An important part of what makes bbcon great is our amazing lineup of speakers and presenters! If you’re a thought leader, industry expert, tech guru, Blackbaud solution user, or a social good enthusiast, then submit a proposal to be a speaker at bbcon 2020 Virtual on October 6–8, 2020.  

Be sure to review the submission guidelines prior to submitting your proposal. 

The deadline for submitting proposals closed on March 27, 2020


Showcase your expertise, inspire thousands of industry professionals by sharing your success story, and experience endless opportunities to network with a diverse community of your peers. Below are areas of interest to consider when drafting your proposal.
  • Analytics
  • Arts and Cultural
  • Companies
  • Faith Communities
  • Financial Management
  • Focus on Tech
  • Foundations
  • Fundraising and Relationship Management
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Schools
  • Marketing and Engagement
  • Nonprofits
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
  • Sector Leadership and Trends

Blackbaud will review and evaluate each session proposal using the following criteria: 

  • Overall quality of content
  • Relevance to conference audience  
  • Timeliness  
  • Practical application 

Each Conference session will be 45 or 60 minutes long. Please keep these lively and engaging, and PowerPoints should be easy to follow. 

Due to the significant number of submissions we receive each year, not every submission can be selected. Strong speaker submissions will include:  

  • Engaging, inspiring, and fun delivery  
  • Clear focus on attendees of a specific role  
  • Understanding of who would benefit the most from your presentation  
  • Clearly articulated proficiency level so attendees can easily digest your presentation  
  • Unique or non-obvious application of technology/solutions  
  • Actionable takeaways for attendees. What is the tangible impact of your talk on attendees and their teams?


Tips and Tricks on how to Write an Awesome bbcon Session Proposal

Caroline Stallings, Director of Corporate Communications at Blackbaud and a member of the bbcon content review team shares her tips and tricks on writing an awesome session proposal.

"I love this part of my job. I truly look forward to reviewing session proposals because this content becomes the foundation of the experience at bbcon 2020. If you want to cut through all the noise, here are a few tips to keep in mind when crafting your session proposal."


January 27–March 27, 2020

The submission period for speaker proposals will begin on January 27 and end on March 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

March 27–July 31, 2020

All submitted proposals will be reviewed and evaluated between March 27July 31.

May–August 2020

The bbcon content committee reviews all bbcon session proposals and the first round of acceptance emails will go out in July. If you have questions about the status of your session, please email


For questions about bbcon 2020 Call for Speakers, please contact