The NICE 2021-22 program committee is seeking timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations for the annual conference and expo. The conference is an opportunity to bring together employers of cybersecurity practitioners and representatives from education, training, certification, and workforce development communities to promote collaboration and highlight effective and innovative approaches from industry, government, and academia.

This year’s theme, “Demystifying Cybersecurity: Integrated Approaches to Developing Career Pathways,” inspires presentations that takes a holistic view of cybersecurity risks that considers the dimensions of people, process, and technology and includes a comprehensive approach to the development of career pathway systems that address the lifecycle of a learner from early education through a life-long career in cybersecurity. By integrating approaches from across the larger cybersecurity education, training, and workforce community, effective practices and solutions can be shared in the development of multiple career pathways, regardless of academic, demographic, socio-economic, geographic, or professional background.

Call for Speaker Proposals opens Tuesday, September 7th.

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  1. Growth and Development through Lifelong Learning:
    • This track seeks proposals that present solutions on how to keep learners, including employees, prepared throughout their lifetime given the evolving cybersecurity landscape. Topics include continuous learning beginning with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, as well as alternative approaches to include upskilling and reskilling.
  2. Building a Three-Dimensional Cybersecurity Culture:
    • This track seeks proposals that take a multidimensional view of organizational cybersecurity culture. This includes topics that examine the multidisciplinary nature of cybersecurity and the connection and cooperation among all units to include HR, policy, procurement, information technology, and more to build a unified cybersecurity culture. Proposals should consider effective practices that embed cybersecurity across organizations and the corresponding cybersecurity-related skills and competencies needed across the enterprise.
  3. Hybrid Roles to Solve Sector-Specific Needs:
    • This track seeks proposals that examine sector-specific and multi-sector approaches to cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. This includes practices from different economic sectors (finance, healthcare, transportation, etc.). Special consideration will be given to proposals that discuss sector-specific work roles and competencies for new, emerging, or existing work that impact an enterprise’s cybersecurity risk.
  4. Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity (open slot proposals):
    • This track, which will accept proposals through the extended deadline of March 6, 2022, highlights how recent events, new risks, or other contemporary developments affect the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development landscape. Proposals should highlight challenges presented, lessons learned, and solutions that mitigate today’s cybersecurity risks.

We encourage proposals from a diverse array of organizations and individuals with different perspectives, including employers, educators, researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors, non-profits, and international bodies, educators at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, research centers, and training and certification providers. Proposals should attempt to align with the goals and objectives of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic Plan and, where appropriate, consider uses of the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework).  Proposals should also consider effective practices and solutions rather than merely admiring the problem. Proposals will be evaluated and selected based on the quality of the written proposal, diversity of topics and presenters, and alignment with the conference theme and tracks.

Depending on your topic, please consider the best format for your presentation, lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations of concepts or solutions, or interactive forums. Special consideration will be given to proposals that include audience engagement as part of the presentation.

Submit your proposal for the 2022 NICE Conference at For more information regarding the conference, please contact or 305-348-5310.

Submission Deadline: December 5, 2021, by 11:59PM (EST U.S. and Canada) 

2021-2022 Program Committee


Raquel Hill Spelman College
Eman El Sheikh University of West Florida
Tobi West Coastline Community College
Ashley Podhradsky Dakota State University
Zena Pouncey Georgia School District


Kristin Royster Bank of America
Kelli Jordan IBM
Brian Correa SANS
Jordana Siegel Amazon Web Services
Jason Hite XCELERATE Solutions


Doug Andre DHS-CISA
Andy Hanks State of Montana
Susana Barraza NIST-NICE
Matt Isnor US Department of Defense
Kerry-Ann Barrett Organization of American States