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Apply to be a Volunteer Proposal Reviewer | Applications Close March 1, 2021

Call for Volunteer Reviewers

Our vision for this large-scale global event is to provide attendees with a one-of-a-kind impactful experience. We are looking for subject matter experts to help us review the Call for Proposals (CFP) we will receive for ICF Converge 21.

We are looking for sessions that not only provide a rich educational experience but also explore new ideas and theories.

As a CFP Reviewer, your responsibility would be to review several proposals and score them based on an established criterion. We will be gathering extensive information in the CFP process to help you accurately score these submissions. If you plan to submit a proposal to present, you may still apply to review proposals in a content group other than the one you applied for.

Below are some dates and details to help you better understand the time commitment of this role.

  • Reviewer Training: Week of March 1, 2021 (this will be a recorded training that you can watch on your own schedule)
  • Review Period: March 1 – 29, 2021
  • Potential Number of Submissions to Review: We anticipate each reviewer will evaluate approximately 10-15 proposals.

If you are interested in participating in the ICF Converge proposal review process, please fill out the Reviewer Application form by clicking the button below. Please note that completing this form does not guarantee your selection.

Why present at ICF Converge?

The ICF Converge 2021 Call for Presentations closed on February 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. (New York). ICF Converge is a dynamic global event designed to strengthen connections within the coaching community and offer cutting-edge learning opportunities. ICF Converge challenges both attendees and presenters to push boundaries and explore new experiences.

Please carefully review the information about this unique event and consider how your subject matter expertise, experience and skills can best be used to help us deliver a one-of-a-kind conference. Below, we have included more information to help possible presenters understand the desired content areas and formats we plan to offer.

Content Groups

ICF Converge will include content in six key areas referred to as “groups.” Each content group will have a unique feel and offer attendees different learning experiences.

  • Practice

    This content group will showcase information to help coaches, as well as non-coaches interested in using coaching competencies strengthen their skills. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Executive and leadership coaching
    • Team coaching
    • Assessment tools
    • Mentor coaching
    • Life vision and enhancement coaching
    • Career coaching
    • Somatic coaching
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Ethical practice
    • Coaching mindset
    • Establishing and maintaining agreements
    • Cultivating trust and safety
    • Maintaining presence
    • Active listening
    • Evoking awareness
    • Facilitating client growth
    • Coaching Supervision
    • Reflective Practice
    • Motivation
    • Health and Wellness coaching
  • Build

    This content group will help coaches expand and diversify their business. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Measuring the impact of coaching
    • Establishing yourself as a thought leader
    • How to sell your services
    • Articulating the benefits of coaching
    • Using technology platforms to manage your business
    • Leveraging social media
    • Strategic networking
    • Identifying your personal brand
    • Becoming a professional speaker
    • Identifying and targeting organizational decision makers
    • Writing a business case for coaching in organizations
    • Content marketing
    • Selecting a coaching niche
    • Using video
  • Science

    This content group will explore evidence-based practices and the theories that underpin coaching. The main topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Neuroscience
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Positive Psychology
    • Team dynamics
    • Resilience
    • Systemic coaching
    • Mindfulness
    • Adult Learning theories
    • Coaching and mental health
    • Coachability
    • Supervision theory
    • When to refer clients to therapy
    • Context and coaching
  • Discover

    This content group will challenge attendees to look forward and offer them insights that will help the coaching community prepare for what may be ahead. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • How coaching impacts change management
    • How can coaching influence social change
    • The future of work
    • Woman as leaders/gender gap
    • The remote workforce
    • Design thinking
    • Collective intelligence
    • Emerging technologies to leverage in coaching
    • Post-pandemic organizations
    • Artificial intelligence and it’s impact on coaching
    • Cultural integrations
    • Future of organizational hierarchies
    • Sustainability
    • Social justice
    • Democratization of coaching
    • Other (open)
  • Work

    This content group will inspire those interested in building a coaching culture within their organization. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Executive development
    • Coaching for team effectiveness
    • Coaching skills for managers and leaders
    • Coaching and Culture
    • Change management
    • Business transformation
    • Organizational diversity, equality, and inclusion
    • Manager development
    • High potentials
    • Performance motivation
    • Agility
    • Internal coach training and development
    • Coaching to assist with new employee experiences
    • Coaching technology for organizational leaders
    • The internal coach process
    • Internal coach competencies
    • Selecting coaches for your organization
  • Develop

    This content group will delve into adult development and instructional design subject matter to help coach trainers expand and evolve their skillset. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Leading during times of change
    • Emotional Intelligence in Coach Training
    • Adult Development and Delivery
    • Diversity and Inclusion in Training Programs
    • Managing Technology and Innovation
    • Instructional Design
    • Virtual program development and delivery

Session Format

Because ICF Converge is being held virtually this year, we will be offering a specific format to accommodate the platform and the desire for a diverse lineup of content. Below is a brief description of the format we plan to offer.

45-minute presentation: These sessions will be pre-recorded prior to the event and then broadcast to attendees during a designated time. Presenters will then be on during the broadcast to interact and respond to attendees in the chat feature of the session.

Submission Guidelines and Information

We are no longer accepting presentation proposals for ICF Converge 2021. The call window closed on February 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. (New York).

  • Eligibility and Guidelines

    • The proposal submission deadline will not be extended for any reason, including technical issues. We advise you to not wait until the deadline to submit your proposal.
    • ICF Members and non-members are eligible to submit proposals.
    • There is no proposal submission fee.
    • Please respond to every question on the proposal.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
    • If you are speaking about coaching and coaching skills, your session must reflect the ICF definition of coaching, the ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics.
    • Proposals submitted by email, fax or regular mail will not be considered.
    • You may submit only one (1) proposal. If additional proposals are submitted under the same name/contact, only the first proposal received will be considered.  You may not submit a proposal and be a co-facilitator on another proposal.
    • All Converge 2021 sessions will be offered in English. ICF will consider requests from selected session leaders to present in their native language with live English interpretation. However, the session leader will be required to provide the interpreter and offset any associated expenses.
    • 45-minute presentations will be recorded prior to the live event. You must be available to schedule a recording time with event staff no later than September 30, 2021. You must then be available during the broadcast of your session during the event to interact with attendees on the chat feature of the platform. If your presentation is selected, ICF will notify you of the time of the broadcast well in advance of the event.
    • ICF will provide virtual orientation to all Converge 2021 presenters who are selected for the event. If your proposal is selected, you must complete this orientation.
    • ICF will provide templates for slide presentations and handout materials.  If your session is selected, you must use the templates provided by ICF and comply with the brand guidelines provided to all presenters by ICF.
  • Application and Review Process

    Submissions will be reviewed from March 1 – April 20, 2021. You will be notified of your submission’s status soon thereafter.

    A summary of the information that must be provided in the proposal can be found here.

    You will have the ability to save your work in the proposal submission site and come back at another time.

    Converge 2021 attendees will represent diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. Your proposal should reflect the goals and learning objectives of this diverse audience.

    Submission of a proposal will serve as an “opt in” to receive ongoing communication from ICF regarding the selection process. Further, you acknowledge that ICF will retain information submitted by you via our questionnaire until the conclusion of Converge 2021.

    Before entering the ICF Converge Call for Proposals portal, please make sure you have read and understand the information provided above.

    Any questions can be directed to ICF Director of Education Nicole Zafian at

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