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Request for Proposals:
2020 Nebraska Mediation Association Conference

Nebraska Mediation Association is seeking proposals for the 2020 conference, April 2 & 3, at Comfort Inn & Suites in Omaha, NE. The conference will feature three sessions – one on Thursday afternoon, one on Friday morning, and one on Friday afternoon.

We are inviting proposals for 3-hour sessions that introduce approaches, skills, and techniques that can be used by ADR practitioners, including mediators, facilitators, and restorative justice. Proposals including an ethics component are encouraged. For approved proposals, the lead presenter can request an honorarium. Additionally, the lead presenter will also receive a full conference registration.

Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, December 20, 2019, and must be submitted using the online submission form at

When developing your proposal, it is important that:

  • The program is designed to be a 3-hour session.
  • Program titles and descriptions are accurate and entice people to attend. The title and description will appear in the conference marketing materials (website and emails).
  • The information presented is suitable for a broad audience, both in skill level and area of practice.
  • Sessions should be interactive and engaging.


Proposals may include more than one presenter. The lead presenter should be the proposal submitter. A biography of each presenter is required.

Program Selection and Notification

The Planning Committee will evaluate each proposal with the following considerations. The proposed program:

  • Provides valuable information for the conference attendees
  • Proposal is clear, complete, and well thought out
  • Title is clear, concise, accurate, and likely to draw conference attendees
  • Format is interactive, engaging, and/or innovative
  • Presenters have expertise in the subject matter of the program

Proposals will be reviewed by NMA’s Annual Conference Planning Committee members. The committee may reach out to the submitter during the selection process and asked for clarification or to augment or revise their proposal before final selections are made.

The Planning Committee anticipates making final decisions on the proposals by January 10, 2020, and notifying each submitter as to the status of their proposal.

Responsibilities for Lead Presenter of Accepted Proposals

  • If more than one presenter is proposed:
    • Serve as the primary contact
    • Ensure that co-presenters understand that they must register to attend the conference
  • Publicize their program as well as the conference to colleagues and others who may be interested

Questions or Additional Information

Sharon Schmidt, NMA Director,, 402.302.1025

Kelly Riley, 2020 NMA Conference Chair,, 402.471.2766

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