Convince Your Boss

No matter how excited you may be to attend SHRM’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition you may find that before you can click that REGISTER button, you still have to convince your boss to let you go. Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavor; you need to demonstrate the benefits of D&I to your organization’s success and then you'll need to persuade your boss it's worth the investment of time and money (and that you're the right person to invest in)! Here are some steps you can take to help convince your boss.

Step 1: Review the program

Determine which sessions you want to attend and justify this selection to your boss. Select the ones that are most beneficial to your organization's D&I strategy. Make the case for D&I by explaining why a strong D&I strategy aligned with your organization’s business objectives is imperative. 

Step 2: Show how you can minimize costs

Let your boss know you've figured out a way to make it as cost-effective as possible! Register early before rates increase, and book your hotel room through the official SHRM Housing Block. And let your boss know that you'll take advantage of coffee breaks, receptions and exposition hall lunches to help minimize the costs of dining out.

Step 3: Complete the request letter

Sometimes your boss will need it in writing, or just prefers to receive your request in an email. Don't worry - we've got you covered there too. Use our handy Letter Template to list your reasons for wanting to attend and submit it to your supervisor. Or use it as a guide for talking points. You can customize it however you want, but this will give you a great starting point for organizing your thoughts and making sure you're making the best case for SHRM’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition!

Step 4: Bring it all home

The learning you get at the conference will be phenomenal (and energizing). Let your boss know you will commit to a post-conference briefing for staff, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Tie your learnings to your organization's D&I strategy- it's important to show your boss that the conference won’t be just be theory but will give you real-world, actionable solutions you can implement for your organization.