Speaking Engagement Opportunities

Speaking Engagement Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in speaking with Duke students. Opportunities for speaking may include:

  •  Being a featured speaker in class
  •  Leading or participating in an interactive workshop
  • Giving a keynote presentation
  • Hosting a small group discussion

What I&E Expects from Speakers

  • An innovative & entrepreneurial focus – Subject matter should allow students to reflect upon innovative ideas or critically think about the translation of these ideas to positively impact individuals, communities, institutions, and societies.
  • Professionalism – Speakers should be on time, engaging, and prepared, asking for any resources needed from I&E prior to arrival (technical support, travel recommendations, marketing).
  • Connection to personal experience – Content should connect to the speaker’s personal journey.

What Speakers Can Expect from I&E

  • Technical support – Staff will work with speaker to ensure any audio/visual and event-specific needs are met, and a staff member will be present at the event to address any on-site issues as they arise.
  • Travel assistance – At the speaker’s request, staff can assist in flight and hotel referrals, as well as with transportation around Durham. Travel expenses are unfortunately not in the program’s budget.
  • Event marketing – I&E will share information about the event through numerous channels including listserves, online postings, and on campus printed materials.

What Student Attendees Hope to Gain

  • Professional knowledge – Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their insight into a field of interest, gain a behind-the-scenes perspective from the speaker’s experience, and begin networking with industry-leading professionals.
  • Personal development – Students will advance their decision-making skills, confidence, teamwork, and understanding of self with the opportunity to engage with the speaker.
  • Skill development – All speaking engagements should provide students with the the knowledge of what skills are necessary to succeed in the speaker’s professional environment.

Next Steps

Please contact Monika Hirschbichler, I&E’s Director of Programming and Engagement, about serving as a speaker.