“I thoroughly enjoy attending the Annual Meeting & Expo to network with others and gain valuable professional development. I love learning how the states are similar and different. I had not attended since 2008 and I was glad I decided to attend this year. I'm always able to think of different ways I can do things.”

Dianna Groskreutz
Business Services Coordinator

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The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Build Your Case to Attend

You know the value of attending ASBO International’s Annual Meeting & Expo, but how do you convince your supervisor—and the community—that your attendance is an essential investment for the district and for the students you serve?

4 Simple Steps to Getting Approval

Download full brochure with worksheet here.

  1. Brainstorm five critical issues relevant to your school district right now.
  2. Think about your role in addressing these issues, including your responsibilities and expectations in relationship to them.
  3. List the workshops and seminars that address the topics relevant to your school district. More information about additional education sessions will be available in the summer.
  4. Personalize the sample justification letter, outlining how these sessions will help you contribute to your district’s strategy in addressing critical issues.
Get a quick overview of benefits of attending here.

Don’t Forget to Follow Up

The value of the meeting continues after you attend. Share tangible takeaways with your team and supervisors shortly after you return. Here’s how:

  • Use the Learning Log, which provides space during the meeting for your notes and reflections on specific takeaways from each session. Use the goals and timelines you laid out and take action on new ideas.
  • Send a concise summary of your experience (what you learned, who you met, and how you will use the information) to your supervisor and supporters.
  • Stay in touch with the new contacts you made on ASBO International’s Global School Business Network.

If you have specific questions about education offerings or how the meeting can benefit your district, we're happy to help. Contact Director of Professional Development Jennifer Hofmann at jhofmann@asbointl.org or call 866.682.2729 x7074.

Benefits of Attending

What You’ll Find What You’ll Bring Back
Targeted workshops and seminars covering the school business topics and trends that matter most to your district. Ideas to improve your district business office’s productivity and efficiencies.
Best practices in financial management. Insights to enhance your budget management processes—promoting fiscal responsibility.
Thought-provoking professional and leadership development sessions. Renewed confidence to tackle your professional goals.
Colleagues and experts who can help you solve your toughest school business problems. Leadership strategies to lead your team and better serve your community.
The newest products and services for a variety of school business fields found in the Exhibit Hall. An expanded network of colleagues from around the world who can provide real-time resources and perspectives—throughout the year.
Inspiring keynote speakers who will remind you why you love what you do. Ideas to improve your district business office’s productivity and efficiencies.

Attending the annual meeting provides me, in just four short days away from the office, with insightful professional education from colleagues or content experts; inspiration and motivation from keynote speakers; existing and new vendor connections to meet district needs; quality time to learn from colleagues around the world; and participation in award recognition programs of shared best practices and achievement . . . all under one roof.”

Brian Allen, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester, MA