The Institutes CPCU Society Annual Meeting is more than a celebration of professional achievement. It is also a yearly opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends and disruptors, develop leadership skills, and network. Attendees invariably return to the workplace with new insights and knowledge from leaders around the industry.
Let your employer know that you are committed to your CPCU® designation, both now and in the future. When approaching your employer for support, we recommend that you follow these five simple steps:
Step 1: Do your research
Check out the 2017 Annual Meeting session descriptions, noting the sessions that will be most useful to you and your company. Discuss how the CPCU Society Annual Meeting is unique, noting that sessions include both cutting-edge information on the latest developments and trends in the industry as well as soft skills and leadership-focused education to help industry professionals succeed in the workplace. Be prepared to discuss how the session topics you identify can contribute to your professional development and, ultimately, the success of your business.
Also, be sure to mention that you can earn up to 15 CE for CPCUs credits at the Annual Meeting, plus state licensing CE credits.
Step 2: Determine how you can add value
Brainstorm all the different ways you can apply what you learn at the Annual Meeting to your workplace. For example, you might be able to meet colleagues from a branch office of your company and learn how your company operates in that region. Networking and information sharing is easier than ever this year with the free 2017 Annual Meeting app, which will allow you to learn about and schedule meetings with other attendees.
You can also benefit your company by sharing knowledge about one or more of the cutting-edge educational sessions when you return from the Annual Meeting. If you think of the Annual Meeting as a vehicle to grow not only your career but also your company, you can readily show how your attendance will add value.
Step 3: Cut down on your costs
Only CPCU Society members can save up to $432 on Annual Meeting registration, plus gain unlimited access to learning, leadership development, and networking opportunities year round. Further, if you are a new designee, you will receive 50 percent off of the regular cost of national and local dues for your first year—amounting to huge savings for your employer! Learn more about how to become a member and save big.
Step 4: Talk to your supervisor and/or HR representative
Once you have all of the relevant information, it’s time to talk with your employer. We have prepared a downloadable sample letter that outlines the advantages of attending the CPCU Society Annual Meeting. You can send this letter to your employer directly or use it to compile talking points. You may also wish to share with your employer a copy of the 2017 Annual Meeting brochure. Both the letter and brochure are available at the top of this page.
Step 5: Think About the Future
You’ve worked hard for your CPCU designation! By discussing your plans for future years, you can let your employer know that you are serious about maintaining your professional development. Start the conversation now to gain buy-in later, and ensure that you can join the thousands of CPCUs who return every year to the Annual Meeting to hear from leading industry experts, network with colleagues and complete CE for CPCUs credits.
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