Session Submissions

Contribute to the educational value of IAVM’s VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show!

IAVM’s Education Department is seeking proposals that contain relevant, innovative, and well researched content.

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) 94th VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show provides targeted education created specifically for more than 2,000 arena, stadium, convention center, performing arts center, amphitheater & fairgrounds, university, and allied professionals.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago! 

Submission Guidelines

  • IAVM membership is not required for a submission.
  • There are no fees required to submit a proposal.
  • All proposals must be non-sales or marketing orientated.
  • Session slots are 45 and 60 minutes. (It is suggested that you include time for Q&A)


IAVM does not normally pay per diem, honoraria, or expenses. However, all considerations will be made on a per session/speaker basis.

Proposal Review Process

The 2019 VenueConnect Sector Planning Committees will review each submission and will contact you by the end of December to inform you of their decision.

VenueConnect Session Categories

The 2019 VenueConnect Sector Planning Committees have chosen session categories for their respective education tracks. Please review the list below for each sector’s categories.

All Venues : Guest Services
All Venues : Leadership
All Venues : Recruiting & Retaining Organization Talent
All Venues : Technology
All Venues : Women in Leadership Keynote
All Venues : Women in Leadership Panel
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Community Outreach
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Creative Revenue Ideas
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Leadership
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Marketing & Social Media
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Risk Management Insurance
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Safety & Security
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Technology
Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds : Town Hall
Arenas : Agent & Promoter Showcase
Arenas : Agent Panel
Arenas : Creating Own Content
Arenas : Leadership
Arenas : Marketing & Social Media
Arenas : Recruiting & Retaining Organization Talent
Arenas : Revenue & Sales
Arenas : Safety & Security
Arenas : Technology
Arenas : Ticketing
Arenas : Town Hall
Convention Centers : Diversity & Inclusion
Convention Centers : Food & Beverage
Convention Centers : Guest Services
Convention Centers : Leadership
Convention Centers : Operations
Convention Centers : Research/Data/VDS
Convention Centers : Revenue & Sales
Convention Centers : Round Tables
Convention Centers : Safety & Security
Convention Centers : Technology
Convention Centers : Town Hall
Executive Track : Data/Research/VDS
Executive Track : Guest Service Experience for Executives
Executive Track : Leadership
Executive Track : Marketing & Social Media
Executive Track : Recruiting & Retaining Talent
Executive Track : Revenue & Sales
Executive Track : Safety & Security
Performing Arts : Diversity & Inclusion
Performing Arts : Effective Inter-Departmental Communication
Performing Arts : Guest Services
Performing Arts : Leadership
Performing Arts : Operations
Performing Arts : Programming Content Creation
Performing Arts : Recruiting & Retaining Talent
Performing Arts : Research/Data
Performing Arts : Safety & Security
Performing Arts : Town Hall #1
Performing Arts : Town Hall #2
Stadiums : Australia/New Zealand Business Cultural Diversity
Stadiums : Data/Research/VDS
Stadiums : Diversity & Inclusion
Stadiums : Food & Beverage
Stadiums : Guest Services
Stadiums : Leadership
Stadiums : Operations
Stadiums : Safety & Security
Stadiums : Technology
Stadiums : Town Hall
Stadiums : Year in Review
Universities : Art of Teaching for Current Faculty
Universities : Industry Research
Universities : Leadership
Universities : Poster Session - Submitted Research
Universities : Programming/Content Creation/Agents & Promotors
Universities : Recruiting & Retaining Talent
Universities : Safety & Security
Universities : Student Employment Panel
Universities : Town Hall
Universities : Work Life Balance - Productivity Focused

Session Submission Form

The deadline to submit a session, was Friday, November 30 and is now closed for The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) 94th VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show

Submission portal for the 95th VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show will open fall 2019. 

IAVM is grateful for
the support of our
Global Partners:


Have a question for us? We’d love to hear from you! Fill out this contact form, and we’ll make sure the most appropriate department receives your message.


Join the passionate venue industry leaders who are IAVM: