The Grainger Show offers a select group of customers the opportunity to meet with over 600 of the world’s top maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) suppliers and hear from leading industry experts present on the most relevant topics businesses in the MRO industry are facing. This annual, exclusive event showcases the latest product innovations and provides attendees with comprehensive, proven strategies to help their businesses and institutions save time, money, and stay safe.
Presenting at the Grainger Show will provide you with an opportunity to build your professional network and learn, reflect, and engage with colleagues. As an expert in your field, you can share knowledge, experiences, and ideas with those who are looking to further their learning and improve their business and further their personal growth. The Grainger Show will showcase future directions, best practices, and solutions to issues MRO customer face within the following session tracks.
The session tracks are focused on topics that those working within the MRO industry are most commonly looking to stay educated and knowledgeable on. These tracks may offer an attendee an opportunity to earn or stay up-to-date on industry certifications or they may offer the opportunity for the attendee to prepare themselves for where the industry and their business is headed in the future. The session tracks include: Business Continuity, Information and Data Security, Inventory Management, Maintenance Operations, Maintenance Technology, Procurement, Productivity, and Safety.
How to Submit
- Review the Session Track Definitions and Submission FAQs to ensure your abstract meets the criteria of one of the Session tracks being offered.
- Create a Profile & Fill out your Personal Details
- Complete all session related details, including your track selection, session type, accreditation or any applicable skill-level requirements or pre-requisites.
- Submit your abstract
All submissions will be reviewed by the Grainger Show Content Committee using the following criteria:
- Relevance of topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to someone working in the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) industry?
- Proposed topic coverage: Does the submitted abstract adequately cover content related to the submitter’s stated learning objectives/key stated outcomes? Does the abstract adequately fit within the selected session track?
- Presenter knowledge: Does the presenter, or presenters, have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal and/or prior experience with or knowledge of the presenter?
- Presenter experience: Does the presenter have sufficient experience presenting in front of larger audiences (1000+ attendees)? Does the presenter have experience tailoring the message to different audience types.
- Engagement strategies: Does the presenter include specific strategies relevant to event size, audience, and maturity of topic in which they will engage participants in the session content, and do those strategies align with the session’s learning objectives/outcomes?
The Selection Committee’s role is to ensure the content offered at the Grainger Show is comprehensive, nonpromotional, objective, and diverse. Specific attention will be given to the diversity of topics submitted to ensure that the content covers all tracks and focus areas that a member of the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) industry would be looking to gain additional expertise or knowledge in. Note that you may be invited to present in formats other than the one you selected and/or you may be asked to provide information in addition to what has been noted as a part of your submission form.
Call for Speakers Timeline
The Grainger Show Content Committee will begin reviewing abstracts immediately upon the opening of the Call for Speakers process. We plan on notifying speakers of the status of their abstract(s) in early-mid September, with the full program set to go live shortly after. If you have any questions about the timeline, please contact us!
June 25 – August 6
Call for Speakers Live
June – August
Committee Abstract Review
Early – Mid September
Email Notification of Call for Speakers Results
Posting of Final Program Line-Up
- Standard Sessions are 60 minutes in length, open to all speakers, and can either be accredited or informational. They can contain content at any of the session skill levels.
- 90-Minute Sessions are open to all speakers and typically accredited; they can contain content at any of the session skill levels.
- Half-Day sessions are 4 hour long, in-depth sessions applicable to skill level 300 or based on particular advanced course pre-requisites determined by the presenter.
Session Skill Level
Your session content must match one of the following skill levels. The more accurate you are in specifying the skill level for your session, the better your session will be received. Sessions are needed at all levels.
- 100 Level (Novice) Assumes some, but mostly minimal knowledge of the concepts/topic being presented, typical experience would be 1-3 years
- 200 Level (Intermediate) Assumes significant comfort and knowledge of the topic being presented; typical experience would be 3-5 years
- 300 Level (Advanced/Expert) Assumes advanced understanding or deep knowledge of the topic being presented; typical experience would be 6-10+ years
Part of the submission process will require that you complete information regarding any required session prerequisites. This will help attendees determine if your session is applicable to them. Please list any required prior knowledge, any job title requirements or years experience that may need to be considered before an attendee selects your session. If your session does not have any prerequisites, please select “None”.
Session Summary, Abstract and Goals
The session summary should provide a brief, 150 character overview of your abstract; essentially a title and brief description. Should your abstract be chosen, the session summary may be posted on the Grainger Show website and within the Grainger Show registration site. We require you to submit 3 goals per abstract. These goals should highlight key learning an attendee can expect to walk-away with by attending your session. Your abstract should provide a comprehensive description – in 1000 characters or less – of what attendees can expect from attending your session.
If your submission is selected, you will be contacted with your Speaker Agreement Form to fill out and return. Additional information and instructions will be provided to you at that time.