Number of Speakers

With the exception of Tactical sessions, each session should have at least two presenters and no more than four who represent different organizations, to ensure a diverse range of voices and perspectives are represented in each session.


NTEN has made a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and sessions are expected to follow this commitment by including a diverse range of perspectives in every session. In particular, efforts should focus on including perspectives from nonprofits and diverse communities.

Nonprofit Voice

Each session is expected to incorporate a nonprofit voice within the lineup of presenters. If a session is selected and you are unable to find a presenter from a nonprofit, NTEN can offer assistance in finding an appropriate match. The only exception to this rule is the Tactical sessions, which can be led by a sole presenter.

Tool Agnostic

NTC sessions should be tool agnostic, as is all of NTEN’s educational content. Specific tools can certainly be shared as resources, but a session should not focus on one particular tool or service provider. This ensures each session focuses on strategies, best practices, and resources that are applicable to a wide range of participants.

Session Formats

There are two general formats for sessions.

Standard sessions are 75 minutes long and will run once during the conference. The specific format of a standard session (panel, workshop, etc) should be driven by desired outcomes of the specific session and clear to attendees from the session description.

Tactical sessions are 30 minutes long and will run twice (back to back) during the conference. These sessions are expected to have 1 to 2 presenters and a very heavy focus on practical application and tangible takeaways. Given the time constraint, these sessions should reflect more of a presentation/interactive format. Panel and workshop formats will not be allowed.