Princeton University Speakers Bureau
Princeton University Speakers Bureau
About and Past Events
Your regional association may request a University speaker for your regional association event through Alumni Engagement that manages the entire process. Alumni Engagement works with the regional associations to help connect them with faculty, administrators and athletic coaches for the speaking engagements that keep Princeton alumni connected to the intellectual life of the University.
The Speakers Bureau Program will only offer virtual talks for the 2021 fall semester. The situation will be reevaluated in January for the spring semester.
Recent Speakers Bureaus events include:
- Michele Minter, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, spoke to the Princeton Club of Washington (DC) about the need for diversity, equity and inclusion at Princeton, June 2021
- Linda Colley, Professor of History, talked with the Princeton Club of Rochester about her latest book, “The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World,” online, May 2021
- Jeff Nunokawa, Professor of English, delivered “Mixed Race Modern: Growing Up Liberal in the Middle of the Last Century,” to the Princeton Association of New England, online, May 2021
- Ron Fogarty, Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach and Neil Doef ’21, shared “Tales of Princeton Hockey Glory” with the Princeton Alumni Association, Ottawa Chapter, online, March 2021
- James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum, gave a fascinating talk on the innovative creation of a new art museum for Princeton to the Princeton Association of Delaware, online, November 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I request a University speaker for my event?
A: You will need to submit a Speakers Bureau Request Form. Please note that we ask for four months’ advance notice to allow for time to secure a speaker for you.
Q: What are the steps to plan a Speakers Bureau event?
A: When you submit the Speakers Bureau Request Form, you will provide the following information:
- Actual or approximate date for your event
- Proposed type of venue (home, restaurant, lecture hall, country club)
- Preferred speaker, topic and/or field
- How many people you anticipate will attend you event
Working through these questions will provide an outline of your event. Once you submit the form, the process is as follows:
- You will receive an email from Alumni Engagement confirming receipt of your request.
- Alumni Engagement will work to secure a speaker for you. Once a speaker has been secured, you will be contacted and asked to provide additional event details.
- Alumni Engagement will make travel arrangements for the University speaker to attend your event.
Q: Who are the participants in the Speakers Bureau available to speak to my alumni gathering?
A: We work with our University speakers to find a time and date that is convenient both for the alumni and the speaker; this is not always possible for a given speaker, and we will work with you to find another outstanding speaker for your event.
Q: Who pays for the Speakers Bureau events?
A: Alumni Engagement pays for all travel expenses for the University speakers. Regional associations send out the invitations, process any ticket payments and pay all costs associated with the event itself, such as payments for the venue, food and beverages.
Q: What should I target for attendance for my Speakers Bureau event?
A: On average, 30-50 guests is a good attendance goal for small and medium-sized associations; large associations should aim for 80 guests.
Q: If I have questions about the Speakers Bureau, or would like to discuss it, whom should I contact?
A: Please contact Ann Healy Guarnaccia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-7305. Additional information is available on the Speakers Bureau Request Form.
Information for Faculty Members, Administrators and Coaches
The Princeton University Speakers Bureau, under the auspices Alumni Engagement, offers faculty members, administrators and coaches from across the University the opportunity to serve as keynote speakers for our regional alumni associations throughout the country.View More Information