General Speaker Information:
Speakers at all career levels are welcome to submit session proposals on a variety of business-building topics. Our attendees come from public sector waterparks, resorts and traditional outdoor waterparks, and what they value most are practical, hands-on, park-tested tips and ideas from experienced waterpark professionals like you! One valuable benefit of being a speaker is we offer invited speakers a complimentary registration to attend the WWA Show. (Presenters are responsible for their own travel expenses.) Submissions are due March 15th. Click the button below to submit a proposal.
Just read through to a few testimonials from recent WWA Speakers:
“Being a speaker for the WWA has given me the opportunity to connect with operators all over the world. By having those connections, I know that I have a vast array of professionals to reach out to whenever I need anything related to the waterpark industry.” – Sasha Mateer, Deep River Waterpark
“The most rewarding part of being a WWA Speaker comes from the ideas and thoughts of those waterpark professionals who were working right alongside you, helping to deliver your session. The networking, planning and relationship building are benefits that I wouldn’t be able to receive anywhere else. My advice to you: Share what you love, show what you do, teach what you know, speak at WWA!” – Xachary Aguilar, Splash Kingdom Waterparks
“As a first-time speaker in 2021, I was so impressed with the amount of support I received from the WWA staff. Everyone was so helpful and made me feel comfortable navigating the waters as a first-time speaker.” – Kier Rouse-Perry, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
“Speaking at the WWA Show provides the opportunity to share and lead conversations about the direction of Aquatic programming.” – Chad Gunter, City of Folsom Parks & Recreation Department
“Speaking at WWA gave me a great opportunity to network with other professionals and attend a conference that I may not have been able to otherwise, due to budget limitations. While attending WWA as a speaker, I was able to connect with the Yas Waterworld team which ultimately led to receiving my current position.” – Melissa Lockwood, Baha Mar
“The valuable experience of being a speaker at WWA allows for collaboration and dialogue within the industry’s leaders within the topic of your choice. The speaker gets just as much, if not more, out of a session than the attendees.” – Ashley Wolfe, ALIVE Solutions
If you are ready to submit a proposal, then possible topics to cover include but are not limited to:
- Human Resources
- Marketing, digital and traditional
- Risk Management
- Group Sales
- Food and Beverage
- Financial Management
- Social Media Marketing
- Family Entertainment Centers
Being a WWA speaker is a great way to build business connections and learn ideas to bring back to your own facility. And, as mentioned before, invited speakers are offered complimentary registration to attend the WWA Show. (Presenters are responsible for their own travel expenses.)
To participate as a speaker in the World Waterpark Associations Annual Symposium and Trade Show educational program, keep in mind these simple requirements:
- Please do not plan to include commercial orientation or product/service presentations as part of your presentation.
- As part of your presentation materials, you are free to mention your company name and what you do for your firm at the beginning of your presentation – and also tell attendees they can talk to you in more detail after your session.
- Please plan to incorporate handouts in your presentation – but make sure they focus on the material you are presenting. And do not use your company letterhead for the printing up the handouts. You may include a contact information page as a convenience to attendees to contact you for additional information on the final sheet on a handout.
- Remember requirements 1 through 3. WWA attendees have come to expect that the presentations they attend will not be of a self-promoting nature – and when the sessions are, they let us know! Feedback from post-show questionnaires has revealed the audience prefers an overall view of your subject matter by not focusing only on your product or service in particular, which is perceived as commercialism.