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LeadingAge Colorado Annual Conference & EXPO

May 16-18, 2022
Grand Hyatt Vail

Our Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN!

Proposals are due Jan 7, 2022

LeadingAge Colorado is proud to deliver high-quality, engaging speakers on a variety of critical topics in aging services at the Annual Meeting & EXPO. We appreciate your consideration of bringing your expertise to our membership in 2022!

Please review the information below. Once you’re ready, you may submit your proposal for our 2022 Annual Meeting here.


LeadingAge Colorado is excited for our Annual Meeting + EXPO, to be held the Grand Hyatt Vail May 16-18, 2022, offering presenters an unparalleled forum to showcase a variety of forward-thinking ideas and innovations in senior care and services. Current and emerging trends, financial operations, reimbursement issues, technology advancements, marketing strategy, and regulatory environment are just a few of the focus issues we are looking for!

LeadingAge Colorado cannot provide compensation (honorarium, reimbursement, program development, etc.). A maximum of 2 presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the day of their presentation and may attend other same-day sessions at no charge.

Proposal Guidelines:

Conference Audience

The conference audience is comprised of CEOs, middle/senior managers, and other key professionals providing services and housing to older adults. Professionals in aging services and allied fields (i.e. fundraising, architecture, marketing, education, law, financial management and public administration) also attend the conference.

Submission Requirements

Submissions that are incomplete or fail to meet the following guidelines will not be considered for review:

  • Speak live at the LeadingAge Colorado Conference, on May 17, 18 or 19, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Vail. 
  • Pivot the live session to a prerecorded video that will stream virtually at a virtual conference if needed for health & safety purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, at the discretion of the association.
  • Provide a prerecorded video of the session that will stream virtually during the on-demand portion of the conference which will air a month after the live conference. 
  • All proposals must be submitted by January 7, 2022.
  • In order to develop a high-quality, well-balanced education program, LeadingAge Colorado reserves the right to limit the number of sessions an organization may provide to no more than three sessions.
  • Speakers agree to our COVID health & safety protocols: All event attendees must either be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR present a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event. This will be a fully masked conference. Masks must be worn by all attendees at all times.

LeadingAge Colorado urges submitters to consider the following as they develop content and identify speakers for proposed sessions.

All proposals are peer-reviewed. A committee of LeadingAge Colorado members considers the following criteria when evaluating the merits of each proposal:

  • Relevance of topic and applicability of concepts to aging services providers.
  • Experienced speakers, knowledgeable about the subject matter and LeadingAge audience.
  • Diversity of voices, perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences represented, including demographic diversity. Racial diversity and balanced gender representation on panels is strongly encouraged.
  • Sessions are expected to incorporate the LeadingAge Colorado member viewpoint vs. solely feature business firms or consultants. We encourage applicants to incorporate senior care providers as speakers on your presentation.
  • Sessions should include the voice of elders, especially when the content touches on the resident/client experience.
  • Be mindful of the language you use. Refer to LeadingAge’s Anti-Ageism Quick Guide to ensure your proposal reflects person-centered values and language.
  • Tailor the information to the intended audience; be specific about the topic’s relevance and applicability to a specific setting or professional discipline.
  • Consider education delivery methods that create opportunities for meaningful audience interaction and engagement.
  • Avoid focusing your session content around a specific product or service.

For your convenience, gather the following session components before starting your submission.

Session Title: list a succinct headline that clearly conveys what your session is about.

Session Narrative (300-500 words): provide a clear, detailed description of the content to be covered in your 45-60-minute session.

Learning Objectives: outline the key takeaways (specific skills and/or practical knowledge) the audience will gain by attending your session. Please click on this link to determine the appropriate and best action verb for each learning objective:  Blooms Taxonomy Verbs.

Program Diversity: describe how your session will contribute to an inclusive and diverse program with respect to voices, perspectives, populations, topics, education delivery methods, and/or audience engagement.

Contact information for each speaker – each speaker must have a unique email address. We are also collecting cell phone numbers for any emergency communications and conference app communications.

Academic and professional background for each speaker to include:

  • Highest Degree Earned
  • Major/Discipline
  • Academic Institution
  • Year
  • Provide a brief overview of the knowledge and professional experience related to the proposed session topic and the aging services field

Please Note: 

We cannot make any changes to a proposal or speakers once it has been submitted. We recommend drafting/saving your responses in advance. If selected, you will have an opportunity to update your session content and confirm new or additional speakers.

LeadingAge Colorado reserves the right to change session titles, descriptions, etc. for use in promotional materials.

After You Submit:

Our education committee will meet to review all submitted proposals and make session selections in early 2022. All who submitted a session will be notified if their sessions have been selected or not by mid-February. If your session is selected, you will have an opportunity to make updates or speaker substitutions.