InSource Signature Events

We are inviting the In-House Leader community to submit talks for our upcoming Fall Signature Events (September/October 2018, NY and LA).

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 all about it and we will consider your entry. If you know someone who has something great to talk about, nominate them. And if you are interested in hearing about a particular topic, nominate the topic, and we can try and find a match.

Topic: Disruption

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: Disruption.

We would like to see talks about how you or your team affected change through your work, process, or other acts of creativity and/or leadership within your organization.

We Can Help

Not everybody is a natural talent on stage. Not everybody can produce kick-ass slide-decks. Not everybody is a live-demo-god. Not everybody knows they have something great to talk about.

There are about a million reasons why you don’t consider yourself a speaker, let alone at an InSource Signature Event, where some of your peers have spoken in the past. We are here to prove you wrong. If all you have is a gut feeling that you should be on stage, we are here to help you to develop or hone the skills you think you lack to deliver a great presentation.

  • We are happy to brainstorm your interests to see if a great topic is hiding.
  • We are happy to review and advise on how to stage your talk.
  • If you need practice giving talks, get in touch, we can hook you up with local members or set up a virtual “stage” for you and a bunch of friends in advance, so you can practice in front of a friendly crow.
  • Again, whatever else you might need, we’re here to help.

Get in touch: (just don’t use this to submit a proposal).

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 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. Anonymize submissions, so we don’t bias against anything related to the submitting person.
  2. 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 3-point scale: “meh”, “yay”, “MUST HAVE”.
  3. De-anonymize 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.

…and a number of details that we make up as we go along.

We expect dozens of excellent submissions for just 3 to 4 speaking slots per event. This process helps us to select the right ones for our audience (of your peers).


Submit your proposal by July 6th, 2018, Midnight PST. No excuses.

All talks are in English.

Talks are usually 15 minutes long (for longer talks we’d get in touch with you directly). 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. These things will definitely count against your proposal.

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 to make a good impression, the better.

Original Topics. One of the things we like to do with InSource events is 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!


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 and we will 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.