Help a colleague with speaker bureau development

A Capsules reader wrote me this morning with a request that is way outside my area of expertise, so I thought I'd turn it over to the Capsules' brain trust--you folks. She wrote:

I am looking for resources on developing speaker's

bureaus for our medical specialty society. Nearly 50 percent of our funding from

the pharma industry and are trying to attract some new speakers from our

membership but have no idea where to start with a formal process including

interest forms (which we've done, but it's not been as successful as we'd hoped),

a screening process based on the interest forms received and


Do you have any resources, tips, or advice you can share? If so, please leave it in the comments area below, or e-mail me, and I'll pass them along to her. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
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