APG Professional Management Conference 2015 - Call for Speakers

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 17th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday and Friday, 8-9 January 2015, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, just prior to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 


APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2015 APG Professional Management Conference. PMC classes and workshops should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate their current business, and meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client. Classes will be one (1) hour in length; workshops two (2) hours.

Topics of Interest

Proposals should focus on topics relevant to professional genealogists, but they do not need to be specifically genealogical. Ideas to consider include, but are not limited to:
  • Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
  • Business-owning topics
  • Speaker or lecturer training
  • Client relationships
  • Certification/Accreditation 
  • Organization and/or time management
  • Research reports and other genealogical writing
  • Technology or social media for professionals
  • Topics relevant to students interested in genealogical careers
Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods - while still being relevant to professional genealogists. Classes centered on case studies are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics

The overwhelming majority of PMC attendees have been involved with genealogy for more than 10 years. Nearly a quarter hold advanced college degrees. Almost all attendees offer genealogical-research services for clients, and a majority are also speakers/lecturers and writers/authors. Many hold or have held leadership positions in local societies and/or APG.

Successful proposals will recognize attendees' professionalism and accomplishments and seek to take their skills to the next level. 

Submission Details

Classes and workshops must be new and original. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will be considered as well.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org either in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 26 April 2014, and should include the following information:
  • Name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of speaker
  • Title of the class or workshop
  • Summary of the class or workshop (less than 100 words)
  • Detailed description of the class or workshop (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • Explanation of how the class or workshop meets demands faced by professional genealogists (roughly 50–75 words)
  • Speaker biography highlighting speaker's qualifications or expertise in topic proposed (appox. 100 words)
  • List of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic and location
  • Whether you would be willing for your presentation to be recorded and broadcast for the Virtual PMC
Speaker Compensation

Selected speakers will receive a complimentary PMC registration, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all-inclusive honorarium for a one-hour class presentation or a $650 all-inclusive honorarium for a two-hour workshop presentation. Keynote speakers will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium, and all non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.