InSource Signature Events

We are inviting In-House Creative Leaders to submit talks for our upcoming Fall Signature Event (September 2019 in New York City).

We are looking for your insights and experience managing and leading an in-house creative team: If you think you have something great to talk about, tell us about it so we can consider your entry. Or if you know someone who has something great to talk about, nominate them.

Topic: Professional Development

To get a feel for our events you can see some of the past talks given by speakers for the past few years (NY 2017, Chicago 2017, Seattle 2017, NY 2016, and more).

While we generally like to hear anything related to examples of success managing an in-house creative team, this year we have a theme: Professional Development.

We would like talks about success stories on (1) leadership and management best practices (2) how to lead and inspire creative teams (3) best practices on operations and project management or (4) how to grow and develop your creative team and yourself.

The Perks

If you get selected as a speaker, here’s what you get:

  • Moderate travel expenses will be covered. This usually means we reimburse for your plane or train ticket. We can’t assist with booking your itinerary so if you can do it yourself, we can focus on making the conference more awesome.
  • Featured in our I Am In-House campaign. We’ll get your name, face, and profile up on our website and posted on social media, as well as in print. You’ll be joining several of your industry peers in having your profile as an In-House Creative Leader listed and promoted.

If your employer can cover your travel, we are happy to list them as an event sponsor. The money we save will be used to make the event more awesome. (You might see a pattern …)

If you want to bring a significant other to the event or bring your team, please also get in touch. We can provide extra tickets at no cost. We are here to make this easy for you!

The Selection Process

Here’s roughly how we pick our talks:

  1. We anonymize submissions before InSource leaders review submissions to eliminate any bias related to the person who makes a submission.
  2. We conduct two rounds of voting: The first round rates each talk on a scale from 1 to 10. Then top submissions are rated again on a three-point scale: “meh,” “yay,” “MUST HAVE.”
  3. Then we de-anonymize submissions so we can review speaker details. Based on our budget, we might opt for a local or at least closer-by (read: cheaper to transport) speaker.

We expect dozens of excellent submissions for only three to four speaking slots per event. This process helps us select the right ones for our audience (namely, your peers).


Submit your proposal by Friday, June 14th, 2019, Midnight PST. No excuses.

All talks are in English.

Talks are usually 15 minutes long. There is no Q&A, but we will hold a panel discussion with all speakers after the talks. We will be on a tight schedule and enforce the end of a talk rigorously. We strongly encourage timing your presentation in advance.

Make sure you care, and make sure we see you care. Typos, sloppy formatting, and all-lowercase submissions make our reading of your proposal tedious. So please make your submission the best it can be.

Don’t overdo it either. If you need more than two paragraphs to get to the point of your topic, we need to ask you to slim things down. With the number of submissions we get, the quicker you can make a good impression, the better.

Original Topics. We strive in our InSource events to push the community forward. We can’t do this if the same people keep talking about the same things all the time. Thus, we favor original content. If you want to discuss a topic that you have talked about elsewhere, try to add a twist, or new research, or development, something unique. Of course, if your talk is plain awesome as-is, go for that!

Other Details

All talks will be recorded and published on the InSource website, along with a recording of the slide deck, live-demo, or other on-presenter-screen activity.

We do this for the benefit of our members and the larger In-House Creative Leader community and those who can’t make it to the event. We hope you want to help out, but if you are in any way uncomfortable, let us know so we can work things out.

Finally, since you retain full ownership of your slides and recording, we’d like to ask you to make your materials and recording available under a creative commons (we default to no commercial reuse) or other open source license.

Submit Your Talk

Fill out our talk proposal form here.