Call For Presenters
Invitation to Submit a Presentation to the National Conference on Managing Electronic Records
What is the MER?
The National Conference on Managing Electronic Records (MER) is renowned as the nation’s premier educational experience focusing on the life-cycle management of electronic records. For 25 years, the mission of the MER has been to serve as the leading forum for providing thought leadership and education on the management of electronic records from the Legal, Technical and “How-To” perspective. Collectively, these are the key components conference attendees have sought for achieving effective Information Governance (IG) in their workplaces.
Join this Year’s Speaking Team
You are invited to join a prestigious group of judges, legal professionals, technology innovators, industry suppliers, and IG practitioners focused on identifying real solutions to the IG challenges of today and tomorrow. The MER Conference is the ideal opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience regarding electronic records management
Location and Date
Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
May 6-9, 2018
What We Are Looking For?
We are seeking speakers to address the Legal, Technical and “How-To” aspects of relevant electronic records management topics:
New and Emerging
- Bridging the gap between the intersection of Cyber-security and data protection while implementing electronic records management
- Mitigating the emerging challenges of data privacy
- Changes and opportunities with Artificial Intelligence as it relates to capture, categorization and search, or as “it” creates records that need to be managed
- Challenges and opportunities presented by The Internet of Things
- Managing Electronic Records across a BYOD environment
- The rapid growth in cloud computing and the challenges and opportunities it presents
- Understanding the challenges of Social Media for IG programs
Traditional Topics (but still as relevant as ever!)
- Finding and selecting the best IG practices
- Defensible destruction of records (paper, email, backup media, etc.)
- Identifying e-mail issues and solutions
- Getting started with your IG program
- Exploring e-discovery trends and how they impact IG programs
- Applying classification of records to structured data
- Gaining executive buy-in for IG
- Professional development and advancement for data managers and records management professionals
For all topics, we are very interested in “case studies”. If you have a success story or a case study that addresses these topic areas, we would like to hear your story.
For all sessions, we strongly encourage the inclusion of practical advice and actionable steps that can help our audience implement real solutions to the challenges discussed.
We also welcome a variety of presentation formats ranging from single-speaker presentations, panel discussions and interactive discussions.
Use of Presentation Technologies
Interactivity, engagement and networking has been and will continue to be a hallmark of the MER Conference. We encourage the use of web, app and other forms of presentation technologies to facilitate experiential learning. We have available an app based system that will allow pre-session surveys, real-time audience poling (with results projected real-time), prioritized Q&A and post-session surveys, just to name a few features, available for your use. We will be happy to guide you through how to use these features.
All sessions should be non-commercial in content and address topics related to at least one
of these areas of focus:
• Legal Issues in Electronic Records Management
• Technical Electronic Records Management Issues
• Administrative/Operational Considerations in Managing Electronic Records (“How To”)
Some Specific Ideas
The MER Team is actively working on several ideas for sessions at the MER18 conference. Two of these are described here to solicit your thoughts and interest in participation:
The MER “Orca Tank” Experience
Modeled after the TV series titled Shark Tank, a panel of industry experts and practitioners will evaluate, along with the audience, several new vendors or solutions to the business of IG and help determine the viability of the pitched products in a fast paced and entertaining session. If you would like to be considered as a panelist, please let us know.
Point/Counterpoint at the MER
We are looking for assertive, well-spoken professionals who are willing to engage in a one-on-one debate with a second industry professional on a compelling topic. If you have an idea for a contemporary topic with multiple points of view, or would like to participate in this debate, please let us know.
Please consider these topics when submitting your proposal, but if you have something else of interest we will be happy to consider it: Send us your best!
The MER Conference also includes a series of 3-6 hour sessions on Sunday in advance of the start of the conference. These “Pre-Conference” sessions (referred to as “Pre Cons”) are important opportunities for attendees to experience a deeper examination of a given topic. You may use the submission form in the link below to also submit your ideas for Pre-Conference sessions.
Our processes have made the quality, diversity and forward-looking nature of our past presenters and session topics become the Gold Standard of Information Governance and Records Management conferences.
Following your completed submission, you can expect to hear from us no later than December 15th.
A member of the MER Team will be in touch with you after your initial submission has been reviewed to possibly help evolve your ideas and create the very best conference agenda. In order to create the most compelling program possible, the MER Conference employs a rigorous, iterative, interactive and collaborative process for designing each session. These discussions are a key part of creating the highest quality educational experience for our attendees.
November 1, 2017
Click on the Speaker Submission button below to begin your online submission.
Only Complete Submissions are Considered
Complete submissions must include:
- The online submission form
- An up to date bio
- Your preferred photo
Once your initial submission has been reviewed, you will be contacted no later than December 15th by a member of the MER Team.
Compensation and Expenses
The MER Team wants the very best in thought-leadership, innovation, and solutions providers to speak at the MER Conference. We recognize that our speakers will come from a wide variety of sources, each with different rules and policies on remuneration and expenses. To that end, we remain flexible on how to reimburse your time and expenses so as to align with your situation and ours.
The MER will reimburse for travel expenses1 if:
- Speaking at conferences, like the MER, is not part of your paid profession and you are not eligible for reimbursed from the company for whom you work.
The MER will not reimburse for travel expenses if:
- You are representing your company or have any commercial interests2 in the participation at the conference
1 Round trip coach air or train fare, meals and hotel accommodation for the number of nights necessary to cover the speaking portion of the conference.
2 Typically exhibitors and/or sponsors
The MER will pay a $1,000 honoraria when:
- Speaking at conferences, like the MER, is not part of your paid profession.
In instances where a qualified recipient may be restricted from receiving honoraria by their company, laws or professional affiliation, or simply by their own choice, the MER will make a donation to charity in lieu of honoraria.
The MER Team has a dedicated resource, Lynn Williams, our Speaker Concierge, to help you through the process, from submission through speaking.
Contact Lynn at:
- Phone: 317-443-4004
- Email: email@example.com
Thank you very much for your consideration to speak at this coming MER Conference.