NBCDI 2023 National Conference

NBCDI 2023 National Conference, Le Meridian, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 13–15

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Speaker Proposals — NBCDI 2023 Conference Call for Proposals

The National Black Child Development Institute invites you to submit a session proposal for our 2023 Annual Conference, October 13-15, 2023, in Charlotte, NC. This year’s theme is “Unleashing the Promise and Genius of Black Children and Families. It is a top priority that we receive proposals that are strengths-based, culturally relevant, and action-oriented solutions that will move us closer to ensuring that Black children have equitable opportunities for healthy development, nurturing learning experiences, life success, and joy.

Please review the following information and guidelines below before submitting your proposal online.

Know Your Audience

NBCDI’s Annual Conference brings together educators, policymakers, advocates, funders, and other stakeholders committed to our mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy. Conference attendees include early childhood educators, K-12 teachers, administrators, social workers, health professionals, elected officials, researchers, university representatives, community and faith-based  organizations, businesses, and government officials.

Prepare Your Submission

Submit all proposals through our online form. You will be able to save and return to your work.

However, we recommend preparing your responses before logging onto the system. NBCDI will not consider incomplete submissions.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 19, 2023.

Bring Your Solutions, Strategies & Ideas

As an expert in child development and early education, we would be pleased for you to join us as a workshop speaker for this powerful conference focused on Unleashing the Promise and Genius of Black Children and Families.

This conference will focus on mobilizing communities and igniting movements on the strength of Black excellence. We will discuss how to boldly advocate and provide resources to make transformative progress on our mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.

Our world is at its best when we collectively make every effort imaginable to sustain our societies so that we experience the best Black children have to offer at all times. At the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), we are excited about the future we aspire to see created and welcome the challenge to free our world of injustices and inequities that keep us from our new reality of an equitable and just future for Black children. So, what does a just and equitable future look like for Black children?

We see it as a world where every Black child:

  • Is born at a healthy weight.
  • Attends a school that affirms and expands them
  • Enjoys meals with vegetables
  • Hangs out on a safe and appropriate Internet
  • Has books and toys that reflect who they are and can be
  • Breathes clean air and drinks clean water
  • Is seen as a child
  • Lives and plays in a safe community

These declarations are NBCDI’s eight future outcomes and what motivates our work. 

During this conference, we anticipate learning from experts during workshops who will share information aligned with these eight future outcomes.

Review Process

The NBCDI Annual Conference Review Committee will evaluate all completed submissions successfully submitted by the deadline. Each submission will be reviewed and assessed based on its efficacy, relevance, and extent to which it provides strengths-based, culturally relevant, and action-oriented solutions and information to help participants achieve the identified outcomes. NBCDI reserves the right to recommend modifications to final selections and proposal titles to ensure a balanced program.

Please note the following:

Submitting a presentation proposal for NBCDI’s Annual Conference indicates the presenter(s)’ availability to present during any presentation time block throughout the conference.

We will schedule all accepted presentations for a one-hour and 15-minute session.

Notifications and Registration

NBCDI will inform the lead presenter of the proposal status by Monday, June 12, 2023. NBCDI will not provide updates on the status of a proposal until this official notification.

NBCDI requires All individuals presenting during the Annual Conference to

  1. accept,
  2. register, and 
  3. pay the workshop presenter registration fee of $200.

These requirements apply to co-presenters as well.

Upon notification of acceptance, NBCDI will email an acceptance letter to the lead presenter that includes the following:

  • Details about registration processes, including the presenter discount code
  • Login for the Speaker Service Portal and
  • Information about future details and deadlines

Submit a Proposal


Please email questions to conference@nbcdi.org.

Check out the highlights from our amazing 2022 conference in the video below!