Call for 2022 Presentations

  • Planning is currently underway for the 2022 CSMFO conference, which is scheduled for February 15-18, 2022, in San Diego. The conference theme, Discover CSMFO: Exploring our Financial Future, is especially appropriate, given all of the challenges we’ve faced professionally and personally with COVID-19. We look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with you and your colleagues in a critical time 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.

    Given the success of our virtual 2021 conference, we are planning for both an in-person event in February 2022, followed by a more limited virtual event roughly 4-6 weeks later. To accomplish that, we will be recording selected concurrent sessions during the in-person conference 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 their recorded sessions during 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. We anticipate having the ability to be somewhat flexible in slotting recorded sessions into the multi-day virtual conference format to accommodate any scheduling conflicts for presenters.

    Concurrent sessions cover all aspects of local government finance, including accounting and financial reporting, budget and financial planning, financial management (including utility financial management), treasury and debt, information technology and innovation, leadership and management skills, and any other finance-related topic. We are especially interested in those sessions that provide information about best practices, are relevant in the current economic period, and are in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles where applicable. 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 should be limited to no more than three. Please make sure everyone proposed for your session is available during the dates of the conference (February 15-18, 2022).

    Scheduling of sessions will likely be determined before December 1, 2021. CSMFO will notify you if your proposal is selected.


    Contact Harriet Commons with any questions or comments.

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