the three-day meeting, delegates attend a spirited Opening Ceremony, uplifting prayer services, and networking opportunities. They will hear from outstanding Plenary speakers; select 4 compelling workshops from a choice of 12; participate in a hot topic round table (out of 3), welcoming forums, as well as post-session and speaker chats, and will be able to meet face-to-face with vendors specific to the fields of HR and HR within the Catholic Church.

Our Attendees

  • All who work in HR-related fields for the Church
  • Chancellors
  • Finance Directors / Managers
  • Human Resource Associates
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Pastors
  • Parish Managers / Business Managers
  • Principals / Heads of School
  • Religious Community HR Directors & Associates / Business / Finance Managers 

Presentation Format and Requirements

All breakout, workshop sessions for 2024 will run 1 HR and 30 Minutes with the final 15 - 20 minutes of that time reserved for Q&A.

Rooms will be set up with classroom-like seating, but presentations can include interactive participation with the attendees and/or group breakouts if needed.

Rooms will be setup with projectors able to connect with your laptop/tablet (Speakers are required to bring their own device with which to present from), a podium and a head speaker table. Physical handouts are not necessary but most appreciated. The main NACPA office cannot print and bring speaker handouts. We will ask for a digital copy of any of your materials to be displayed on an Attendee Only Speaker Material webpage.

Speakers are welcome to present with a co-speaker. If you would like to present as a panel and have co-panelists in mind, please include this information in your submission. If you do not have co-panelists in mind, please reflect that and we will see if there are others who would like to present on the panel. 

Session Topics Requested

Among other Church HR and HR related topics, for 2024 we are specifically interested in providing more information to our members regarding the following issues:

  • Future of the workplace
  • Future of HR roles
  • Future policies/handbook updates
  • Culture of Health and Wellness, Addressing the Mental Needs of Your Employees
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Contemplatives in Action: Integrating faith and prayer in our daily work
  • Tough Love at Work: how to implement policies with compassion and consistency
  • Employer Value Proposition for the Parish:  How to Attract and Gain Commitment of Workers
  • Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and their Application to HR Policies and Practices
  • What is “Just and Decent Remuneration” for Employees in the Current Marketplace?

Session Proposal Form

NACPA 2024 Breakout Session Speaker Proposal Portal