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Speaking Roles at the NAPCP Annual Commercial Card & Payment Conference

About the Speaking Role  




Benefits for Selected Speakers

Speaking at the NAPCP Annual Conference is a great opportunity for Commercial Card and Payment professionals, with benefits including:

  • building your reputation as an industry expert
  • demonstrating to your organization that you are a professional recognized by your peers
  • creating valuable and lasting professional contacts 
  • complimentary conference registration 
  • conference registration for one colleague at the discounted rate of $500 (end-users only)
  • additional colleagues can be invited at the buddy rate (end-users only)
  • one point toward the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential (in addition to the points for conference attendance)
Session Formats

The Annual Conference, attended by approximately 675 industry professionals each year, provides multiple breakout session options to attendees, including traditional PowerPoint presentations and facilitated hot topic discussions on particular topics. Sessions are:

  • usually 45 minutes in length and typically led by one individual*
  • designed to be strictly educational in nature (not focused or based on a particular provider or solution)
  • often repeated twice, but may be offered once only

Topics vary widely to appeal to attendees with various experience levels.

In addition, the NAPCP typically offers pre-conference educational workshops; please see below.

*One presenter per session is the accepted breakout format. Panels or co-presenter sessions may be submitted; however, the NAPCP will determine if additional speakers are necessary.

Educational Workshops

Pre-conference workshops (half-day and/or full-day) are designed to be in-depth sessions on one or more relevant industry topics. Workshop facilitators can be end-users or providers. The training must be educational in nature and not specific to a particular provider, product or proprietary solution.

Please use the speaking proposal submission form to express interest in delivering a workshop.

Nominate a Speaker

Have you heard a great speaker recently? The NAPCP encourages you to nominate an industry speaker for the Annual Conference or other NAPCP event. Please complete all fields in the Speaker Nomination Form

Terms and Conditions for Speakers
  • Travel and related expenses are the speaker's responsibility.
  • The presentation cannot include sales pitches, pricing information, revenue-share statistics or negative comments about other organizations and/or products/solutions—whether verbally or written.
  • Presentation content must not violate copyright and/or trademark laws; for example, do not include graphics (e.g., cartoons, celebrity photos, other companies' logos) or content created by others without appropriate permission from the creator or author. You assume all responsibility for any copyrighted and/or trademarked content within the presentation.
  • Use the NAPCP presentation template.
  • Grant a non-exclusive copyright license to the NAPCP to distribute the presentation PDF (or a substitute document in lieu of the presentation) to event registrants/attendees.

Ready to submit a speaking proposal? Access the submission form.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by NAPCP staff and, possibly, other qualified industry professionals, using specific criteria, such as:

  • relevance to the Commercial Card and Payment industry
  • originality of material
  • overall perceived quality of proposal content
  • timeliness of topic
  • a well-defined focus
  • completeness of presentation proposal form
  • perceived takeaway value for the audience
  • speaking experience of presenters

Each proposal being considered will require a phone interview; you will be contacted within 30 days of your submission to set up time to discuss your proposal. You will also be contacted if your proposal is not being considered at this time; we will keep all submissions on file for future events.

If your proposal is accepted, your presentation will be due for a final review in a specified time frame determined during your interview. Presentation specifications and requirements will be sent to you after your phone interview. (If you fail to submit the presentation in the specified time, your presentation may be removed from the agenda.)

Provider Opportunities

Providers looking for speaking opportunities

The NAPCP Annual Conference is an educational, end-user-focused event. Speaking proposals are approved based on merit in this priority order:

  1. End-user-led breakout sessions make up the majority of the Annual Conference agenda; therefore, end-user submissions receive top consideration. Providers, spread the word about the NAPCP’s speaking opportunity to clients who have strong information to present. 
  2. Partner Sponsor organizations at the Silver and above level receive a 45-minute educational breakout session as part of their sponsorship package. (Note: All Partner Sponsors receive a 45-minute Provider Breakout or Demonstration in their contract; a few time slots are available to others for a fee.) To discuss these opportunities, please contact Kara Austrum at
  3. Finally, and only if there are openings in the agenda, the NAPCP will consider speaking proposals from providers, consultants, researchers, etc. To increase the chance of acceptance, the proposal must include timely, unique content, including compelling research or topics targeting advanced users.
NAPCP Contact

Please direct questions to Terri Brustad at: or telephone (952) 546-1880 ext. 6. 

Last Year's Program Download the 17th Annual Commercial Card and Payment Conference program (3MB PDF) to review the educational sessions we offered last year.


Timeline for Speaker Selection Process

August –
October 2016

NAPCP is currently accepting speaker proposals; submit your proposal online today.
August – 
October 2016

NAPCP reviews proposals and interviews potential speakers

December 2016

NAPCP notifies potential speakers of its decision

By Dec. 18, 2016

NAPCP sends PowerPoint template to all confirmed speakers

By March 3, 2017

Speakers submit final PowerPoint presentations

April 10-13, 2017

NAPCP 18th Annual Commercial Card and Payment Conference, Houston, Texas

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