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Speaker Resources

Annual Conference Speaker Resources

Competitive Edge: Innovation in the Connected Age

September 19–22, 2020 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Important Deadlines

  • Speaker Acceptance/Agreement and Disclosure — May 15
  • Registration Deadline — August 19
  • Hotel Room Block Cut-Off Date — August 27, or when the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • Presentation and Handouts Submission Deadline — August 28
  • Session and Speaker Information Changes Deadline — August 28


Contact Anna Buan at 1-651-288-3421

Before the Conference    Before the Conference

Speaker Acceptance/Agreement and Disclosure

Registration Information

  • Speaker Registration Rates
    • Please see below for your registration options, discount codes provided in your confirmation email.
      • Day you are speaking = Free
      • Full Conference = 90% off
        • Conference 2-Day Pass = $170
        • JPIM Research Forum + Conference 2-Day Pass = $229
      • Conference Add-Ons must be purchased at full price
      • If you would like to bring additional members from your company they would need to register separately.
    • We do not operate a “pay to play” conference for speaking engagements. That said, another option for “free passes” is to sponsor our event as an exhibitor or Silver, Gold or Platinum sponsor – each comes with some number of registrations.
  • Final registration date

Hotel Room Block    Hotel Room Block

Hotel Details

  • Please find hotel and lodging information here.
  • Unless special arrangements have been made with PDMA, speakers are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

Session and Speaker Changes    Session and Speaker Changes

Submit a Change

  • The information that was provided in your Call for Presentations is what we will use to market your session.
  • If you have any changes to your session description or presenter information please fill out this form. Changes are due by August 28.

Presentation Information    Presentation Information

PPT Template

  • PPT template coming soon!
  • Please submit your presentation PowerPoint by August 28.
  • Display 16:9

Tips and Tricks for a good Presentation

  • Limit the amount of information on each slide
  • Do not use more than four colors in your presentation
  • Avoid red letters, which are difficult for some people to read
  • The best readability comes from high contrast of intensity
  • Rehearse your presentation prior to the conference
  • Checklist for Effective Presentations

Presentation and Handout Submission

  • Presentation and handouts are due August 28.
  • Please submit your handouts/presentation in PDF/PPT/Word format
  • If you are planning on bringing handouts, please contact Anna Buan at for information on how many handouts to print.
  • Handouts and presentations will be made available to attendees through the mobile app. Please provide your handouts and presentations by August 28 in order to provide these materials to attendees prior to the conference.

Upload your presentation and handouts

  • Upload Your Presentation & Handouts
  • When uploading your PowerPoint and handouts, please name your documents in the following format:
    • Presentations: Presentation Title_Speaker Names_PPT
    • Handouts: Presentation Title_Speaker Names_Handout1

AV icon    AV

PDMA will provide:

  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Slide advancer
  • Audio from laptop
  • Microphone – if necessary (email Anna Buan)

Speaker will provide:

  • Laptop
  • Laptop adaptor to connect to Projector

Conference and Session Information    Conference and Session Information

Description of Audience – demographics, number of attendees, estimated number of attendees/session

  • We will have approximately 30 educational sessions during the duration of the conference
  • We will have approximately 300 to 350 people in attendance
  • Over 30% of PDMA’s attendees are a director or higher
  • Attendees top areas of interest are; new product process, market research, teams, people & organizational issues, strategy, lifecycle management, tools & metrics, and portfolio management

Session Length(s) and type(s)

  • There will be keynotes and 4 different conference tracks
  • Sessions will generally be about an hour in length with about 45-50 minutes of presentation and about 10-15 minutes for Q&A at the end
  • Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to your presentation so we can get you set up and make sure you have what you need in the room you present in

Presentation Marketing

  • Download the conference logo here to use in your promotion of the event

What to Bring    What to Bring

Suggested Items

  • Laptop with presentation
  • Laptop adaptor to connect to projector
  • Handouts, if applicable (*not provided by PDMA)

Suggested Attire

  • Business casual

Conference Arrival    Conference Arrival

Check-in Information

  • Check in at the Conference Registration Desk to receive your name badge.

More information coming soon!

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St. Paul, Minnesota 55114 USA
tel: 1-651-290-6280
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