2017 Spring Specialty Conference - Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity
Justification Toolkit



Why is attending an AWRA Conference valuable?

Conference AttendeesIn these critical times, achieving effective results demands a paradigm shift that can only be realized with exposure to new thoughts and ideas. The 2017 Spring Conference will help you discover and implement ideas that deliver results. It will train your mind to search for innovative solutions. It will provide opportunities to make valuable connections with other association professionals and suppliers who have solutions you need. And, it will prepare you for the long road ahead.

Below is some helpful information to show the value of attending the 2017 Spring Conference

The Justification Toolkit Includes:


General Tips

Many travel budgets and training budgets have been slashed, and some associations are experiencing severe financial problems. Which means that regardless of the merits of a conference, you'll probably need to justify the expense. So here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Focus on what you will specifically bring back to the organization as return for the investment.
  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way others in your unit will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
  • Share the final program and abstract links with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
  • If you are working to obtain or maintain your professional designation (PE, PH, PG, etc.), remind your supervisor that this is a great way to earn up to1.5 CEU's at a nominal additional cost.
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
  • Be sure to check out the registration page where all the various rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts.

Unsuccessful with the boss? There's one more idea you may not have thought of. Keep track of your conference expenses and write them off on your personal income tax:

If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax.
See IRS Publication 970, Chapter 12 and consult your tax advisor for complete details. http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch12.html#en_US_2011_publink1000178645