The National Restaurant Association invites you to submit a proposal for an education session at NRA Show 2018. The Show continues to build on its 99-year history as the most anticipated event in the industry by providing unparalleled programming across relevant educational tracks and topics. If selected as a speaker, you will gain visibility in the industry and contribute to the advancement of your profession. Your experience and perspective may help your peers answer their biggest questions, build their businesses and advance the field.

NRA Show 2018 Education Tracks:

  • Beverage/Alcohol
  • Business Operations
  • Food & Nutrition
  • TECH Talks
  • Workforce Development

To be considered for NRA Show 2018, you must complete the proposal by November 30, 2017. Please review the submission guidelines before starting the submission process. Proposals are for consideration and completing one does not guarantee a session.

Learn more about session opportunities, topic priorities and best practices to submit a quality proposal.

For questions or more information regarding the Call for Proposals, please email

Non-commercial Policy:
NRA Show encourages speakers to provide attendees hand-outs or additional information useful during the session and post-Show. However, there is a strict non-commercial policy in place for speakers participating in the program:

  • Literature cannot be placed on the seats of the session. Materials can be provided to attendees as they file out of the room at the end of the session. Speakers are responsible for bringing their own materials.
  • No banners/posters/signage may be affixed to the walls at McCormick Place. Distribution may not take place outside of the assigned session area or during the published sessiontime.
  • Sales are not allowed in the session space. However, all NRA Show participants, including accepted education session presenters, can have their books sold in the NRA Show bookstore. If selected as a speaker more information on book sales can be provided.

Selection Process:
The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is 5:00 p.m. Central, November 30, 2017. The Convention Programming Team will review proposals and notify submitters of the proposal status by December 14, 2017.

If you are selected as a speaker, NRA Show is proud to provide you with significant exposure via pre-NRA Show marketing materials; social media and other web-based information; at-Show materials; and various press opportunities related to the post-NRA Show cycle.

In addition to brand and name recognition for your efforts, selected speakers will each receive one (1) complimentary Show badge to NRA Show good for the speakers’ admission to NRA Show 2018.

Unfortunately, honorariums, financial compensation and/or travel expenses cannot be subsidized by NRA Show.

Submit Your Proposal Now

Review Submission Guidelines PDF