Convince your Boss

We get it: personal development budgets are being slashed left and right. But DesignOps Summit is a unique learning opportunity: it’s reasonably-priced (especially as it’s virtual, so no travel or hotel required), and it’s absolutely packed with content of the highest quality. As we’re naturally helpful people, we’ve crafted a template (below) that you can use to convince your boss. Adapt it as needed! And please get in touch if you need a little extra help from our team.

Hey Boss, 

I’d really like to attend DesignOps Summit 2023. It’s a virtual conference that takes place October 2-4, and was conceived to help DesignOps practitioners (like me) help companies (like ours) get the most out of our investments in design and designers. Here’s why you should buy me a ticket:

  • At less than US$75/month over the course of a year, it’s a very reasonable investment to make in… me!
  • There’s no travel involved, so no hotel, flights, meals, or ground transportation to cover. And no redeye flight means I’ll be as fresh as a daisy the next day and ready to tell the team everything I’ve learned. Speaking of which…
  • …I’ll come back to work with everything I need to share-out: the Rosenfeld folks provide us with written notes, sketchnotes, resource lists, decks, and recordings for EVERY session! And I won’t miss anything either, as it’s a single-track event.
  • The program is top-notch. The curators spend half a year researching and designing the program, finding speakers, and preparing them. They go out of their way to discover new, diverse voices—and there is absolutely no pay for play programming. It’s also meaty stuff: they emphasize advanced material over 101 content.
  • The conference offers innovative networking through small attendee cohorts–which makes learning a social activity–and there are other great networking events available that have been custom-designed for virtual.
  • If our org’s goals are to help designers, researchers, writers, and product people be more efficient in solving everyday problems, and more impactful in tackling our biggest design challenges, sending me to attend this year’s DesignOps Summit is really a no-brainer!

The event is put on by Rosenfeld Media, which has been producing UX conferences–in-person and virtual–for ten years. They’re known for their excellent UX books, and use that same highly curated approach to designing conferences as well. People have nice things to say about their events; I hope I might get the chance to attend one of them?