2024 GCEA Conference CALL for Proposals 

The Joy of Training and Development

Make plans to join us for the Annual Georgia Continuing Education Association (GCEA) Conference October 21 and 22, 2024 at the Sea Palms Resort in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and learn best practices for finding joy in leading, coaching, training, growing, motivating, and building careers, relationships, and businesses. We’ll be joined by members who are from many different types of industries and various educational fields.  Whether you are self-employed, working in industry, managing employees who need training, or perhaps you are a professional development instructor, the Georgia Continuing Education Association is your #1 resource for training and development.  

Our theme, The Joy of Training and Development, extends GCEA’s mission of working together to provide the excellent continuing education programs that Georgia businesses need.  The board members and officers of GCEA are looking forward to seeing old friends and networking to meet new friends because let’s face it, together we can create a positive, work-ready Georgia with employees who are ready to work!

Joy Baldridge will be the keynote speaker for the conference at noon on October 21. Her speech topic, “Finding Joy and Positivity” will motivate attendees with great ideas to meet the challenge of providing training and development programs that inspire and energize employees. During the session, participants will receive time-tested formulas to solve common and uncommon day-to-day issues. The results? Improve yourself with work and life moving at the lightning speed of thought. To learn more about Joy, visit her website at:  https://joybaldridge.com/meetjoy/

Opportunities are available for members to speak at one of the breakout sessions, advertise your business in the conference program, or participate as a conference exhibitor and sponsor. Of course, we are always happy to welcome members who simply want to attend, network with others, and learn strategies for professional development. 

We are requesting proposals to make this year’s conference the best we’ve ever had. Presentations in the form of Papers, Panels, Round Table Discussions, Individual, and G.I.F.T. Presentations are being considered. Feel free to submit proposals for one or more sessions and we hope everyone will submit a G.I.F.T. Presentation. Submissions relating to the conference theme – The Joy of Training and Development – are encouraged; the board also strongly encourages submissions related to work environments, economic and/or workforce development, continuing education, curriculum suggestions, streamlining processes, revenue generating, event planning for training and development, customized training, and technology. The use of a session to “make a sales pitch” to the conference audience is strongly discouraged.  

Here are guidelines to help you plan:

  1. Paper Submissions: Original essay research projects should include critical, methodological, or theoretical contributions. Submissions will consist of the paper, separate cover with the paper title, author(s) names, industry or institutional affiliation, contact information and an abstract of no more than 200 words. Papers will be presented formally in a session with other writers who will be expected to discuss their projects in a presentation. This proposal should be submitted electronically to President Cher Brister at cbrister@gwinnetttech.edu by the deadline of July 31, 2024. 
  2. Panel Submissions: This type of session should include between 3-5 members and a moderator who will each take an equal responsibility with the submissions. The proposal must include a panel title, an overall panel rationale, a breakdown of each separate portion of the presentation, the presentation author, the industry or institutional affiliation, contact information, and a total presentation abstract of no more than 200 words. This should be submitted in ONE single document and electronically submitted to President Cher Brister at cbrister@gwinnetttech.edu by the deadline of July 31, 2024.
  3. Round Table Discussion Submissions: This type of presentation will include a group of people from various industries and typically has between 4-7 people and a moderator in the group. Submissions must include a session title, overall session rationale (no more than 200 words), list of participants with their industry or institutional affiliations and contact information. The proposal should be submitted in ONE single document and electronically submitted to President Cher Brister at cbrister@gwinnetttech.edu by the deadline of July 31, 2024. 
  4. Individual Presentations: This solo presentation must include a session title, overall session rationale (no more than 200 words), identify industry or institutional affiliation, and contact information. The proposal should be submitted in ONE single document and electronically submitted to President Cher Brister at cbrister@gwinnetttech.edu by the deadline of July 31, 2024.
  5. G.I.F.T. Presentations: This highly entertaining and informative session stands for “Great Ideas For Teaching” and we encourage all participants to submit a topic for this one-hour session. Each participant will have only 2-3 minutes to share in a professional presentation ONE great idea for professional development sessions. Handouts (either physical or using a QR code) are strongly suggested. This submission should include a session title, overall session rationale (no more than 200 words), identify industry or institutional affiliation, and contact information. The proposal should be submitted in ONE single document and electronically submitted to President Cher Brister at cbrister@gwinnetttech.edu by the deadline of July 31, 2024.

Notice for All Presentations:  Audio-visual equipment should be requested only if it is essential to the presentation.  We will have limited availability during the conference, so your help is appreciated in considering whether a request is truly needed for your presentation. We also suggest sharing physical paper handouts or a shareable QR code that audience members can access from their own personal devices and review during the presentations. Submissions must be original and not presented at another regional, national, or international conference. 

Attending a conference is always a benefit but showing what you know and sharing your knowledge and best practices with others is a reciprocal event that is good for you and for those in your sessions. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your registration and proposals. Together, we can build a stronger Georgia Continuing Education Association

Keep Moving Forward,
Dr. Penny Joyner Waddell
Author, Speech Coach, Professional Development Instructor
www.SpeechShark.org