Are you interested in speaking at a recruitDC event?

recruitDC is a networking community that hosts events with the goal of fostering best practice and new idea discussions to elevate the recruiting profession in the greater Washington, DC area.  

To accomplish this goal, we need YOU to present your thoughts, strategies and success stories!  Our call for speakers is open on a rolling basis, and we have conferences twice a year in the DC Metro area. 

Who should apply to speak at recruitDC?

Anyone in involved with recruiting that has great lessons to share or stories to tell.  This includes internal recruiters, agency recruiters, sourcers, recruiting managers, directors, analysts, and consultants.  We are an inclusive community that appreciates different viewpoints.  We love to hear from first-time speakers, seasoned road warriors and everyone in between. 

What should I speak about?

We look for submissions that include new ideas that educate and inspire our community.  Our sessions are broken up into three tracks to take into account different perspectives: back to basics, advanced recruiting and management & strategy. The content that focuses on "how" attendees can do it, and be applied immediately are very popular. 

Our community has asked for sessions on the following topics: 
Career Management
College & University Recruiting
Communication Skills
Contingent Labor
Data & Measurement
Diversity & Inclusion
Employee Referral
Evolution of Talent Acquisition
Inspiration (how to be a better community member/person)
Intake Meeting
Internal Mobility & Redeployment
Job Advertisement Writing
Managing a Recruiting Team
Military & Veteran
Negotiation Skills
Partnering with HR
Recruitment Brand & Marketing
Security Cleared Recruiting
Tools & Technology

Of course, we love surprises so if you have another idea don’t hesitate to submit. Still not sure what to talk about? Take a look at our past recruitDC presentations 

How are speakers selected?

We have a volunteer content committee which review the submissions and recommends the agenda to the recruitDC board.  The Conference Committee is a small group of individuals selected by and approved by the recruitDC Board of Directors. Members serve a one-year term.

What tips do you have for proposal submissions?

Make your title and description exciting and informative. Make sure it showcases what your session’s about. Explain what attendees will get out of the session and give examples of what’s discussed.  Actually, sell the talk.  Please, No product pitches.

I spoke at a previous recruitDC. Can I apply to speak again?

Sure.  We only ask that there be one event between your speaking engagement and that the material you present is new, not previously presented to the recruitDC audience. 

Do I get a free pass to the event?

Yes, you do get a free pass to recruitDC for speaking at the event. 

When do I find out if I got accepted?

The board reviews existing and new proposals for each conference.  If the content committee selects your proposal and the board approves it, you will be notified by a member of the recruitDC Board of Directors. 

I have more questions and I'd like to talk to a real human about them.

Yes, we totally understand that submitting a first-time speaker proposal can be very intimidating.  Or maybe you just have a follow-up question on your submission.

Please email Tiffany Ballve, recruitDC Content Lead, any questions you have related to speaking at recruitDC.  She can be reached at 


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