AISES Seeking Presentation Proposals the 2016 Leadership Summit

About the Leadership Summit

The 2016 AISES Leadership Summit will focus on building the skill and knowledge of AISES members in the realm of professional and career development – to better prepare AISES members to attain jobs and careers in the fields of STEM. This comprehensive learning experience will address building the leadership skills of approximately 125 AISES college and graduate student members and 75 professional members, including regional and national student representatives. In addition to informational sessions, there will be peer-to-peer networking, regional conference planning, a traditional closing circle, and a closing banquet.

The 2016 AISES Leadership Summit will be the first of its kind! In partnership with IBM and the Mayo Clinic, AISES will host the Leadership Summit at the IBM and Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, MN.

For more information and to register for the 2016 Leadership Summit visit:

Call for Proposals

AISES is seeking presentation proposals for sessions during the 2016 Leadership Summit.  The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Program Tracks & Sessions

There will be two tracks, each offering 5-6 CONCURRENT sessions:

  1. Higher Education track for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM;
  2. Professional track for AISES members with careers in STEM (includes entry-, mid-career, and seasoned professionals).

Suggested Topic Areas

The following is a list of suggested topics, proposed by AISES members, partners, and staff. However, AISES welcomes ideas and encourages the submission of new and innovative session ideas not listed below that are appropriate for leadership development. While the following session topics are listed under specific tracks, session proposals in any of the listed areas may apply to both student and professional audiences.

Topics in the Higher Education Track:

  • Traditional indigenous leadership styles
  • Communication skills
  • Leveraging native values in STEM careers
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Interviewing skills
  • Balancing family and studies
  • Proposal writing
  • Utilizing LinkedIn, Social media, and an online presence
  • Organizing and planning community service/service learning projects
  • Event planning
  • Public speaking

Topics in the Professional Track:

  • Leadership styles
  • Change management
  • Team building
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-advocacy
  • Bridging traditional native values within STEM
  • Project management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strategic planning
  • Outreach & Recruitment for Professional Chapters
  • Proposal writing
  • Entrepreneurship

Proposal Review Process

All proposals will be evaluated by AISES staff a review committee comprised of student representatives, AISES board, and the Council of Elders. Please be advised that the committee reserves the right to decline or accept your proposal in full, or in part, in the interest of providing a balanced program. Your flexibility and willingness to work with individuals with similar and/or related topics is appreciated.  In some cases, AISES may request that sessions be combined and/or modified to meet the event’s objectives.

Criteria for Proposal Submission Review & Selection

Proposals for sessions will be reviewed for:

  • Relevance to AISES mission and Leadership Summit goals and initiatives;
  • Potential to engage with and facilitate interaction among participants;
  • Desirability of topics by professional and student attendees;
  • Cultural relevance and originality;
  • Clarity of proposal topic, goals, and objectives.

Only Complete Proposals Will Be Reviewed. Complete proposals include:

  • Application form;
  • Final copies of ALL handouts;
  • A list of audio/visual and technology needs.

Timeline and General Information

  • Deadline for submission of proposals:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (email to:
  • Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
  • Presenter confirmation: Monday, February 22,2016
  • Sessions are generally slated to be 50 minutes in duration. Sessions of longer duration or multiple parts may be considered upon request.
  • Presenters are invited to submit proposals that cater to both tracks.
  • Sessions may be developed as speaker presentations or interactive workshops. Note: interactive sessions will be given preference.

Conference Logistics for Presenters

  • Conference presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and related conference expenses.
  • One complimentary Leadership Summit registration will be given per session.

For Questions Contact:

Kathy DeerInWater at or call (720) 552-6123.

Download the Call for Proposals and Application