Call for Speakers 


Increase your visibility throughout the ISACA international community by becoming an event speaker. ISACA issues Calls for Speakers for its education events, and a volunteer task force vets speakers based on subject matter expertise and other criteria on this page. Learn more about Call for Speaker opportunities by clicking the events below.
Learn how to submit a proposal.

Events With Open Calls For Speakers



Open Call

  • Open Call for online events and other educational programs. Not related to a specific event.


Call for Speakers Process  |  Learning Objectives and Education Mission  |  How to Submit a Proposal   
How Speakers Are Chosen  |  Benefits of Speaking  |  Speaker Expense Reimbursement


ISACA Call for Speakers Process

(Please note: the following information is specific to education events ISACA produces at the International Headquarters level. Local ISACA chapter events are not subject to this procedure. Please contact your local ISACA chapter for additional information regarding local education events.)

ISACA issues specific Calls for Speakers for each education event it produces at the International Headquarters level, as well as a general call not related to a specific event.

The Call for Speakers clearly identifies:

  • Target audiences
  • Learning objectives
  • Education delivery methods
  • Event structure
  • Possible topics

ISACA empanels a Conference Development Task Force, which for each conference is comprised of member-volunteers who demonstrate subject matter expertise and competencies in education program development. The task force identifes elements within the Call for Speakers (listed above), then review the proposals, vet the speakers, and make final topic and speaker selections. Task force members work with the selected speaker throughout the session development process to ensure compliance with the stated objectives and to avoid overt commercialism.

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Learning Objectives and Education Mission

Continuing professional education is best accomplished in a setting that encourages dialogue, discussion and debate both formally within the sessions and informally.

ISACA seeks innovated session proposals that not only speak to the technical issues, but also provide context. Speakers should offer real-world examples, “war stories”, case studies, successes and failures, examples of actual tools and working papers used (including mapping to ISACA frameworks where appropriate), and insights on emerging issues. Sessions should be designed to encourage interactive audience participation by including small group discussions, exercises and other activities to interject energy and promote dialogue. ISACA is not looking for lectures, but rather innovative and exciting sessions. ISACA expects learning objectives for proposed sessions to reflect actions and abilities the attendees can employ from participating in the session. The learning objectives must be clear and measurable. Learning objectives need to complete the following sentence: “After completing this session, the participant will be able to…”.

The speaker must provide additional resources such as bibliographies, white papers, relevant articles, tools, guides, sample programs and other information that extends the learning beyond the session and adds value to the event. Presentation material including additional resources is subject to quality review by the Conference Development Task Force and must be ready in its final form approximately 10 weeks prior to the event. Please carefully consider if selected as a speaker whether you would be able to comply with the deadline.

Industry-specific sessions are welcome to make guidance more specific. Proposals from a team or a panel are encouraged in order to share multiple perspectives on a topic. Speakers are expected to have read and be familiar with portions of COBIT, Val IT, Risk IT, and other ISACA thought leadership that are relevant to their presentations. Speakers should consider how presentation content supports CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC knowledge objectives.

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How to Submit a Proposal

Potential speakers must complete an official ISACA session proposal form for each proposed event and topic (click the events with open calls for speakers below). The session proposal form serves to document the speaker’s vision of the proposed session and how he/she intends to treat the various issues of the topic. The Conference Development Task Force can only make its speaker selections after a comprehensive review of the session proposal documentation and bona fides. It is important to include a full biographical sketch and detailed list of speaking engagements.

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**Special note to public relations firms and internal marketing departments submitting proposals on behalf of a potential speaker: You must provide the direct contact information for the speaker. The speaker must be aware of the submission and be able to accept the commitment of presenting at the event if selected. ISACA must be able to correspond with the speaker directly. ISACA understands third parties and other interested persons often need to be included in any communications and will endeavor to keep everyone informed.

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How Speakers Are Chosen

Proposals are reviewed by a Conference Development Task Force comprised of member-volunteers who demonstrate subject matter expertise and competencies in education program development. The task force members vet the potential speaker, not the speaker’s company or organization. ISACA expects the speaker to honor his or her commitment to present the proposed session at the subject event.

The proposals are evaluated in whole or in part on the following criteria:

  • Subject matter relevance and timeliness
  • Clearly stated learning objectives and purpose
  • Practical application of material
  • Technical accuracy
  • Context of the issues including real-world case studies, examples, and stories
  • Potential for audience interactive participation
  • Speaker presentation skills and experience
  • Speaker subject matter knowledge and expertise
  • Speaker industry leadership
  • Education focus devoid of overt and covert commercialism
  • Overall quality of the written proposal

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Benefits of Speaking

An international professional organization with more than 95,000 constituents in more than 160 countries, ISACA is a leading provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems assurance and security, enterprise governance of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. ISACA education is recognized throughout the industry. Speakers associated with ISACA education events are similarly recognized as industry leaders and subject matter experts.

  • All selected speakers receive a complimentary registration to the event (not including optional workshops).
  • Speakers gain increased visibility throughout the ISACA international community.
  • Speakers and their companies and organizations are included in promotional information sent to regional and international constituents via hard copy brochures and other marketing material, the ISACA web site, press releases and other publicity outlets.
  • Speakers have the opportunity to network with peers and other professionals at specifically designed points throughout the event.
  • Speakers can prove their value, expertise, knowledge and acumen by presenting relevant and timely subjects in an effective manner, often leading to business development.

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Speaker Expense Reimbursement

ISACA is a not-for-profit organization serving the IT assurance, information security management and IT governance communities. Most speakers and their companies recognize the importance of being part of ISACA’s education events and embrace a philanthropic spirit by funding travel and lodgings. ISACA education events provide speakers the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and experience, as well as to network with constituents for business development purposes. In appreciation for all the hard work and effort, ISACA offers a full complimentary conference registration (not including workshops) to all speakers. In addition, ISACA recognizes speakers and their companies as “conference supporters” in conference literature distributed to delegates.

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