United Astrology Conference 2018
MAY 24-29, 2018, CHICAGO
Round one: The first round of speakers were selected based on room count of over 80 from the 2012 conference, as well as those individuals spending significant amounts of time to make the conference happen, such as the UAC Planning Committee, UAC Board, and UAC Advisors.
Round two: If someone had spoken at a previous UAC conference and did not receive an invitation in the first round, then they were invited to apply as a veteran speaker.
Once all the veteran speaker applications were gathered, the names and information were submitted to each of the UAC 2018 organizations and junior organization of which an applicant was a current member. Each of these organizations created a voting survey for its membership of all the astrologers who applied and were current members of that organization. The organization memberships then voted in a staggered fashion, so when candidates receiving the top number of votes from the first organization vote were then removed from the next survey vote list, since they were already chosen. Once the list of top votes for each organization was complete, the track coordinators selected speakers from this group for their particular tracks based on proposed lecture topics.
Final Round: When all selected Veteran and New Speakers were slotted by track, there were still open spots on a majority of the tracks. So each track coordinator was given the opportunity to select speakers from the veteran applicants and from the top rated new speakers.
Each audio submission was listened and reviewed 2 times; if there was a significant discrepancy in the score, the audio was reviewed a third time. Each audio was judged on 5 basic criteria and each criteria was scored from 1 – 4: 1 = Poor, 2 = Acceptable, 3 = Good, 4 = Excellent. The 5 categories were: Mastery of Materials (with references if needed), Organization of Presentation, Clear oral delivery, Practical or education value, & Fit of presentation for intended audience.
UAC received 177 applications, and from those, 56 scored an average of 16.5 and above. From the 56 names, the UAC Planning Committee selected 30 names based on topics to balance the scheduled. A few more (10-12) new speakers from the list of 56 were added to the speaker roster to help fill out tracks, as needed.