Convince your manager
Regardless of your level of experience, it’s important to continue growing professionally by participating in online summits, webinars, and conferences. It is equally important to inform your manager about your plans, so you can fully dive into the event and enjoy the experience without being afraid of being “discovered” or feeling guilty for not informing your manager.
Here are some tips to help convince your manager how investing in your professional development will benefit your organization, so you can receive “the green light” to use your working hours to learn from top industry experts, expand your network and upgrade your skills.
Emphasize that this is a virtual conference, so there is no cost associated with travel or accommodations. The ticket is the only expense, and we’ve intentionally kept the price low to make it affordable!
Review the tracks and speakers, and create a schedule with a list of keynotes and sessions you'd like to attend. Tie them to responsibilities associated with your current position or ways you’d like to grow in your career.
Define your top three reasons for attending and how it will contribute to your professional growth and benefit the company:
Explain to your manager as clearly as possible why this conference is unique and why it is worth attending. Don’t forget to mention that the mission of the network is to unite 1 000 000 women in tech to learn from each other and make an impact together.
You will want to add that you will position the company while networking with other international participants from all over the world.
You can also mention that learning from world-leading speakers who are experts in the tech field will help you (and thus your company) save time (which equals money) to figure it out on your own. Check out which tracks are the most relevant to your company.
Outline the above points in a conversation or email to your manager. See the template below for suggestions.
We hope you found these tips helpful. We are looking forward to seeing you at our conference! Stay safe!
Dear [Manager’s Name],
On May 9-12 the WomenTech Global Conference 2023 will be hosted virtually and I would like to attend. Right now, I can get a great deal on tickets (www.womentech.net/tickets).
During the conference, I will have the opportunity to connect with women in technology across the world and learn from industry leaders and peers from the tech community. I will also have the chance to contribute to the conference and to make an impact on growing the WomenTech community.
The event will offer online sessions from companies and organizations like Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, and Twitter, and cover engineering, product management, UX, and work-from-home related topics.
My participation will improve my skills, motivation, and performance. I'd be happy to share insights with the team, and discuss how we might implement key takeaways to position us as an employer of choice supporting diversity & inclusion.
Here is the event link: /women-tech-conference
I’d appreciate it if the company would support my efforts to upgrade my skills by covering the cost of my ticket and allowing me to take the time to attend the conference.
Need more reasons?
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