Make the AG Your Own

Programming at the Annual Gathering, much like the AG itself, mirrors our members’ diverse interests. If you can imagine a topic, there’s a good chance we’ve held an AG program covering it.

Make the AG Your Own

AG programming is an eclectic mix of presentations given by Mensans and nonmembers — interesting deep-dives into topics ranging from, quite literally, the history and cultural legacy of high heels to Renaissance art to developments in cryptocurrency. The ideal AG speaker session is thought-provoking, packed with interesting information, and illustrative of your personal or professional passion.

Outside of speaker sessions, programming follows one of a handful of tracks, including Meet-and-Greets, games and tournaments, Leadership Development Workshops, and programming just for kids. Taking a look at last year’s schedule is the best way to get a feel for the types of programming you can typically expect at the AG.

Member Speaker Sessions

Member speaker sessions are 75-minute presentations on any topic. Pretty much anything (within reason) goes: watchmaking, a novel breakthrough in biochemistry, board game design, or the origin and cultural significance of the semicolon — if you care about something enough to share it with us, odds are you’ll find a group eager to learn more about it. The majority of speaker sessions are lead by a single speaker, but duos and panels are by no means out of the question.

Eager to share your passion with us? Start by submitting a program proposal below.

Submit Program Proposal
This portal is intended only for Mensa-member speaker proposals.

Meet-and-Greets

A fixture at every Annual Gathering, Meet-and-Greets are pretty much what they sound like: a dedicated space for your group to meet and, well, greet. Meet who? we can hear you asking. Well, anyone, really, but here are some examples of Meet-and-Greets you can typically find at an AG:

  • Local Group and Region Meet-and-Greets
  • Special Interest Group meetups
  • Meet-and-greets for particular officer roles

And then there are oddities like the 12 fellas named David who attend every AG and like to hang out and chop it up for a bit while they’re in town. Good guys, The Daves. If you would like to meet up with folks with similar interests while you’re at the AG, submit a Meet-and-Greet request, and we’ll do what we can to find space for you.

Request Meet-and-Greet

Tournaments

Games — board games, card games, party games like Mafia or Werewolf — are an essental part of the AG. In addition to what many have described as a “palatial” Games Room, the Annual Gathering features a full schedule of volunteer-hosted tournaments, from dice games to deck-building and more, in its own dedicated space. Want to host your own tournament? Let us know.

Submit Tournament Request

Leadership Development Workshops

Business or pleasure? Both, actually. The AG is chock full of fun and games, but being the clever devils we are, we take advantage of having so many brainy folks under the same roof by devoting time to teaching and learning how to become better and more effective volunteers and leaders and to share our best practices.

Becky Folger, our Local Group Services Manager, coordinates all AG leadership development workshops. Let her know if you’d like to present an LDW or have workshop recommendations.

Youth Programming

Bringing your kiddos to the AG? You’ll find plenty of programming that’s fun for all ages. And the Spark! program, sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, includes structured programming specifically for kids ages 4-12, enabling them to have their own unqiue AG experience.

Suggest Nonmember Speaker/Topics

We’re all ears when it comes to programming and speaker suggestions. Would you like to suggest a presentation topic or recommend a terrific nonmember speaker? Let us know!

Suggest Programming

Frequently Asked Questions
When will I find out if my program proposal is accepted?
Mid-March. The call for proposals and Meet-and-Greet requests closes Feb. 28; we’ll let you know shortly afterward whether your proposal has been accepted.
If my program is accepted, will I have any say in when it’s timed?
Yes, to a degree. We’ll ask you for your first, second, and third time/date preference, but with hundreds of programs to schedule, we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your preferred time/date slot.
When will the schedule be announced?
We’ll make the schedule available around mid-May, after all sessions details have been gathered and we have each session scheduled.
I’m not a Mensa member, can I speak at the AG?
Yes, absolutely. Nonmember speakers are given a free day-pass to the event. Email our Nonmember Speaker Chair for more information, or fill out the nonmember program idea form. Nonmember speakers are given a free day-pass and invited to stick around the event.
What A/V setup will I have as a speaker?
Each speaker will be set up with a laptop connected to projector and a mic. The rest is up to you.
What if my proposed program isn’t kid-friendly?
That’s okay — there’s definitely an audience for adult-only themes. Just let us know in your program proposal that your topic is for an adults-only audience.