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Inspired retreat 2019

Call for Speakers

We’re gearing up for our 14th gathering of Inspired Retreat in Fall 2019, and we are extending an open call for speaker submissions! 

We are seeking speakers who are passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences alongside actionable education that is specifically applicable to creative women entrepreneurs.  Our speakers are highly involved in the retreat and serve as peers and mentors alongside attendees during our amazing 4 days together. 

Speaking at Inspired Retreat is a highly competitive and sought-after opportunity and we ask that you complete your submission with careful thought and care, as well as follow the application guidelines accordingly.   

The ideal Inspired Retreat speaker:

  • Is experienced and comfortable speaking in front of groups, ranging in age from 20 to 50

  • Is interested in sharing their expertise, real-world business strategies and knowledge with other creative business women during a Ted Talk style presentation where you teach for ~15 minutes and actively work together (workshop style) for the remaining time

  • Is willing to partner with Amber Housley to deliver the best possible experience for attendees

  • Is an experienced (3+ years) creative business owner with a professional online presence and able to speak to the opportunities and challenges that mid-level business owners may be facing

  • Will arrive on time, attend the entire event, and actively engage with attendees during meals, cocktail hours, and fireside chats and everywhere in between

  • Is able to meet presentation & marketing deadlines 

  • Is comfortable with our rustic setting and sharing accommodations with another speaker 

  • Is interested in serving and mentoring our attendees vs. selling to them

  • Is open to helping spread the word about Inspired Retreat via their own network

The application process

As part of your application, submit a short 1 minute video (production-wise, this does not need to be professional and can be filmed via your phone or computer) telling us more about the topic(s) you would like to present, why you’re so passionate about it, and what you'll have attendees working on during your implementation time.  Please make sure the video link you provide is a working link and does not require additional follow-up. 

As mentioned above, your speaker session is expected to be ~15 minutes of teaching and actionable, with ~45 minutes of workshop/workbook style implementation following the training. 

Included in the application form is space to submit your proposed session name and description as it would appear on the website. Please include all details necessary such as: why this topic is important, the content that will be covered, and what attendees will walk away with. 

What’s in it for you?
Speakers will receive a waived conference registration fee (a $2,650+ value) which includes shared speaker room, all meals, drinks, and materials. Travel expenses or additional compensation is not included. 

Our speakers are expected to be fully present and participate in the entire experience, as peers and mentors alongside our other attendees and speakers. While our experience will cover content in a traditional classroom setting, there will also be plenty of opportunities to engage and discuss topics in smaller group settings (one of the best features of Inspired!) and we expect you to present yourself as a leader and mentor in your area of expertise.

How to apply:

Submit your application by 11:59pm CDT on ______ via the form below. All speaker submissions will be reviewed and presenters notified by ______. Presenters will have 3 business days to confirm acceptance and complete a signed contract to be included. Sorry, we are not personally able to respond to each submission and videos or submission that do not follow guidelines will not be considered. If you paid a deposit to reserve your spot at Inspired Retreat and are selected to be a speaker, you will receive a refund of your deposit.

Speaker applications
are now closed

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