Call for Workshop Proposals

We are looking for workshops which will be inspiring, encouraging, and address opportunities for growth and collaboration among the Hmong worldwide. Sessions should be hands-on and interactive in nature and take the form of workshops, panel presentations, or round table discussions.

Submissions must fall within one of the four tracks listed under Workshop Tracks. Proposals will be scored based upon how closely workshops align with the theme. Higher scores will be given for workshops which:

  • Address the state of the Hmong and opportunities for growth and collaboration
  • Are engaging and interactive with ample time for audience Q & A and discussion (workshop time is one hour)
  • Are presented by individuals with expertise in the area they are discussing
  • Provide tangible action steps for attendees to take home and implement or provide key points to reflect upon
  • Incorporates this year’s theme, Vision 20/20: The Future in Focus.

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All workshops will be 60 minutes in length and fall into one of the following four categories:


This track will explore topics related to the culture, arts, and history of the Hmong people, including historical context, how it has evolved, and how it will shape the Hmong community into the future. Topics can include language, fashion, social media, entertainment, arts/crafts, and rituals/customs.

Workforce and Economic Prosperity

This track will focus on diverse topics related to ways in which the Hmong community can gain self-sufficiency through community, economic, business, and employment development. Topics can include international business, lending/loans, housing, demographics, employment services, and business trends.

Community Education

This track focuses on K-12 and higher education and other topics that address the learning needs of the Hmong community. Topics can include model curriculum sharing, classroom strategies, health/wellness, family dynamics, and research of any topics that needs to be shared with the community.


This track will explore ways in which leaders, organize and demonstrate their work and why they do it. Topics can include organizational leadership and professional training and work.


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Online submission forms must be completed by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Upon successful submission, you will be taken to a web page confirming that your submission was successful. If you do not see the confirmation page, your submission may not have been processed. We anticipate that individuals will be notified of their acceptance by January 31, 2020.

Two Q&A sessions have been scheduled to answer any questions you may have to help you prepare for your proposal. 

The dates are:

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PST // 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PST // 1:00 p.m. CST

(We will be using Zoom for these sessions: 1-720-707-2699, Meeting ID: 588 796 3943)

If accepted: All conference presenters are required to register for the conference.  For those invited to present, a 50% discount off of the full three-day registration fee will be given to no more than four presenters per workshop. Presenters must register for the entire conference and are strongly encouraged to participate in the other workshop and plenary sessions in which they are not presenting. For workshops with more than four presenters, it is up to the presenters to determine which individuals will receive the 50% discount and notify HND as to who those individuals are. Any additional presenters beyond four must pay the full registration fee.

Whova App: All presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the Whova app for the conference. A link to download the app will be provided by HND in the coming months. Presenters can use this app to share their presentation materials before and during the event to increase interest and participation among attendees, and attendees can share presenters’ materials with people in their personal networks for broader outreach and engagement.

Note: HND does not provide honoraria, hotel, or travel expense reimbursement for presenters. All presenters are responsible for providing their own copies of any handouts or reference materials. HND does not provide microphones for workshops. Speakers are in-house speakers and may not be appropriate for music performances. If playing live music during your workshop you will need to bring your own microphones, speakers, or other equipment.

The acceptance of proposals for presentation at the conference signifies a commitment to develop and deliver an educational session that is informative, relevant, and useful. HND is committed to assisting and supporting you with suggestions, resources, and equipment to ensure a quality session.


The HNDC20 International Conference is the first international Hmong Conference aiming to bring together representative delegations from the nations with the largest Hmong populations- France, Australia, Vietnam, United States, China, Laos and Thailand – to honor our journey as one people, rediscover our legacy, and co-create our future.

This conference will unite over 500 professionals, students, and community leaders to exchange valuable insights and powerful new approaches to community empowerment, collaboration, and growth opportunities. Attendees leverage their knowledge and skills in the areas of Culture/Arts/History, Workforce and Economic Prosperity, Community Education, and Leadership to cultivate:

  • A deeper knowledge of our history and roots
  • An understanding and appreciation of the Hmong journey in each of the seven countries
  • A stronger cultural identity and commitment to collaboration
  • Inspiration and renewed energy to improve the health, well-being and economic status of the Hmong people.

The three-day convention engages, entertains, and invigorates participants with an array of educational workshops, networking events, affinity sessions, a leadership banquet, and live entertainment featuring Hmong artists.


As we approach the year 2020, the Hmong continue to be dispersed across the world. For over 100 years, Hmong communities have assimilated to cultures and opportunities based on where they live. Nevertheless, Hmong people have a common bond through their history, trauma, incredibly rich culture, and determination to build strength and opportunities. 

The first HNDC International in Chiang Mai, Thailand will bring together people from across the world to build momentum on creating strategies that will impact the future international Hmong community.

The Vision: Our vision for the conference is to honor the journey and legacy of the Hmong diaspora, explore ways to uplift each other, and preserve our incredibly rich cultural identity. If we invest in our personal potential and leverage our collective knowledge and skills, we are capable of enormous change.