Topics are selected by the members of each HDI Forum group. All HDI Forums have a steering committee that works with the HDI Forum program manager to narrow topics down to a manageable scope and to define the specific focus of the topic. The HDI Forum program manager
then works with the HDI Faculty, other HDI Forum members, industry consultants, experts, practitioners, and HDI Annual Conference & Expo presenters to find subject matter experts (SMEs) appropriate for the selected topics. The steering committee holds conference calls with all SMEs prior to the meeting to ensure that the presentation will meet the members’ expectations. All SMEs are expected to deliver an interactive discussion rather than a lecture-style presentation. This format allows for the members to exchange knowledge, share information openly, and brainstorm solutions to take back to each of their organizations.