Call For Presentations 2014

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IMA International Conference, 2014
Gilbert, Arizona, USA
March 12 – 14, 2014

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We are no longer accepting applications

Up to 500 mentoring professionals will be at the IMA’s 2014 International Conference, representing many fields and positions, and we’re looking for great presentations, workshops, facilitated discussions, and other learning experiences. Participants seek to learn from the best so that they may strengthen, grow, develop, and sustain their programs.

With a wide variety of audience types and characteristics, presenters have many options for topics and session styles. We encourage you to consider not only the type of person who would be interested in your topic according to program type (audience type) but also the type of person who will be best engaged in the session format and activities (Participant characteristics). See right side of page for more information.

We are no longer accepting applications



Pre-conference sessions: Wednesday, March 14, 2014
One 8-hour “institute” and/or two 4-hour sessions for in-depth, hands-on learning. If you’re interested in presenting one of these sessions, contact us first.

Conference sessions: More than 50 concurrent 1.0- to 1.5-hour sessions, with sessions for every audience and personality type in each time slot to ensure all participants can attend sessions that are appropriate to their roles and learning format preferences. 

Keynote and Plenary Sessions: Sessions for all participant to learn together from top experts in mentoring.

Break-away, Social, and Networking: Times throughout the conference for attendees to engage in valuable networking, relationship building, and individual discussions about high-interest topics.


Fee: If accepted to present, presenters must pay the reduced registration fee of $200. Fees must be received by the IMA by December 31, 2013.

Benefits: Presenters will receive a complimentary 1-year membership in the IMA, with all rights, benefits, and opportunities of membership. Of course, this is a minor benefit compared to the opportunity to connect with and learn from your colleagues and peers in mentoring.

Selection Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of

  • content relevance to the conference theme and selected audience type(s),
  • process / activity appropriateness for the selected personality type(s),
  • balance of topics and audience characteristics across all proposals,
  • expertise, credentials, and conference history of presenters, and
  • originality and value of proposed session.

Selection Timeline: Your proposal must be received by November 15, 2013. You will be notified of your acceptance status by November 30, 2013.


handshakeAll presenters are expected to submit a session article, report, white paper, or comparable document (collectively known as conference paper) suitable for publication in the conference publication. Papers should provide an exploration of, review of, or reference for the presentation topic.

Conference papers will be edited, formatted, and published by the IMA. As such, ensure that the paper has not been previously or otherwise published and that you have all rights to and can grant publishing authority for the contents.

Conference papers should not exceed 10 pages. Conference papers must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or comparable formats and must follow the manuscript format guide. (DOWNLOAD THE MANUSCRIPT FORMAT GUIDE)

Do not submit the paper when you submit your proposal to present. You will receive more information about the conference publication if your proposal to present is accepted.

Join us in Arizona in 2014!
Go Here to Submit a Proposal to Present


  • K-12 Students Program Leaders
  • K-12 Teacher Programs Leaders
  • K-12 School and District Administration Program Leaders
  • Undergraduate Student Program Leaders
  • Graduate Student Programs
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Community Youth
  • Community Adults
  • Business and Industry Personnel
  • Business and Industry Leadership
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Mentoring Researchers
  • Policy-makers
  • Program consultants & trainers
  • General mentoring programs
  • Mentors to Youth
  • Mentors to Adults
  • Mentors to Professional Adults
Participant Characteristics

Attendees have various learning preferences and participation styles. Session planners should consider which type(s) of participants would find their sessions most appealing.

Type 1: People who are task oriented, look for better ways to do things, take calculated risks, rely on intellect, think about the future, seek solutions, and want to know WHY. They love information, discussion, and ideas.
(Sample topics)

Type 2: People who want to know what to do now, want tasks, prefer agendas and plans to implement, seek safety and security, and want to know WHAT. They love to-do lists, organization, and security.
(Sample topics)

Type 3: People who live in the moment, need to be different, are people oriented, prefer to keep things open ended, want freedom, and want to know WHERE and WHEN. They love experiences, challenges, and action.
(Sample topics)

Type 4: People who care about feelings and emotions, are people oriented, aren’t as concerned about time, value traditions, make emotional and social connections with others, and want to know WHO. They love tradition, feelings, and emotional connections.
(Sample topics)

Every person’s fullest potential is realized through mentoring relationships.

I came to IMA to share what I knew about mentoring, but once there, I got so much more than I gave. Wow! IMA mentors US, supports our development, and helps us improve our programs

–Jim Newman, Director, State Farm Insurance Company Mentoring Program

The IMA mentoring conference I attended several years ago was a turning point for our institution’s ineffective mentoring program. With the tools I gain from IMA, I was able to transform our program. Thanks IMA!

–Col. Anna Crockett, Student Mentoring Program Coordinator, Virginia Military Institute