Call for 2023 Presentations

  • Planning is currently underway for the 2023 CSMFO conference, which is scheduled for January 31-February 3, 2023, in Sacramento. The conference theme, Back to the Capital, acknowledges, in part, our return to Sacramento for the 6th time, as well as our continued return to in-person events. The conference theme is focused on three concepts around supporting local charities, going green, and living in the moment. It also acknowledges that CSMFO members are focused on physical and human capital to build the infrastructure to support our agencies and our communities. We look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with you and your colleagues to share information and learn from each other.

    At this time, we are seeking proposals for concurrent sessions. If you have an idea for a session, please let us know by completing the attached submission form. Note that these are NOT paid presentation opportunities.

    We are planning for both an in-person event in February 2023, followed by a more limited virtual event roughly 4-6 weeks later. To accomplish that, we will be recording selected concurrent sessions and then broadcasting those recorded sessions for the virtual event. In order to make the virtual event as rewarding for our members as possible, and to also ensure that those sessions will quality for continuing professional education (CPE) credits, we are asking that presenters for those recorded sessions also be available for the virtual event so that they can respond to questions.

    To ensure that we can accommodate both an in-person and a virtual conference, we ask that you indicate in your proposal if you would be willing to be recorded, and if you would be available to participate in the virtual event on a date certain, 4-6 weeks following the conference.

    Concurrent sessions cover all aspects of local government finance, including accounting and financial reporting, budget and financial planning, financial management, treasury and debt, information technology and innovation, leadership and management skills, and any other finance-related topic. Many of our members either have utilities, or are separate utility special districts, so we are always interested in session proposals that would be pertinent to their operations.

    We are especially interested in those sessions that provide information about technical subjects, best practices, and topics that are relevant in the current financial and operational environment. If you have an idea for a great session, please let us know by submitting a response to our Call for Presentations.

    Topics should be educational, non-commercial, and provide value to a wide-ranging group of attendees. Sales pitches or marketing for products and/or services submitted as proposals will NOT be considered. Sessions should include at least one practitioner who is currently employed with a California public agency. IF A PRACTITIONER IS NOT INCLUDED, THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE CHANCES OF YOUR PROPOSAL BEING CONSIDERED, LET ALONE SELECTED. Because concurrent sessions are typically 1 hour 15 minutes in length, the number of speakers is limited to no more than three. If your proposal consists of a moderated panel discussion, your panel moderator is included in the maximum allowable number of 3. Please make sure everyone proposed for your session is available during the dates of the conference (January 31-February 3, 2023).

    Scheduling of sessions will likely be determined before December 1, 2022. CSMFO will notify you if your proposal is selected.


    Contact Harriet Commons with any questions or comments.

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