Convince Your Boss

Why Should Your Boss Send You to the Virtual Central Region Meeting? 

We understand. Your office budget is tight and there’s always work in the wings. While it’s not always easy to make the case that attending a conference makes sense, this year’s virtual meeting is a win-win for you and your institution. So, we’ve put together some information to share with your boss on why attending AUTM’s 2021 Virtual Central Region Meeting is a sound investment.  
Our meeting will be the year’s leading technology transfer conference in the region. There is simply no other gathering like it for academic and industry professionals. The conference is focused on learning, networking and deal-making. And with 150+ professionals attending, you are bound to broaden your perspectives on the field, make new connections and cement existing ones – all without the extra travel costs!
Technology transfer is a learned art. Whether you’re just starting out in the field or have 30 years under your belt, as the profession evolves, there’s always more to know to be competitive. The virtual Central Region Meeting will have educational sessions designed to learn how the past year has shaped the field and what is on the horizon as we look to the future, specifically in the U.S. Central Region. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned professional, if you’re interested in being better at your job, AUTM has you covered.  

Partnering is invaluable. While we cannot be together in person, the Central Region Meeting attendees have two days to interact with industry or academic counterparts. Whether you are connecting on pharma, engineering, software, medical devices or other diverse technologies, the Central Region Meeting attracts dealmakers. Through dedicated Networking time and the ability to set up 1-1 meetings through AUTM Connect, you’ll leave with many new connections.

See the big picture. With informed speakers, presenters and colleagues from different types of organizations, the Central Region Meeting is the perfect place to expand your perspectives with intel to make your office even more efficient and impactful.

It’s about ROI. No conference can solve all of your office’s challenges but investing in your team – giving them the education, partnering, and world-class networking opportunities they need to do more with the tools they have – is a brilliant start. 
So maybe, the question for your boss isn’t “can I go to the AUTM Central Region Meeting this year?” It’s “Can you afford for me not to attend?”
When you get home ...
  • Keep Learning. Be sure to download all guides and handouts. Implement what you learned.
  • Keep Networking. Capture contacts and meeting notes in our AUTM Connect app. You’ll still have access to your new colleagues when you’re back in the office.
  • Keep Benefitting. Joined AUTM for the Central Region Meeting discount? Don’t stop there. You can take advantage of the other great member benefits - eGroup connections to colleagues around the world, free access to the AUTM Tech Transfer Practice Manual, mentors, volunteer opportunities for leadership experience, and so much more. 

Platinum Sponsors

McKee Voorhees & Sease
Viksnins Harris Padys Malen

Gold Sponsors

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Quarles & Brady

Silver Sponsors

Aird & Berlis LLP
Thomas Horstemeyer
Michaels Best