Call for Presentations – 2023

Do you have broad experience as a presenter (working with and speaking to diverse audiences)? Is your content fresh and highly relevant to cheese industry professionals or enthusiasts? Would your audiences describe you as a dynamic presenter? If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then you meet ACS’s qualifications—and we encourage you to submit a proposal for a conference presentation!

For webinar proposals, please email [email protected] with your topic and ideas.

Not interested in submitting a proposal but have some ideas for programming, webinars, or speakers? Submit them in the ACS Programming Suggestion Box, we’d love to hear them!

Call for Conference Presentations

Our next in-person conference will be held in Des Moines, Iowa July 18-21, 2023.

Our Call for Presentations for the 2023 Annual American Cheese Society Conference will run from July 20th, 2022 – Jan 9th, 2023.  This year, we have extended the call for presentations into the start of 2023 and shortened development time of sessions at the request of presenters.  We hope it will encourage more fresh ideas and new conversation!

Please submit your information about your proposed presentation here.  All presentations will be reviewed by the ACS Education Committee, and we try to have all acceptances and feedback complete by Feb. 2023.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION GUIDELINES
  • Panels should not consist of more than three speakers and one moderator (four participants total).
  • Presentations are submitted with the understanding that these are volunteer presenter roles. As a presenter you agree to take on the expense of your travel, if required for your presentation.
  • Presenters do receive benefits for speaking at the ACS conference: including either a complimentary day pass or 50% off full conference registration plus one (1) hotel room night at one of the conference hotels
TARGET PROFILE

The Target Profile of a conference session is as follows:

– Topic is timely, original, and data-driven.
– Presentation format is engaging and interactive.
– Content has useful post-conference application.

These components represent the building blocks of successful seminars, and are among the primary criteria used by the Education Committee in the evaluation of session proposals. If you would like to submit a proposal, please look to the Target Profile as a reference point.

CORE CONCEPTS

The Education Committee has identified core concepts that are especially essential to ACS members at present. Education related to these topics will be given particular priority in the year ahead, though we welcome all topics beyond these:

  • Advancements in Science & Academia
  • Mental Health
  • Inclusivity and Advancement in the Cheese Industry
    • Best Practices Approaches for DEI
  • HR Solutions & Development & Retention 
    • Understanding the Changing Landscape of HR
  • Affinage
    • Focus on Economic, Systems, or Practices
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • New & Creative, Fresh Cheeses to Help CashFlow
    • Coldpack, Dips, Spread Cheese
  • E-Commerce & Shipping Across the Industry
  • Inventory Systems & Shipping Management Systems
  • Financial Management for Small Business
    • “Math for Cheesemakers”
    • “What is a Profit and Loss Statement?”
    • “Did Our Websales lose us money this year?”
    • Creating a Working Cashflow
    • Signs of Financial Health in Your Small Business
  • Marketing Strategies
    • Working with Publicists / Media Outreach
    • Working with Content Creators / Freelancers
    • TPR – What is it? And was your promo effective?
  • Small Ruminants – Animal Husbandry & Cheese Production
    • What is Big Enough? Scaling
    • Problems, Growth, and Stability
  • Case Studies on Your Operations – all topics!

Again, these are jumping off points – we welcome all presentation ideas!  These are meant to inspire.

 

THE EVALUATION PROCESS

Members of the Education Committee evaluate all proposed sessions based on the following criteria:

  • well-defined focus within the core concepts listed below
  • overall quality
  • relevance to the industry
  • practical application of material
  • timeliness of the topic
  • format is engaging and interactive
  • speaker qualifications
  • your program must be educational in nature—sales presentations will not be accepted
  • material should be original: otherwise, sources must be referenced. For sessions with multiple speakers, each speaker must agree to this submission.
  • Incomplete programs will not be considered

Please submit your information about your proposed presentation here.  All presentations will be reviewed by the ACS Education Committee, and we try to have all acceptances and feedback complete by Feb. 2023.