Who Should Attend

Make the Case to Attend

Getting approval to participate in any professional event can be a challenge these days. Take the initiative and show your organization why attendance at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference will strengthen your organization's performance and benefit those you serve.

Attending the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity conference will be the most cost-effective professional development choice all year. It is the most relevant and densely-packed educational and networking opportunity on childhood obesity available to professionals nationwide. Experience tremendous benefits to help achieve your organization's goals such as new obesity prevention strategies, valuable tools and resources, and connections with leading experts.

Seven Tips to Get Employer Support to Attend the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference:

  1. Explain in specific terms what you will gain by attending and how that will benefit your work, your organization's goals and the community.
  2. Offer to prepare and deliver a briefing with Q&A to your colleagues and/or the leadership team to share what you learned, so that others in your division will receive the benefits of your attendance, too.
  3. Share speaker handouts and other collected materials with your colleagues. As an attendee, you will have unlimited access to all speakers' materials online.
  4. Ask "what is the cost of NOT attending," in terms of both your ability to stay abreast of new developments and missing valuable tools, perspectives, research and relationships that will help your organization accomplish their goals.
  5. Prepare a plan showing how critical work will get done and by whom while you are attending the conference.
  6. Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses, and note that the conference is located in an easily accessible location with reasonable airfare and an extremely low hotel rate of $110 per night for single or double occupancy.
  7. Commit to your manager up front that you will prepare and share a conference report with him/her and the team. A conference report of one to three pages conveys key information about the conference to people who did not attend, and ensures that you will transmit its value effectively to your organization.