Project YOU:  Managing Your Career as a Project Professional

    Thanks for your interest in the 2019 Conference!  
    Here are some FAQs for speakers. This page will be updated periodically as more questions come in. If you have any questions, please email

    Prior to completing the 2019 Speaker Application, please be prepared with the following information:

    • Contact Information
    • Website URL
    • Link to any videos of you speaking
    • 2 References from speaking opportunities
    • Past Speaking engagements (Dates, venue, topics, etc.)
    • Short Paragraph Style Biography (if selected, we will post to our website)
    • Headshot in JPEG format (if selected, we will post to our website)
    • Topic Description and at least 3 learning objectives (if selected, we will post to our website)


    Q: When is the conference?
    A: The 2019 Conference will take place June 3rd and 4th here in Houston at NRG Center.

    Q: What is the deadline for my application?
    A: All applications must be complete and received before the end of the calendar day on Friday, December 21, 2018. Applications or additional proposed topics received after that time will not be considered.

    Q: Do I have to be a PMI member to be a speaker?
    A: No, you do not.

    Q: What are my options as a speaker?
    A: We are seeking speakers for our 75-minute Breakout Sessions. (60 min. presentation, 15 min. Q&A). Speakers for our Keynotes and Workshops are already booked.

    Q: Does PMI pay a speaking fee?
    A: PMI does not pay a speaking fee for our 75-minute Breakout Sessions. These speakers will receive a complimentary 1-day registration on the day they speak at the conference. Up to two (2), co-presenters will also receive a 50% discount off registration to the event as long as they are named in your proposal.

    Q: Will PMI reimburse me for travel costs, meals, hotel or other expenses?
    A: No, PMI does not reimburse any expenses that our Breakout Session speakers incur in coming to the conference. We will provide these speakers with a discount code for the hotel upon request. However, if you are traveling more than 50 miles to speak at the conference, your 1-day registration will be upgraded to a 2-day registration.

    Q: Tell me more about the Conference Theme and Tracks.
    A: Our 2019 Conference Theme is, Project YOU: Managing Your Career as a Project Professional. The most important project you will ever manage is your own career. PMI Houston wants to help our members manage their careers effectively by becoming a trusted partner in every career stage. These career stages are reflected in our four Tracks:

    • Launching Your Career – For those entering the project profession
    • Charting Your Course – For those needing new direction or momentum
    • Sharpening Your Edge – For those determined to stay on top of their field
    • Building Your Legacy – For those desiring to positively impact others

    The Conference will offer a Workshop and several Breakout Sessions in support of each of these four Tracks.

    Q: What kinds of topics are you hoping to see? Can you provide any guidance?
    A: We would like to see a wide range of topics located across our four Conference Tracks and three “sides” of the Talent Triangle. Consider the table below: each proposed topic should be identifiable with a specific checkmark. Note that in your application you will be asked to indicate the specific Track and Talent that each of your proposed topics best supports. Strong applications will include a variety of proposed topics that address several Tracks and Talents.


    Technical Project Management

    Strategic and Business Management


    Launching Your Career

    x x x

    Charting Your Course

    x x x

    Sharpening Your Edge

    x x x

    Building Your Legacy

    x x x

    Q: I have dietary restrictions. What are my options?
    A: If you note a preference for vegetarian or gluten-free options in your Speaker Application, we will make suitable items available to you. Menu items will be labeled to assist you in your selection.

    Q: I would like to attend the full conference. How do I register for extra days?
    A: If you are a confirmed Breakout Session speaker, please email and we will assist you in registering for the additional day.

    Q: Am I allowed to promote my business during my speaking engagement?
    A: Yes, you are allowed a maximum of 3 slides and 3 minutes of promotion at the end of your presentation.

    Q: Do I need to bring my own laptop?
    A: You are encouraged to bring your own laptop. However, each room can be equipped with a laptop (PC), projector, screen, clicker, and whiteboards/markers as requested. If selected to serve as a speaker, you will have the opportunity to make these requests.

    Q: Should I bring my own printed materials?
    A: Yes, speakers in our Breakout Sessions are asked to bring their own printed materials.