The Education Committee is reviewing proposals on an ongoing basis in 2023. Please submit a proposal for all education sessions at any time.

WMCCAI’s educational program is seeking experienced thought leaders, industry innovators, and dynamic presenters who can engage their audience and initiate thought-provoking discussions focused on learning that can help managers, homeowners, and business partner members grow and advance in their community association industry endeavors. Education is a key mission of the chapter, and you can be a part of it!  Call for Presentations is now open year-round, as the industry is always evolving and inspired session topics can occur at any time!

The educational programs hosted by WMCCAI benefit our membership in the following ways:

  • CAI presents many learning opportunities for community association managers, volunteer leaders and homeowners. Managers receive continuing education credits for each program to achieve and retain CAI professional manager designations.
  • By speaking at these educational programs, business partners and managers who are subject matter experts gain exposure to and build relationships with our membership.

We request that submissions be formatted for presentation in person as well as virtual platform training.   Strong proposals will focus tightly on specific relevant content and include opportunities for attendee engagement.

We are looking for interactive, discussion-based, and innovative delivery styles. Case studies, hands-on, on-site property sessions are encouraged. Sessions can be 60, 90, or 120 minutes in length; please note: Conference & Expo sessions are largely 60 minute sessions for Saturday.

More details are provided below.

Why You Should Submit a Proposal
  • Share your skills, experiences, and vision with leaders.
  • Increase your visibility; gain recognition and distinction within the community association industry.
  • Participate in a unique forum that brings community association professionals, service providers, and homeowners together.
  • Play a part in improving community association living and promote the professionalism of those serving community associations.
Need a suggestion on what topic to submit? Past program attendees have suggested some topics you can consider. Click to the button below for a complete list!

Financial – Budgeting, financial statement components and analysis, reserves, capital project planning and funding, audit process and reports.

        Suggested topics:

  • Budget development.
  • How will inflation and today’s economy affect common interest communities in the short and long term?
  • Reserve Studies.
  • Funding large projects.


Insurance/Risk Management – Insurance requirements, claims, risk/liability reduction best practices, understanding insurance proposals, funding, large insurance increases or changes.

        Suggested topics:

  • Insurance for Condominiums.
  • Terrorism claims/issues.
  • Insurance claim case studies.

Legal – Case law and court decisions, compliance with state and federal laws; assessment collection/delinquencies, covenants enforcement, human resources/personnel management, board of directors’ roles/responsibilities.

        Suggested topics:

  • How to educate new condo owners and build rapport with absentee owners/investors.
  • Effectively handling challenges and conflicts with owners/tenants.
  • Cameras – do they really provide the security that people think they do?
  • Resident Security: Association responsibility?
  • Building safety: Association responsibility or resident?
  • Fair Housing issues.
  • Service vs. emotional support animals.
  • Governing Documents review.
  • How to draft a policy resolution?
  • HR highlights every manager must know.
  • Issues concerning diversity.
  • Legal case studies in common interest communities.
  • Mediating neighbor to neighbor disputes.
  • Vendor Contracts: Protecting the Association
  • Meeting Recordings: What does the law say?
  • DC Marijuana use: What can you do?
  • When to get legal counsel involved in Association matters.

Maintenance/Operations – Contracting, project planning, preventive maintenance, environmental concerns, landscaping strategies, EV charging stations, building exterior and parking garage maintenance and waterproofing.

        Suggested topics:

  • Taking on and turning around problem Associations.
  • Installing wireless water sensors for leak alerts.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Plumbing lines/systems overview.
  • Basics of construction and capital improvement projects.
  • Reserve study specifications overview: HOA vs. Condominium
  • Managing large scale projects.
  • Effectively handling multiple large projects simultaneously.
  • Building operations.
  • Effective setup and use of annual calendars.
  • Using “canned” responses for stressful/difficult situations.
  • Chart of Responsibilities – Association vs. Owner
  • How to write an RFP.
  • Comparing contract bids.

Professional Development – Projecting a professional image, public speaking skills, writing appropriately and effectively; email etiquette, managing stress, achieving work/life balance; recruiting and maintaining staff, handling adversarial situations and conflict.

        Suggested topics:

  • Upward mobility for managers.
  • Organizational development and team building.
  • Finding work/life balance.
  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Networking with thought to skill: How do you connect with a mentor?

Other – If you feel you have a topic of potential interest to WMCCAI attendees that is not listed above: please specify the focus area you are proposing and why it is especially relevant.

We are looking to equip our members with the knowledge and skills they need to tackle the many challenges that professionals in this industry face every day. Being a part of WMCCAI’s educational mission is a rewarding experience that will give you the opportunity to share your expertise and vision with leaders while increasing your visibility in the community association industry.

As we build the 2023 education program, we are looking for presentations for all experience levels, for all our members.

Submission on any of these topics, or your own unique ideas, may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Education Committee on an ongoing basis. 

Submission Guidelines
    • Submission Guidelines/Speaker Terms and Conditions: 
    • For the complete WMCCAI Education Presentation Terms and Conditions, click here to review
    • Applications must be completed through the online form, which includes: the title of your presentation, short description of the program you would like to present, name(s) and short bio(s) of speaker(s).  You do not need to submit an agenda or slide deck at this time.
    • No more than three proposals per individual may be submitted in any 12-month period.
    • Each proposed instructor must be available on the agreed upon presentation date.
    • Presentations that market specific products and/or services will not be approved. Presenters who violate the spirit of this or other policies may be precluded from participating in future programs. Presenters may sponsor the program at which they are presenting, but this does not influence the selection of speakers. Presenters do not have approval rights over program sponsors.
    • The Chapter does not pay speakers, nor does it pay or reimburse travel expenses of program speakers, but those expenses may be sponsored.
    • Take-away handouts are encouraged but not required. Presenters are permitted to reproduce handouts on company letterhead. Handouts must be pre-approved by the chapter in advance of the program. Presenters are responsible for printing handouts, if applicable, at no expense to the chapter.

Submissions will receive an update by December 15, 2022 regarding the status of their 2023 C&E education proposal.

Resources for Speakers

Chapter Power Point Template

All power point presentations for chapter education programs and webinars are required to use this template. (Link to template)

Conference and Expo presentations will use a special template which will be posted here in January 2023.

Tips for Speakers

Check out this document with 20 Time -Tested Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Captivate your Crowd  for help in preparing your best presentation.  Thank you to the Keystone Chapter of CAI for this resource.

Free Presentation Training for Speakers

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