COFO 2024 Annual Conference – Proposals Now Open!

The Coalition of Federal Ombuds (https://adr.gov/cofo) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals to present at its 2024 Annual Conference on Friday, October 25, 2024. The conference will be a hybrid event, with an in-person conference in Alexandria, VA and a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person. We are soliciting proposals for both virtual and in-person presentations and would like to have a mix of both at this year’s event.

COFO is open to proposals of all lengths on substantive topics. Anything from 15-minute micro-learning sessions up to 90-minute presentations will be considered, though 60 minutes is historically the most common session proposal. Additionally, we are again looking for “blips” – short creative or artistic presentations or interactive activities no longer than 5 minutes that reflect the creative talents of our community.

COFO’s membership is diverse in its practice, so substantive topics of interest to both internally- and externally-facing ombuds models are most likely to be selected. Topics specific to one model will only be considered if content is available to support concurrent sessions of interest to other models.

Please be aware that the virtual technology available to us and the conference’s hybrid format make breakout sessions difficult (though not impossible). Sessions designed for traditional presentation and Q&A rather than discussion-based breakouts are likelier to be approved, and the committee may require additional information about breakout management from the presenters before approving a proposal which includes breakouts. COFO has no budget and is unfortunately unable to pay a presenter fee or travel costs.

Registration for the COFO Annual Conference is free and typically draws over 200 attendees from across the ombuds profession and broader ADR community. And while it is first and foremost a day focused on the needs of ombuds practitioners serving in the federal government, it is also an ombuds-wide family affair. We welcome anyone either practicing as an ombuds or interested in ombuds work to join us as an attendee or presenter, and we believe the conference is an outstanding development opportunity for anyone in the field.

Please email the title and description of your proposed presentation or blip, as well as the names, titles, affiliations, and bios of all presenters and whether you intend to present in person or virtually, by Monday, August 12, 2024 to paul.sotoudeh@uspto.gov. We look forward to hearing from you!