ADISA Career Center

Speaking at an ADISA Event

ADISA hosts fruitful educational events for the non-traded alternative investments industry—providing unparalleled informational sessions and networking with peers. We are a non-profit trade association (with a charitable foundation), and we are distinct in that we are not a “pay-to-play” gathering of sales pitches or commercial presentations. Our sessions are a mix of peer-refereed panel discussions, vetted presentations, research results, and other creative formats to impart knowledge to those attending. We anticipate that speakers will be ADISA members and will register for the conference accordingly, although we do arrange special passes for outside experts, academics, and invited keynoters. We also encourage those exhibiting at our events to indicate their expertise and interest in particular sessions, so that we can give them a fair shot at speaking in an applicable session. ADISA has limits on numbers of program appearances per company and per individual at each event.  

In general, the event programs are put together like this: the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) leadership designs a rough outline of tracks/topics using ideas from the CPC and from general input. They select Track Leaders and/or Session Coordinators. The  Session Coordinators select the panelists and/or presenters with CPC approval.  
 
Here are some “best practices” in gaining a speaking spot at an ADISA event:

  • Make sure your ADISA membership is up to date and requests to speak are timely – we begin drafting our program agenda months before the meeting, and in general have the speakers assigned to sessions at 4-6 weeks in advance.
  • Participate regularly in ADISA events by exhibiting and attending.  
  • Volunteer to be on a committee or for someone from your organization to be involved:  these are the folks for whom the deadlines and topics are readily known.
  • Respond clearly to any Call for Panelists/Presenters which go out or are posted on the website with your expertise and particular topic interest.
  • Keep an eye out for preliminary event agendas which list topics of interest and the Track Leaders who are designing the conference.  
  • Plan ahead to apply for the next event and to network with those on CPC to exhibit, attend, and stay attuned to topics and deadlines