NATE UNITE 2024 Call for Speakers

NATE UNITE 2024 Call for Speakers is Open!

NATE UNITE seeks volunteer subject matter experts for roundtable discussions, moderated panel sessions, or standalone presentations on the following initiatives impacting our evolving industry. If you have unique qualifications to present on this subject matter and are interested in being selected as a speaker for this topic, please submit your response by clicking on this link. Selected speakers will be notified by September 8, 2023.

NATE UNITE 2024 will be held February 19-22 at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. All Educational Sessions will occur on Monday, February 19; Tuesday, February 20; and Wednesday, February 21.


  • Session Length: approx. 60 minutes (45-minute presentation followed by Q&A)
  • Presentations must be non-commercial
  • Presenters will not receive financial compensation from NATE to present an educational session
  • Speakers are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses
  • NATE will provide all audio/visual for the session
  • All speakers will receive one complimentary, full conference pass to NATE UNITE 2024, which includes educational sessions, exhibit floor access, conference meals, and networking events
  • Each session is branded with customized graphics on-site and in advance of NATE UNITE (to be used on social media to promote the subject matter experts, and the overall event)

What is Required to Submit:

1.      Written proposal in a PowerPoint presentation format

2.      Suggested session title, outline, and a brief description of the presentation

3.      A 90-second video about the proposed presentation

4.      Speaker’s professional bio (brief) and full contact information including business title and company

5.      Speaker headshot (at least 600 pixels wide)

The deadline to submit the complete RFP information is close of business on Friday, July 28, 2023. Incomplete proposals will not be considered, please contact Shari Wirkus, NATE Events and Meetings Manager, at [email protected] with any questions about the RFP.

Submit Your Speaker Proposal

Below are potential topics that would be relevant and interesting for NATE UNITE Attendees, however, this RFP is open to receiving speakers with their own perspective on the subject matter which may not be listed below:

  • Three-year economic forecast for infrastructure and construction
  • Basics of business & administration for small businesses
  • Government funding options, grant resources & applying for federally funded grants,, women & minority owned business certification
  • Data security for small businesses 
  • Successful human resource management – employee retention best practices & policies
  • Small business accounting and financial tracking for infrastructure construction industries
  • What you need to know about general contracting compliance: requirements, reporting & communications
  • Employee physical & mental health
  • What is the cost of mental health in the communications infrastructure industry? reactive vs. proactive mental health benefits
  • 5G/Small Cell & DAS: a shared industry overview and roadmap to advanced education and opportunity
  • Safely operating heavy equipment on the jobsite: qualifications, options, responsible subcontracting, resources
  • Understanding safety standards
  • Workforce development – critical challenges and innovative solutions 
  • Ropes
  • Rigging plans – construction planning and implementation for the telecommunications infrastructure industry
  • Advancements in power ascenders & fall protection
  • Practical safety in the telecommunications infrastructure industry
  • On-site assessment
  • Stray voltage danger & electrical safety
  • How to protect your company and prepare your employees for high-risk electrical work on telecommunications infrastructure. 
  • What training do my employees need?
  • What factors to consider when deciding to subcontract high-risk electrical work?
  • Subcontracting
  • Contractor obstacles and solutions – a revealing industry view from the top
  • Challenges in the telecom industry – new services, big data, & industry knowledge
  • Contractor 101 – lessons learned 
  • A look into the future of insurance and liability: assessments, trends & predictions 
  • Drones – all aspects of the impact of drone technology, present and expectation for the future, will be considered
  • Can nighttime climbs for tower technicians be made less risky?
  • Building your workforce – W2 employee or 1099 individual contractor?
  • Electrical grounding and safety of overhead cranes, hoists, MEWP’s
  • The age of AI – what does it mean to the telecommunications infrastructure industry?
  • Emerging technologies in telecommunications infrastructure
  • Policy & governance

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