CB Inspires: Those Who Inspire Us

A Call for Speakers

For this year’s Gen Blue®, we are seeking speakers to participate in our second year of CB Inspires, a powerful series of short talks intended to shine a light on positivity, embrace new ways of thinking, and pay tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.  

This year’s CB Inspires theme is “Those Who Inspire Us.”  Would you like to speak on stage about someone who has made a positive impact? Perhaps it’s through philanthropy, mentorship, acts of bravery, or just pure kindness – sky’s the limit. Maybe they’re a colleague, a friend, a manager, a coach, a partner, or any combination. If you would like to present as a part of CB Inspires and talk about a person in your life who is an inspiration to us all, then we want to hear from you!  

CB Inspires will be presented live and on the main stage at Federal State Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona during Gen Blue on October 23-26, 2022. All talks will be recorded and made available following the event. 

Talk Criteria

  • Length: Max. 15 minutes
  • Talks can be presented as a stand-alone speech, or with slides and/or props if needed
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and presenting to large groups (2,000+)
  • CB Inspires content should:
    • Educate, encourage, inspire and/or motivate
    • Align with the Brand’s core values, including from a perspective of diversity and inclusion
    • Avoid any negative content including inflammatory, exclusionary, or politically charged language and cannot promote any individual product, offering, or other commercial endeavor

Submission and Selection Process

  • For initial consideration, you must:
    • Be registered to attend Gen Blue in person prior to submission of this form
    • Complete the details below and submit by July 1, 2022.
  • After the submission deadline, all entries will be reviewed internally and 10-12 will be selected to move on to the next step by the end of July.
    • If your submission is selected for the second round, you will be contacted and asked to provide a short 1-2-minute video introducing you and your topic
  • Only those selected to move forward in the process will be contacted, but you will receive a confirmation that your submission has been received.
  • A maximum of four (4) speakers will be chosen to participate in CB Inspires. All selected speakers will be featured and promoted as a part of Gen Blue on the event website, social media, and other dedicated communications.

CB INSPIRES FAQs

Are there any restrictions on topics or content that can or cannot be shared?

CB Inspires content should be aligned with the Brand’s core values, including from a perspective of diversity and inclusion. Speakers should avoid any negative content including inflammatory, exclusionary, or politically charged language. Speakers should also know that they cannot promote any individual product, offering, or other commercial endeavor.

I am not planning to attend this year’s event in-person, but I have something worth sharing. Can I still submit for consideration?

All CB Inspires talks will be presented live on stage at the Arizona Federal State Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona during Gen Blue® 2022. Only individuals who are currently registered to attend in person will be considered as speakers for CB Inspires.

Can I use slides or props during my talk?

Yes, but they are not required. The final selected speakers will work directly with the Gen Blue production team in preparation for the event. Speakers will receive coaching, rehearsals, and assistance in the development of any slides, props, or other materials needed for the talk. All slides and/or a summary of the content are subject to review by the Brand prior to the talk.

If I am selected as a speaker for CB Inspires, what costs, if any, are covered?

To be considered as a speaker for CB Inspires, you must be registered to attend Gen Blue® 2022 in person. Final speakers selected will receive a refund for their event registration, but no travel, hotel, or incidental expenses will be covered. All selected speakers will be featured and promoted as a part of Gen Blue on the event website, social media, and other dedicated communications.