NSWM 31st Annual Management Conference Call for Proposals

This event is closed. If you have any questions, please contact the planner directly.

The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) is an inclusive international professional association dedicated to serving and connecting individuals on the continuum of management and leadership including executive, senior, middle, emerging and aspiring leaders. The NSWM conference facilitates idea sharing between managers, researchers, professors, practitioners, and leaders in health and human services. The result is a forum that strengthens social work management and leadership, disseminates new research, enhances collaborations, and supports emergent leaders.

This year’s theme, A Vision for the Future: Maximizing Social Impact examines the role and possibilities of public and non-profit organizations in the 21st Century. Specific attention will be given to innovative approaches and strategies that enable public and non-profits to maximize their social impact. Abstract proposals should include a focus on current or proposed innovative programs, policies, and advocacy strategies designed to improve the health and social well being of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Included is a focus on organizational structure and function and sustainability. Presentations on evidence-based practices are strongly encouraged. Presenters are asked to submit to one of four NSWM domains according to the domain that is most aligned with the focus of their abstract: (1) Executive Leadership; (2) Strategic Management; (3) Resource Management and (4) Community Collaboration. Domains are defined in detail below. Abstract should address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an essential discussion in the proposed submission.

The conference provides a forum for participants to learn, network and collaborate in new and creative ways. Such generative interaction moves us toward a future of ensuring socially just practice with an even greater impact.

All proposal submissions should be 500 words maximum with an abstract of 50-100 words. Presenters must include their contact information and credentials along with the workshop title, aim, and objectives (e.g., knowledge or skills outcomes). Presenters are asked to propose the optimal number of participants to attend their session (not included in the word count). All accepted presenters are asked to submit electronic material such as PowerPoint Slides or a paper before the conference. Notice of these deadlines will be provided when proposals are accepted.

Given the limited number of presentation slots and the desire to promote collaborative participation, we highly recommend proposals (e.g., workshops, papers) that include more than one presenter/author.

Domain (choose one):


  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Professional behavior
  • Maintaining stakeholder relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Advocating for social justice
  • Facilitating innovative change


  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Designs and develops effective programs
  • Manages risk and legal affairs
  • Ensures strategic planning


  • Effectively manages human resources
  • Effectively manages and oversees
    the budget and other financial resources
  • Ensures transparency, protection,
    and accountability
  • Manages all aspects of information technology


  • Builds relationships with complementary agencies, institutions and community groups to enhance the delivery of services.

*FORMAT: Proposals are invited in the following formats listed below:

60-MINUTE WORKSHOPS: Workshops are designed to introduce the audience to strategies, methods, skills, or practice orientations. Workshops may include demonstrations and time for skill practice and acquisition. Priority will be given to Action Workshops that clearly state the outcomes and desired actions needed to achieve these outcomes. As a variation of the Workshop format, the creation of Catalyst Labs are encouraged. The intent is for presenter(s) to bring their impact issue and design a lab where participants are engaged to help to solve a primary question or problem.

INDIVIDUAL 30-MINUTE PRESENTATIONS OF A PAPER: These are 25-minute presentations allowing for 5 additional minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations on similar topics will be paired so each session will include two sets of presentations. 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Poster sessions will occur at scheduled times, with the authors present to discuss their work. Posters will also be available for viewing at other times during the conference.

*In your proposal application, please indicate if you are willing to present your material in an alternative format if it is not accepted for the presentation format you selected.

PROPOSALS ARE DUE February 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST

NOTIFICATIONS of acceptance will be made by February 20, 2020.

All selected presenters will need to confirm acceptance, register for the conference, and submit a résumé or curriculum vitae by March 20, 2020.

2020 Conference Chair

Debra M. McPhee, Ph.D.

Dean/Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

2020 Program Chair

Janna C. Heyman, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service,

Henry C. Ravazzin Center for Aging and Intergenerational Studies


31th Annual Management Conference, The Network for Social Work Management
Fordham University | Graduate School of Social Service, New York, NY


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