Justification Toolkit

Prior to the conference, you are likely to have to convince your manager(s) to invest their professional develop funds in your attendance at the conference. The cost of attendance consists of the conference registration fee, travel expenses, and time-away-from-work costs. The total cost is considerable, so most managers want some serious justification for employees attending a conference. We have located several resources, in the form of documents that you can use in your efforts.

How to Justify Attending a Conference
You know that the benefits of attending the ASHHRA annual conference is worth the cost, but given today’s economic climate you may need to justify the expense to your manager. Here are some ideas that you can discuss to justify your attendance in Chicago for the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition.

Return on Investment (ROI)
How much would it cost for you NOT to attend an ASHHRA annual conference? Learn how to justify your professional development costs and how you could actually save money through your conference attendance.

Financial Assistance
Our generous partners provide opportunities for financial assistance through scholarships and grants. Click below for more information about each opportunity for financial assistance to attend the annual conference.

ASHHRA MetLife Scholarship

The purpose of the MetLife Conference Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those interested in attending the ASHHRA Annual Conference & Exposition. The objective is to provide health care HR practitioners with a venue to receive educational tools and resources, in addition to networking opportunities that will allow them to become successful health care HR leader.

8th Annual Metlife ASHHRA
Conference Scholarship

MetLife and ASHHRA will provide one attendee from each region with a scholarship to attend the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition. Total scholarship award is $1,500. 

Congratulations to the
2014 MetLife Conference Scholarship Recipients
($1,500 each)
Click below to learn about each recipient's scholarship experience.

  • Region 1:  Andrea C. Mansman
  • Region 2:  Kenya Jacobs, MLD, CCP, PHR
  • Region 3:  Danielle Gilbert, PHR
  • Region 4:  Andrea S. Clements, MS, PHR
  • Region 5:  Mary C. Pliner
  • Region 6:  Briana Morriss, MHA, PHR
  • Region 7:  Cathy Henesey
  • Region 8:  Tina Boeckenstedt
  • Region 9:  Angela Fraser-Pitcher

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HealthcareSource* will provide three New-to-the-Profession health care HR practitioners with a grant of $1,500 each to attend the ASHHRA Annual Conference & Exposition.

5th Annual HealthcareSource
New-to-the-Profession ASHHRA
Annual Conference Grant
HealthcareSource will provide three New-to-the-Profession health care HR practitioners with a grant of $1,500 each to attend the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition.

Congratulations to the 2014 Grant Recipients
Click below to learn about each recipient's grant experience.
  • Shawn Parker, Sr., MBA
  • Teresa A. Wallen
  • Tram (Stephanie) Nguyen-Le, MBA, MS

HealthcareSource*With more than 2,300 customers, HealthcareSource is the leading provider of talent management software for the health care industry. Through its cloud-based solutions, HealthcareSource helps health care organizations source, hire, assess, develop and retain the best workforce possible in order to reduce costs and to improve patient satisfaction and safety. The company’s talent management software solutions include applicant tracking, learning management, performance management, behavioral assessments, reference checking, and candidate sourcing. HealthcareSource focuses exclusively on the health care industry and was named 2013 category leader for Talent Management by KLAS Research and 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. For more information visit

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Gary Willis Leadership Award

Celebrating the Operational Excellence of Human Resource Professionals in Health Care

AHA Solutions, Inc.

The Gary Willis Leadership Award (GWL) recognizes mid-level managers and directors who have made outstanding leadership and operations contributions to their organization. The award is for managers who are looking to advance their career through continuous educational opportunities promoting operational excellence. Award winners will receive one of two $2,500 scholarships for health care HR education.

This prestigious award, co-sponsored by ASHHRA and AHA Solutions, Inc., honors the memory of Gary Willis, an ASHHRA board member, who passed away in 2010 after a battle with stomach cancer.
*Past and present ASHHRA board members are not eligible for this award.

Congratulations to the 2014 Gary Willis Leadership Award Recipients

Eileen Brown
Director of HR Transitions
Conifer Health Solutions

Tonya Richards
Director of Human Resources
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

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