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The 2021 DONA International Summit will be online, Oct 28, 2021 and Oct 29, 2021 offering an opportunity for doulas from around the world to come together virtually to grow in individual and professional development.

Call for Speaker Proposals: DONA International’s Speaker Selection Team is looking for evidence-based presentations that provide transferable skills to our summit attendees. We invite speakers to share your expertise and shape the summit program by submitting a speaker proposal that will lend itself to this year’s conference theme DONA 2021: Connecting Vision to Action.

DONA International has a culturally diverse membership, no less multicultural than the families that we serve. We ask that speakers reflect this reality in their presentations.

Note that you will receive an error message (and red upload X) if you omit any required field (including checkboxes).  If this happens, please use the back function and navigate to the screen to before you submitted the form where you can make sure you have filled each field/box.  This should solve the error. Max upload file size 50MB.

Deadline:  We are reviewing submissions on an ongoing basis.  Please submit as soon as possible.  We will accept partial submissions of title, session description, and speaker bio/credentials with additional information to be provided on request.

  • Please include any credentials you typically use after your name. Required field, please type N/A if not applicable.
  • Who is the best audience for this proposal?
  • All sessions should be targeted to the doula/birth worker/postpartum/breastfeeding/childbirth education professional with the lens of leadership in the local community, national, or international levels. Check all that apply.
  • Please describe the session to potential attendees - this will be used to market the session should it be chosen.
  • Please describe the teaching methods you will employ with a focus on interactivity and engagement for learners.
  • Please upload session details to include at least (1) three learning objectives, (2) session outline, (3) resources or bibliography, and (4) three post-test questions (true/false) in one pdf file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Please include short paragraph to be used on our conference website to tell the participant about you and your qualifications.
  • Please upload speaker CV/Resume in pdf format.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Please upload a professional headshot resized to 500x500 with clear resolution, in jpg or png format. Note max file size 50MB
    Accepted file types: jpg, png.
  • Selection Process: Each proposal is initially reviewed and ranked by the speaker selection committee first for completion of the application, compliance to the DONA International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and for Conflict of Interest.* Any proposal that is not completed, not congruent with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics or marked for conflict of interest will be removed for further consideration. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. If you are selected to present your session: You must agree not to present this topic to any other childbirth educator, labor assistant or doula organization in the three (3) months prior to or after this DONA International Leadership Summit. Speaker Statement of Agreement and W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (US citizens only) should be submitted within two weeks of offer to speak to hold your spot. After agreement and W-9 received, each speaker will receive an info packet for submitting additional handouts and power point presentation. Additional handouts, or confirmation that no additional handouts will be submitted, must be received no later than September 15, 2021, all handouts and powerpoint presentation must be formatted as requested by DONA International. I agree that I have read these terms.