Speaker Information

2023 Speakers

Speaking at a California CUPA Training Conference is a great way for agencies and companies to generate publicity and positive exposure. Getting in front of your target audience so you are a part of the conference agenda is a very effective way to get your message across at an event. Develop personal connections and friendships with other well-connected folks in your industry, as well as gain additional clients.

To register as a Speaker, submit a speaker biography OR if you already have a Speaker Biography submitted from a previous conference, EDIT/UPDATE your information at this link. Speaker biographies, once submitted, are reviewed and accepted by the Conference Manager, which, when approved, you will be able to submit an Abstract, schedule Sessions and upload Presentations.  Speakers may also pay additional single-day fees to attend the training conference on additional days.

We will be approving Abstracts by October 31, 2023. You will be contacted by a Track Coordinator or the Conference Manager. Approved Abstracts will receive an email confirmation to the person who submitted the Abstract. When your Abstract gets approved, you are then REGISTERED as a speaker for the day you are presenting. To register for the Full Conference, you must complete a Full registration or pay the daily rate for additional days, purchase a booth or apply for a scholarship if you are a CUPA/PA by October 13th.

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Speakers are required to submit a biography each year. Submitted biographies are forwarded to the Conference Manager for approval. Once approved, you will be registered, and able to schedule sessions. Speakers can attend sessions for free on the day they are scheduled to speak, and pay training fees for any other day as well.

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Speaker Information - 2024 Annual Conference

The 26th California Unified Program Annual Training Conference will be an IN PERSON event on M, T, W & Th from February 26-29, 2024 in Burlingame, CA - (NOTE:  Again this year, Speaker Biographies must be submitted and approved BEFORE an Abstract may be submitted - If you have previously been a speaker, your Bio will pre-populate for your review/edits and submission.  If you make changes to your Bio, it will be submitted for review/approval by the CUPA Team before it will show up to be used in an Abstract submittal.  For questions, please contact the CUPA Team)


October 17, 2023 UPDATE

We have received 174 Abstracts for consideration as Presentations at our 2024 Conference.  We are in the final stages of confirming which have been accepted. We will be notifying all of the proposed speakers about their Abstract and whether it was approved or not.  Here's some information for your review to prepare for the 2024 Conference:

  • PowerPoint Template to be used for ALL Presentations
  • Is my Session Being Recorded? - Our goal is to record 25-50 Session Presentations and to have the Presenters provide us with 6-10 multiple choice questions with the correct answer for each hour of the presentation.  This will allow us to convert the video Session into a Course on our Learning Management System.  More information will follow at an upcoming Speakers Zoom meeting...stay tuned.
  • Using Slido for Audience Participation/Poll Questions - Requires some coordination with our Webmaster and Conference AV Team... and it is fun for your attendees to engage actively with you during your presentation...something to consider - STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO
  • Upload a Photo of yourself to your Profile - When you login, you will be taken to the Member Dashboard.  Click on the image above your Member ID on the left side of the page.  Select the "Choose File" button.  Navigate to a 100x100 or 200x200 px image and select image and click on "Upload Pic"...you should then see it now above your Member ID.
  • Speaker Information Sheet...Coming Soon
  • Speaker Checklist...Coming Soon
  • NOTE:  As a presenter/speaker, you are registered for the conference automatically for the day/days you are presenting...this includes your lunch, which you will need to select BEFORE the conference (a link will be provided soon for this).  If you want to attend more days, you will need to pay for those days on our registration page.
  • Upload your PowerPoint Presentation - One week before the day of your presentation, you will need to upload your presentation to this DROPBOX FOLDER.  It is also OK to bring your presentation to the conference on a thumbdrive...but please make sure you have a backup plan in case you lose the thumbdrive.
  • Upload a PDF of your Presentation - One week before the day of your presentation, so your attendees can view it ahead of time and after the conference, you will need to upload your presentation directly on this page.
  • View your Session Roster in Advance to gauge your audience...Coming Soon


All Sessions are for educational purposes and not intended to be a sales presentation.  Abstracts will be reviewed for interest, significance and relevance to the conference theme.   Prospective speakers will be contacted by October 31, 2023.  Send Abstract inquiries to Sheryl Baldwin, Conference Manager at Sheryl@calcupa.org or call (530) 676-0815 for any questions.

Co-Conference Chairs 

Marjorie Terrell, San Mateo County
Mario Tresierras, LA County Fire Dept.
Jason Boetzer, CalEPA
Kristen Ward, San Bernardino Fire Dept.
Conference Manager, Sheryl Baldwin, CAL CUPA Forum

We will work with each presenter on their recording/pre-recording logistics, testing your webcam/microphone for the live part of the Session (Q&A) and other new processes to make sure your session is a success. You will be notified through email about the status of submitted abstracts. Please note that days and times may need to be adjusted to avoid schedule conflicts.

CUPA-2024 Abstract Online Submittal Form Information

If you have any questions about this process, please contact conferencemanager@calcupa.org or call 530-676-0815.

Making speaker presentations available to attendees is an essential part of the training conference, and should be uploaded before the start of the training conference to give attendees time to download and review them.

Please use our 2024 Conference PowerPoint Template for your presentation - 2024 CUPA Speaker/Presenter PPT Template (coming soon).

Convert your Powerpoint presentation and/or handouts to PDF and only upload the PDF version of each by clicking on the green "Upload Presentation" below. You will be able to connect your PDF presentation/handouts to your Session using a dropdown selection option on the Upload Presentation screen.

Typically, a PDF version of a Powerpoint presentation/handouts is considerably smaller in size and will contribute to a reduced load on the webserver. You can export a Powerpoint presentation to PDF directly from Powerpoint, or any Microsoft product.

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