• ACFE Call for Speakers Web FAQ

    I received an invitation to submit a proposal; does that mean I am speaking at the conference?
    No. Our call for speakers is only an invitation to submit a proposal for consideration. The invitation is not a guarantee that your proposal will be selected.

    Is this a proposal to keynote?
    No. Keynote sessions are selected separately and are not a part of our call-for-speakers process. The proposal you will submit will be considered only for a concurrent session.

    Do I need to supply my slides, paper, and CV with my proposal?
    No. All proposals are evaluated based on the online submission only. We do not require any other support documentation for consideration.

    When will I find out if my proposal has been accepted?
    Speakers are notified at least four months before the conference. There are some exceptions, but the policy is to notify a speaker with enough advance notice to meet the ACFE requirements.

    What happens if my topic is not selected?
    Once all speakers for a conference have been confirmed, individuals whose topics were not selected are notified via email.

    How do I get to speak at one of the regional events?
    We select speakers for our regional Fraud Conferences (Canada, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Europe) who are employed and reside in those regions. Anyone can submit a topic for the ACFE Global Fraud Conference.

    Can I propose a panel?
    Yes. The ACFE develops all panel topics internally; however, a panel topic may be proposed with the understanding that the ACFE will ultimately select a moderator and panelists who may be different from the individuals submitting the topic.

    Can I present my session with a co-presenter?
    Maybe. Under certain circumstances the ACFE does allow co-presenters. However travel reimbursement restrictions may apply (e.g., the ACFE only pays travel and accommodations for one speaker, not both. If you would like your session to be considered as one requiring a co-presenter, please contact speakerproposal@ACFE.com prior to submitting a topic for more details.

    If selected as a speaker does the ACFE pay my travel expenses?
    Yes. If selected to speak, the ACFE pays for reasonable transportation (economy air) and limited overnight accommodations (dependent on travel point of origin and speaking slot), a Main Conference registration, and meals not provided at the conference.

    What are my expenses as a speaker?
    We expect the speakers selected to present at our conference to have no out-of-pocket expenses. That said, there are exceptions for personal extravagance (for example, rental car expenses are not reimbursed) and accommodation stays beyond the contracted speaking time.

    Does the ACFE pay speakers?
    No. The ACFE does not pay an honorarium to its concurrent session speakers.

    If selected, what additional materials will I need to provide?
    Selected speakers must provide upon notification of their selection the following:

    • Short 100 word biography
    • Professional high-resolution headshot photograph (300x300, 300 dpi minimum)
    After receiving the speaker guidelines and agreement speakers will provide:
    • Signed speaker agreement
    • Conference Presentation Paper (by due date in agreement)
    • Presentation Slide Set (by due date in agreement)

    Why do I have to sign the speaker agreement?
    The ACFE speaker agreement (see sample) allows us to make clear and manage all ACFE and speaker expectations. The agreement informs the speaker of deadlines and requirements.

    Why does the ACFE require speakers to submit a conference presentation paper?
    The conference presentation paper serves our attendees in several ways. First, for those who are interested in attending a session, they can scan or read through the paper to gauge potential interest (papers are provided to attendees in advance of the conference). Second, the paper serves as a reference for those who attended the session and want to revisit some content. And third, for individuals who were unable to attend the session.

    How long is the presentation?
    Conference breakout sessions are typically seventy-five (75) minutes in length, which includes a short (10–15 minute) question-and-answer period.

    Can I incorporate videos (or other media) into my presentation?
    Yes. We encourage a moderate use of videos and other media in presentations. However, if you wish to use a video or other media, you will need to obtain all appropriate legal permissions to do so. You will also need to submit all media to the ACFE in advance of your presentation for approval (usually on the same date slide sets are due).

    How do you define the instructional level for the presentation?
    We use the following guidelines from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Basic: Program knowledge level most beneficial to CFEs (and others) new to a skill or attribute. These individuals are often at the staff or entry level in organizations, although such programs may also benefit a seasoned professional with limited exposure to the area. Intermediate: Program knowledge that builds on a basic program, most appropriate for CFEs (and others) with detailed knowledge in an area. Such persons are often at a mid-level within an organization, with operational and/or supervisory responsibilities. Advanced: Program knowledge level most useful for individuals with mastery of the particular topic. This level focuses on the development of in-depth knowledge, a variety of skills, or a broader range of applications. Advanced-level programs are often appropriate for seasoned professionals within organizations; however, they may also be beneficial for other professionals with specialized knowledge in a subject area. Overview: Program knowledge level that provides a general review of the subject area from a broad perspective. These programs may be appropriate for professionals at all organizational levels.

    What are learning objectives?
    Learning objectives should describe specific actionable knowledge or skills that the attendee with take away from the session. A topic or discussion point alone does not constitute a learning objective. It must demonstrate what the attendee will be able to do following the session. For ACFE formatting, properly written learning objective should be ale to complete the sentence “You will learn how to…”

    Do I have to be a CFE or a member of the ACFE?
    No. While most of the subject matter experts who speak at our conferences are Certified Fraud Examiners some of them are not.

    English is not my first language. Do you allow presentations in a language other than English?
    No. At the present time all of our conference sessions are conducted in English.

    How long do you keep proposals?
    Proposals are typically kept on file for two years and are revisited when the need arises for a particular topic.

    How do I join the ACFE faculty?
    Most ACFE faculty members are discovered presenting at our conferences with unique substantive topics and favorable evaluations.

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