Become a Speaker

The 2019 DONA International Leadership Summit will be held in Houston, TX on Thursday, Oct 3 through Saturday, Oct 5, 2019, offering an opportunity for doulas from around the world to come together to grow in individual and professional leadership.

Call for Speaker Proposals

 DONA International’s Speaker Selection Team is looking for evidence-based presentations that provide transferable skills to our summit attendees. We invite speakers to share your expertise and shape the summit program by submitting a speaker proposal that will lend itself well to the theme of leadership which can include general leadership skills, business leadership skills, doula leadership skills, and beyond.

DONA International has a culturally diverse membership, no less multicultural than the families we serve. We ask that speakers reflect that diversity in any images and language chosen for their presentation.

Proposal Submission

We are seeking presentations on the intersection of leadership and childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding to be submitted no later than May 30, 2019 for presentations to be held in Houston, TX, October 4 -5, 2019.

  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Doula Mentoring
  • Cultural Competence & Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • Business/Legal
  • Evidenced Based Practice and Research
  • Advocacy or Community Organizing
  • International Birth and Postpartum Perspectives
  • Skill Builders
  • Challenges and Solutions in the Birth World
  • Cultural Competence & Implicit Bias in Healthcare


In order to submit, you will need the following information ready:

  • Brief description
  • Teaching methods
  • Session details
  • Speaker bio and cv/resume
  • Professional headshot


Ready to submit your proposal? Visit the online form here.


The deadline for all submissions is May 30, 2019.

Questions? Contact us via email