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Be a Part of Product Stewardship 2018!

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 are looking for a select group of speaker proposals to round out our amazing Product Stewardship 2018 program. If you have a great session idea that falls within one of these topics, we want you to share it!
  • Asia Pacific/Latin America Issues
  • Extended Producer Responsibility Requirements
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Supply Chain/Value Chain Communications & Challenges
  • Talent Management
Specifically, the Product Stewardship Society is seeking conference proposals that address the following key issues:
  • Supply chain transparency and confidentiality
  • Managing data and a variety of data sources, systems, and information
  • Managing talent, including hiring and developing staff and formalizing individuals’ roles and responsibilities
  • Nuances in doing business across a global marketplace, specifically in developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific
If you’ve already submitted a proposal in one of these topics, no need to submit it again.

Submissions are accepted through midnight Eastern, April 13, 2018.


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 sample proposal form now​​ to gather your thoughts before submitting your information online.

Presentation T​ypes

  • Express Session:30-minute session that delivers focused content on a specific topic (20 minute presentation w/ 10 minutes for Q&A).
  • 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).
  • Deep Dive Session:1.5 hour session that dives 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 presentation online​. Each submission will be reviewed by a team of volunteers and staff. Notifications of submission status will be sent in April.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Christoe, Program Manager, Education​.​​