When and where are the Workday Rising conferences taking place?

The U.S. conference is taking place October 14–17, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The European conference is taking place November 12–14, 2019, at the Milano Convention Centre in Milan, Italy.

When is my session proposal due?

The deadline to submit for the U.S. conference is 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, April 5, 2019.

The deadline to submit for the European conference is 17:00 CET on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Can I submit to the U.S. conference and the European conference?

Yes, you may submit your session proposal to both conferences. You will need to go through the entire submission process for both the U.S. and European conferences. Please note the different submission deadlines for each conference.

Will all session proposals be accepted?

Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot accept all session proposals. The Content Review Committee will select the best session proposals based on the guidelines outlined on this website.

How many speakers are allowed in each breakout session?

One speaker is allowed per breakout session. If you’d like to add a co-presenter, please provide your rationale during the submission process. Please note that only the main speaker is eligible for the complimentary conference pass.

What are the tracks?

Workday Rising is organized by broader content categories aligned with audience experience paths. Select the track that is most relevant to your session proposal, even if your content works for multiple tracks. If your session proposal is selected, Workday may change your track if appropriate. View this year’s tracks.

How long does the submission process take?

If you’ve reviewed the guidelines on this website and have your information ready, it should take about 15 minutes or fewer to complete the submission process. You can also save your session proposal and complete it later before the Call for Presentations closes. If you don’t complete your session proposal by the deadline, it will be marked with a “Partial” status and will not be considered for selection. You will receive an email confirmation that includes your session proposal details when it has been successfully submitted.

What information do I need to provide in order to submit?

In addition to a title, description, track, learning level, learning objectives, and speaker information, you should be prepared to answer the following questions as part of the submission process:

  • Which business size is this content for?
  • What deployment stage is this content for?
  • This content is best suited for what kind of Workday user?
  • What category does this session most closely align with?
  • What other information would you like the Content Review Committee to consider?
  • Has this content been used for a Workday webinar in the past year?
  • Would you be willing to present this content at other Workday events?

You will be able to select from several options in the submission tool for many of these questions.

What makes a good title?

Clever titles might be fun, but remember that you’re vying for the attention of the Content Review Committee along with hundreds of other titles. Consider short, straightforward titles that describe what your session covers since this information will be published in the Session Catalog. There is a 125-character limit (including spaces) for the title.

See recommendations here.

What makes a good description?

Keep it short and simple. This information will be published in the Session Catalog. Articulate the value of the session, what you will cover, and what attendees can expect to learn. Include keywords and phrases that you think your target audience will use to search for your session. It is very important that your description matches the content that you present. There is a 500-character limit (including spaces) for the description.

See recommendations here.

How do I determine the right business size for my content?

Ask yourself if the content you are submitting is most suitable for a…

  • Small enterprise—fewer than 999 employees. For example, is your content for a lean team, for colleagues performing multiple roles, or for a quickly scaling business? 
  • Medium enterprise—1,000 to 3,499 employees. For example, is your content meant for companies experiencing accelerated growth, responding to risk, or leveraging new technology?
  • Large enterprise—3,500 employees or more. For example, is your content for established companies seeking to drive efficiency, ensure compliance, make data-driven decisions, or build a smart business?
  • Not applicable—for example, does your content cover a pressing business topic or opportunity applicable to all business sizes (such as diversity and inclusion, responding to GDPR, and so on)?
How do I determine the right deployment stage for my content?

Ask yourself if the content you are submitting is most suitable for an organization in…

  • Pre-deployment—the company is preparing for deployment.
  • In deployment—the company is actively deploying Workday.
  • Early deployment—live on Workday for one to three years. Content might include team organization, setting up data, defining projects and business processes, or setting priorities.
  • Mature deployment—live on Workday for more than three years. Content might include assessing feature adoption, using analytics to derive more business insights, or assessing expansion to other areas of the business.
How do I determine the right persona for my content?

Ask yourself if the content you are submitting is most suitable for a…

  • Professional/daily user—for example, a person who uses Workday products in their functional role on a daily basis in support of operational objectives. 
  • Workday deployment administrator—for example, a person in a technical role who facilitates ongoing Workday production and integration throughout their company or team.
  • Director/business leader—for example, a person who is responsible for strategic decision-making on behalf of the team or organization.
Which learning level should I select?

Introductory: These sessions provide an overview of basic use cases, features, and benefits for people who are new to Workday or to specific features.

Intermediate: These sessions are for an audience with some knowledge of the subject matter but need additional information on technology, design, deployment, or troubleshooting details.

Advanced: These sessions cover more detailed use cases and are meant for experienced users with a deep understanding and knowledge of Workday features, configurations, and integrations.

All Levels: These sessions are relevant to anyone and include Workday best practices, customer case studies, new features, and business processes.

View example sessions for each of these learning levels.

What do I put for “learning objectives”?

Provide three key takeaways attendees will gain from your session. Use action verbs to describe the skills, benefits, or knowledge they will learn about. For example, “How to…,” “The benefits of…,” or “Learn about…”

Will I be able to preview my submission?

Yes, you will be able to preview your submission. If you need to make edits, select the Edit icon next to the section you want to update.

If my session proposal is selected, what’s expected of me as a speaker?

Read the speaker agreement here.

Why do I have to agree to the Session Proposal Submission Agreement before I can submit my session proposal?

Presenting takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Because you become part of the attendee experience, we want you to be aware of the commitment required to be a speaker.

What are the deadlines I need to be aware of?
  • Call for Presentations opens: February 28
  • Call for Presentations closes: April 5 at 5:00 p.m. PT for U.S.; April 19 at 17:00 CET for Europe
  • Acceptance notifications sent: week of May 27 for U.S.; week of June 17 for Europe
  • Early Bird registration opens: June 26
  • Near-final presentation due: August 29 for U.S.; October 17 for Europe
  • Final presentation due: September 26 for U.S.; November 7 for Europe

Note: Deadlines are subject to change.

Will I be able to make changes to my session proposal after the Call for Presentations closes?

No, you will not be able to edit your session proposal or have access to the submission tool once the Call for Presentations closes. If you have an incomplete session proposal (“Partial” status), it will not be included in the selection process.

When will I find out if my session proposal has been selected?

The Content Review Committee plans to send notifications the week of May 27 for the U.S. conference, and the week of June 17 for the European conference.

If my session proposal is selected, will I receive a complimentary conference pass?

Yes, the main speaker will receive one complimentary pass to the conference their session was selected for. This pass is not transferable. Workday employees: You will receive specific guidelines for complimentary passes during the submission process. If you have questions regarding speaker passes, please contact risingspeakers@workday.com.

If my session proposal is selected, will Workday pay for my travel or lodging?

Workday will not reimburse travel or lodging, or provide other financial compensation for speakers. What we can provide is exposure to the brightest minds and cutting-edge innovators in our community.

If I change companies after my session proposal is selected, can I still present?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept your session proposal if you change companies. Your session will be canceled and removed from our conference program.

Help! I created an account, but I’m no longer able to log in. What do I do?

Our support team is here to help with all technical issues. Email risingspeakers@workday.com with any questions or concerns.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions or are interested in additional speaking opportunities at Workday conferences, email risingspeakers@workday.com.