Speak At The Beat Live 2016

In keeping with tradition, The Beat Live this year will feature a keynote speaker chosen by readers. Want to be the one? Now is your chance to pitch what you would tell the crowd of industry players in attendance.

Please outline your provocative point-of-view, interesting insight or compelling commentary by answering a few questions in an email to The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer.

In 300 words or less:

  • What will you talk about in a keynote?
  • Why should the audience listen?
  • How will you avoid delivering a sales pitch?

While the keynoter who receives the most votes from readers will land a solo stint on stage, a handful of runners-up also will get the chance to speak their minds during The Views panel.

The deadline to submit your pitch is July 22. All speakers attend for free.

Later this summer, The Beat will publish pitches and bring the matter to a vote.

The ninth annual conference, to be held Oct. 18-20 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, will feature a keynote address from Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, a View From The Top discussion with BCD Group founder John Fentener van Vlissingen and an on-stage interview with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz.

Further details on speakers, panel topics and the industry's best networking are coming soon.

Register here to attend at our early-bird rate. Visit the conference website for all the details, and check back for additional information.