2018 Regional Conferences Confirmed: Call for Speaker Submissions

2018 Regional Conference Schedule:

April 8-11: Western Region—Seattle

April 15-18: Southwest Region—Las Vegas

April 22-25: Midwest Region—Cleveland

April 29–May 2: Southern Region— Miami

May 6-9: Northeast—DC


We are currently seeking Speaker Submissions for our 2018 Regional Conferences!

Have you ever had an interest in sharing knowledge with others, or speaking to a group of people about something that interests you? It is not as scary as some may think. In fact, the feeling one gets when they realize they have just impacted a room full of people it is quite extraordinary. Be a part of supporting our efforts to educate and build community amongst bartenders and the growth and development of our industry.


Speaker submissions are being accepted for the following categories:

  • Advanced Bartending
  • Bar/Restaurant Operations
  • General Leadership
  • Chapter/Community Governance
  • Holistic Development (Health, Wellness and Personal Development)
  • Your Own Topic (that will contribute to the growth and development of our members and our industry)


You Have to Start Somewhere! Regional conferences offer a chance for you to present to like-minded peers and solicit their feedback. Find out what works and what doesn't. You'll build a foundation that could lead to future opportunities and the ability to request speaker fees and travel expenses on future engagements. 

Put Yourself Out here! Submit your proposed session and see what happens. Take advantage of the submission form question that asks if you would like your proposal to be considered for other regions. The more you submit, the better chance your session has for being selected!

What is Needed for a Speaker Submission? To ensure you are ready to submit, make sure you have a brief synopsis of your seminar/workshop/topic, a detailed draft of your presentation, know your audio-visual needs, and estimated cost/fees of reimbursement (if applicable). Each speaker will have ONE HOUR to present their topic, including Q&A.


When designing your presentation, make sure you tailor your presentation to the audience. Please keep in mind that USBG members are professionals that are dedicated to the craft and will be asking detailed questions. Be creative, thorough and informative. Most Regional Conference attendees will be Chapter Officers with a few years of experience behind the bar working with spirits. However, some attendees will be new to the industry. Make sure your material can relate to both. 

If your presentation includes a tasting of your brand(s), please don’t present a consumer-oriented marketing presentation. These are bartenders that are going to recommend your products to customers in a detailed manner and in expertly crafted cocktails. We recommend presenting an explanation of the production process (raw material, fermentation, distillation, aging, water, etc.), any pertinent brand information, history, and Q& A.

Speaker submissions are due by November 1, 2017.

If you are interested in submitting your idea to more than one Regional Conference, there is a question on the submission form that will allow your submission to be considered for all regions that you indicate.

The USBG National Education Committee will review all the submissions. Approved submissions will be submitted to the Regional Conference Planning Agenda Committee to determine which seminars they want to include in conference programming. They will contact you by mid-January to let you know if your submission has been accepted and to confirm that you are still available to present over the conference dates. 


Please click here to submit your seminar proposal.

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