How to convince your boss to send you to TEDWomen

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TEDWomen is the ultimate platform dedicated to accelerating groundbreaking ideas that build a better, more equitable future for all. It’s a captivating journey of self-discovery and professional enrichment and an opportunity to form life-altering relationships with some of the brightest minds on the planet.

But first, the true challenge: getting the time and expense approved. Fear not! We’re here to equip you with the right pitch that will leave your boss with a strong understanding of how important it is to say “yes” to TEDWomen.

Attendees take a selfie by the stage at TEDWomen 2021. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED)

Underscore the personal development benefits 

Personal development is an area most companies value greatly, and TEDWomen holds the key to unleashing your untapped potential. Engage in workshops and thought-provoking conversations with influential speakers, activists and fellow attendees; hear mind-blowing TED Talks; see captivating performances; and participate in unique, curated activities. The conference program offers a deeper understanding of radical shifts in technology, business, culture and more, helping empower you to shape your organization’s thought leadership and equity initiatives.

TEDWomen is a transformative conference experience that opens up a world of possibilities for your professional growth. Imagine being in the same room with an exceptional lineup of senior leaders, including c-suite executives, presidents, founders, EVPs, SVPs and partners. This is not your typical networking event; it’s an extraordinary gathering where distinguished leaders come to learn, share and give back. Prepare to be inspired to take the right steps forward, not just to exchange business cards.

Outline the ROI

The connections you make will not only enrich your personal and professional life, but can also help open up exciting business opportunities for your company. Need proof of the conference’s impact? Look no further than zoologist Lucy King, who presented a creative solution on how bees can foster peace between elephants and humans in Africa. Her compelling talk at TEDWomen 2019 led to critical funding, raising over one million dollars for the Elephant Coexistence Program. Imagine the possibilities when you share your own story with a community closely watched by influential donors and innovation supporters.

TEDWomen is not only a conference; it’s a joyful and inclusive space where diverse voices and perspectives shine. It’s the birthplace of careers like Maysoon Zayid‘s, whose talk at TEDWomen 2013 on living with cerebral palsy propelled her career and brought much-needed representation and diversity to the entertainment industry. You’ll get the chance to discover emerging talent and groundbreaking ideas that could benefit your company and transform your own professional path.

Here’s a bonus tip to maximize your return on investment: secure an Early Supporter membership at the lowest rate possible (expires June 15, 2023) or invite a group of five colleagues and enjoy a Group Rate. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make the most of your TEDWomen experience personally, professionally and financially.

Audience members of TEDWomen 2016. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED)

Now, let’s put it all together using this template, outlined below.

Step 1: Start with this intro

“By attending TEDWomen, I’ll have the incredible opportunity to immerse myself in industries and sectors closely related to ours. This exposure will fuel my innovation and enable me to bring fresh ideas and perspectives back to our team. It’s the perfect chance to discover new pathways and become an even more dynamic and inventive employee.”

Step 2: Emphasize the community you’ll be a part of

“When we align our brand with TED, we tap into a global network of the most influential minds on the planet. By participating in TEDWomen, we connect with renowned thinkers, change-makers and visionaries, paving the way for potential collaborations and groundbreaking business opportunities. It’s an exciting chance to enhance our brand’s visibility and make valuable connections that can propel our success.”

Bonus: Delve into the conference program and identify speakers who align with your company’s goals and objectives; by highlighting their relevance in your pitch, you’ll demonstrate the direct value attending TEDWomen will bring to your company.

Step 3: Finish with the lasting impact

“Attending a TEDWomen conference is not just an event; it’s a true growth opportunity with far-reaching impacts. By investing in my professional and personal development, I’ll become a better leader and contributor to our organization. The invaluable insights, knowledge and inspiration gained from TEDWomen will empower me to bring innovative strategies and fresh perspectives to the table, driving our collective success forward.

“By attending TEDWomen 2023, I will unlock a world of possibilities, enabling me to contribute at a higher level and fueling our company’s growth in ways we never thought possible.”

You can apply now for TEDWomen 2023, no invite needed. The conference will be held October 11-13 at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Make this the year you attend an event that invests in yourself and your company. Get the approval you need and get started on your TEDWomen journey. 

Download TEDWomen Conference Overview.

Attendees at TEDWomen 2021. (Photo: Gilberto Tadday / TED)