Call for Breakout Session Proposals

Call for Breakout Session Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting a breakout session at the 2018 Rotary International Convention. Before developing your proposal, please review the below information carefully.


Any Rotarian, Rotaractor, Rotary alumnus, or approved Rotary organization (such as a Rotarian Action Group or Rotary Fellowship) may propose a breakout session.  To ensure high-quality, educational experiences for attendees, we request that all organizers have:

  • Experience as a speaker or facilitator
  • Education or expertise in the subject matter of the proposed session


All proposals must be submitted online by  23:59 Chicago time (UTC-5) on Sunday, 1 October 2017. We are unable to accept proposals submitted by email or after the deadline.  

Selection Process and Criteria

Space for breakout sessions is limited. We try to offer as many sessions as possible while balancing topics and styles. Subject matter experts will evaluate proposals on the following criteria.

  • Completeness, accuracy, and clarity
  • Alignment with Rotary's strategic priorities and the purpose and themes of the convention
  • Clearly defined learning objectives
  • Potential for audience engagement and learning

RI President Ian Riseley will confirm the final program with input from the convention committee. Rotary will notify you by early November whether your proposed session will be offered in Toronto.

Registration requirements

Breakout session leaders and speakers must register for the convention and pay the appropriate fees. Register online at Complimentary registration may be available for a limited number of non-Rotarian guest speakers (from partner organizations, for example). If your proposal is accepted, you will receive further instructions about guest speaker registration.


Complete the online proposal form, providing the following information about the session you plan to present.

  • Learning objectives
  • Session title
  • Session description
  • Intended audience
  • Ideal format
  • Equipment needs
  • Schedule preferences
If you have any questions, please contact us at  Be sure to add this email address to your email safe senders list so you receive all communications about your proposal. The primary contact listed in the proposal will receive all communication about the session and is responsible for sharing all pertinent information with other presenters.

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