Call for Proposals is now Closed

IMA welcomes proposals that are focused on aspects of mentoring that can be applied across industries. Our national and international conference attendees will represent corporate, health care, higher education, youth, non-profit, PreK-12 education, academic research, and government mentoring programs.

This year's conference theme is Mentoring Momentum: Moving Forward and Building Traction.

The conference will feature two days of concurrent sessions, three keynote speakers, and plenary/concurrent sessions as well as ongoing opportunities for networking with scholars and professionals in the field of mentoring.

Please note these dates when submitting a proposal for the IMA 2024 Conference:

October 15, 2023 - Proposal Submission Deadline
November 15, 2023 - Notification of Acceptance
Presenters, please note that if your proposal is accepted you will receive a discount code in your acceptance letter. This will enable you to purchase conference passes at Early-Bird prices.

Proposal Options Available

Concurrent sessions.  These 50-minute sessions will allow you to give an interactive presentation. The committee seeks presentations to provide value to professionals across various fields. Concurrent sessions can be based upon program success, conceptual frameworks for mentoring, research, innovative approaches and/or best practices.

Poster session.  Posters will be featured during the Mentor Networking Reception and will allow you to interact with the audience. This is a great opportunity for first-time speakers or students to present.

Trend Talk.  In this "Ted-X style" format, share a big idea, a concept, mentoring program experience, or a trend in mentoring in a short 10-15 minute time frame. Please note, your total time slot will be 15 minutes to accommodate multiple Trend Talks in a short time frame.

Preparing your Proposal

You may submit more than one proposal and/or be a co-presenter. Please note that all presenters will be expected to register for the full duration of the conference.

The submission form will ask you for the following information:

  • Contact information:  the names and emails of presenters and/or co-presenters
  • Session type:  concurrent, poster session, trend talk
  • Intended audience:  who will benefit most from your presentation
  • Title:  a descriptive, but concise title for your presentation
  • Abstract (200 words or less):  the abstract will be used to promote your session, please make sure it effectively describes your presentation and how it will benefit attendees.
  • Description (500 words or less):  the description should include a summary of learning objectives, the purpose of the presentation, session content, and the main takeaways from your presentation. You can also include how you are planning to engage with the audience or any other information you would like to share.
  • Bio: Please provide the bio of the presenters

Review Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of 4 reviewers using the following standards:

  • Contribution to the IMA Conference focus areas
  • Clearly stated purpose and objectives
  • Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion
  • Conceptually strong foundation with appropriate documented research and/or experience
  • Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter
  • Specified intended audience

Proposal decisions will be shared with the coordinating presenter via email in mid- to late October. Peer review comments will be available to the coordinating presenter for all proposals.