ResCon is now accepting presentation proposals from September 25 to November 15, 2019. This call solicits speaking and presentation opportunities for conference programming taking place April 28-30, 2020 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and in partnership with the National Governors Association.

This 3-day conference will bring the leadership and experience of the nation’s governors, plus a diverse mix of disaster and resilience practitioners to explore profound and powerful topics that impact communities and economies worldwide.
Attendees will represent a diversity of sectors involved with resilience and disaster management including public and private sector resiliency officers, practitioners, private companies, policymakers, trade associations, coalitions, advocates, educational institutions, etc.
Important Dates

  • Deadline for Proposals: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5PM CST
  • Notification of Speakers: January 15, 2020
  • Conference Sessions: April 28-30, 2020

Conference Goals

  • Facilitate thought leadership and innovation spanning multiple sectors (government, private sector, NGO, education, and more) across the globe
  • Promote collaboration and coordination for addressing disaster and resilience challenges at a local, state, national or international level
  • Build the field of disaster and resilience professionals and enhance networking and professional development opportunities 

Call for Submissions
The 2020 conference will focus on the following educational tracks:

  • Resilient People: Socio-Economic Resilience
    (Social/Health/Human Services)
    Sessions in this track will explore how to strengthen social structures before an emergency happens.
  • Resilient Places: Critical Infrastructure and the Built Environment (Construction/Real Estate/Built Environment)
    These sessions will illustrate how preparing for, mitigating the impacts of, and designing new infrastructure and systems can safeguard communities and reduce risk.
  • Resilient Finances: Insurance, Risk, and Investment
    (Finance, Insurance, Risk Managers)
    Because disasters are expensive to recover from and prepare for, sessions in this track will explore various means of financing resiliency, insuring communities, and leveraging resources.
  • Resilient Technologies: Cybersecurity and Other Tools (Cybersecurity/Technology)
    Understanding the role of technology and innovation in community resilience is essential, including protection from cybersecurity threats. These sessions will highlight best practices for and innovations in technology in disaster resilience.
  • Resilient Organizations: The Culture of Resilience
    (Government/Academia/Organizational Development)
    A key part to building resilient communities is creating resilient organizations and institutions. From issues of governance to workforce to leadership, defining and strengthening the tenants of resilience will aid communities in implementing resilience in the long term.
  • Other
    Don’t see a natural fit for your innovative session topic? That’s okay. Any and all out-of-the box topic ideas will be considered.

Your submission may fit more than one track (on the submission form, please check all that apply). If accepted, conference organizers will select the most appropriate track for inclusion.
Important items to keep in mind when submitting a speaker proposal


  • Diversity & Co-presenting – presentation submissions are encouraged to reflect a diversity of presenters, including race, gender, geographical regions and countries, as well as viewpoints.
  • Presentation Format – case studies, concrete lessons learned, technical information and materials that practitioners can apply to their own work are strongly encouraged.
  • Creative Facilitation – presenters are encouraged to consider ways to engage the audience and make their session interactive and creative. Collaborative formats (peer discussions, panels, fireside chats) are preferred.


  • Presentations of academic or scientific studies are not encouraged unless the study has resulted in a best practice application or program.
  • Speakers may not endorse specific products or services in their presentation. Private sector submitters may not use presentations as a means for business development or sales (there will be other opportunities at ResCon to conduct business development.)

How to Apply
Interested presenters are asked to submit presentation abstracts and relevant speaker / presentation information through the online portal which is open through Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5 p.m CST sharp.
Presentations for the ResCon 2020 program are selected by the ResCon’s Leadership Team’s programming committee. Presenters will be notified by January 15, 2020.
Questions regarding the conference program should be directed to show management through email:
Thank you for your interest and support of ResCon 2020!