Invest in ACPA and the future of our profession! When you bid, you have the opportunity to “win” a presentation or consultation to positively impact your university, staff, students and conferences. The Speakers included in this Showcase are among the most skilled and knowledgeable in the field of student affairs. They have generously volunteered their talents to support ACPA and the Foundation. Your winning bid is considered a donation to the Foundation and in return you and your institution or conference benefit from the wisdom and experience of an excellent Speaker. Please review the information and guidelines below before making a committed bid – thank you! If your campus or organization has the winning bid, you will not only have an excellent Speaker for your event, you will be supporting this professional development program in honor of a beloved colleague and friend, Phyllis Mable, as half of the fund raised from General Speakers benefits the New Professionals Institute.


The list of speakers includes highly regarded experts in their field, authors, and researchers who are willing to speak on your campus, or at a student or professional conference. They have significant experience speaking and training, in addition to their full-time responsibilities. Many are published authors and have spoken on hundreds of campuses, as well as, have been featured as national, regional or state conference keynoters. Typical compensation value for their keynoting and consulting vary, with services ranging from $2000 – $7000. More information about our speakers can be found below as they are confirmed. Speaker bios, presentation topics and the related Competencies will be at the Foundation Booth in the Exhibit Hall along with other bidding instructions and details.

Sponsored Speakers

Commissions, State/International Divisions and Standing Committees are invited to partner with the Foundation to raise funds for their Leadership Entity and for ACPA via the Foundation. A “Sponsored Speaker” is identified by the Leadership Entity to speak on a topic area of interest to that entity and included in the Convention Speaker Showcase at the Annual Convention.
Sponsored Speakers’ respective programs and services would be bid on by anyone as they would on any other Speaker offerings in the showcase. Half of the funds raised with the winning bid for the “Sponsored Speaker” would be shared with the sponsoring Commission/Committee/Division. The other half would stay with the Foundation to support other ACPA and Foundation Programs including institutes, grants, scholarships and awards. Bidding would be open to anyone including the members of that Commission/Committee/Division to bring a high quality Speaker to your upcoming event including professional development, leadership conference, or special programming celebration.

Bidding Time Period

During 2015 Tampa Convention, March 5-March 7, at the ACPA Foundation Booth.

Minimum Starting Bid

$1,500.00 with $250.00 bid increments.

Travel Expenses

In addition to the winning bid, a maximum of $500 is provided directly to the Speaker to cover all reasonable and mutually agreed upon travel and lodging expenses. When budgeting for the bidding process, please consider this additional expense.

Winning Bids

Winning Bidders and Speakers will be notified immediately following the end of the Showcase time period.

Letter of Agreement

A Letter of Agreement from the ACPA Foundation will be sent to the winning Bidder and Speaker following the end of the Showcase time period. From there, all contracting, logistical and travel arrangements are made between these two parties.

One hour keynote or up to two hours of a workshop presentation on the same day. Additional time or breakout sessions may be negotiated between the Speaker and the campus. Consultation may also be offered with specific parameters on the duration and topic.

We encourage bidders to consider generating a strong audience by creating the potential for a multi-school or professional association conference where a diversity of colleges or organizations is present. Single campus events, single staff event appearance events or single conference events can be negotiated in advance, prior to bidding.

All speaking engagements/services are to be scheduled within 12 months of the Convention and payment made to the Foundation upon invoicing directly following the Convention (unless other arrangements are made in advance with the ACPA Foundation Treasurer.) Conversations about availability and scope of the services are encouraged between potential bidders and the speakers in advance of the Convention.

We are pleased that you are considering participating in the Speaker Showcase and learning about the process. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Dawn Morgan

Thank you, as always, for your support of ACPA and the ACPA Foundation!