Trying to convince your manager to let you attend the Catalyst Conference? We’ve created a customizable email template you can use to prove the value of your trip.


Dear [your manager’s name],

I’d like your permission to attend the women and diversity in tech conference, Catalyst, from June 19–20 in San Francisco. Attending this conference will be beneficial for both my personal growth and our company’s goals for diversity, inclusion, recruiting, and leadership in the following areas:

  • Identify areas for improvement and gain leadership skills on how to build a culture of inclusivity.
  • Get educated on technical best practices at hundreds of legendary leaders about hiring for diversity, effective communication, a mindset for innovation, workplace ethics, creative problem-solving, and more from entrepreneurs, marketers, engineers, designers, scientists, and more.
  • Receive valuable hands-on experience in technical coding and design bootcamps and workshops which I can bring back to my team.
  • Talk to the community about our company in search of partnerships, new customers, and/or recruitment.

Here’s an estimated breakdown of costs:

Domestic airfare estimate…………………………… $500
Hotel (two nights in San Francisco)…………………. $250/night = $500
Full conference pass…………………………………. $288 (or $250 early bird)
Total………………………………………………….. $1,288

After the conference, I’ll circulate a report that will include a summary of what I learned and a set of recommendations for processes and actionable ideas we can take at our company to improve diversity in recruiting, an inclusive atmosphere, and a culture that creates impactful leadership teams.

Thank you for considering my request to attend the Catalyst Conference.


Looking forward to your reply,

[your name]