2022 COABE Conference – Presenter Resource

Call for proposals ended on October 15th, 2021


Accepted presentations have been announced. View the list of preconference sessions, and conference sessions.


Your proposal will be reviewed by a Strand Partner. Please see the Conference Strands HERE for a description of each Strand and the intended audience. Consider your primary topic and audience, then select a Strand for your session. [Note that reviewers may consider your session for another strand than the one you select].


Concurrent Session: 75 minutes. Offered Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Room setup In-Person: Theater; Virtual: Webinar

Preconference Half Day Session: 3 hours. Offered Sunday only. Room setup In-Person: Rounds; Virtual: Meeting

Preconference Full Day Session: 6 hours. Offered Sunday only. Room setup In-Person: Rounds; Virtual: Meeting

  • Screens in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Projectors
  • Lavalier Microphones
  • Presentation Remote
  • Chart Paper (must request by 1/31/22)

Please bring your own computer and any special adapters or plugs (HDMI adapter, RGB adapters, correct Apple MAC VGA adapters, or external speakers). Our projectors connect using the following: HDMI, VGA-In, VGA-out, Composite Video, USB power out, Audio-In, Audio-Out and RS-232C, your presentations are visible from any source device.

Furnishing handouts in the quantity needed for sessions (prepare at least 45 handouts)

  • First time COABE presenters must complete your “Present with Purpose” credential by 1/31/2022 to receive placement in the conference program.
  • Register for the conference by 1/31/2022
  • Review your presentation’s information and scheduled date and time
    • All changes must be submitted by 01/31/2022
  • Training will be offered on presenting both virtually and in-person
    • Practice sessions will be made available prior to the conference
  • All sessions will be 75 minutes in length
  • Virtual Sessions:
    • Will be presented using the Zoom platform with tech support available for virtual presenters.
    • Virtual sessions will be set up as webinars by default for ease of use unless a special request is made for a meeting format.
    • Virtual Sessions will be recorded for playback.
    • Available virtual presenting tools will be chat, Q&A, white board, annotation, interactive polling, and tech support.
    • Pre-conferences will be set up virtually for the meeting format for virtual with the ability to have breakout rooms and will not be recorded unless otherwise specified. 
  • In-person Sessions:
    • Available presenting tools will be screens, internet connections, projector, mic, presentation remote, and chart paper. Must request chart paper by 1/31/22.
    • Masks will not be required to be worn when presenting, but we will ask that you maintain a safe social distance for your attendees during this time.
    • Pre-conferences will be set up with round tables. 

The COABE Presenter Handbook is full of helpful tips for planning and delivering your presentation virtually. It’s a great starting place for both new and experienced presenters. 

In-Person and Virtual Presenting Tips Tip Sheet

Screen Sharing Guide (for Zoom) – Recommendations and troubleshooting for sharing your screen, projecting presentation slides, and navigating Zoom while presenting.

Guidelines for finding images – Are you certain the images in your PowerPoint are not subject to copyright?  These guidelines will help you determine which images are usable and where you can find them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

COABE Presenter Training

All of these sessions will be recorded and available for presenters to view at their convenience.

*Please note COABE strongly recommends each presenter have a support person to assist them as they present. This will ensure a seamless presentation as you navigate virtual or hybrid presenting. If you don’t have a co-presenter to fill this role, please consider asking a colleague to fill this role.

COABE Conference Speaker Training – Features of the Conference App

Download the tips for presenting virtual handout here

March 16, 2022, from 10:30 – 11:30 am ET Watch the Replay

March 24, 2022, from 3:30- 4:30 pm ET Watch the Replay

Explore the conference app with representatives from Pathable. See how to join your session, when you can join, what features will be available to you, how to navigate from conference site to your presenting zoom session and back, and how to ensure the best experience for you as a presenter. This is a great opportunity to ask your tech questions.

Tips for Presenting Virtually – COABE webinar for presenters

March 18, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET Watch the Replay; and download the handout here.

Presenting virtually can allow you to reach more people, provide greater accessibility and variability, and can be fun! Let’s embrace virtually presenting! Join COABE Presenter Coach, Sarah Goldammer, and long-time COABE presenter, Melinda Holt, as they share the top ten tips for effective virtual presentations and share some free resources to help you rock your virtual COABE session! 

COABE Presenter Office Hours

March 22, 2022, at 3:00 pm ET Watch the Replay; and download the tips on presenting hybrid handout here.

March 25, 2022, at 12:00 pm ET Watch the Replay

April 1, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET Watch the Replay

Join COABE Chief of Staff Michelle Chiles-Fourcoy and Presenter Coach Sarah Goldammer to hear about the features of hybrid presenting at COABE, learn suggested best practices to enhance your session, the importance of having a co-presenter or a support person with you during your session, how to bridge the gap between your virtual audience and your in-person audience, and more. 

COABE will have an on-site room for virtual presenters to view the options of hybrid presenting prior to their session. This will be held onsite in the Boren room (4th FL, Union St Tower at the Sheraton) on Sunday, and in room 614 of the convention center daily Monday-Wednesday from 7:00 am – 7:45 am.

COABE Presenter Coach – Sarah Goldammer

Welcome Sarah Goldammer, COABE’s Presenter Coach! This new position was created to ensure COABE presenters are equipped to present in the virtual, in-person, and hybrid environments. Questions can be directed to

On January 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET, Sarah led a webinar to learn more about the Present with Purpose Relaunch. Watch the replay and download the handout for a quick overview!

Sarah Goldammer is a passionate lifelong learner and educator. There is nothing more exciting to her than the “aha” moment and supporting others to find theirs! She currently serves as the director of the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, part of the Illinois Community College Board Professional Development Network. She has a B.S in special education and a M.S. in higher education. Sarah is a certified trainer of Universal Design for Learning and the Special Learning Needs Institute. She has trained hundreds of individuals throughout her years in adult education.

Sarah recently co-created the Illinois training, “Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners.” She spearheaded the creation of the statewide contextualized curricula in the following career clusters: health sciences, manufacturing, TDL, IT, and career pathways. She served as part of the professional development team for the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative, the development of a Bridge Development Basics Training, and implementation of Integrated Education and Training (IET) models. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences both in-person and virtual. Sarah has been involved in adult education for the past 21 years and has been teaching and training for over 30 years. She is proud to have had students from 3 to 83 years old and every age in between.

Combining her love for creativity, her desire to inspire, and her knowledge of the importance for career exploration, Sarah’s later-in-life career journey is that of author. She has written and published a series of 16 chapter books introducing careers combining fun and adventure while exploring each of the career clusters. These books are designed to inspire, educate, and entertain both children and adults…and to hopefully provide an “aha” moment.


Conference Images

COABE has created eye popping graphics that you can send out via social media and use for presentation backgrounds HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email