JUSTIFICATION TOOLKIT

DesignCon offers you all the materials you need in order to gain funding for your attendance. With expert advice, pre-conference justification documents and post-conference reporting templates, your manager or supervisor is sure to appreciate the investment made into your education and training, as well as to your company's success.

We encourage you to review the materials in this section to gain a greater understanding of DesignCon and effectively communicate the value of your participation to your approving manager.


Reasons to Attend

KNOWLEDGE BENEFITS

Which topic tracks or specific sessions have particular relevance to your job, department or organization's current priorities and goals? Which sessions will provide insight into a particular challenge or goal your organization is facing right now, or expects to face in the next 12 months? Identify specifically what you can use, and how.

TRAINING BENEFITS

The Hands-on Tutorials and numerous other training sessions offered at DesignCon will encourage your skill development and help you achieve your professional goals. Bring back new skills, techniques and approaches to your organization.

NETWORKING BENEFITS

Meet and interact with industry professionals and technical experts in similar roles and organizations around the country. Gain valuable information and insights, understand what peer organizations are talking about and planning for, and see how they are accomplishing certain goals or tackling specific challenges that are similar to your own.

TEAM-BUILDING BENEFITS

DesignCon will help build your team by providing practical, hands-on training opportunities so you can bring back new design techniques and insights to your team, to bring them up the learning curve faster and build a shared knowledge base for applying this information to improve your organization's processes, programs and strategies.

EXPO HALL BENEFITS

The Expo will showcase vendors with new products you could use or evaluate head-to-head for potential future use. It's an opportunity to collect first-hand information and compare competing technologies. It's also a chance to discover companies you've never heard of before, offering solutions you don't even know about yet, so you can come to more informed decisions quickly on your current and future projects.


Justification Tips

The four days at DesignCon will be the most cost-effective educational and training choice you will make all year. You will experience a full year of benefits in the form of new and greater knowledge and practical skills and techniques that you can apply directly to your job. The most effective way to gain approval is to focus on what you will bring back to the organization to demonstrate return on the investment.

Here are more tips on getting employer support for attending:

  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues or team members to share what you learned. They will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
  • If you purchase a conference pass, you will have access to all conference proceedings -- session handouts and videos to share with your colleagues back at the office.
  • Explain what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, projects and organization.
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
  • Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses.

Justification Letter

Prior to the conference, you may need to convince your manager(s) to invest their professional development funds in your attendance. The cost of attendance consists of the conference registration fee, travel costs and time-away-from-work costs. The template below will help get you started, and you can customize it to suit you and your organization's needs.