Convince Your Boss to Support Your Growth & Development

New York Summit 2024: September 17th-20th

So you’re trying to get your company to cover your Summit ticket?

Just copy the letter below and fill it out as needed to show your boss all of the benefits of #LWTSUMMIT. Trust us, it works! 😀

Give This Letter to Your Boss

Dear [MANAGER’S NAME],

I am seeking your endorsement to attend the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit on September 17-19 in New York City.

This is not your typical event. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit assembles accomplished tech professionals from around the globe in a forum focused on technology trends and leadership development. This event intersects the unique challenges faced by individuals like myself and would provide an empowering space for my career growth. The Summit is known for its high-quality content and career programming, which will allow me to continue succeeding in my job.

Quick facts about Summit:

  • Gathers top women and nonbinary leaders in business and technology.
  • The only event in the world that also centers content for LGBTQ women.
  • Open opportunity for myself, or others at [insert company], to apply for speaking engagements.  
  • Content covering GenerativeAI, The Future of Work, Marketing Automation, CyberSecurity, Climate Innovation, Ethical AI, BioTech, SportsTech, and much more.

While attending, I’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with peers focused on the same challenges as me. Between the content presented in the sessions, I plan to continue to strengthen my skills in [X], [Y], and [Z] and walk away having learned [potential goals to model/adapt]:

  • Goal 1: Gain 2-3 technical resources to advance my work.
  • Goal 2: Make three connections with peers in my current role from similar companies to strengthen my work and develop a network.
  • Goal 3: Network with senior-level executives to further develop my skills as a professional.
  • Goal 4: [if your company is hiring] Share current job openings at my company with job seekers attending the event.

The most recent Summit agenda can be found here. This year comprises more than 150 talks featuring speakers from both the present and past, including:

  • Kamala Harris, Vice President, United States
  • Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI
  • Elizabeth Warren, Senator, Massachusetts
  • Sundar Pichai, CEO, Alphabet
  • Megan Rapinoe, Pro Soccer Player, USWNT
  • Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Senator & U.S. Secretary Of State
  • Stacey Abrams, Candidate For Governor, Georgia
  • Glennon Doyle, Author & Podcast Host
  • Ryan Roslansky, CEO, LinkedIn
  • Angelica Ross, Founder, Transtech & Actress, “Pose”
  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Of The United States House Of Representatives
  • Mark Kelly, Senator, United States & Astronaut
  • Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce
  • Bozoma Saint John, Former CMO, Netflix
  • Kara Swisher, Podcast Host & NY Times Columnist
  • Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Activist, & Feminist Organizer
  • Joy Reid, MSNBC Host, The Reidout
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Former COO, Facebook
  • Susan Wojcicki, CEO, Youtube
  • Melinda Gates, Philanthropist & Former GM, Microsoft
  • Chani Nicholas, Astrologer & Author
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder & CEO, Bumble
  • Yamini Rangan, CEO, Hubspot 
  • Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation
  • London Breed, Mayor Of San Francisco
  • Rosie O’Donnell, Comedian, Television Producer, Actress, & Author
  • Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber
  • Layshia Clarendon, Pro Basketball Player, WNBA
  • Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary
  • Fiona Tan, CTO, Wayfair 
  • Roxane Gay, Writer, Professor, Editor, & Social Commentator
  • Sue Bird, Pro Basketball Player, WNBA
  • Sophia Bush, Actress, Activist, Director & Producer
  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
  • Jane Lynch, Actress, Comedian & Author

I know it’ll cover a wide range of engineering, product, and design topics with a culturally relevant perspective. I’m excited to assemble pertinent and engaging Summit sessions applicable to what I’m working on.

I’m confident that my attendance at the Summit will directly influence the quality of my work on [PROJECT NAME].

When I get back from the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit, I’m happy to share takeaways with the [team and/or participating ERG], including those that we can implement immediately and outlines on how we’ll make that happen.

I’ve broken down the approximate cost of my attendance at the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit:

Early registration is encouraged to take advantage of discounted rates.  In the meantime, you can learn more about the event at lesbianswhotech.org.

Thank you for taking the time to review this request, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
[YOUR NAME]

“Just wanted to say I’m SO incredibly excited to go to the New York Summit! The “Convince Your Boss” letter was a fantastic resource, and against all odds, the company said yes and is sponsoring my ticket! I just bought my ticket and am so completely thrilled 🙂 Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m so excited and honored!” – C.E.