How to Gain Approval to Attend


In today’s economy, you have to justify every dollar you spend, including the money and time to attend the SHRM Annual Conference. You also need to stay competitive in today’s market. By investing in attending the SHRM Annual Conference, you can benefit your organization by advancing and fine-tuning your skills, finding new ways to cut costs and gain important new leadership skills learning leadership. If you need to gain approval for your travel and professional development costs, follow these guidelines to gain support from your supervisor.

Step 1
Review the conference program—Determine which sessions you want to attend. Select ones that are most beneficial to you, your team and company. Each of the 200+ sessions offer learner outcomes and are easily identified by tracks. You can find solutions to your biggest challenges and identify new opportunities for growth. An added bonus: Most sessions offer recertification credits, so you can get credit towards obtaining and keeping your certification!

Step 2
Review the exhibitor list—The exposition hall will host more than 600 vendors exhibiting a wide range of innovative HR-related products and services. Be among the first to learn about the latest HR business solutions, discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools you need to succeed. Consider the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners.

Step 3
Save money—Book your hotel room through the official SHRM Housing Block. We’ve done all the work for you. You’ll get a discount rate at a SHRM-inspected hotel, most of which are on the shuttle bus route, so forget having to pay for taxis! Take advantage of receptions and exhibit hall lunches to help trim meal costs. Check with your local SHRM chapter to see if it is offering scholarships to the Annual Conference, or if you can find a roommate to share accommodations.

Step 4
Complete the Request Letter (the template is provided here in a Word document) — and submit to your supervisor. This letter will help you demonstrate why you should attend the SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Step 5
Share it! Commit to a post-conference briefing for senior management and your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Tie what you’ve learned to your organization’s challenges, goals and strategic plans.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.