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Request time off to tune into the Annual Meeting! You can either copy the text below or download an editable Word doc to complete your letter.


Dear [Supervisor’s Name],

I would like to request time off to attend a few sessions that are of interest to me at the 2020 INFORMS Virtual Annual Meeting on [Date(s)]. This year, the INFORMS Annual Meeting features an entirely virtual format, which will enable me to join thousands of analytics professionals through an interactive platform. As an attendee, I will have the opportunity to network with peers, engage in meaningful dialogue with key industry leaders, and contribute to the growing INFORMS community across the globe.

The conference schedule will provide me with numerous opportunities to participate in various sessions that would benefit me throughout the day including thought-provoking panels, keynote speakers, significant networking opportunities, and invaluable company information sessions.

The full INFORMS Virtual Annual Meeting agenda will be available soon. Companies who have participated in the past include AIMMS, FICO Xpress Optimization, IBM, MathWorks, and SAS. This year’s virtual event includes 13 plenary and keynote speakers, including:

  • Linda Burtch, Founder & Managing DirectorBurtch Works
  • Simon Lee, Chief Analytics Officer, Waitr Inc.
  • Nancy Potok, former Deputy Director and COO, U.S. Census Bureau

Also available will be 3,000+ prerecorded presentations on the latest research and findings within O.R. and analytics across numerous tracks. All of these will be available on-demand during and after the conference for attendees to view as they wish.

It promises to be an extraordinary event. As a result of attending this event, I intend to strengthen my skills in:

Goal 1:

Goal 2:

Goal 3:

I am confident that my attendance at the 2020 INFORMS Virtual Annual Meeting will greatly benefit my work at [Company]. After attending, I would love to share the takeaways with my teammates, including those that we could implement in our current roles at [Company].

More information about this event is available here.

[Your Name]