Professional development and training

TTS encourages all staff to attend conferences, speak at events and focus on professional development and training opportunities.

Attending Events

TTS usually attends events in one of five ways.

  1. I’m speaking at a conference but not attending the conference events (Pycon, CFA).
  2. I’m speaking at an event (luncheon, panel, summit).
  3. I’m speaking at a conference(Pycon, CFA).
  4. I’m attending a conference.
  5. I’m attending training not at a conference (Agile, product owner courses, course at Management Concepts).

I’m speaking at a conference but not attending conference events.

Note: speaking events require a minimum of 25 days advance notice.

This section outlines how to request to speak at a conference event.

  1. Meet with your supervisor to discuss the conference speaking opportunity.

  2. Submit this form and alert the training team that you want to speak at a conference. The short five to six question form will help the training team understand your needs and keep all of TTS’s requests in one place.

  3. Within one business day, a training team member will reach out to you directly and be your point of contact through the entire process, including creating your Salesforce Event Tracker request. Please do not input an Event Tracker request until the training team has reached out to you.

  4. Watch your email and wait for Event Tracker approval. If you have questions about the status ask in slack #training-conferences or send a slack DM to your training POC.

While you wait! You can . . . Make Travel Arrangements in Concur (if needed). You don’t have to wait until your conference is approved to make your arrangements in Concur. Most travel reservations will automatically cancel if not approved. If you book outside of Concur for the conference hotel, you are responsible for cancelling any reservation, if your event is not approved. You are responsible for any cancellation fees, if you fail to follow the conference hotel cancellation policy. You can ask questions in #travel or during travel office hours with Ethan Hepner 11:30-12:30 ET

I’m speaking at an event.

Note: speaking events require a minimum of 25 days advance notice.

This section outlines how to request to speak at a conference event.

  1. Meet with your supervisor to discuss the speaking opportunity.

  2. Submit this form and alert the training team that you want to speak at an event. The short five to six question form will help the training team understand your needs and keep all of TTS’s requests in one place.

  3. Within one business day, a training team member will reach out to you directly and be your point of contact through the entire process, including creating your Salesforce Event Tracker request. Please do not input an Event Tracker request until the training team has reached out to you.

  4. Watch your email and wait for Event Tracker approval. If you have questions about the status ask in slack #training-conferences or send a slack DM to your training POC.

While you wait! You can . . . Make Travel Arrangements in Concur (if needed). You don’t have to wait until your conference is approved to make your arrangements in Concur. Most travel reservations will automatically cancel if not approved. If you book outside of Concur for the conference hotel, you are responsible for cancelling any reservation, if your event is not approved. You are responsible for any cancellation fees, if you fail to follow the conference hotel cancellation policy. You can ask questions in #travel or during travel office hours with Ethan Hepner 11:30-12:30 ET

I’m speaking at a conference and attending conference events, including training offered before or after the conference.

Note: speaking events require a minimum of 25 days advance notice.

Meet with your supervisor to discuss the conference speaking opportunity.

  1. Submit this form and alert the training team that you want to speak at a conference. The short five to six question form will help the training team understand your needs and keep all of TTS’s requests in one place.

  2. Within one business day, a training team member will reach out to you directly and be your point of contact through the entire process, including creating your Salesforce Event Tracker request. Please do not input an Event Tracker request until the training team has reached out to you.

  3. If the conference has any cost besides travel, please add the conference to your Individual Development Plan (IDP) in Salesforce and have your supervisor to approve it.

  4. Create a Salesforce SF-182 form

    • Select your current supervisor as the first approver.
    • Select Dominic Sale as the second approver, if the training is below $2500 (including travel),
    • Select FAS HSSO Judith Zawatsky, if the training is more than $2500 (including travel)
    • Choose Ethan Heppner or Leah Gitter as the Purchase Card Holder
  5. Watch your email and wait for Event Tracker approvals and SF182 approvals. If you have questions about the status ask in slack #training-conferences or send a slack DM to your training POC.

  6. Send your SF182 approval to your training team POC.

While you wait! You can . . . Make Travel Arrangements in Concur (if needed). You don’t have to wait until your conference is approved to make your arrangements in Concur. Most travel reservations will automatically cancel if not approved. If you book outside of Concur for the conference hotel, you are responsible for cancelling any reservation, if your event is not approved. You are responsible for any cancellation fees, if you fail to follow the conference hotel cancellation policy. You can ask questions in #travel or during travel office hours with Ethan Hepner 11:30-12:30 ET

I’m attending a conference, including training offered before or after the conference.

Note: conference events require a minimum of 10 days advance notice. If the conference event cost is over $2500 including travel 15 days advance notice is required

  1. Meet with your supervisor to discuss the conference opportunity.

  2. Submit this form and alert the training team that you want to attend a conference. The short five to six question form will help the training team understand your needs and keep all of TTS’s requests in one place.

  3. Within one business day, a training team member will reach out to you directly and be your point of contact through the entire process, including creating your Salesforce Event Tracker request. Please do not input an Event Tracker request until the training team has reached out to you.

  4. If the conference has any cost besides travel, please add the conference to your Individual Development Plan (IDP) in Salesforce and have your supervisor to approve it.

  5. Create a Salesforce SF-182 form

    • Select your current supervisor as the first approver.
    • Select Dominic Sale as the second approver, if the training is below $2500 (including travel),
    • Select FAS HSSO Judith Zawatsky, if the training is more than $2500 (including travel)
    • Choose Ethan Heppner or Leah Gitter as the Purchase Card Holder
  6. Watch your email and wait for Event Tracker approvals and SF182 approvals. If you have questions about the status ask in slack #training-conferences or send a slack DM to your training POC.

  7. Send your SF182 approval to your training team POC.

While you wait! You can . . . Make Travel Arrangements in Concur (if needed). You don’t have to wait until your conference is approved to make your arrangements in Concur. Most travel reservations will automatically cancel if not approved. If you book outside of Concur for the conference hotel, you are responsible for cancelling any reservation, if your event is not approved. You are responsible for any cancellation fees, if you fail to follow the conference hotel cancellation policy. You can ask questions in #travel or during travel office hours with Ethan Hepner 11:30-12:30 ET

I’m attending training that is not at a conference.

Note: training events require a minimum of 5 days advance notice. If the training event’s cost is over $2500 including travel 15 days advance notice is required

  1. Meet with your supervisor to discuss the conference opportunity.

  2. Submit this form and alert the training team that you want to attend training. The short five to six question form will help the training team understand your needs and keep all of TTS’s requests in one place.

  3. Within one business day, a training team member will reach out to you directly and be your point of contact through the entire process. You do not need a Salesforce Event Tracker for this event.

  4. If the training has any cost besides travel, please add the training to your Individual Development Plan (IDP) in Salesforce and have your supervisor to approve it.

  5. Create a Salesforce SF-182 form

    • Select your current supervisor as the first approver.
    • Select Dominic Sale as the second approver, if the training is below $2500 (including travel),
    • Select FAS HSSO Judith Zawatsky, if the training is more than $2500 (including travel)
    • Choose Ethan Heppner or Leah Gitter as the Purchase Card Holder
  6. Watch your email and wait for your SF182 approvals. If you have questions about the status ask in slack #training-conferences or send a slack DM to your training POC.

  7. Send your SF182 approval to your training team POC.

While you wait! You can . . . Make Travel Arrangements in Concur (if needed). You don’t have to wait until your conference is approved to make your arrangements in Concur. Most travel reservations will automatically cancel if not approved. If you book outside of Concur for the conference hotel, you are responsible for cancelling any reservation, if your event is not approved. You are responsible for any cancellation fees, if you fail to follow the conference hotel cancellation policy. You can ask questions in #travel or during travel office hours with Ethan Hepner 11:30-12:30 ET

Approval Timelines

The review and approval process times vary by the type of request and the layers of approval required. It is best to submit your training request as early as possible. The training team works diligently to review and process requests within one business days of submission. Your request will go more smoothly if all required information is included in the training request.

  • Five days to ten days in advance for:
    • Training (not at a conference) that costs less than $2,500, including travel
  • Ten days to two weeks
    • Conference events that cost less than $2500, including travel
  • Fifteen days to three weeks in advance for:
    • Training (not at a conference) that costs more than $2500, including travel
  • Three to five weeks in advance for:
    • Conference events that costs more than $2,500, including travel
    • Conference events that have a waived or discounted registration fee
    • Speaking events in your official capacity
    • Internal Management Meetings, regardless of cost
    • Highly Attended Events FY18 GSA Highly Attended Events
  • Five to six weeks in advance for:
    • Group Conference Training/Attendance