Subject: Proposal to attend Unleash 2017 Mediasite User Conference
I’m writing to ask for approval to attend Unleash 2017, the Global Mediasite User Conference taking place May 1-3 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The conference is the largest and most in-depth Mediasite learning event of the year. By attending, I’ll get strategies, best practices, ideas and inspiration to take our video initiatives to the next level. Unleash will also provide me with the Mediasite skills I need to work more efficiently and effectively. If I attend this 3-day event , I and our organization will benefit from:
- Proven best practices and lessons learned from Mediasite users who have been in our shoes
- Insights into upcoming Mediasite releases with practical advice to help us take advantage of new capabilities or prepare for an upgrade
- Over 50 breakout and training sessions to strengthen my skills
- Answers to our Mediasite questions from one-on-one interaction with Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite gurus
- The opportunity to influence future Mediasite development with open-door access to Sonic Foundry leadership teams
- Complete video library of all recorded sessions
- A year-round, go-to network of Mediasite peers and experts
Plus, Unleash is a terrific value for the level of education and networking opportunities provided. Registration fees are lower than those for most conferences of this caliber, and Madison offers some of the best lodging prices for a convention location of its size. Here’s an estimated breakdown of conference costs:
- Airfaire: $450
- Transportation: $0 (hotel shuttles available to/from airport and conference venue)
- Hotel: $525 (3 nights at $175 + tax)
- Non-Conference Meals: $75 (most meals included with event)
- Registration: $895 (early bird VIP All Access pass, $1395 after Jan. 1, 2017)*
- Total: $2,445
* Alternatively, I can qualify for a free Conference Pass by nominating our organization and being named a finalist in Sonic Foundry’s Enterprise Video Impact Awards program or by submitting an accepted speaking proposal (all submissions are due by December 31.) Group discounts are also available if we send three or more attendees.
If you provide approval to attend, you can expect me to return from Unleash with plenty of practical ideas I can put to work right away. I’ll submit a post-Unleash report summarizing key takeaways, lessons learned and recommendations to maximize our current and future investments in Mediasite.
Thank you for considering this request. I look forward to your reply.