Letter of Endorsement to Employer
To: Vice President of Human Resources (or appropriate title)
From: [your name and title]
Subject: 2008 Network and Affinity Leadership Congress –
The Event for Network/Affinity Group
By Diversity Best Practices and Working Mother Media
February 25-26, 2008, New York, NY
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and Working Mother Media (WMM) are holding
the 3rd annual Network and Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC). More than
200 participants from around the nation, representing Fortune 500 corporate
and organizational involvement, participate in leadership training,
workshops, networking and cutting-edge discussions.
Network Affinity, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups
(BRGs) serve critical functions within top-performing Fortune 500 companies today.
These groups are recognized for assisting recruitment and are effective in improving
performance feedback, employee development and retention, multicultural
marketing and employee productivity. More recently, these groups are tasked with
reaching outside of their organizations to cultivate customer and community
relationships and serve as a resource for better understanding the needs and pulse
of diverse markets.
NALC provides training to individuals and leaders who are responsible for developing,
reinvigorating, and sustaining their network and affinity, employee and business
resource groups. Attendees from around the nation, representing Fortune 500
companies and organizations, will participate in leadership training, hands-on
workshops, interactive networking roundtables, and cutting-edge discussions to
facilitate the sharing of best practices and benchmarks. Whether launching a new
ERG program, re-invigorating a long standing group or aligning a group's mission
with their organizations’ business goals, NALC will send leaders back armed with
solutions and answers. Among the many topics to be addressed are leveraging your
affinity group to reach customers, harnessing the power of executive champions and
maximizing affinity groups for global impact.
I would like your support in having [COMPANY NAME] sponsor me as a
representative for this event.
The event promises to be a productive platform to enhance leadership skills, and
network with world-class decision makers. This Congress also presents [COMPANY
NAME] with a unique opportunity to learn new strategies for keeping abreast of
corporate trends and for fine-tuning our own workplace diversity initiatives.
Attendees include leaders and representatives of all types of network/affinity groups
such as Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Native American, GLBT, persons
with disabilities, as well as entrepreneurs.
The event will be filled with intensive cutting edge interactive sessions including:
Success Factors – managing your group successfully
The Business Case – how to leverage your network and affinity group by
building relationships and partnerships
Innovative Network/Affinity Groups
Building & Sustaining Network Groups – how to build your business
through network/affinity groups
As a [YOUR ROLE/TITLE] who is deeply dedicated to our corporate mission, I look at
this symposium as more than a personal opportunity; it’s a chance for
[ORGANIZATION/COMPANY] to further its goals and initiatives.
Attached for your review are the registration materials for the NALC and companies
represented in 2007. The program includes several workshops and sessions that will
greatly enhance my professional development. I hope you agree and consider
funding my participation.
I will follow up with you by [date] to discuss the many benefits [COMPANY NAME]
can realize through my participation.