Employer Approval Template to Attend

Convincing your employer to send you to a professional conference requires a well-thought-out proposal that clearly demonstrates the value and benefits it will bring to both you and the company. Here’s a persuasive proposal you can use to help nudge your employer in the right direction, and a budget worksheet for you to estimate your convention attendance costs. 

Sample Employer Support Letter - Click Here

Cost Estimate Worksheet - Click Here


Tips on Getting Employer Support 

  • Discuss the knowledge you will gain from attending and how it will benefit your work, laboratory, and colleagues.
  • Highlight the things included with your event registration such as educational sessions (Over 100 CEUs) and networking opportunities with leaders in the industry, to discuss best practices and cost saving measures, plus time with vendors in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
  • Consider submitting a poster to participate in the Scientific Poster Sessions to highlight work you and your lab have completed.
  • With the new normal of a virtual world be sure to highlight some of the benefits of in person meetings (i.e., Clearer communication, fewer interruptions, strong relationship building, etc).
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the Convention.
  • If your employer will be assisting with your expenses, provide an outline of cost estimates for registration, airfare, hotel, meals and transportation.
  • Make a list of exhibitors you plan to visit whose products and services would be an asset to your lab. Share any informational material or samples from exhibitors you receive with your colleagues.
  • Offer to deliver a short presentation upon your return that showcases what you learned during the week so your entire team can benefit from the knowledge you bring home. 

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