Justification to Attend

Communicate with Your Supervisor

If you need some help convincing others that you need to attend URMIA's 51st Annual Conference, we can help! We created a justification letter template for you to personalize and share with your supervisor.

Calculate Your Expenses

Gather tangible information to support your request for professional development dollars. Factors include the following.

Registration Fees

The lowest rates are available through August 2nd.

Additional Educational Opportunities

We are offering several pre-conference workshops that provide a lot of bang for your buck.

Hotel Room

URMIA's discount group room rate is available until August 20th or until the room block is sold out.


Visit Indy: The Official Host of Indianapolis shares information for getting to this great conference city.

Plan for a Return on Investment

Consider what you will be bringing back to your department, your campus, and for your own professional development. Plan specific outcomes using the reflection questions and references below.

  1. What risk management problems is our institution trying to solve?
  2. What learning opportunities can I find or create at the conference to address these issues (e.g., specific workshops and breakout sessions, networking with other risk managers, participating in roundtable discussions, etc.)?
  3. Who can I partner with to find solutions (such as attendees from similar institutions, URMIA leaders, or affiliated service providers)?
  4. Are there any other opportunities in the area that I can leverage?

"The URMIA Annual Conference was probably the best conference I have ever been to. I came away with a wealth of pertinent information to assist me with my job responsibilities."

Register for the Conference

Once you get the go-ahead and have determined which pre-conference activities to attend, you will be ready to register yourself for this fantastic experience! Registration opens in May.

Map Your Professional Development

Explore the program schedule and session descriptions to map out a plan. You can even filter the sessions in the schedule by URMIA's Core Competencies For Higher Education Risk Managers.

Screenshot of filtering the schedule by core competencies

URMIA's Core Competencies Quadrants

Follow Through

Prepare a list of prompts to ask yourself during and after the conference. You may want to set milestones after returning to the office to review your experiences, and from that, create a list of your accomplishments. This may help you justify attending future URMIA events.

  • What were my key discoveries, solutions, and surprises?
  • What are the tangible things that I am bringing back from this experience?
  • What solutions did I learn about to address problems our institution is facing?
  • What relationships did I build or bolster?
  • What else made this conference valuable to me?
  • With whom do I need to follow up?
  • What do I need to do to implement new ideas and solutions?
  • What new questions do I have?