Call for Speakers

Want to share your expertise, raise your professional profile, and connect with organizational managers, directors, executive decision makers?

Submit your application to present at BLR’s conferences to increase your visibility as a thought leader and demonstrate the valuable education, guidance, and best practices you can provide to our audiences.

Benefits of Presenting at BLR Conferences

We offer many benefits to our conference speakers, including the opportunity to share experiences, network with peers, and interact with audiences in a relatively intimate setting.

Before the event, we also provide speakers with an opportunity to discuss their areas of expertise in BLR articles, podcasts, and webinars.

We promote our speakers on our website and in our email, social media, and other marketing efforts, which reach thousands of professional across the target markets.

Each conference speaker receives:

  • a complimentary, full conference pass;
  • customizable marketing collateral; and
  • a 20% discount to share with clients.


Submission Requirements:

Complete the conference speaker questionnaire* found at

Be sure to provide:

  • a succinct and clear summary of what you intend to present;
  • the learning objectives of your talk;
  • the anticipated length of your discussion;
  • why the issue is important;
  • a list of your credentials and experience;
  • a link to your website(s); and
  • contact information for 2 or more professional references who can attest to your speaking ability/presentation skills.


Submission Deadline:

We have a rolling submission process. While we do not have a firm deadline by which you must submit your proposal(s), we recommend that you submit your information as soon as possible to ensure consideration for the event(s) for which you have expressed interest. Generally, speakers are confirmed for our events at least six to nine months in advance. If the requested event is filled, we will consider your submission for future planning.


What to Expect if Selected to Present:

When you agree to present, you will be expected to participate in at least one preconference call with BLR staff and, if applicable, fellow session speakers.

We offer many opportunities to introduce you to your target audience ahead of the event. For instance, and pending space on BLR’s editorial calendar, you may opt to:

  • write cross-promotional content (e.g., bylined articles/Q&A, quizzes) published to reach thousands of BLR subscribers;
  • be interviewed for a podcast (BLR currently hosts HR Works and EHS on Tap); and/or
  • deliver a webinar.

You will need to supply a PowerPoint deck by specified deadlines on the supplied conference template. We also encourage you to provide additional materials to enhance the audience’s learning experience, e.g., workbooks, fact sheets, checklists, etc.

You will be expected to provide a professional quality presentation, delivered within the allotted time on the agreed upon topic that is free from overt “selling” and addresses all of the agreed upon learning objectives. BLR reserves the right to request additional revisions to meet editorial standards as needed.


Want to Speak and Sponsor/Exhibit?

Our sponsors and exhibitors are a valuable part of our events, and we are pleased to include a sponsor or exhibitor representative as a speaker.  All accepted presentations are based on the merit of the proposal, the individual speaker, the relevance of the topic, and the availability of a speaking slot. It is imperative that presentations do not include overt sales pitches.


Speaking Opportunities for 2017 and 2018:

Safety Summit | April 2018

The Safety Summit is one of the nation’s most cost-effective solutions for safety professionals looking to improve safety management and OSHA compliance. At this two-day recertification event, safety managers and directors learn practical strategies to avoid violations under state and federal law, improve training to reduce injuries, secure C-Suite and employee buy-in of safety protocols, and slash costs.

Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium | April 2018

BLR’s Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium is the nation’s leading workplace violence prevention conference. This event provides safety and HR professionals with tactical strategies for reducing the risk of security breaches, workplace violence, and legal liabilities through powerful keynotes, substantive breakout sessions, and skills-building workshops.

RecruitCon | May 2018
As a revived job market reenergizes the war for talent, RecruitCon puts you in direct connection with HR managers and recruiting professionals looking to get the competitive edge. Employers need a recruiting program that will beat out the competition for top talent. RecruitCon provides the tools and tactics attendees need to keep up with new trends, streamline hiring processes, sharpen interview skills, improve onboarding, and more.

THRIVE Annual Conference | May 2018
THRIVE is BLR’s membership community of HR strategic thinkers, comprising forward-thinking, influential HR executives, academics and consultants from the nation’s most prominent organizations. The THRIVE Annual Conference provides an opportunity to engage with this audience as a thought leader. Proposals that have been pre-approved for HRCI business credit are of particular interest for this conference.

Safety Culture | September 2018
Safety Culture is the nation’s most targeted event on safety culture improvement to increase engagement, strengthen compliance, and create more alignment between staff and safety initiatives. According to OSHA, developing a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on incident reduction in any process.

California Employment Law Update | October 11-13, 2017; October 2018
Now in its 12th year, CELU is widely recognized as the leading California-specific employment law conference, attracting forward-thinking human resources professionals, executives, and in-house counsel. The advanced agenda provides crucial employment law guidance and lively interaction with many of the state’s leading authorities on management best practices and workplace policy in California.

Cal OSHA Summit | October 10-11, 2017; October 2018
California employers want to maintain a safe work environment—to protect their workforce and avoid costly payouts—but it’s difficult to meet the state’s complex and ever-changing compliance obligations. To fill this critical market need, BLR presents Cal/OSHA Summit—a 1.5-day solution-focused event for California safety managers, consultants, and other professionals charged with compliance under Cal/OSHA regulations.

Advanced Employment Law Symposium | November 15-17, 2017; November 2018
AEIS delivers vital information through a comprehensive overview of breaking legislative changes, strategies to overcome complex compliance issues, and a networking opportunity unmatched by any other conference on the market. Attendees leave this event with the tools they need to limit their company’s liability under federal law, implement strategic shifts due to emerging trends impacting the workplace, and drive future business success.

Workforce Learning Development | November 16-17, 2017; November 2018
Workforce Learning & Development is a must-attend event for today’s HR and training professionals. This conference is designed to provide proven methods for leveraging technology and applying cutting-edge strategies to enhance organizational performance. Attendees get powerful strategies for creating an engaging environment for professional development that supports business growth and workforce retention.