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2018 Call for Presenters
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Call for Presenters

The 2018 Annual Conference program committee is seeking dynamic speakers for 3 or 6 hour pre conference “Masterclass” workshops (Wednesday May 9, 2018) and 75 minute conference breakout sessions (Thursday May 10 and Friday May 11, 2018). The program committee is looking for speakers who bring critical thinking coupled with real-world experience and case studies that jump start stimulating and provocative conversation about the need for increased emphasis on strategy execution. The primary goal for the conference is to deliver practical information and real-world insights with the aim of improving individual and organizational performance.


Submit a Proposal

  • Submission Period: Tuesday September 5 at 10 AM EDT - Friday October 20 at 5 PM EDT, 2017



  • Program Committee Review Period: Friday October 20 until Friday December 8

The program committee may contact submitters during this period for clarification or to request additional information.



  • Outcome Notification Period: Beginning Monday December 11

Submitters will be notified of the outcome of their submission during this period.



Conference Theme

"Bridging the Strategic Execution Gap"


Across sectors of our disrupted economy, there is growing awareness that, as key leaders formulate strategy for their organizations, a gap in understanding, performance, and execution often occurs for those charged with implementing the initiatives flowing from the strategy. This gap invariably translates into unwanted costs, lost opportunities and the failure to execute.

Strategic planning and management practitioners, consultants and academicians share a strong interest in mitigating problems that arise when a well-planned strategy fails at execution. In fact, many other professionals share our identical interest (e.g. project management, talent development, quality, finance, strategic alliance, business architecture, risk, organizational design, marketing and communications, constituent/community engagement, philanthropy, program evaluators etc.). Specific objectives for the conference are to feature a cross-section of professional perspectives, learn from every person who attends the conference, and ultimately report out the insights captured.

The 2018 conference is an opportunity to invite professional colleagues from related disciplines to join with us to establish a better understanding of the strategy execution gap. From this shared understanding, we are looking for new insights, tools and techniques that will help each profession bridge their vector of the gap.


Lead, Think, Plan, Act

The integration of ASP’s “Lead, Think, Plan, and Act” mantra, as an organizing mechanism for the conference along with involving like-minded key stakeholders in the development of the program content, will provide a golden opportunity to add thought leadership to the broader practice of strategic management.

We are looking for presentations focused on the following or similar topics:


  • The role attitude and approach of the C-Suite plays in breaking down silos to lead and communicate transformational change.
  • Best practices in leadership alignment to drive execution.
  • Case studies, tools and techniques for leading strategy execution and communicating transformational change.
  • The role culture plays in strategy execution with keys to building a strategy focused culture.
  • What role does organizational design play in effective execution?
  • Finding the right balance between crafting strategy and strategy execution.


  • The role strategic thinking plays in transformational change, effective execution and financial performance.
  • Tools and techniques for facilitating organization-wide strategic thinking.
  • How to help the entire execution team understand the “big picture”.
  • The role strategic thinking plays in getting “quality” right!
  • How can allied professionals collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer to improve strategic performance? (panel)


  • Tools and techniques for aligning the strategic plan with the Project Management Office/Enterprise Project Management Office.
  • Impact of shortened life cycles on doing it right the first time.
  • Can fewer strategic objectives result in more being accomplished? How do you know?
  • Where does risk management contribute to reducing the execution gap?
  • Case studies, frameworks, tools and techniques for organizing a planning process which results in high-priority initiatives at the strategic level.


  • What do Project Management Offices and Project Management Professionals need from the Chief Strategy Officer to be successful?
  • How Operations supports strategy formulation and execution.
  • The role cross-functional accountability plays in strategy execution.
  • What is the role of leaders and managers to get alignment to enable effective execution?
  • How to build an integrated system of performance measures that will meet the needs of key stakeholders.
  • Best practices in 21st Century strategy execution.
  • Best practices in Chief Strategy Officer and Project Management Office communications and coordination.

Benefits of Speaking

For Service Providers and Consultants

You will have the opportunity to share your thought leadership and novel points of view in a consultative (non-direct sales) way to leaders and managers of strategy. You will be able to create brand awareness and network with key leaders at high profile, global event focused on strategy.


For Corporate, Non-Profit, Academia/Students, or Government employees

You will benefit from sharing your thought leadership and networking with peers from a variety of industries who can share their experiences and lessons learned while having your conference registration fee waived.



Please know that, consistent with ASP’s mission as a voluntary professional association, all ASP’s conference presenters are volunteers. In effect, by volunteering to be a presenter, you extend our noble tradition of peer-to-peer service. Just as importantly, you help build the camaraderie that makes ASP special—camaraderie we believe you will likewise enjoy. Because our conference presenters are volunteers, we cannot provide stipends or fund presenter travel. 
ASP membership is not a prerequisite for being a conference presenter.



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