Become a Speaker

bbcon gets bigger and more exciting each year. We're looking for inspiring, impactful, and insightful speakers to join the incredible line-up of events at our 2018 conference in Orlando, FL. If you're a game-changer, thought leader, storyteller, or simply passionate about sharing what you know with philanthropic professionals, we want to hear from you!


Share and showcase your social good expertise from October 9–11 in Orlando. Get recognition from industry colleagues and take advantage of unparalleled networking opportunities with other nonprofits, corporations, industry experts, and thought leaders from the social good sector. Please review the following information before submitting a proposal. The deadline to submit is April 4, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

Blackbaud will review and evaluate each session proposal using the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of content
  • Relevance to Conference audience
  • Timeliness
  • Practical Application

Presentation Format

Each Conference session will be 45 or 60 minutes long. We ask that prospective speakers design sessions that are interactive and engaging to the audience and avoid reading text from a PowerPoint® presentation.

Speaker Registration and Travel

Speakers who abide by all obligations and deadlines will receive complimentary registration for the day of their session; those planning to attend the entire conference will have discounted rate of $400. Blackbaud requires that, if you are a consultant, no more than one person from your company receive the discounted registration rate for speaking. If you plan to submit a proposal with more than one person from your organization, please be aware of this policy change. 

Application Process

An email confirming that we have received your proposal will be sent after you complete and submit your application. This email will include an Abstract Service Center login and password. We recommend saving this information in case you should need to change/edit your proposal.

If you would like to present this session with another speaker, please click "Add An Additional Speaker" on the "Review Information" page and fill out the required information.

Please note that we have provided the option to save your application and edit at a later time. If you choose this option, your proposal will not be submitted and you will need to log into the Abstract Service Center to successfully submit the application. All applications that are "in progress" at the time of the submission deadline will not be considered.

More information regarding bbcon 2018 can be found by visiting the bbcon website. If you need assistance or have any questions regarding speaking at bbcon, please email If you have a general question about the conference, please email




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