The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals for professional Conference Speakers for the upcoming Regional Economic Inclusion (REI) Summit, presented by Vibrant Pittsburgh. We are soliciting both paid speakers and speakers willing to provide their services pro bono publico (without expectation of payment) for the good of Vibrant Pittsburgh in support of the goals and objectives of the Conference and the diversity, equity, and inclusion profession in general.
You are encouraged to incorporate the 2021 REI Summit theme, More than a Moment, in your session title and subject matter of your presentation. Reflect on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace through the lenses of history of impact and influence; exploration of today’s challenges; and the visions necessary to create the workplaces, leaders, and workforce of the future.
Vibrant Pittsburgh reserves the right to select proposals that, in its sole discretion, meet the planned events and theme of the Conference as well as the criteria set forth within this RFP.
The REI Summit Committee will evaluate the proposals received and select the professional Conference Speakers it desires to participate in the Conference. The proposals shall be Responsive and Responsible. A proposal is considered “Responsive” if it conforms exactly to the requirements in this Request for Proposals. A proposal is “Responsible” if the offeror has the capability, in all respects, to perform fully the contract requirements and the moral and business integrity and reliability which will assure good faith performance. Based on the selection criteria, Vibrant Pittsburgh will hold discussion/s with the best-qualified offerors and select the Conference Speakers who best meet the needs of the REI Summit Committee. Offers of selection of Conference Speakers shall be at the sole discretion of the REI Summit Committee.
An offeror’s submission shall include information highlighting your ability to meet each of the SELECTION CRITERIA listed below. The proposals will be evaluated considering the following items listed in rank order of importance with corresponding potential points as shown below in addition to the basic requirements outlined above. The quality, availability, and adaptability of the offeror’s services and related products will be considered in conjunction with Vibrant Pittsburgh’s desired needs for the REI Summit Annual Conference. The proposed session should address one of the following topics:
Selection factors will include: quality of performance and services to previous and existing clients; reputation and experience of the selected offeror; capability of the selected offeror to perform the services desired by Vibrant Pittsburgh within a specific budget, paid and (pro bono publico); as well as time constraints and required services to implement the session.
Please be mindful of grammar, spelling and capitalization as your information will flow directly to other areas of the Conference website and/or app if you are approved as a speaker. Presenters may submit multiple session topics, each on a separate online form.
Acknowledgement: The proposed presenter’s acknowledgement on the online submission acknowledges that he/she will provide professional Conference speaking services either paid (please note requested fee) or pro bono publico for the good of the diversity and inclusion profession and in support of the goals and objectives of the REI Summit. Any requested exceptions to this practice must be detailed in your proposal and are subject to review by Vibrant Pittsburgh and the REI Summit Committee.
The selected Speakers will be subject to the following provisions:
Vibrant Pittsburgh and the REI Summit Committee reserve the right to cancel the engagement with the speaker at any time with or without cause and with or without notice, and in the event of any such cancellation, Vibrant Pittsburgh shall have no liability to the speaker as a result of the cancellation.