Call for Speakers

The NADA Show 2025 Call for Speakers closed on April 19. 

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We're gearing up for NADA Show 2025 in New Orleans, January 23-26

Think you have what it takes to teach dealers about our evolving industry and prepare them for success? NADA is accepting proposals for NADA Show 2025 education sessions. 

Submissions focusing on the following topics will be given higher consideration. 

  • AI and digital retailing 
  • Retaining customers 
  • Hiring the best personnel and nurturing existing talent 
  • Diversity and inclusion Emotional intelligence 
  • Sourcing pre-owned inventory

New for 2025: NADA is accepting proposals to speak during the Women Driving Auto Retail event. We seek dynamic and inspiring speakers to provide actionable items to make a better work environment and decrease gender disparity within the automotive industry.

Thank you for your interest in speaking at NADA Show 2025!

Education sessions will be selected by our NADA Workshop Selection Committee. Speaker selection notifications will be delivered in June 2024. 

Important Notes: 

  • Because we want to be sure presenters are well prepared and their education education sessions are successful, two virtual speaker orientations will be held leading up to NADA Show 2025. Speakers are required to attend both. 
  • NADA does not reimburse or provide travel for workshop speakers. A per diem is offered for each day the speaker is engaged to speak.


Designing Your Proposal

For the Workshop Selection Committee to give your proposal proper consideration, please include:

  • Submission Type — Select 20-minute Dealer Learning Lab session, 30-minute EV Solutions Center session, 45-minute workshop, or Women Driving Auto Retail event speaker.
  • Synopsis — Clearly state, in 75 words or less, the content that will be covered in the session. This will be used to promote your workshop on the NADA Show website.
  • Marketing Blurb — In 35 words or less, please provide a description of your workshop to be used in NADA Show promotional materials, including the NADA Show program directory. This is where you should include you"Aha!" moment about what the audience is going to learn.
  • Comprehensive Description — Provide a complete overview of your session, expanding on what you listed under Synopsis.
  • Video: Create an original video (maximum length 90 seconds) and briefly show the speaker(s) outlining critical takeaways for participants. View examples.
  • Intended Audience — Identify your target audience for this session.
  • Presentation Style — Interactive or lecture. Interactive sessions require audience participation.
  • Presentation Activities — Explain the learning techniques you will use in your presentation to connect with your audience.
  • Content Level — Select what level audience this is intended for. (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
  • Learning Objectives — Provide at least three brief, clear, specific statements of knowledge attendees will gain. Define specific tasks using relevant verbs. Do NOT use verbs difficult to measure objectively, such as “understand” or “know.” Instead, use verbs such as identify, define, list, interpret, classify, calculate, formulate, apply, solve, prepare, operate, plan, repair, explain, implement or estimate.
  • References — List any source references you will use to support your presentation, such as books, white papers, websites or case studies.

Selecting a Topic

NADA seeks proposals that align with these tracks:

  • Fixed Operations
  • Human Capital
  • Leadership
  • Digital & Marketing
  • Variable Operations
  • Business Essentials & Innovations  

Learn more about each track.

Session Title

Session titles should not exceed 60 characters (including spaces). Attendees should be able to discern the content from title. Avoid titles that start with “A,” “How to,” or “The.” Verbs should be present tense, e.g., “Create” not “Creating.” NADA reserves the right to revise all session titles.

Presentation Format

Most sessions are presented by a single speaker, with a maximum of two. Panels have a maximum of four speakers, including the moderator. All panels must include diversity in background, expertise, employment, ethnicity and gender.

Adding Speakers

Ensure all speaker profile information is accurate. You must include all speakers on this proposal, or your submission will be incomplete. If entering more than one speaker, click “Add New Presenter” after the first speaker's name is entered. Proposals that do not include information for each speaker will not be considered.

Presentation Style and Difficulty Level

Choose between interactive and lecture-style. Interactive sessions involve active audience participation with round-table room setup and are not recorded. Lectures are setup in a traditional format where speakers present from a stage in a theater-style room. Select the degree of content difficulty for the attendee: beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Upload Video Link

Create an original video (maximum length 90 seconds) and briefly show the speaker(s) outlining critical takeaways for participants. This video may be used to promote your workshop. Please avoid any company branding or promotion. The video submission is one of the most important items considered when determining whether the Workshop Selection Committee accepts your proposal. Submissions without an original, 90-second, video will not be considered. View examples

Submit Proposal

This is a summary of each section; and any incomplete sections will be identified. Once all sections are complete, click “submit proposal.” You can print a copy of the submission and will receive an email confirmation for your records. The Workshop Selection Committee will review, and all prospective presenters will be notified with a decision.