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Be a part of Product Stewardship 2017!

The Product Stewardship Conference brings together professionals from over a dozen different industry sectors and throughout the value chain- it offers an experience like no other by delivering unique education and networking opportunities. You can add to the experience with your expertise.

We invite you to not only attend, but to be part of the conference as well. You can inspire your colleagues with new ideas, practical solutions, and best practices they need to manage the challenges of today and prepare for the issues of tomorrow.

As we aim to provide the highest quality learning experiences with knowledgeable and skilled speakers, please note that we reserve the right to make adjustments to any session that does not meet these items above.


View criteria and suggested topics for Product Stewardship 2017


The submission portal is now closed. Notifications will be sent in late April.

Plan Your Submissi​on

We encourage you to gather your thoughts for your session proposal before you start the online form. Session proposals require sharp and succinct titles, clear and compelling descriptions, and well-defined learning objectives.

  • Your title should be 10 words or less and capture who your session is for and what topic will be covered.
  • Your description should be 150 words or less and build on your title, focus on the learning objectives and explain the value of attending your session to your target audience.
  • Your learning objectives should focus on specific skills that will be gained, rather than just delivering information.
View the proposal form now​ to gather your thoughts before submitting your information online.

Presentation T​ypes

  • Standard Session:1-hour session that provides practical real-world content on a current or emerging issue (45 minute presentation w/ 15 minutes for Q&A).
  • Express Session:30-minute session that delivers focused content on a specific topic (20 minute presentation w/ 10 minutes for Q&A).
  • Deep Dive Session:1.5 hour session designed to dive into a topic and explore it in depth (75 minute presentation w/ 15 minutes for Q&A).

Learning Objecti​ves

Proposals should include three learning objectives that define what attendees will have learned by the end of your session. These objectives can focus on changes in the attendees’ knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes. Learning objectives should identify demonstrable behavior. It’s not enough to say they will “understand” something. How will they demonstrate that understanding?

Learning objectives begin with the phrase “At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…” This is followed by an action verb and description of the attendees’ changed behavior.

Learning Le​vels

It is important to identify the level of content in order to help learners identify whether the education is appropriate to what they need to learn. The identifiers below will help the audience determine for whom the content is designed for:

  • Novice - new to the job, role, or task, with no or limited knowledge of the content. Learning need: Training
  • Competent - can perform to basic standards; has a thorough understanding of the content area but limited practical/work experience in the application of the content/concepts. Learning need: Practice, Coaching
  • Experienced - has a thorough understanding of the content area and work experience including application and evaluation of the content/concepts in a variety of contexts; can vary performance based on unique situations. Learning Need: Access to Resources
  • Expert - has extensive content knowledge and deep understanding of their discipline, notices features and meaningful patterns, can reason through new information, can invent new or better ways to do a job. Learning Need: Collaboration, Problem Solving

Adult Learning Technique​s/Audience Participation

The Product Stewardship Society is interested in learner-centric presentations that use good adult learning techniques. When designing the structure of your presentation, consider using one or more of the following techniques that engage the learner:

  • Group discussion
  • Problem-solving
  • Case methods
  • Simulation exercises
  • Games
  • Role play

Attendees should not only hear about your perspective on the topic, but have an opportunity to think through their own experiences and how what you are sharing applies to them in their workplace.

Submission Process

Submit your proposal by Monday, February 27. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission. Keep this confirmation in your files. Each submission will be reviewed by a team of volunteers and staff. You will be notified in April with the status of your submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Christoe, technical program coordinator​.​​


The submission portal is now closed. Notifications will be sent in late April.