This is a suggested template for a letter you can draft to request employer support for your attendance at LearnFest Caribbean 2017 on November 29, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. If you decide to use it, please make sure you include the correct prices in the appropriate areas. Also, if applicable, be sure to do your homework and calculate your return on investment (ROI). We look forward to seeing you in Kingston, Jamaica!
NB: Please check the website for current updates and figures/rates.
[Full Postal Address]
Dear [Supervisor’s name],
I am writing to ask for your consideration for approval for my attending LearnFest Caribbean 2017 (LFC 2017) –www.learnfestcaribbean.com – to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica on November 29, 2017. This year’s theme is “Economic resilience through agility, innovation and cyber savvy.” Speakers will explore resilience for individuals, organizations and the Caribbean region.
The conference is a professional development unit (PDU) accredited event, therefore I will attain 7 PDUs in addition to a Certificate of Attendance. The conference is organised by DPM international and PM Global Institute and offers different learning opportunities. l have listed these to show the benefits l have identified:
- Master Classes, Plenary Sessions, Attendee-led Sessions and Panel Discussion – hands on training in agile, strategic management, cyber security and professional development.
- The Brainatorium and Knowledge Cafe – structured around practical scenarios to develop skills such as logical thinking and performance excellence.
- Career Development Services – offering opportunities for organisational and individual professional growth.
- Opportunities to network with other professionals & suppliers with the chance to swap information & ideas throughout the event.
- Comprehensive Exhibition Centre – which will not only exhibit services/products but teach on various areas aligned to the conference theme.
By attending LFC 2017, I will have an overview of new innovative practices and techniques, changes that may be required to our existing policies and protocols to comply with new national and international trends and improving the quality of the service my department/service provides to staff and clients of [insert organisation name].
Share Post-Event with [insert organisation name]
Upon my return from this professional development opportunity, I will provide a written report of the conference as well as share handouts, speakers notes, vendor contacts and other conference material with my colleagues. I am even available to do an oral presentation as well.
Conference fees ***add expense sheet provided below if relevant
Preferential Rates – Accommodation (for overseas attendees)
LFC 2017 has negotiated preferential rates for accommodation at the Jamaica Pegasus of USD 189.10 inclusive of taxes and full Jamaican Breakfast per night for reservations made before November 14, 2017.
Return on investment
At LFC 2017, among other things, I will be attending the Master Class on Building an Agile Business. Every business wants to innovate smarter and faster. This talks will focus on the ‘how’ of digital transformation and reveals key techniques for developing a more agile and innovative business and culture. This know-how is invaluable in an environment where the need for agility has become the norm.
I will also be attending another Master Class on A Roadmap for Protecting Your Organization Against Cyber Attack. I believe the insights learned by attending even this one session at LFC 2017 conference, can help avoid/mitigate costly information security scenarios and help the company become more agile. The global cost of consumer cybercrime has been estimated to be $110 Billion a year.* The cost of a LFC pass ($199 early bird) seems a small price to pay for actionable intelligence to help our organisation combat information security risk and the reputational damage that results from even a minor compromise.
To benefit from the current early bird discounts I need to register before August 15th. Thank you for your consideration and support. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Conference expenses are affected by a number of factors. Before you can even begin to justify conference expenses, you need to calculate what those expenses are. To do so, use the following Expenses Worksheet to develop a cost estimate for attending LearnFest Caribbean 2017.
Try to get the early bird or priority member rates (get the lower rates)
Try a Web travel service to get a quick estimate
Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
Driving to LFC 2017? To the airport for your flight? (Use standard organisation mileage calculations
At airport for flight departure, or at hotel where conference is located?
Use standard organization rate